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Explore the floating Uros islands along with the Island of Taquile, on this full-day trip, one of our most popular excursions. Traversing the boundary of land, sky and water, the floating islands have been constructed from “totora”, or junco reed roots, by the Aymara-speaking Uros Titino people that inhabit them. Our guests have exclusive access to some of the islands’ communities and their remarkable heritage, with a unique opportunity to interact with the skilled reed rafts-men and the expert women weavers, and see the ancestral techniques they still use to keep their islands afloat. On Taquile, one of Titicaca’s larger natural islands and home to several small Quechua villages, guests see the making of other traditional textiles, which are so unique UNESCO has designated them Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. You can then enjoy a picnic with a dazzling view of the deep blue skies mirrored by Lake Titicaca, with Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, or Royal mountain Range, on the horizon.
The Aymara route excursion, spanning a whole day, will take you through the spectacular natural landscapes and vibrant communities of the Chucuito peninsula and the district of Acora. Hear from your guide about Titicaca’s central role in Andean creation myths and the development of pre-Colombian civilization, and how the lake continues to sustain the Quechua and Aymara cultures that depend on it, with man and nature remaining closely interconnected. By car, bike, or foot, you will make your way through open fields and pastures, passing from one spectacular lookout to another. You will also see the lodge’s neighboring communities going about their daily lives and working the land, archeological remains, wildlife (especially birds), and astonishing landscapes. Along the way, stop and enjoy your picnic lunch while taking in majestic views of the lake.
Colonial Temples Visit
The town of Puno was the epicenter of the Spaniards’ missionizing of the region’s indigenous peoples. The history of that turbulent period can still be seen in the form of the city’s Juli and Pomata churches. The latter was even used as a template in the construction of other South American churches during the colonial era. Located between Cusco and the mining center of Potosí, now in Bolivia, these churches were venues for the clash of faiths, as Catholicism attempted.
Colla Route Trek