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“Uros and Tanquile Day Trip”

Kollasuyo Travel - One Day Tours
Ranked #16 of 57 Tours in Puno
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We were picked up between the estimated half-hour time range given. A very good local lunch on the island of Tranquile was included with the tour: fresh trout or omletettes for vegetarians. The weather first thing was perfect and we had an amazing time being introduced to the Uros Island first by our guide Gilbert and the local islanders. A ride on their traditional boat across the peaceful waters was offered for 10 sol and was worth the trip. There was then an additional 2.5 hours in the motorboat to the island of Tanquile where you were allowed to sit inside or alternatively on top or at the back of the boat. Our guide spoke Spanish, English and Quechua. Due to choppy waters our boat had to took an alternative route to approach the island which included climbing 500 inca steps. We enjoy hiking so for us this was ok but for others less experienced with hiking this was a shock. Most made it up for lunch to the local town but an option was given to those who were unsure of the climb to stay in the boat and have lunch brought to them if they preferred. Amazing views of the lake and Bolivian mountain range from the top of the island after the climb which took about about 30 minutes for the group. We both felt as if we were intruding on the island and were uninvited by the locals. We saw a local dance in the town square but had no explanation from our guide and were left a little confused as to its purpose. We were then led to lunch. There was no option to visit the craft markets to look at the textile work of the islanders despite it being famed in the guidebooks and our guide referring to these famous textiles en route to the island. Our boat was sturdy and the driver made it back to Puno through choppy waters following a spell of bad weather on the other side of the lake. Overall great value for money and an excellent experience at Uros. We would recommend it to others wanting to visit Uros but we personally didn't feel it was worth the trip to Tanquile with this tour as it was a poor experience to see their culture and the trip adds about 5 hours boat time onto the day and it felt like you could do Uros in more depth, another island, or something else in Puno during that time.

Thank VALondon2018
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

My wife and I booked a full day tour which included visits to two floating islands and Taquile island with lunch. We were picked up at 6.50am and brought to the dock where the boat departed just after 7.30am. Our guide Manuel addressed the group in Spanish and English. He was witty and friendly throughout the tour. At our first floating island, we were shown how the locals make the islands out of reeds and given time to take pictures and walk around. We were then taken to a second more touristic island which had a shop and toilets. It then took 2 hours 30 minutes to get to Taquile. We walked up the steep path to the main square where locals were celebrating a festival by dancing and playing music. We had 20 minutes here to watch it. It would’ve been nice to have a little longer. We were then brought to a nearby restaurant overlooking the sea where we had a lovely lunch of quinoa soup, followed by trout/omelette. We then returned to our boat and made our way back to Puno. Transfer back was a bit disorganised with one family having to get a taxi as there wasn’t space for them on the bus! Overall, I thought the tour was excellent value for money at just $20 per person. I would happily recommend booking a tour with Kollasuyo Travel.

Thank POC-CW
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

We booked tour with this company on findlocaltrips for $20, the price included everything (transfer to/from port, the boat to two islands and even a lunch on taquile island)

Everything was well organized, the pick up was within the advertised time range. The tour guide spoke good english and provided a lot of information. Cruise was very smooth, first stop was the 'Uros' floating island where you meet locals and can take pictures&explore how the people live.

Then there is a short stop on the opposite shore where you can stamp your passport for free & buy some drinks. Then cruise to Taquile with 2 course lunch (we had quinoa soup and choice of omelette/fish). After the lunch you can explore the island (main square) and optionally walk around the island to the port on the other side where you will be picked up by the boat.

Everything was smooth without any issues, i highly recommend this company.

Thank Martin J
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

The day tour to the Reed islands and Taquile island was a very unique experience; very few other places in the world are quite like these locations. The tour did a good job of showing us the lifestyle of the local people (we even happened to visit during a festival on Taquile island and so got to see that procession unfold in the main square). However, the Reed islands portion did feel a little over-touristy and over-crowded, with pretty much all tour companies visiting the "capital" Reed island at the exact same time.

Thank tdi123
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

We booked this overnight tour through Peru Hop. The guide spoke good English but it was very hard to hear for those at the back of the boat. We enjoyed our visits to the islands and the homestay was a very interesting experience. The group was quite large and slow moving for our personal preference, however for the price this is to be expected and we enjoyed our experience.

Thank Canadian_Girl613
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