Day 1: On the way to Puno (Sun route)
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel at 6:20am and dropped off at the bus station to board a touristic bus and enjoy a guided tour. This is a really nice bus trip that is more like a tour as it stops at four interesting sites along the way and in which you'll enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Places you will visit on the way to Puno are:
Andahuyalillas, also known as the Sistine chapel of South America. See this church which is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.
Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Incan church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided in two naves and each nave shows 11 giant columns that’s huge.
La Raya: This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like llamas, alpacas and vicuñas are common. It is also the geographic border between two cultures, the Quechua and Aymara.
Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting life like sculptures and tombs. The trip also includes a really nice lunch buffet in a Sicuani town.
You'll reach Puno and rest for the evening.
Day 2: Floating Uros and Taquile Islands
Between 7am and 7:30am, you will be transferred to the port and then by motor boat. You head to one of the legendary islands of Uros, where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on the floating reed islands. After a beautiful three hour boat ride, you'll reach Taquile Island, where you will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families.
You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4150 m.a.s.l) to see the Temples of Pachamama and Pachatata. You can also enjoy the traditional customs of the island people and you'll taste food and listen to authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family. Then, you will return back to Puno and be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 3: Transfer out
After breakfast, you will be taken to either Juliaca airport or Cusco.
Option 1: Transfer to Juliaca airport located only 45 minutes away from Puno
Option 2: Transfer to the bus station and back to Cusco and hotel.