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How to visit Uros and Taquile on Lake Titicaca
Uros and Taquile are two of the popular destinations on Lake Titicaca. Uros is a collection of floating reed islands and Taquile is an island living and working to traditional customs. The two islands can be visited in a long day trip from Puno, or it is possible to stay overnight on either. This article provides some information on how to get around locally!
Getting to Puno
There are plenty of options to get to Puno, by bus, train and plane to nearby Juliaca airport. If in doubt, consult the Andean Travel Web transport pages for Puno.
Getting a Ferry
The transport terminals are all very close to the ferry terminal - close enough to walk easily. Have a look at the map; the bus terminal is "Terminal Terrestre" (18), the rail terminal the obvious train icon and the ferry terminal is Puerto Lacustre, sticking out into the lake.
Once at the ferry terminal there are a number of operators running a number of itineraries. Just as with the bus stations, ask around to get the one you want, when you want it. A round trip of Uros and Taquile should be around soles 20.
Uros and Taquile and shown on the map, but they are not that close! Uros is about 20mins, and Taquile is a further 2hrs 30mins.
The Uros Islands
Exactly which of the Uros Islands you go to will depend on your ferry. However, there are just a few set up for tourists and they are all quite alike. You may well be able to ride between the islands on one of the reed boats for soles 5 a ride. The main island, Kamisaraki, has a restaurant and simple lodgings - see our entry on Leap Local.
Taquile is run in a cooperative fashion and previously visitors used to be assigned to accomodation. Now you can choose from the various lodgings and restaurants. The islanders make the information democratically available and the information we include here was published by them in May 2007. The map shows the location of lodings and the table below shows the local restaurants. If you visit one, please do review it here!
Your ferry will probably drop you off at one end of the island, leaving you to walk to the centre, and then pick you up elsewhere to save you the round trip. Ensure you check with the operator where you will be picked up.