Lake Titicaca extension

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Titicaca's floating reed islands, native communities and ancient burial towers

Journey across the spectacular high altiplano to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable freshwater lake (3800m). Explore its waters by boat and visit the descendants of the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands, and are also known for producing fine textiles. Back on the mainland, we visit the pre-Incan site of Sillustani, comprised of burial towers with fantastic views over the region.


  • Spectacular drive across Peru's altiplano, with stops at La Raya Pass and Raqchi Temple Complex
  • Boat trip to visit the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians
  • Sillustani burial towers
  • Lakeside Puno city and its markets and textiles

Key information

  • 3 days Land Only
  • 2 nights comfortable hotel
  • Travel by shared tourist coach and by boat
  • Accompanied by expert local guides 
  • Price from £209
  • Single supplement from £48
  • Countries visited: Peru

What's included

  • 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Local representative and guide

What's not included

  • Tour leader
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Cuzco Hotel
Juliaca Airport
  • Day 1

    Cross the altiplano to Puno (3800m)

    Today we travel by shared tourist coach across the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive (approx. 10hrs), it is interesting and often spectacular as you get a feeling for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. There will be a bilingual guide on board who will provide information in English and Spanish. There are four scheduled stops along the route (plus a lunch stop) to visit some of the most interesting sites: Andahuaylillas Church, the Raqchi Temple Complex, La Raya Pass (4335m) and the lithic Museum of Pukara. We arrive into Puno in the late afternoon (around 5pm), a high, chilly town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. A local representative/guide will meet you off the coach and take you to your hotel. There will be a short briefing about the next two days. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Casona Plaza (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 2

    Lake Titicaca

    A morning spent exploring Lake Titicaca by boat, visiting the descendants of the Uros Indians, who live on islands of floating reeds and produce some fine textiles. In the afternoon there is a visit to Sillustani burial towers outside of town. Though the altitude here is tiring, the air is very clear and the lakeside views magnificent, with the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes towering in the background. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Casona Plaza (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    End Juliaca Airport

    A transfer to Juliaca airport is included today - the extension ends here for land only clients. Those who have booked a flight inclusive package from London will board a flight to Lima or Cuzco, then connect with your overnight international flight back to London. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info



Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and one lunch are included in the extension. On the drive from Cuzco to Puno there is a scheduled lunch stop en route - usually comprising a buffet, serving a mixture of local and Western dishes.

Please do not drink the tap water in Peru - it is not potable.


Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate between different regions.

Cuzco and the Andes have a temperate climate. December to March is the rainy season in Cuzco/the Andes and April to November is the dry season; characterised by clear skies and strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. Daytime temperatures are usually pleasant (approx. 20 degrees C on average) but night times only 5-10 degrees C, except for May, June, July and August when days are cooler and nights are often close to, or a few degrees below, freezing. In the Andes, however, anything is possible at any time of year, including cloud, rain or even snow, and rapid and unexpected changes! 

Lake Titicaca is high, lying at 3800m above sea level, and at this altitude the sun is strong but the air can be cold, and nights can be close to freezing. You will need to bring some warm layers and a waterproof or wind-stopper. 

Peru is affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon whereby warming of Pacific Ocean surface water off South America drives a shift in the atmospheric circulation resulting in abnormally high levels of rainfall over parts of South America. These events occur at irregular intervals of two to seven years, and last nine months to two years. A strong El Niño event occurred in 2014-16. In El Niño years, temperatures in Lima can be much warmer than described above but it still rarely rains in Lima.

Puno weather chart

Puno weather chart

Is this trip for you?

This extension is offered after any Peru tour which ends in Cuzco; we do not offer it pre-tour as Puno/Lake Titicaca is situated at high altitude (3800m) and acclimatisation is required.

There is no Exodus leader on this extension but you will have the services of local guides and transfer agents and be provided with the contact details of our local partner in Peru in case you should require assistance. 

Altitude is a factor to consider when booking this extension and may make activities feel more strenuous than normal; please see the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notesfor further information. The maximum altitude reached is 4335m at La Raya Pass, on the drive from Cuzco to Puno.

You should be comfortable getting on and off boats and have the mobility to do so. There is one long drive; the drive from Cuzco to Puno is by shared tourist coach and takes around ten hours including stops at sites of interest along the way and a lunch break. 

Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and whilst these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally our local partner may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this. Similarly, occasionally Lake Titicaca's waters can be too rough for boats to go out and it may not be possible to reach the Uros Islands, in which case an alternative activity will be offered (usually you would visit the Llachon Peninsula instead).

The sun is strong at altitude however at the same time it can be very cold; you will need to bring suitable sun protection and warm clothing.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.



On this extension you will spend two nights in a comfortable hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel used may change depending on availability but the hotel usually used is Hotel Casona Plaza. This has local 4-star rating and is conveniently located within walking distance of the main plaza in Puno. 

A compulsory single supplement or sole traveller supplement may be applicable. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2019

    Lake Titicaca Extension

    The Titicaca extension is an enjoyable and good value addition to the Inca Trail. If leave isn't an issue I would definitely recommend this extension (after the trail). Don't be put off by the long drive - it's a comfortable coach and includes 4 sightseeing stops and a buffet lunch.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The boat trip on Lake Titicaca & rowing a reed boat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A - no leader on this extension.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring water on the coach. One of the stops has a pay toilet (1 sol), free at all other stops. Do the reed boat hop between islands. Take money on the boat trip - you will be expected to buy something from the stall of the island mama who shows you her hut & dresses you in traditional costume, preferably something locally made eg local design cushion cover (c 70 sol), model reed boat (c 70 sol). Ask your main tour guide to book the Balcons de Puna restaurant for you for dinner. La Recetta cafe is convenient for a light lunch.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel Casona Plaza is a convenient location. I would have liked a slightly longer stop at La Raya Pass (4335m).

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]