Homestays on Lake Titicaca: Amantani Island
Interact with a Peruvian indigenous culture up close and personal through a cultural exchange on the islands of Lake Titicaca. Experience the traditional life on Amantani Island, seeing how this native community works the land, makes beautiful handicrafts and performs traditional dances. In addition, you will enjoy visits to floating islands, and get carried away by the astonishing beauty of the world’s highest navigable lake 3,811 meters above sea level.
More information about the home stay experience:
For many people this home-stay experience is a true revelation of a unique reality of Andean people. This cultural exchange experience is touching and fascinating as every traveler is welcome to share with the locals their time, some artistic talent, educational knowledge or just simple conversations.
For years, the local people from Amantani have been struggling for better treatment and payment from travel agencies. This cultural exchange tour has been created to help them to receive a fair payment for their cooking and lodging services. We are committed to provide a safe boat for your trip, an excellent tour guide, to cover your entrance fees on the islands, as well as providing transfers from your hotel to harbor, plus a visit the non-touristy side of Taquile Island on the second day. You will be in charge of paying directly to your host family a fare of 30 soles per person. The community members have established this fare and think is reasonable.
Amantani island is located 26 miles (38 Km) away from the city of Puno (3 ½ hours of navigation in boat). Because of a more distant location, tourism on the island of Amantani has not developed in the same way as in Taquile. The main difference between the two islands is that home-stays have remained a more authentic cultural experience in Amantani.
The 3,600 inhabitants of Amantani have also a Quechua origin and they are mainly small farmers growing Andean potatoes, bailey and green beans. The “Amantanenos” have not been as successful in their tourism initiatives as their neighbors from Taquile. However, they have become excellent traders of the handicrafts that they produce such as the Andean grass baskets, embroideries, beautiful tapestry with baby alpaca fur and alpaca wool clothing.
A visit to Amantani necessarily implies to stay one night on the island. The houses are very simple and services are basic. There is no running water, no electricity and of course very basic toilets and showers.
|Lake Titicaca 4d/3n, min 2 people
Prices are per person and in US dollars. Prices are subject to change around holidays such as Easter, Christmas, New Year and other local festivities.
• Entrance fees to Uros, Amantani and Taquile Islands.
• Meals indicated
• 2 overnights at Eco Inn in Puno & 1 overnight with a local family on Amantani Island.
• English speaking guide(s).
• All land transportation for airport/bus or train station and tours.
• Boat transportation
Price Does Not Include:
• Travel insurance.
• Optional tipping of the staff.
Price Does Not Include:
* If pick-up is from the airport and not from train or bus station, a fee of $15 applies per person.
* Pick-ups are in private service, the tour on the Titicaca Island is in shared service.
If you would prefer a private tour on the Titicaca Island, please let us know.