Double Occupancy: $1,090 per person

Single Occupancy: $930 per person

Duration: Five Days

Minimum No. of Travelers: 2

Difficulty: Easy

Start Date: February 2

The Candelaria in Puno is the Main Festival for the whole region. The festival attracts thousands of people that travel great distance to enjoy the dances, music, parades and fireworks that last several days.

This journey also takes you to the Lake Titicaca islands – Uros, Amantani and Taquile. Lake Titicaca offers a different side of Peru with higher altitudes and colder temperatures. However, the warmth and hospitality of the local people remind you of the importance of sharing and reciprocity - words that rule their everyday lives.

DAY 1: Puno (12606 ft.)

Today you arrive in Puno and receive a transfer from Juliaca airport or the bus station to your hotel in Puno. In the early hours of the morning, a mass is held in the main square. After the meeting of “comparsas” (a group of dancers) at 2:00 PM, the Procession of the Blessed Virgin of Candelaria begins. The Main Festival follows this parade of dancers throughout the downtown, with fireworks and music lasting all day long. It is very easy to follow the endless groups of dancers, and take every opportunity to join in the dancing as well!
At night, we have a welcome dinner in one of the fine restaurants near the main square.

Overnight in Hotel Accommodation: Double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Dinner

DAY 2: Lake Titicaca and Amantani Island (12606 ft.)

An early start is necessary to reach the Puno docks for our boat tour on Lake Titicaca. Our navigation starts towards the Uros, the legendary floating islands, where you stop and visit the local people to experience their way of life. Lake Titicaca is an inner sea, 110-mile-long by an average of 49-mile wide. It has many islands and some of them are populated.
Our next stop is Amantani Island. Arriving before lunch, you disembark and your family hosts walk you to their homes. The coop system distributes visitors among the families so every couple, or small party of people, are in different houses. In the local’s homes you enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Later, we all meet up before sunset for dances and a walk.

Overnight in home-stay *Note: shared toilets, rustic accommodation Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Puno – Lake Titicaca and Taquile Island (12606 ft.)

At 7:30 AM you take a boat to visit Taquile island, where a small community of around 400 families lives. This community has developed a cooperative way to share in the tourism thanks to the accommodations and restaurants around, as well as their local crafts and traditional costumes.
After lunch, you head back to the pier and embark in your boat for your journey back to Puno. You arrive by late afternoon, and dinner is on your own.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Puno Festival of Dances, La Candelaria

We follow the parades and dancers for another day today. After the Regional Dance Competition with traditional and native costumes, there is a stop for the dancers along the main streets of the city center. The image of “Mamita Candelaria” is accompanied by the faithful and folk groups that participate in the contest. Today marks the beginning a very busy week in Puno.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 5: Puno to Lima

You head back to Lima today after breakfast at your hotel. You are transferred to Juliaca airport, located 45 km north of Puno. Departing from Puno at 7AM, you have time to stop and visit the Sillustani archaeological site, located 40 minutes from Puno. Sillustani is a pre-Incan site that consists of a group of huge cylindrical tombs. The towers of Sillustani are the most impressive of the burial towers constructed by the Colla people. They are distinctive because the Colla used brick-like rectangular edges, in contrast with the Inca who used stones of different shapes.

Meals provided: Breakfast

The meals we provide while your Candelaria Lake Titicaca tour are shown below:

DAYS 1 2 3 4 5
Breakfast X X X X
Boxed Lunch / Lunch X X
Dinner X X
  • Transfers Juliaca airport to Puno
  • Professional, English speaking guide, from Puno to the Taquile Tour.
  • Transfers from Bus station to Hotel and to Airport at the end of your tour
  • Home Stay accommodation, with shared bathrooms and toilets
  • All meals indicated
  • Flights to or from Juliaca
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Medical or Life Insurance
  • Other Expenses
  • Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.

Do please only consider:

  • Small daypack
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • Gloves & wool hat
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
  • Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Personal items & medication
  • Camera & batteries
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