Arrive Juliaca and transfer to your hotel for overnight in Puno. Located at 3830m above sea level, Puno is the highest night stop on the tour. As a result the weather can be extreme with very cold nights and a strong sun during the day. Puno is also known for it's wealth of traditional dances: there are up to 100 different varieties, usually performed in the street processions celebrating Catholic feast days. If you are fortunate enough to be visiting at the right time you may even catch one of these celebrations. If you have free time, we suggest an optional visit to the chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani – which are fantastic ruins, located outside Puno. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 2000m, and the views from the islands are stunning. The most famous site on the Lake, are the unique floating islands of the Uros people, made of Totora reeds. The Uros began their unusual floating existence centuries ago in an effort to isolate themselves from the Colla and Inca tribes. Sadly, the Uros language has died out, and today the islanders speak Aymara due to intermarriage with Aymara-speaking clans. Today about 300 families live on the islands, however their numbers are slowly declining. The Totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake are used for making everything from the islands themselves to the model boats that the islanders sell. The islands are made up of layers upon layers of reeds; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top. The reeds are also used to build their boats, which if constructed well will last up to 6 months.
This morning take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to visit the floating reed islands of the Uros people. Visit various islands to enjoy the scenic splendour and meet the friendly local villagers. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Puno.
Journey along the shores of Lake Titicaca by private transfer to the highest capital city in the world - La Paz, Bolivia. The bustling street life and traditional roots make La Paz a surprise highlight for many travellers. The full-day drive around the lake and through the altiplano to La Paz Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. Founded by Alonso de Mendoza in 1548, La Ciudad de Nuestra Seora de La Paz (the City of Our Lady of Peace) is the highest capital in the world. Although Sucre is the official capital, La Paz is the Bolivian centre of commerce, finance and industry, and the de facto capital. This is a busy modern city, with its centre at the base of a canyon 5km (3 miles) wide and sprawling impromptu housing all the way up the surrounding hillsides. The city is at nearly 4000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so visitors should be prepared for cool evenings and mornings. Explore the city's many fine museums or its historic ecclesiastical structures, such as the Iglesia de San Francisco, whose architectural details reflect the indigenous and mestizo heritage of modern Bolivia. The city is also renowned for its many markets, including the Mercado de Hechicera (Witches Market), where Paceos and visitors may purchase potions and incantations made from all sorts of herbs, seeds and secret ingredients to remedy any number of illnesses (real or imagined) and protect from evil spirits. With streets lined with market stalls and vendors, the pace and the vibrant atmosphere is an incredible experience. There is also a thriving black market and a Carnaval market, where locals purchase carnival costumes. You'll also find a wealth of shops selling all sorts of handicrafts, mainly alpaca wool products, silver jewellery, woven textiles and leather goods. Optional activities in La Paz include museums or a visit to the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft). To the south of the city is the Valley of the Moon, with crater-like formations made of sand.
The mysterious Tiahuanaco people constructed the great ceremonial centre on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca over 1000 years ago. Spend most of the day visiting these fantastic ruins and try to unravel the ancient mystery yourself.
Transfer to the airport for departure.