leaving cusco at 8:00 am arriving to puno at 5:00 pm
The city of Puno is forever marked by the presence of Lake Titicaca, its defining emblem in the minds of many. Lake Titicaca was considered by the Incas to be a sacred site, with its beautiful natural and man-made islands. Not only that, but it is also the highest navigable lake in the world (at over 3,800 meters above sea level).
Puno is more than just Lake Titicaca, though. Puno is chullpas (traditional circular buildings); it is dances and rituals; it is its Quechua and Aymara past; it is the Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria. Puno oozes tourism wherever you cast your gaze.
To travel to Lake Titicaca aboard the Andean Explorer train is to travel in the present day on a journey to the ancient past, where visitors can immerse themselves in Inca culture and all the mysteries and wonders at their disposal, waiting to be visited and experienced today.
Description of the Andean Explorer train journey
The Andean Explorer travels from Cusco to Lake Titicaca (Puno). This service, full of romance and style, unites two of the most important tourist destinations Perú.El Andean Explorer is exquisitely decorated in subtle and delicate style of the great Pullman trains of the twenties and has a whole fleet of cars completely renovated including dining cars and a car-air observatory libre.Esta bar is a luxurious way to travel between Lake Titicaca and Cuzco.
During the trip, Tren Andean Explorerpassengers can enjoy lunch consisting of a starter, main course and dessert in the dining car, followed by coffee served in the bar car observatorio.Durante ten hours away by train, not only the landscape changes from mountains and rolling plains, also the weather. Lake Titicaca is higher and colder than Cusco, so is that passengers should be prepared for changes.
Cusco – Lake Titicaca (Puno)
This spectacular rail journey begins in historic Cuzco towards the south of the beautiful city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Travelers can choose the wagons of the Andean Explorer that will have the perfect opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery through the car windows wide viewpoint.
The train begins a gentle climb to higher ground and cold. The magnificent Andean mountains dominate the first half of the trip looming over deep valleys and the meandering River Huatanay. When you reach the soft Andean plains you can see vicuñas and alpacas.
The journey is broken at La Raya, mandatory stop to admire the landscape from the highest point of the route.
You will travel from Cusco to Puno at 8:00 pm so you will arrive to Puno at 5:00 Am next morning ready to start your Titicaca Lake tour
We will pick you up from the Bus Station so will take to our lodge where you can take a hot shower and have breakfast after this Between 7.40am and 8am Transfer from the lodge to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 meters in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani Island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4150 m.a.s.l) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family meals’ lunch, dinner with
Accommodation: rustic accommodation with family. Maximum Altitude: 4150 m.a.s.l.
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile Island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, after lunch we take the return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to The Bus Station aprox 4 pm. ( so you will take the confortable Bus back to Cusco at around 9:30 p.m. so you will be back in Cusco by 6:00 am next morning)
End of service. Meals 01 Breakfast, 01 typical lunch in Taquile.
Luxury Train Andean Explorer Cusco – Puno 3D
SHARED SERVICE:From 02-ppl US$ per person.From 03-ppl US$ per person. From 04-ppl US$ per person. From 05-ppl US$ per person.From 06-10ppl US$. you can leave any day you suit .
To Book: we need you to send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$30 per person by Paypal or Western Union .
ALL DEPARTURES 100% GUARANTEED AND WE LEAVE WITH 02 PEOPLE MINIMUM.
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FEBRUARY 2017: Upon Request (Private service only)
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What is totora?
Totora is a cattail-like reed that grows abundantly in Lake Titicaca. Our livelihoods depend on this reed for shelter, food and medicine.
Do the islands move?
You won’t notice the island moving at all. They do sway a little during very high winds. The surface is soft and springy, like walking on a mattress.
What kinds of meals can I expect?
All of our meals are wholesome and cooked fresh every day. Breakfast consists of bread and pastries, fruit preserves, coffee, tea, and eggs cooked to order. Lunch and dinner might include baked trout or chicken with vegetables. Be sure to leave room for dessert!
I’m a vegetarian? Can you accommodate me?
Let us know in advance and we’ll make sure your dietary needs are taken care of.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding?
No, all our guest rooms have new mattresses, clean sheets and lots of warm blankets. We’ll even put a hot water bottle in your bed at night.
Can I charge my camera’s batteries?
Yes, our island is 100% solar-powered and has universal plugs that accept round and/or flat prongs. Voltage throughout Peru is 220v. Almost all electronics (e.g. cameras, video, MP3 players, digital tablets, e-readers, etc) are dual voltage, so a voltage converter is not necessary. Please check your individual device’s user manual for more information.
Can I swim in Lake Titicaca?
Yes, you can. Some of our more adventurous guests enjoy taking a plunge after a day in the hot sun. Brace yourself for icy temperatures, though. The average surface temperature is 10 to 14º C (50 to 57º F), but colder during our winter months (June through September).
Will the high altitude affect me?
Each person responds differently to high altitudes. Surprisingly, it has little to do with your level of physical fitness. Lake Titicaca is at 3812 m (12,507 ft) in elevation. Most of our guests arrive from Cusco or Arequipa and have had some time to acclimatize. Alternatively, high altitude pills are available in most pharmacies in Peru or through your doctor.
What language do you speak?
We mostly speak Aymara, our indigenous language, as well as Spanish.
When is the best time to visit?
Most visitors arrive in our winter months (June, July, August). October and November are great times to visit, with slightly warmer temperatures. Our rainy season begins in December and continues until March.
Are families welcome?
We are a very family-friendly destination. Children love Isla Khantati!
Why do you have a flamingo as your logo?
The flamingo is Qhana, and he is our mascot and a member of our extended family. He had been injured, so we rescued him and nursed him back to health. When the flamingos return to Lake Titicaca as part of their migration, he will be free to join them. In the meantime, he’s enjoying the good life in his own private pond.
Do you have wi-fi?
No, we don’t have wi-fi or Internet access available to our guests.