During our stay in Peru I really wanted to kayak on Lake Titicaca. I had heard good things about All the Ways Travel on the Peru forum of TA however, I could not find much info from anyone who had done the kayaking, so hopefully this will help others:) We flew in from Cusco to Juliaca & arranged for the company to pick us up there & take us to Llachon. Llachon is the only place on the Peru side of the lake you can kayak from. It is about 1.5 hours from Julica or Puno. Our driver and guide picked us up in a comfortable mini van. They even made stops at the ATM (the one at the airport was broken) and at the grocery store ( to pick up a gift for our host family & some snacks) before taking us on to Llachon. Our guide was Heber Mamani and he was wonderful & spoke great English! In Llachon we stayed in the home of Valentin Quispe. His home is very nice by Peruvian standards. Our room was separate from the main house & had its own bathroom with indoor plumbing & electricity. Heber took us up to the main square that evening, as the town was celebrating its anniversary & we watched the dancing and music. It was locals only and a very authentic feeling experience. That evening we had a wonderful dinner in Valentin Quispe house. It was truly one of the best meals of our entire stay in Peru (chicken, potatoes, carrots, bread, rice, soup & chocolate pudding). I had been really worried about getting cold during the night with no heat but it really wasn't a problem. With wool long johns and all the blankets on the bed I was quite comfy, even during bathroom trips. The next morning we had a breakfast of different breads and hot tea before kayaking. They have top notch gear for kayaking. The kayaks are like new & you are also fitted with waterproof jackets and a waterproof kayak skirt. Tip: Even if it is cold in the morning don't wear more then a long sleeve shirt. The jackets they give you block all the wind & with the effort of kayaking you will roast. I am ALWAYS cold & I got hot with a fleece on under my jacket . Once you have your skirt on & are on the water your really can't take layers off. We kayaked for about 3 hours to Amantani island (Tequille Island is closer if you want a shorter paddle). We set the pace and never felt rushed by Heber. We stopped on the water about half way there and had a snack. We do not kayak often so the paddle was a good challenge but still fun for us. Remember at this high of an altitude you will tire more quickly. There is a large motor boat that follows at a nice distance if anyone is having any problems so you never have to worry. Once on the island we had a nice lunch at one of the local homes & then climbed to the top of the island to enjoy the view. Heber is from Amntani so we learned a lot about the island from him. During the entire time we were on the island we did not see any other tourists. After visiting the island we could chose to kayak back or take the boat back to Llachon. We chose the 1.5 hour boat ride! We were just too tired from the morning paddle & the hike. The boat was nice, it was enclosed & had couches. Since we were the only ones on the boat & it was so comfy we actually slept the entire way back to Llachon! Back in Llachon we packed up & the van picked us up to take us to Puno for the night where we had arranged our own accommodations. All Ways travel dropped us off at our hotel where we then paid for our trip. It was a wonderful experience. Cost: tours with ALL Ways Travel do cost more, but you get what you pay for and the best thing about this company is that they make sure the local people are receiving a fair wage for your visit. All that said this was by far the most expensive activity of our trip totaling $625 US dollars for the 2 of us.The transportation to and from Llachon being the costliest part at $125 each way. No matter the number of people in your party 1-6. Meals and lodging were $35 dollars per person for 1 night & 3 meals. The guide was $55 for the entire trip and the kayaks & boat were $125 each for the day. Bringing the total to $625. I felt the rates for everything except for the transportation were very fair. There just is no other way to get to Llachon except private transportation that I know of. If you are traveling with children or in a larger group the transportation costs would be less noticeable. This is definitely an activity I would feel comfortable taking children on. With the motor boat near & the high quality gear you know everyone is safe. This is truly a great company trying to help the local people. Hope this is helpful!
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