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“Combine with Uros Islands for a Full-Day Tour”
Review of Taquile Island

Taquile Island
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Full-Day Uros and Taquile Island Tour from Puno
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Full Day Tour: Uros and Taquile Islands on the Titicaca Lake from Puno
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Uros and Taquile Islands by Fast Boat
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Owner description: Located approximately 25 kilometers from the shore of Lake Titicaca, this scenic island is known for its friendly inhabitants, clear blue lake waters and distant snow-capped mountains.
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Most people skip Taquile in favour of Uros. I think it's definitely worth a visit. Most tour companies offer a full-day tour covering Uros Islands and Taquile Island. You'll start in Uros and depart for Taquile at about 9.30am. The boat ride is about two hours. You'll spend a couple of hours on Taquile hiking and having lunch (about 20 soles and usually not included in the tour price) before heading back to Puno. Taquile makes for a nice hike in the countryside. The town square is at 4,000 masl though so bring warm clothes and be prepared for some breathlessness while hiking.

Thank Mei L
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Very interesting visit. Better done than visits to the floating islands. Had an excellent lunch provided at one of the local indigenous restaurants. Be sure and opt for the "long way down" the walk is well worth it. THe only down side is the endless boat ride to get to and from the island .... makes the slow boat to China look like a racer.

Thank MikeyBDryden
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

This island is beautiful and words cannot truly explain how wonderful it is.

There are some definite bad things about coming here, as is obvious from other reviews. First, it is a three-hour boat ride, one way. If you choose a typical boat, that may not be a great 3 hour ride. The boat we chose was cheap. It had a bathroom, but it was only a bucket to urinate in. My wife developed a urinary tract infection on this day. We think the fantastic hygenic conditions helped. My advice: pick a nice boat, with a real bathroom, televisions and a bar. They are a lot more expensive, but worth it.

Another bad thing: the climb is rough. Unless you have acclamated to the altitude, the climb from the bottom of the island to the top is pretty intense. You can always take little breaks along the way, which does make it easier. However, on the way down, there are large stones which form high steps. By the end of the hike down, my knees were very weak and legs were shaking (sometimes uncontrollable.) I'm a bit of an out-of-shape wuss, but just something to keep in mind.

The good things were amazing, though. The people are super friendly and want to talk to you. They want to know where you are from and discuss things with you. They want you to buy their garments, tapestries, etc. also. The kids are wonderful! The lunch was great and worth the money. I love trout and they have some of the best that I have ever eaten!

I think that if you have the time, you should defintely go to Taquile Island... but take the good boat!

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

After our homestay on Amantani we were disappointed with Taquile. It looks like tourism (hanging around in traditional costume to sell to tourists) is now the main occupation of the 2500 inhabitants as many of the terraces that could be cultivated are now without crops.

1 hour walk up from the dock with the first 15 minutes quite steep. We then hung around in the main square for an hour (opportunity to buy expensive water and snacks) before an early lunch at the selected restaurant. Apparently the 38 restaurants have a rotation system and the others close so you have no choice. Luckily our lunch was fine but overpriced at 20 soles/head.

The walk out to a different harbour is down 500 steep steps, watch your knees and the many hawkers of traditional wares.

An upside was our guide Richar who was knowledgable and had a great sense of humour. We picked his brains and found out a lot.

Is it worth the 2-3 hour boat ride each way? Try and go to Amantani and climb the hill for the lovely views.

Thank SmallBizOwner
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We did this as part of a day tour including the Unos Islands. We did arrive on market day for Puno so maybe many people were away.

It is not as interesting as the floating islands. People live in cement buildings and there is step farming on the island. People were different coloured hats depending on social and marital status. But we didnt see much of this and our guide seemed to be doing a sales pitch when explaining the "fine" quality of the hats.

We arrived after a three hour, boring (nothing to see as the lake is so vast) boat ride. It was comfortable enough though. We then had a 30 minute walk up stairs to the main plaza which offered some nice views but the buildings are not particularly photogenic. The main plaza is quite poorly maintained. There are several restaurants, a two tier shop selling knit ware and a photo exhibition.

Our lunch was at a nice outdoor restaurant with good views. The food was fine, 20soles for soup, trout and a cocoa tea. The veg and rice was cold. The veg option was an omelette or just cold veg and chips.

The walk back down to the boat was a longer slope and that had very good views.

There are basic toilets for 1 soles.

Thank ChinaRich
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