After an exhilarating exploration of Machu Picchu and a challenging hike on the Inca Trail, I decided to extend my Peruvian adventure with a serene 2D homestay on Lake Titicaca. Little did I know that this journey would not only provide a much-needed rest after the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, but also immerse me in the rich cultural tapestry of the indigenous communities surrounding this mystical lake.
Day 1: Puno - Luquina, Peru
The day began early as I was picked up from my hostel in Puno around 7:10 am. A motorboat awaited us at the port, marking the beginning of a day filled with exploration and discovery. Our first destination was the Uros Floating Islands, a unique spectacle on Lake Titicaca. The guide shared fascinating insights into the lives of the people who inhabit these man-made islands, standing resiliently atop the lake’s waters. The intricate craftsmanship of the reed huts and the vibrant culture left an indelible impression.
Leaving the Uros Islands behind, we embarked on a boat ride towards Taquile Island. Known for being the “best weavers of Peru,” the locals welcomed us with warmth and openness. A picturesque hike unfolded, offering breathtaking panoramas of Lake Titicaca. We delved into the heart of the community, visiting a local family’s home to learn about their renowned textiles. The town square, the highest point of our hike, was adorned with handicraft shops showcasing the exquisite craftsmanship of the Taquile people.
As the day progressed, we set sail for the Luquina community, our homestay for the night. The boat ride offered a moment of reflection, surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival, our host families greeted us at the port, ushering us into their homes with genuine hospitality. A delicious dinner awaited, a testament to the generosity and culinary prowess of the local families.
Day 2: Luquina - Puno, Peru
Waking up in the serene surroundings of Luquina, I started the day with a hearty breakfast shared with the family. The morning unfolded with opportunities to engage in the daily activities of the community, from sheep grazing to working in the crops. A particularly memorable experience was learning the art of milking a cow, a skill that has been passed down through generations.
The genuine connection with the local lifestyle added a profound layer to my journey. A sumptuous lunch shared with the family became a culmination of our shared experiences. Saying goodbye to our gracious local travel experts, we boarded the motorboat, setting sail back to Puno.
The return journey allowed for quiet contemplation, reminiscing about the warm hospitality of the Luquina community and the captivating landscapes of Lake Titicaca. As the tour concluded around 3:45 pm, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for the enriching experiences that unfolded over the past two days.
The 2-day homestay on Lake Titicaca, nestled between the Uros Floating Islands and the vibrant community of Luquina, proved to be a soul-nourishing retreat. Beyond the stunning natural landscapes, it was the genuine warmth of the indigenous families that made this journey unforgettable.
As I reflect on my time spent in Peru, this cultural immersion serves as a poignant reminder of the beauty that lies in connecting with diverse communities and embracing their way of life. Lake Titicaca, with its timeless allure, has etched a lasting memory in my heart, and I depart with a renewed spirit, thankful for the respite it offered after the invigorating trek on the Inca Trail.
Check out the Lake Titicaca & Luquina Homestay 2D/1N itinerary from Bamba Travel.
Guest post written by Marcia Greene
When she’s not captivating audiences with her incredible performances, Marcia is off on thrilling adventures.