02DAYS CATAMARAN SUN ISLAND
Starting in La Paz & Ending in Puno
RUMBO EXPLORA have carefully selected the best transport options, with guided visits Catamaran La Paz – Sun Island – Puno, all year around. RUMBO EXPLORA offer you the possibility to make your transport reservation, due that not all transport companies have an automatic booking system. We will confirm your reservation within 24 hours. (P.T = Peruvian Time) (B.T = Bolivian Time)
02DAYS CATAMARAN LA PAZ – SUN ISLAND – PUNO
|BY CATAMARAN||INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS|
price per person
|Inclusions: Land transport La Paz-Bolivia to Chua port, catamaran to sun island, english-spanish speaking guide, entrance fees, visit south side of sun island + Intiwata complex, catamaran to Chua port, accommodation & all meals, visit Pariti & Kalauta islands + Patapatani community, land transport Tiquina to Copacabana-Bolivia, then to Puno-Peru, and transfer to hotel.
Exclusions: Drinks, extras, tips and others not included in the program
|DAY 01: Pick up from hotel: 5:30 – 6:00am (B.T)
Bus La Paz – Chua port: 6:00am (B.T)
Arrival in Chua port: 8:00am (Bolivian Time)
Catamaran to Sun Island: 8:00am. Visit south side of Sun island & Intiwata complex
Catamaran to Chua port: 14:30pm + overnight
|La Paz – Chua port: 95km
Chua port – Sun Island: 49km
Chua port – Pariti island: 17km
San Pedro Tiquina-Copacabana: 39km
Copacabana – Puno: 143km
Note: Including stop at Kasani (frontier)
|DAY 02: Catamaran to Pariti & kalauta islands / Patapatani community: 9:00am
Catamaran to Tiquina port: 13:00pm
Bus Tiquina port – Copacabana: 14:00pm (B.T)
Bus Copacabana – Puno: 15:30pm (B.T)
Arrival at hotel in Puno: 17:30pm (Peruvian Time)
|Tourist attractions at Sun Island: Pilkokaina palace, inca stairs, fountain of youth, intiwata cultural complex and underground museum
Tourist attractions in minor lake: Pariti island / kalauta island / Patapatani community & local museum
02DAYS CATAMARAN LA PAZ – SUN ISLAND – PUNO
DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY:
DAY 01: LA PAZ – CHUA PORT – COPACABANA – SUN ISLAND: Early morning between 5:30 – 6:00am a guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel in La Paz (Bolivia), then you will be driven to Copacabana, located at marker 152 km, a car trip of 3:00 hours, in order to board the catamaran cruise to your next destination and that will assist you with your and luggage. The town of Copacabana serves as starting point to the islands of the Sun and Moon, located on shores of lake Titicaca (Bolivia), 3:00hour’s drive, with a population of 3000 inhabitants. Copacabana comes from two Aymara words, KOTA (lake) and KAHUANA (viewpoint of the lake) for that reason there is an Calvary on the top of the hill, where you will appreciate the shamans or Yatiris – Quechuas and Aimaras amautas who bless to the people. There is a church in Copacabana which was originally of a Moorish style, then Renaissance style which was built between 1601 and 1619 and rebuilt in 1610 and 1651. The image of the Virgin of Copacabana was carved in wood by Tito Yupanqui which has Indian features and very visited by Peruvians and Bolivians. Copacabana is today a center of pilgrimage of thousands of loyals. Then we board the Catamaran to visit Sun Island which is inhabited by indigenous Quechuas and Aimaras, who are cattlemen, farmers and also work making crafts. Sun Island has a length of 9.6 km by 4.6 km wide and covers an area of 14.3 km². It is the biggest island in the lake; its first name was Titicaca Island which means mountain cat stone or puma stone. Then we visit Pilkokaina Palace, unique construction for its characteristics, Yumani is another archaeological site that lead to the top of the island, where exists the Inca Garden, steps and the Inca fountain. Sun Island has a rugged terrain with many terraces that ancient people have used for cultivation, according the locals the island was the Inca sanctuary with a temple of virgins dedicated to God Inti (the Sun). Continue to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. Buffet lunch on board. Also, the Inti Wata Complex of Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. In the afternoon Catamaran from Sun Island to Chua port. Romantic candle light dinner and overnight on board the Catamaran in lake view cabins with private facilities.
DAY 02: PARITI & KALAUTA ISLANDS – PATAPATANI – TIQUINA PORT – PUNO: Buffett breakfast on board. Then we board the Catamaran to Pariti island, where we visit a typical local house that will allow appreciating the real livelihood of aymara people in the highlands. On this island local poeple discovered numerous pieces of fine ceramics dated to tiwanaku culture, such as tigers, monkeys and much more, which were taken to local museum. Afterwards we continue with our itinerary to Kalauta island, where are located the stone city, one of the biggest necropolis of this area, besides el funeral towers of Kalauta, some of the constructions with 2 and 3 floors. We board the catamaran crossing the large amount of totora reeds. Buffet lunch on board. Then travel by Catamaran to Patapatani community, where visitors have the opportunity to interact with one of the most unspoiled indigenous Titicaca villages through an innovative program organized with local community, sharing their lifestyle, traditions and daily activities. In this community you will participate also in their dances to the sound of typical instruments, including the visit to their own museum, where we will have the opportunity to see the oldest best-preserved andean mummy called “Tani”. Finally a return trip by Catamaran to Tiquina port. Land transfer from Tiquina (Bolivia) to Puno (Peru) located at marker 143 km, a car trip of 3:30 hours, including stop at Kasani (Migrations office of Bolivia & Peru). Arrival in Puno (Peru) around 18:00pm, then transfer to the hotel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Pick-up from hotel in La Paz-Bolivia, land transportation La Paz-Copacabana, including crossing Tiquina channel-strait, English-Spanish speaking escort guide for 01Day, besides guided visit the church in Copacabana village, insurance premiun US$3.5, embarkation fees US$6.5, Catamaran cruise Copacabana – Sun Island, lunch on board, entrance tickets, visit Pilkokaina palace, inca stairs, fountain of youth, intiwata cultural complex (underground museum + largest collection of archaeological & anthropologial items, plantations of medicinal herbs & fauna), reed boat ride, Catamaran Sun Island – Chua port, accommodation + all meals & snack on board, Catamaran to Pariti & Kalauta Islands, Pataparani community, Tiquina port, land transportation Tiquina-Bolivia to Puno-Peru, transfer to hotel. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices.
NOT INCLUDED: In La Paz-Bolivia additional charge for pick-up from hotels located in the south area of La Paz city. In Puno-Peru additional charge for drop-off for hotels located out of Puno city. Drinks, extras, tips.
IMPORTANT: The Catamarans have 20 outside view luxury cabins for 40 passengers as overnight cruiser, velocity of 11 knots + GPS + radio communication + night navigation lights + compass + oxygen & first aid kit + life jackets + toilet + Carpeted floor + panoramic windows + cooler. Our tourist transportation vehicles have nation wide circulation permit and 2 types of insurance (Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record) + oxygen & first aid kit + panoramic windows + reclining & confortable seats, exclusive for our demanding customers. Rumbo Explora provide to visitors all possible choices. Beware with illegal local Tour Operators or middleman, who do not pay the real costs to suppliers (transport, local restaurants & guest houses, tour guides & drivers). Help us avoid the explotation.
You can see that in Rumbo Explora we have developed for you tailor-made itineraries with the best price as competitive as possible, providing an excellent service and paying our guides 10% above the legal wage agreed with association of the tour guides – Peru. Our staff are some of the best paid in Peru & Bolivia, which allows us to attract only the Best Tour Guides, Motor Boats and Land Transportation with national permit, to none other local company, that can only provide a cheaper price by providing a far inferior service and saving on staff costs, ¿How? Hiring tour guides in training without experience and not paying them, besides avoiding taxes to government.
Big Travel companies from Europe, North America, Australia and others work with the Peruvian Tour Operators located in Lima-Peru, who work as middlemen receiving from them good prices from the Tours & Packages, and paying to us 40 to 50% minor the normal price, besides 2 to 3 months delayed, being this the reason that Rumbo Explora have decided to offer tours & packages directly to travelers.
VISAS / PASSPORTS:
If you travel to Bolivia, visa is not necessary for U.S Citizens and most other nationalities. If you hold a passport from another country, we will send all information necessary otherwise check with your local consulate or embassy about requirements for travel to Bolivia. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Please carry proper identification on you and do not leave in your suitcase or hotel room. In most of places like airports, train-bus stations, frontier or at any other check points you must to show passport, because some countries have laws that require you to carry your passport with you at all times and anywhere. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Bolivian Embassy.