Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Peru Tour Tips to Visiting Lake Titicaca

One of the most relaxing spots to visit on a Peru tour is Lake Titicaca, which is why many Peru tour packages include it as an option. Aside from being a picturesque location, there are many opportunities to enjoy local culture and native wildlife you can’t find anywhere else.

Lake Titicaca is one of the top destinations for Peru tour packages for a reason: the pristine waters are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing stay on your Peru tour, whether you spend one or several days soaking in the view. The experience is easy to enjoy, but taking note of a few tips before you can make it even better. To make the most of your visit, check out the do’s and don’ts of visiting Lake Titicaca:

  • Do bring sunscreen. Even if you don’t normally burn, the water reflects sunlight, intensifying the amount of rays you’ll take in. While rain is a common part of the landscape you’ll see on a Peru tour, you are closer to the sun than many other parts of the world. Especially if you have fair skin, sunscreen is a must.
  • Do have small denominations of cash on your person. This is generally a good idea when travelling on Peru tour packages anyway, but especially when you are visiting the small villages near Lake Titicaca. Some locals will ask for a little money if you want to take pictures of them or their homes, so having a little cash can get you the pictures you want and the small souvenirs you’d like to take home with you after your Peru tour is over.
  • Do visit the Uros Islands. Made up of about 40 manmade islands, they are made of floating reeds that are abundant in shallower parts of the lake. The islands have a small population, and they were originally built to provide defense to the area.
  • Do bring small gifts if you visit AmantanĂ­ Island on your Peru tour. Food staples except for sugar are welcome gifts, as are school supplies for local children. Some of the families on this island welcome tourists to stay with them overnight and encourage them to participate in traditional dances nightly.
  • Don’t join a tour group if you feel the guide isn’t trustworthy. Once you head out on the lake, it can be difficult to get back if you feel uncomfortable or that this Peru tour was falsely advertised. If you can, talk to others who have already taken a tour of Lake Titicaca to discover trustworthy guides.
  • Don’t rush your stay. Peru tour packages are sometimes jam packed with all sorts of destinations and activities, but Lake Titicaca is best when you take the time to appreciate it.
  • Don’t underestimate the chilly nights. The days may be warm, but be sure you can stay warm at night. Pack warm pajamas before heading on Peru tour packages.
  • Don’t skip a visit of Puno. It’s considered the Folkloric Capital of Peru and is home to some of the most fabulous festivals that a Peru tour can offer! Talk to your tour operator to learn about events that may be happening during the dates of your Peru tour packages.

Lake Titicaca is one of the many wonders that Peru has to offer travelers. Take the time to appreciate the mesmerizing view of the highest elevation navigable lake in the world and it won’t feel like wasted time. After all, you should be able to relax during your travel abroad, and Lake Titicaca is the perfect place for that. Besides, Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail will still be there when you’re done.

To learn more Peru tour packages and tours of Lake Titicaca, email info@bestperutours.com.

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