An early morning start of the day will find you, and 10–20 others, at the Puno port boarding a double-deck motorboat and throwing on a life jacket. In an hour, on the typical tour, you’ll be at the Islas Uros. From there, it is another 2–3 hours on to the Islas Amantaní and Taquile.
The motorboat’s enclosed first floor is often the DVD room, where educational films about the lake and its cultures are shown. The second floor is an open-air deck for sightseeing. Tours can be arranged as day trips or overnights. Some travel agencies now have high-speed boats, which greatly reduce travel time.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition