Uros Khantati – Floating Reed Island on Lake Titicaca – Puno Peru

I don’t have much to say about the city of Puno. We both wanted to check out the floating reed islands just outside of Puno and after some research we found Uros Khantati. During our research we discovered that due to heavy competition from the tour companies, locals of these islands received very little money. A local woman, Cristina Suaña Coila realized this and together with her family organized an authentic experience on their island where they cut out the tour operators and therefore were able to keep more of the profits.

The cost was S/ 165 each a night and this included pickup from our hostel, boat ride to the island, some lessons on the local history and their way of life, cultural events, fishing and 3 meals. After a few emails and the realization that English on the Island was very limited (Spanish, Quechua and Aymara are mostly spoken), Mel and I were on a small power boat to Uros Khantati.

Just before we arrived on the island

Just before we arrived on the island

When we arrived we were greeted by Cristina and shown to our room, which compared to our hostel in Puno was amazing. Solar panels powered the lights and even warmed water for the showers! The rooms were simple but nice, the beds were very comfortable and had lots of extra sheets to keep us warm as it gets rather cold on the lake at night.

The bed in our room, the floor and supports were wood, the rest of the building was made of reeds

The bed in our room, the floor and supports were wood, the rest of the building was made of reeds

The sitting area of our room

The sitting area of our room

After getting settled we went to meet the other guests. There were 2 Irish girls and a guy from the UK that would be staying the night. Also, some of the guests from the night before had opted to stay longer and joined us for some of the day’s meals and events. Luckily the family from the night before were multi-lingual which helped with the explanation of how the islands were constructed and the history of the people. The even let us dress up in the traditional oufits, did some dancing and took the big reed boat out for a spin.

The thought Mel pulled this outfit of well

The thought Mel pulled this outfit of well

Uros Khantati Panoramic

Uros Khantati Panoramic

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We got up early, 5:45am, for the Sunrise.... and then went right back to bed until breakfast at 8

We got up early, 5:45am, for the Sunrise.... and then went right back to bed until breakfast at 8

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting to see the Floating reed Islands of Lake Titicaca. Cristina prefers to have customers by referrals so contact her directly by email: uroskhantati@hotmail.com or if your Spanish is decent try their cell phone: (051) 951 695121 / 951 472355

4 thoughts on “Uros Khantati – Floating Reed Island on Lake Titicaca – Puno Peru

  1. Hi there , first than all i want to say thank you for visit our country and let to know to all the world the great experience you had in KHANTATI , i have opened a travel agency in Lima , just some months ago, and I was looking for some pics to put in my website to promote KHANTATI as unconventional experiential tourism and that is how I found your site . I am rooting for experiential tourism, where people can interact with each other and learn from other cultures. This is the reason why I decided to write you and render thanks for your comments on your blog. Kind regards . Rocio.

    • I would suggest you contact them directly to see if they want any additional promotion (you can find their email and phone number at the end of my post). My understanding is they operate the way they do because tourism agency were taking advantage of other similar floating islands. Therefore I don’t feel comfortable with you using my pictures for any promotion.

      Good luck.

  2. Thank you so much for this informative blog, it was incredibly helpful and we emailed Habraham. We had the most delightful stay with his family and didn’t want to leave the beautiful reed island!

    • Thank you it was one of favorite experiences in South America, I’m glad that our information is getting them more business!

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