Off The Beaten Path, Anapia Island Vivencial Experience

We suggest a 4 days/ 3 nights life experience. There are around 15 homes as part of the community-based tourism project. The set up is unsophisticated (no hot water or showers are available) but clean and comfortable.

A shorter and more superficial Anapia island experience can be a 2 days/ 1 night tour, as follows:

Day 1: Puno – Yuspique – Anapia. Early morning, you leave Puno by bus towards Lake Titikaka. A local motorboat brings us to Yuspique Island, where we enjoy a lunch with the native fishermen, consisting of huatia (ground baked potatoes) and fish from the morning catch. We walk around the island, visiting the pre-Inca archaeological remains with a native guide and admiring the vicuna herds. From Yuspique, we continue our journey to Anapia in local fishermen’s sailboats. We are welcomed to the island by our host families. After settling in, you meet the rest of the community and join them for dinner and folklore music (L D).

Day 2: Anapia – Puno or Copacabana. Early risers can join the fishermen on their morning fishing journey on the lake before joining the host family for breakfast. You leave Anapia by motorboat and are transferred to Puno or to Copacabana in Bolivia.

Anapia Island

During the colonial times, Anapia became a Spanish hacienda. During the first 150 years of republican life it continued in the hands of a land owner until 1968, as during the agrarian reform the ownership passed again to the native community. 280 families live scattered around the eastern section of the island, divided into agricultural and residential zones. Seventy five percent of the population work the land. Their main products are potatoes, ocas and Andean cereals such as quinua and amaranth. The rest are fishermen who work especially at sunrise and sunset in the surrounding areas of Lake Titikaka.

This journey is the result of the initiative of the local community and a private business. The quality of the tourist services is guaranteed by an on-going training program for the local population, allowing residents to improve the quality of their lives while strengthening their cultural Aymara identity.

Hikes to observe wildlife and fauna are available throughout the island, but its main attraction is the opportunity to live with the local population, participate in their festivities and discover their traditional way of life while sharing their typical food and lodge within the community in rustic, but warm and clean rooms, with basic services and facilities.