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Amantani – A Must-Visit In Titicaca, Peru

20 Feb Amantani – A Must-Visit In Titicaca, Peru

Amantani is an island 2 hours from Puno. It is the largest island on the Peruvian side. There are no cars or no hotels on the Amantani. Amantani reaches 4150 meters above sea level, and by that, it shouldn’t be the first place you visit unless you are acclimatised.

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The little town

There is not a lot to do in the town, a few small shops to buy water and snacks, a church and a school. It is also the meeting spot before you start hiking up to Pachamama.

Homestay

If you want to stay the night you can do a homestay, which is also found on booking.com Their homes does not have any addresses so the host needs to pick you up when you arrive on a boat. Breakfast is usually included, but dinner and drinks are not. Not all of the homestays have running water so be prepared for that. It will also get quite cold at night and the rooms usually don’t have a heater, so bring enough clothes. 




You should bring enough cash to pay for the stay and souvenirs if you want to buy that. There are no ATMs in Amantani.

The hike up to Pachamama and Pachapapa

The most interesting things to do in Amantani is to hike up to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Pachapapa. There are a group of people who hike up roughly two hours before sunset. Hiking up earlier the better. It takes time because of the altitude and if you have enough time you can check out Pachapapa before seeing the sunset at Pachamama.

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There are some gates on the way up, perfect for photos.


Make sure you take some photos of Pachamama and Pachapapa from a distance.

The sunset is amazing and it goes down pretty quickly.

 You can also get a view to Bolivia on a good day.

Traditional dance

In the evening the host will lend you traditional Amantani clothes and take you to a traditional party where you will dance with locals and tourists. 

Most of the tour boats that go to Amantani for people who stay the night there, that mean you cant really just see Amantani without staying the night. The next morning the boats usually stop some hours at Taquile before heading back to Puno. 

Must-haves on an overnight stay at Amantani, Titicaca


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14 Comments
  • Daphne
    Posted at 14:46h, 20 February Reply

    Interesting to hear there are no cars, no hotels, and no ATMs on the Amantani. Can you just go around the island entirely by foot? Good to know there are some homestays available on Booking.com. Would love to explore this place in the near future!

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:38h, 02 March Reply

      Yeah you can, it is one of the bigger islands so it will take time and the altitude is very high. thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Jolina S....
    Posted at 15:34h, 20 February Reply

    Those views are amazing! And it’d be a treat to see Bolivia on a good day. Amantani definitely looks like an amazing place to explore. And thanks for sharing that there are no cars or no hotels or ATMs–that’s good to know and prepare for, especially for those who plan to visit.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:39h, 02 March Reply

      Yes important to know that 😀 thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Turtle
    Posted at 18:33h, 20 February Reply

    How interesting! I had not heard of Amantani before but it sounds really interesting. I used to do a lot of travel like this but I seem to have mainly been concentrating on bigger cities recently. But I love that feeling of jumping off a boat and being greeted by a local resident to head to a homestay. It’s such an authentic connection with the local community. Great story!

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:35h, 02 March Reply

      It is not so well known but it is surely a unique experience. thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Iuliana Marchian
    Posted at 03:50h, 21 February Reply

    Amantani is such a beautiful place to see. I haven’t heard of it yet but haven’t traveled to Latam either. The little town seems charming and the photo of the colorfully dressed women that are knitting is fabulous. Although it’s an island, I understand that it also had very high mountains and I think that it’s important to know that if planning a hike. You’re lovely dressed in that traditional costumes, I feel like traveling with you right there.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:34h, 02 March Reply

      Hope you get to visit 😀 thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Kim-Ling
    Posted at 06:39h, 21 February Reply

    The homestays sound really sweet and what a homestay should be like. Good tip on the water and bringing warm clothes though. Your photos are amazing, especially from your hike up Pachamama and Pachapapa. South America is still on our bucket list, but I would love to visit a place like Amantani.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:34h, 02 March Reply

      Hope you get to visit 😀 thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Claire
    Posted at 05:06h, 23 February Reply

    I didn’t go to Amantani when I went to Peru, we stayed in Puno and just took a day trip to the Uros Islands, but I regret not spending more time around there, it was beautiful! If I go back I’ll definitely look into a homestay, and take more clothes as you’re right, it was very cold!!

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:33h, 02 March Reply

      It is good you got to see Uros at least. I think that is definitively a must. 😀

  • monijoci
    Posted at 14:00h, 23 February Reply

    Thanks for the update. Cheers.

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