Does anyone have any experience with homestays on Isla Taquile (Lake Titicaca)? Yeeeeees I have searched the forum! Wikitravel - not sure if that´s a dirty word - says they cost round $3 US pp per night but doesn´t have much more info. Seems nicer than staying on Uros islands but what should we expect from a homestay? i.e. 2 girls, 1 vegetarian, crap at spanish but will be fresh from a whole WEEK of language course in Cuzco, wow Have also heard you must have good weather to enjoy Titicaca and we have been dogged by rain so far in places it is just not meant to rain! ALSO, can we organise these things quickly in Puno? Would love to do the leg work myself but am currently hogging a shared hostel computer so some time constraints involved. Thanks for your understanding!
I haven't staid in Taquile, but I have staid many times in Amantani Island, it is an island next to Amantani.
I like Amantani a lot, it is very peaceful and people is friendly. The food is mainly vegetarian, so you will be please, they rarely eat beef, only fish and "cuy" (guinea pig) once a month.
In regard to the weather, the dry season is from may to november, it is usually very sunny and warm during the day, but cold at night, in mid year temperature drops below 0 °C.
The trip and home-stay is easy to arrange in Puno. If you want to do it by yourself, the cheapest, you just go in the morning (8 am) to the harbor and there you ask for a boat to Taquile or Amantani. Upon arrival, you will have to pay for the entrance ticket, and they will arrange your accommodation. You can not choose the house, they work on a rotation system, so everybody has a chance to host tourists and make some money from tourism, but don't worry, the standard is quite the same. All houses are ok, and food is exactly the same.
You will stay at a guest room in the house, with beds, matresses, sheets and blankets. You will need couple of blankets to stay warm at night, no heating, but you can ask for more if you want.
Every travel agency offers a 2 days tour to the lake that includes a 1 hour stop at Uros islands, then the home-stay in Amantani island (3 meals included), and on the way back to Puno, they stop for 3-4 hours at Taquile island.
What to bring to the trip?
>flashlight with batteries,
>cash (small notes and coins)
>a book, the boat rides are long (2-3 hours).
Have a safe trip,
Thanks Ivan - very informative!