Taquile and Amantani Islands
Located 35 Km (22 miles) east of the Puno port (3 hours by boat) on Lake Titicaca. Its approximate size is of 6 sq. Km (2 sq. miles) and the altitude between the port and the town varies slightly from 3,810 to 3,950 m.a.s.l. (12,497 to 12,956 f.a.s.l.). The maximum temperature there is 23ºC (66ºF), and the minimum is 7ºC (37ºF). The island is characterized by its mountains and terraced plots and a variety of wild and cultivated vegetation as well as by its stone paths and archways, some dating from pre-Hispanic times.
Pre-Inca vestiges are found in the highest part of the island. During the Colonial period and up to the first years of the twentieth century, it was used as a political prison, until the island became property of the Taquile people in 1970.
The town of the same name, Taquile, is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life, customs and Andean beliefs.
Taquile Island Intangible Heritage: On 2005 Taquile Island was proclaimed as "Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by its textile art, which is produced as an everyday activity by both men and women, regardless of their age, and worn by all community members.
Taquile has fertile lands on which inhabit some 300 Quechua families that live keeping their ancestral customs. The men are devoted to the agriculture and the fishing, and the women to the weaving.
The landscapes and customs of its residents life cause an impressive effect. The special and beautiful cloth that they wear, are product of their textile art, as old as the same history. The manifestations of religious and folkloric habits have a great scenario in Taquile. The family in its group carries out practically all the activities. The residents of the island carry out the traditional celebration of Santiago's feast in the month of July.
Taquile island offer to tourists an authentic travel to the past, sharing the life with local natives and beautiful landscapes. The tourist are accommodation in a family house and all activities will be with natives. Is a real experience of rural tourism. In these areas visitors come into contact with ancient communities, and have the opportunity to share their ways of life and see their splendid textiles. Conscious of the value that living cultures mean to travelers from every corner of the world, a number of communities in Puno have opened to rural and experienced based tourism, both in the island and on land. It is there were the ventures of Taquile, Amantani, Uros and Llachon can be found. The visitor to Amantani or Taquile islands will visit Uros island on the route. Recommended program 2 days / 1 night.
The visit to Taquile, normally is combined with visit to floating islands of the Uros.
Taquile Island Photo Gallery:
Located 36 Km (22 miles) northeast of the Puno harbor (3 hours and 30 minutes by boat) at 3,187 m.a.s.l. (10,453 f.a.s.l.), on Lake Titicaca. Amantani covers some 9 sq. Km (3.5 sq. miles). The flora is characterized by the presence of bushes like the muña, the cantuta, the sage, the tola and the patamuña. Eight communities live on the island and make their living from growing potatoes, corn, oca, quinoa, lima beans, and green peas, and their most representative handcrafts are textiles and stone carvings.
Its population is Aymara ethno and is dedicated basically to the agriculture concentrated on the town of Amantani. The ancestral customs of their residents, the way of life and landscapes, will make your visit full of exciting moments. The same as in Taquile, it is their inhabitants' habit to offer their housing and food to the visitors that want to spend the night.
The handmade works carried out in textile; ceramic and furrier are magnificent.
The residents of the island have the traditional celebration of Santiago's Feast during the month of July.
The visit to Amantani, normally is combined with visit to floating Islands of Uros