An exciting visit to Taquile Island in Peru.
By guest blogger: Carmen Tobar Subía de Carpio
Titicaca is renowned for its deep blue beauty, and showcases Quechua customs and splendid views.
The best way to explore Titicaca is island hopping, a visit to Peru´s folklore capital Puno and to the floating islands of the Uros are mandatory. Make sure to add Taquile island, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site due to the premium quality fabrics.
Taquile has some archeological remains of the Pukara culture as well as sacred and ceremonial sites from the Tiawanakus, Kollas the Inkas. Farming, textile production and fishing are their main daily activities. You can also stay for a few days in Taquile if you take a longer tour, which includes sleeping in the houses of the local families.
How to get there:
After visiting the islands of Puno, we took our boat again to travel about one hour to the Island of Taquile in Peru. You need to start your trip from Puno, so here are some great options of places to stay in Puno.
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So, the journey to this impressive island, begins here:
In this island we were very lucky to attend the local festivity of San Isidro Labrador (the farmer) held on May 15 where they dance the Machutusok which uses seeds motion to resemble what will happen in the following farming season. There was also a local wedding party being held by one of the families.
The textile production is very important and each design has a meaning which relates to their daily work and traditional activities. The hats used by the men of the community have different significance. Also the clothing and coloring of each garment has a ranking explanation. The red scarf is a symbol of authority. These textiles are dyed with local plants for their natural colours.
What and where to eat
Here you will find a Community Restaurant with a basic lunch which includes a very good soup made with Quinoa and vegetables and Trout freshly caught in the lake and prepared for you.
These dishes are served by the local people dressed with their traditional attire.
Doesn´t this sound like a very unique place to be?
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If you are like me, you will probably want to know even more about Taquile and all places to visit in Peru. I highly recommend taking a look at the Lonely Planet Peru travel guide for more information.
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