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Taquile Island-A Must-Visit In Titicaca, Peru

20 Mar Taquile Island-A Must-Visit In Titicaca, Peru

Taquile island is a long, but small island on the Peruvian side of Titicaca lake. It is 35 km from Puno and takes roughly two-three hours to get there by boat, but depending on the speed. The Taquile scenery almost reminds you of being in the Mediterranean. People usually visit Taquile on a day trip from Puno, a day trip after staying the night at Amantani or to stay a night in Taquile. 

Taquile island is known for its handicraft. The quality of the handicraft is not only famous in South America but the whole world. The boys on the island start knitting at the age of 8 where they use specific hats in terms of their relationship status. Women usually make yarn and weave. 

Taquile hatsThe Taquile people speak Quechua which is different from Aymara speaking people on other islands.The locals on the island were previously not allowed to marry people outside of the island. The Taquile society is based on community collectivism where they believe in  (do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy.) 

Some of the hills boast Inca terracing on their sides and small ruins on top. You are free to wander around the island and enjoy the ruins and tranquillity. The island has no roads, big buildings and streetlights. There are also no addresses here so if you stay here for homestay they will pick you up, although you could find out where to go if you knew the name of the host because everyone on the island knows everyone.

5 Comments
  • Rayssa
    Posted at 21:03h, 20 March Reply

    I’m Brazilian ans speak Portuguese ans titicaca menas something so bad to us. hahaha
    But this place is soooo beautiful!

  • Rayssa
    Posted at 14:20h, 21 March Reply

    I’m Brazilian, speak Portuguese and titicaca menas something so bad to us. hahaha
    But this place is soooo beautiful!

  • Rayssa
    Posted at 14:21h, 21 March Reply

    What an amazing place! Love the views and colorful clothing!

  • Claire
    Posted at 10:21h, 22 March Reply

    What a beautiful place! I visited Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca but didn’t come here – I regret rushing through really, I would love to get a homestay on one of the islands there. Do you know how you book one?

  • Paige W
    Posted at 12:38h, 22 March Reply

    What a beautiful place. I need to explore more of Peru for sure. I love their communal collectivism and it appears to be working for them.

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