Magical Peru #17: Lago Titicaca’s Isla Taquile

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We woke up very early in Puno to go on a boat trip on lake Titicaca! Please watch the morning part of this trip when stopped by the floating islands of the Uros People: http://youtu.be/Co0K5hjOoxo
On the afternoon, we continued our boat tour heading to Isla Taquile, the most industrious island in Lake Titicaca. Its walled paths are crowned with rustic arches and dotted with Inca and pre-Inca ruins. Some 350 Quechua-speaking families still live in Taquile island following Inca creeds.

Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males, starting at age eight. The women exclusively make yarn and weave. Taquileans are also known for having created an innovative, community-controlled tourism model, offering home stays, transportation, lodging for groups, cultural activities, local guides and restaurants. The economy is based on fishing, terraced farming horticulture based on potato cultivation, and tourist-generated income from the approximately 40,000 tourists who visit each year.

The Uros are a pre-Incan people who live on forty-two self-fashioned floating islands in Lake Titicaca Puno, Peru and Bolivia. The Uros use bundles of dried totora reeds to make reed boats (balsas mats), and to make the islands themselves.The Uros islands at 3810 meters above sea level are just five kilometers west from Puno port.

Puno is in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province with a population of approximately 100,000. The city was established in 1668 by viceroy Pedro Antonio Fernández de Castro as capital of the province of Paucarcolla with the name San Juan Bautista de Puno. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period; they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives. Lake Titicaca (Spanish: Lago Titicaca) is a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. It is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 m (12,507 ft).

When we first arrived in Peru, we spent a couple of weeks studying Spanish in Lima (please watch the vlog Living in Lima) then we headed to the North of Peru and visited Trujillo, Chiclayo and some archaeological sites, such as tombs, pyramids and ancient cities. On the South of Peru, our first stop was in Arequipa, and then we headed to Chivay and its thermal pools (La Calera hot springs) and the Colca Canyon, to do a canyon tour. Now, we go to the country side: Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Pichu and so on…

On the next video we depart Puno by bus with Cruz del Sur on a journey into the Inca land, heading to Cusco¹

Brasileiro no Peru —
Após passar algumas semanas apenas em Lima estudando espanhol e conhecendo o que a capital peruana tem a oferecer, nós partimos para explorar o país. Começando pela região Norte, fomos até Trujillo, Chiclayo, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol e de la Luna, Chan Chan e o sítio arqueológico da Tumba do Lorde Sipán. Depois, descemos pelo Sul do Perú, em lugares como Arequipa, Chivay, Cânion de Colca, Puno e Lago Titicaca, e terminamos nossa jornada no interior, em Cusco, no Vale Sagrado e em Machu Pichu.

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