TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

TAQUILE ISLAND – PUNO

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One of the most beautiful islands of Lake Titicaca

Taquile Island is one of the many islands that has the highest lake in Peru, Lake Titicaca. This charming place has been inhabited for thousands of years, its inhabitants speak Quechua and their lifestyle has changed little or nothing over the years. The people of Taquile Island are experts in textiles and their technique is inherited from generation to generation. Taquile Island is home to a population of just over 2,000 people, descendants of an ancient community that, to this day, retains many of its ancient customs.

This island is located in Puno and has a total area of ​​11 square kilometers. The island is considered one of the 15 most beautiful islands on lakes in the world and that every tourist should visit at least once in their life.

The main attraction of the island is concentrated in experiential tourism, based on contact with the customs and tasks of the people who inhabit it. Living with the people of Taquile will allow you to learn about the different myths and beliefs that their people have. If you want to know the festive spirit of the Island of Taquile and live with its people during the days of celebration, you can visit the town, especially during its Folkloric Fair that is celebrated between the last week of July and the first week of August, and where different interpretations of traditional dances are presented.

Taquile Island

LOCATION TAQUILE ISLAND

Taquile Island is located in Lake Titicaca, as is Amantani Island. Both belong to the district of the same name in the department of Puno. The island is located at 3,950 meters above sea level and 35 kilometers from the city of Puno.

To get to Taquile you must buy your boat ticket at the Taquile booth located in the Port of Puno. The time it will take you to travel will be approximately 3 hours. Generally, the boats leave between 8 and 8:30 in the morning. If you are looking for a place to eat in Taquile, there is the Community dining room, whose income is directed to the well-being and improvements of the services of the island, as well as the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

LOCATION TAQUILE ISLAND

TAQUILE ISLAND, BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF LAKE TITICACA

Taquile Island is home to a population of just over 2,000 people, descendants of an ancient community that, to this day, retains many of its ancient customs. Its inhabitants speak Quechua and their lifestyle has changed little or nothing over the years. The town of Taquile is an essentially agricultural community that takes advantage of the benign climate of the territory and the water resources of Titicaca to improve its production.

The main attraction of the island is concentrated in experiential tourism, based on contact with the customs and tasks of the people who inhabit it. Living with the people of Taquile will allow you to learn about the different myths and beliefs that their people have.

If you want to know the festive spirit of the Island of Taquile and live with its people during the days of celebration, you can visit the town, especially during its Folkloric Fair that is celebrated between the last week of July and the first week of August, and where different interpretations of traditional dances are presented.

TAQUILE ISLAND, BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF LAKE TITICACA

TAQUILE ISLAND DATA

  • It is a stone island, located in the heart of Lake Titicaca, on the high plateau of the Peruvian Andes, characterized by terraces, eucalyptus trees, taquileños, where the wool of the sheep was prepared, being a joy for the taquileños.
  • Taquile Island has an area of ​​approximately 5.72 km2 and the altitude between the port and the city varies from 3,810 meters above sea level to 3,950 meters above sea level. The maximum temperature is 23oC (66oC) and the minimum is 7oC (37oC).
  • On the island of Taquile there are platforms and ceremonial centers. The remains that can still be seen date back to pre-Inca times. Its inhabitants are experts in the practice of traditional textiles, which is considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
  • There are approximately 2,500 inhabitants living on the island of Taquile. They only share nine surnames, among the most common are the Huatta and Machaca, because the members of the families that live in the place are a couple.
  • Taquile Island is known for its textile crafts, which are made daily by men and women of all ages. Their products are used by all members of the community. Their fine textiles have symmetrical and symbolic decorations, with strong colors, that reflect their Andean way of life, customs and beliefs. The people of Taquile are friendly and preserve their traditions.

Taquile Island Textiles

The tradition of weaving on the island of Taquile dates back to the ancient Inca, Pukara and Colla civilizations, thus keeping certain elements of pre-Hispanic Andean cultures alive. It was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005.

The textiles of Taquile Island are made by hand or on pre-Hispanic pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the chullo, a knitted hat with ear flaps, and the calendar belt, a wide belt that represents the annual cycles associated with ritual and agricultural activities. The calendar belt has attracted the interest of many researchers as it represents elements of the oral tradition and history of the community. Although the artistic design of the Taquile Island Textiles has introduced new symbols and contemporary images, the traditional style and techniques are still maintained.

Taquile has a specialized school to learn local crafts, which contributes to the viability and continuity of the tradition.

TAQUILE ISLAND DATA

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