Photo: Taquile Island – Lake Titicaca, Peru

 

At around 3,800 meters Lake Titicaca in the Andes is the highest navigable lake in the world. On the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca is Taquile, a tiny island that rises even higher still and is home to almost 3000 people.

Tequile is famous for its colourful hand woven textiles and it is not uncommon to see men knitting as they wander the streets, or in the plaza.

The island is a popular destination for day trippers visiting Lake Titicaca. Opting to stay for a night or two as we did will give you an entirely different experience of island life and a chance to interact with the locals on a more personal level.

 

Taquile Island - Lake Titicaca, Peru

Taquile Island – Lake Titicaca, Peru

 

The journey by ferry to Taquile takes approximately 3-4 hours from the gateway town of Puno. There are no official lodgings on Taquile: instead visitors are accommodated in the homes of local families for a small fee.

At these altitudes it is a breathless climb to the highest point of the island but the pre-Inca ruins and views over Lake Titicaca make it worth every step. The day we climbed to the top of the island was hot and windy with only a few clusters of clouds clinging close to the horizon.

 

 

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