Taquile Island… a stones throw from Bolivia!


Snow capped Bolivian Mountains with a single and married local... I can tell by their knitted hats!
Snow capped Bolivian Mountains with a single and married local... I can tell by their knitted hats!

Taquile Island is another step back in time. We strolled the cliff tops gazing across to Bolivia and the Cordillera Real mountains covered in snow… quite magic and even a bit mystical.

Clifftop Taquile Island walk with Amantani Island... where we stayed... in background
Clifftop Taquile Island walk with Amantani Island… where we stayed… in background

 

An island of male knitters!
An island of male knitters!

The men on the island knit hats and these are tied up with intricate courtship rituals that are hilarious…  you can tell who is married by their knitted hat… and married men also wear belts woven with their wife’s hair… everything they wear seems to have a significant meaning… as well as looking fabulous of course!

Taquile still hold many traditions and don’t consider themselves Peruvian at all… they don’t even pay taxes to the Peruvian Government.
off into town
off into town

The Islanders are so colourful against the stark rocky landscape. I really was inspired by the whole Titicaca experience.

bowler hat decorated archway!
bowler hat decorated archway!

 

sunday best?! or trawling for a partner!!
Sunday best?! or trawling for a partner!!

All fascinating and unique and worth the nine hour overnight bus ride back to Cusco after a long day of endless steps and cruising Lake Titi.

...only 500 plus steps back down to the boat!
...only 500 plus steps back down to the boat!
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6 thoughts on “Taquile Island… a stones throw from Bolivia!

  1. Excellent travelogue – un million de gracias!

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  2. We looked up google earth and found quite a few islands on Lake Titicaca but most of them arn’t named on there. Interesting!

    Taquile and Amantani Is How would they manage not to pay taxes they are in what is considered Peru. What whould they derive income from?

    We had a great Outback trip for 3 weeks this July, including a 3 day adventure accross the Simpson desert. It was returning from all that that we stayed in Orange for a night on the way home.

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  3. We looked up google earth and found quite a few islands on Lake Titicaca but most of them arn’t named on there. Interesting!

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  4. I presume Taquile Islands or the Amantari Islands are on Lake Titicaca, they are too small to be in my atlas. I was trying to see exactly where they were.
    You sure are having a great experience.

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  5. How fabulous, the colour continues, the ritual, the energy it requires. Wow. Off to the sunnt coast for a few days now thta the flu is conquered, then Dad’s 85th at Harbord with the family. Nice. Home to Frost Fest and Canberra on Tues where Helen joins a national group of 30, making recommendations as to how to best spend $560m on cancer facilities outside metro areas. That’s shopping!
    Have fun. Looking forward to seeing you.

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  6. Hello Sonia and Gordon,
    The ‘knitting’ men look like they are using my European method of working the yarn?
    I find it fascinating that so many ‘acts’ have a ritual meaning – reminds me of Romania (not now, but when I went with your dad).
    Mioara is now on face book.
    Truckloads of love…Mum

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