Amantani Island Travel Blog› entry 22 of 177 › view all entries
Rained all night, and continued during the morning for our trip onto Lake Titicaca. We got ¨limos¨to the harbour, tricycle taxis, which was great fun. The drivers were racing, and lugging our big 1st world bodies around resulted in them being pretty puffed at the end of it all! We bought gifts for our island families before hopping on our boat, for a 3 hours trip to the first stop, Taquile Island. Luckily the skies cleared on the way over, and by the time we got to Taquile there was beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Hats and sunscreen are very important here, because you can get burnt very quickly at these higher altitudes. We walked up the hill to the main square, and were presented with views reminiscent of the Greek Islands, ruined buildings highlighted against a blue sky and clear waters, with lots of ladies in bright costumes tending the fields (apparently here, men run everything and women do all the work - how convenient!).
Our Mama, Olga, collected us at the wharf and took us up the hill to her house. While we struggled up the hill, we were passed by a granny of about 80 carrying a big gas bottle on her back. She put us to shame, bounding up the hill as if it were nothing. We could hardly breathe, so felt quite embarrassed. The whole group then met at the soccer pitch for a friendly game, although most of us opted to be spectactors rather than players! Afterwards, we walked all the way to the top of the hill (or, as we like to think of it, mountain!) for a view over the whole surrounding area. Sunset was not particularly great because of the cloud cover, but did spot an incredible rainbow refraction of light in the clouds from ice crystals, so quite nice. We rewarded ourselves with hot chocolate and picarrones (donuts) at the top and then walked back downhill for dinner with our families.