The island of Taquile
Taquile Travel Blog› entry 14 of 30 › view all entries
July 30th, 2009 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
Little Taquile has been inhabited for a long time and its people have their own funny customs. As everywhere in the Andes, these people too revel in unique clothing. Men wear brightly colored hats with plumes and have a broad colored belt. These belts are very expensive and the broader your belt, the richer and more important you are (and the better a match you are for the women). Even little boys wear the colored hats with plumes. Women wear hats as well and have brightly colored dresses.
We were lucky because there was a celebration going on! The hole island village was gathered in the square where people made music on flutes and dances in long lines, snaking over the square.
From the rocky island we had an excellent view over Lake Titicaca. One thing that strikes me is how incredible blue the lake is. Maybe it has something to do with the altitude. On Taquile, the big blueness is always present on the horizon. The best way to enjoy the blue Titicaca and the people of Taquile is to have some excellent Titicaca trout! Never tasted better! One other thing typical of Taquile are the little arches over roads. Together with the rocky island and the lake it has a sort of Greek Aegean feel to it.
That evening we decided to have some pizza in Puno. We well remembered the warning we got at the Inca Trail: don't eat pizza! It will make you sick! Therefore we looked for a restaurant that specialized itself in pizza and had a lot of customers. Such a place can't be bad! Battling fate, we entered and had pizza. Within ten minutes there was a black-out and we had to eat by candlelight. Looking back it might have been a sign of dark powers coming together to haunt us for the rest of the trip. Stay tuned!
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