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“Tranquil spot, unique culture”
Review of Taquile Island

Taquile Island
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Uros and Taquile Islands Day Trip from Puno
Ranked #4 of 56 things to do in Puno
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Owner description: Located approximately 25 kilometers from the shore of Lake Titicaca, this scenic island is known for its friendly inhabitants, clear blue lake waters and distant snow-capped mountains.
Reviewed December 14, 2013

Our tour was an off the beaten track one so we ended up on the other side of the island from the main town and square. We strolled up the hill and took in the view and got to meet some locals, watch a dance demo and buy some handicrafts.
Instead of eating on the island we went to a peninsula on the mainland and had a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the ground.
Tourism is a major revenue earner for the island giving an alternative to agriculture and fishing. Yes the men do knit and there are rules around who lives on the island who the locals can marry. The girls marry and become mothers as teenagers.
Visiting Taquille is part of the Titicaca experience.

Thank Casa62
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The main square that most tours seem to visit does not have much to do. There is a small, simple Catholic church, a shop where you could buy things knitted by the men of the island, and some small stores with snacks and postcards.

Taquile Island is indeed pretty - the water views, the agricultural terraces, and the brightly dressed people. The traditions - men knitting, women making bags for their significant others, the idea of taking a few years before getting married to live together 'in training', the men making wedding dresses for their future wives - also set it apart.

However, one extremely annoying thing was that children would come up to you and say 'foto?' even if you did not have a camera out. If you said 'no, gracias' they would follow you for a while continuing to say 'foto?'. If you said yes, they would pose with you and then demand a few soles. We even had one little girl who jumped into one of our pictures in an attempt to solicit money! We think this is a terrible form of begging for the kids to learn.

2  Thank galonthelinks
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Island did feel a little deserted when we were there, more tourists than locals, but fascinating to see that everyone is walking around knitting or spinning wool... Their hands are always busy!!

Gorgeous knits & woven textiles

Thank Honeymansells
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Taquile is a beautiful island that's quite touristy between about 10am and 2pm. At 2pm, however, all the tour groups and boats depart, leaving only a few visitors who elect to stay overnight. There are a bunch of hiking trails that you can wander around; I went to the highest point in the island and visited several ruins between 3pm and 6pm, and had the entire place to myself. Staying overnight with a host family is easy -- just show up and ask around the main plaza or at the communal restaurant. Don't miss sunset on the island. It's stunning.

1  Thank Tina W
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

From Puno, we took a 2 day boat tour of Lake Titicaca (which included a visit to the Uros floating islands & a homestay on Isla Amantani) ending with a few hours on Isla Taquile.

The 50 minute (strenuous) hike up to the village had wonderful views but that's what all of Peru is: Beautiful Views. Once at the top we learned about the different clothing accessories worn by the local people & the meanings behind each & saw a demonstration on how to make shampoo/soap from a native plant. Interesting, but it wasn't worth a day out of our itinerary.

In retrospect, we would have preferred a much less structured tour allowing us to enjoy the village a bit more & possibly leave with a better impression, but I still don't think Isla Taquile is a must-see.

Side note: Recommend arranging for a fast boat at least on the return trip. Our boat was incredibly slow & tedious.

Thank mara_l_m
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