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Isla Taquile

by Sofia Tonner

General information

Besides Isla Amantaní and some others, Taquile is one of the islands in the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca. With a summit elevation of 4050 m, it rises up to approx. 240 m above the lake surface. Isla Taquile shows many similarities to the larger Isla Amantaní nearby in terms of culture, terraced farmlands, and community-based tourism. More than 2000 people live on a surface of 5.7 square kilometres, divided into 6 sectors or communities. The main village is located at an elevation of approx. 3950 m asl. The title image shows the central square of this village during a celebration known as the Fiesta de Santiago. People from all over the island meet at the plaza at this occasion. They wear their traditional clothes, play music and dance. Hand-made textiles are offered to visitors at the market Feria Artesanal around the plaza. But there is much more to see on Isla Taquile, including a nice beach and a unique repartition of work between women and men.

You can view the island from another perspective by clicking into the title image.

The various facets of Isla Taquile

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Hand-woven textiles and clothing produced on the island of Taquile are often considered to be among the finest of the country. Knitting is the responsibility of the males, who learn this technique in their early boyhood. The women, in contrast, spin wool and dye it by using vegetables and minerals. Also the Chumpis, wide belts worn by most Taquileños, are woven by the women.

Explore the island by clicking on one of the arrows or into the image.


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References and links

Web site of Munay Taquile [Acess source]

Wikipedia article on Isla Taquile [Acess source]


Movie The Andes give, the Andes take with sequence on Lake Titicaca including Isla Taquile [Access movie]

This contribution was revised and extended by Martin Mergili.