Lake Titicaca Sacred waters and living culture

Lake Titicaca Sacred waters and living culture

Creating understanding through direct experience. 

Cusco, 2018: The sacred waters of Lake Titicaca, its seemingly endless high altitude shoreline and scattering of small, inhabited islands offer visitors from

all over the world a unique opportunity to enjoy high Andean scenery and experience the history and living culture of this part of Peru.

Taquile Island and its people

After centuries of isolation that only came to an end in the 1970s, the island community of Taquile has retained many traditions that have been handed down since the time when the empire of the Incas controlled the lake and surrounding territory.

Land-owning and marriage practices are just two of the customs conserved to this day by these islanders whose first language remains Quechua, the tongue the Incas brought to this part of Peru.

On Taquile, guests to the island are invited to stay in specially prepared rooms in the homes of local people. Visitors should remember that this is experiential travel; the idea is to share for a short time in the life of this unique community. Boat transport to and from the islands is provided in the same sort of motor launch used by the islanders themselves. Rooms on the island are simple and rustic, but at the same time clean and comfortable. Meals are cooked by local people and made from locally-sourced ingredients.

While visitors are free to wander the island, interact with local people and even share in their annual festivities, they are also asked to respect the island home of a community which has been welcoming the outside world for more than a generation.

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Uros floating reed Islands

The floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca were created centuries ago by the Uros ethnic group, who moved out onto the lake to escape the influence of more dominant groups, such as the pre-Inca Colla people. Today, people continue to live on these floating platforms upon which they erect their reed houses. They live from fishing, tourism and trade with the mainland, and visits from travelers providing a welcome

supplement to the local economy. The itinerary we provide offers travelers an opportunity to experience and share in the unique way of life of these inhabitants of the sacred lake.

Uros island families have built special guest rooms. All

structures on the islands are made from the bulrushes known locally as totora, including the guest rooms. While guests should not expect any luxuries, the simple accommodation provided is comfortable. Thanks to cooperation with local NGOs, guest rooms are equipped with hygienic and ecological toilet facilities. Guests should remember that they are being invited to share in the way of life of these islanders, and that this way of life is very different from their own back home. Lunch will be prepared by the host families, who use local Andean ingredients such as quinoa, cañihua, chuño and even totora reeds. Those guests who wish to contribute will be welcome to help prepare their meal.

In the afternoon, guests will be invited to go out on the lake in the company of island fishermen, who use reed boats to fish for some of the several species found in Lake Titicaca. If the catch is good, there will be fish that evening for supper!

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