Taquile island | Lunch with a view
Taquile is an island of 2000 souls on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, 45 km offshore from the city of Puno.
It takes almost 2 hours navigation to get there from Puno and in the afternoon, it’s advised to leave soon after lunch to avoid the high waves generated by the microclimate of the lake.
From this point of view, Taquile is like a fortress, protected by an amount of water that looks like the ocean, surrounded by the giant shapes of the Andes on the horizon.
Taquileños live our of tourism and world known (UNESCO heritage) handwoven textiles.
Knitting is indeed the main activity of the island and guess what... it’s only performed by men! Male kids are thought since the early age to knit while girls spin wool and work vegetables and local minerals to dye the wool.
There is a strong sense of community, amplified by a sustainable tourism model, with local families offering accommodations and food.
And when it comes to good, everything is grown or sourced locally and therefore can only be good.
As per tradition, vegetables soup to start and grilled trout!