Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Dengan Nama Allah yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Mengasihani

Amantani island is located 26 miles (38 Km) away from the city of Puno (3 ½ hours of navigation in normal boat). Because of a more distant location, tourism on the island of Amantani has not developed in the same way as in Taquile. The main difference is that home-stays have remained a more authentic cultural experience in Amantani.
The 3,600 inhabitants of Amantani have also a Quechua origin and they are mainly small farmers. The most important crops in Amantani are Andean potatoes, bailey and green beans. The "Amantanenos" have not been as successful in their tourism entrepreneurial initiatives as their neighbors from Taquile. However, they  have    become 

excellent traders of the handicrafts that they produce such as the Andean grass baskets, embroideries, beautiful tapestry with baby alpaca fur and alpaca wool clothing.
A visit to Amantani necessarily implies to stay one nigt on the island. The houses are very simple and services are basic. There is no running water, no electricity and of course no comfortable toilets or showers.
Many people this home-stay experience and the encounter with the host family is a revelation of the reality of Andean people at such altitude. This cultural exchange experience in Amantani is very touching and fascinating. Also, in this tour, every traveler is welcome to share with the locals their time, some artistic gift, educational activities or just conversations. By participating in this tour you will contribute to improve the library that we are trying to implement in coordination with the local people from this island.
Pemandangan daripada rumah "Mummy" di Amantani Island

After a night in Amantani Island, today we are heading for Taquile, a small two-and-a-half-mile-high island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, and once a prized possession of the Incas. The empire  seized the   island  in the 15th century, and inhabitants still speak its tongue, Quechua, in addition to Spanish. For the roughly 2,000 residents, spinning yarn and weaving intricate patterns thousands of years old are as important to everyday life as farming and cooking. Running water and electricity are scarce, the only transportation is by foot, and tranquillity abounds.
When Taquileños began encouraging visitors in the 1970's, after centuries of relative isolation, they created a model for community-based cultural tourism. Every islander shares responsibilities and rewards. With no hotels, greeters at the landing dock register visitors and assign overnight guests to families on a rotation basis.
Until the 1980's Taquileños had monopolized all boats that set ashore on the island. But as tales of an idyllic setting spread, they found this arrangement hard to maintain. Wearing a backpack to the port in Puno today is like diving into a shark tank. Tour operators surround their prey and pitch packages that include Taquile and neighboring islands.

After a four-hour ride, we land at the bottom of terraced slopes and begin a steep climb up a winding path of stone steps. My hangoverlike altitude headache makes the hike treacherous. I stop to pant. A woman from the boat offers me a tiny bunch of herbs. She's not from the island, I know, because unlike Taquileños, who bound past with racks of glass bottles heaped on their shoulders, she is tired. "It's muña," she says. "It's good for your head."
"This wasn't always an island, you know," she says. She tells of a mountain on dry land before a bird spilled a water basin and filled the lake. 
We follow the path toward the plaza through a series of archways until we come to a defunct restaurant and a clay-complexioned man whose face is etched with seasons of sun and cold. Wearing a cropped vest, thick trousers, a wide hand-woven belt and a red coca pouch on one hip. 

Diatas adalah gambar-gambar kenangan yang dirakamkan disekitar Pulau Taquile, Tasik Titicaca, Peru. Paras tertinggi di pulau ini ialah 4150 meter daripada paras laut. 

Walau pun pulau kecil ini tetapi terdapat sebuah klinik kerajaan, sekolah dan kemudahan asas disediakan oleh pemerintah.  Perhubungan mereka dengan tanah besar (Bandar Puno) disediakan dengan perhubungan air setiap seminggu sekali.  


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