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Isla Taquile

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Isla Taquile is an island in the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. It's slightly more touristic than its brother island Isla Amantani.


Fiesta de Santiago celebration
Top of the island

Get in[edit]

Tourism is strictly controlled by the island elders to maintain the island's culture.

Boats from Isla Amantani stop for a few hours at the island. There are also direct boats from Puno, usually part of a tour that stops at the floating islands on the way, which arrives at 11:30am and departs by 2pm. Travel time by boat from Puno is 2 hours and 30 minutes each way.

If doing the two day tour, the total cost should be 86 soles (March 2016): Boat-30, three island entrances-16 (0 for Uros, 8 in Amantani, 8 in Taquile), housing with three meals in Amantani 45. Do not let the tour operator tell you that there will be four islands.

A fee of 8 soles (as of March 2016) is charged when you enter the island.

Tours can be arranged through any travel agent in Puno for around $10 US, or easily acquired at the dock in Puno before 7:30am. From the dock (March 2016), a boat leaves at 6:00am and one at 7:45am. They cost 25s, first go to Uros and then to Taquile. Return time in Puno is 5:30pm. The boats are typically nice, with reclining seats.

Get around[edit]

The only mode of transportation on the island is on foot via steep walkways.

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  • For a full exploration of the island you need to stay the night. If you only have a few hours climb up to the mirador north(?) of the little town. It's the highest point and gives a nice overview over the town. There is also a temple still used to bring sacrifices to Pachamama.
  • The boat usually leaves you on one side and picks you up on the other side. This way you can walk through the island.
  • Taquile has an interesting small central square with an artisanal market and shops/cafes.

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Locals sell textiles and other souvenirs at booths typical of this area. Bargaining is frowned upon.

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On the plaza there is a community restaurant. Profit is used to help the community. There are also several other restaurants. For tour groups, the elders mandate which restaurant the group will eat at. The food is simple, typically fish from the lake, although omelets are usually available for vegetarians. Food is expensive on the island, 15 - 20 soles for a set menu that would cost 8 soles on the mainland. Food is also expensive if you stay with a family overnight.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are about 70 families who have basic accommodation. The elders will decide which families will accommodate guests. It is more expensive to stay on this island than on Amantani.

There are plenty of families offering basic accommodation. Arriving to the island and you will find families outside of the elders control whom are offering housings, this is good option for an more authentic less touristic experience. Prices range from 15-25 soles a night

  • Sumar Pacha Taquile, +51 958909560 or +51 966939883. Nice and authentic Taquile family who are offering accommodation with showers and bathroom and food. They can show you how to make artesania, guide you around the island and explain about the nature. Accommodation starts at 20 soles 20 soles.  edit

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Get out[edit]

Be sure to catch the boat back to the mainland or plan on staying there overnight. Boats leave from the opposite side of the island as the dropoff point. It is possible to join a collectivo boat returning to the mainland so you dont have to pre book a ticket with an agency in Puno.

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