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The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca Sights

Amantani Island

Updated 09/15/2014

Fodor's Review

This island has a small set of pre-Inca ruins, but its greatest feature is the mainly agrarian society, whose traditional way of life has, until recently, been less exposed to the outside world. Not as pretty as Taquile, Amantani is dusty and brown, though the island is renowned for its homestay programs that bring in boatloads of visitors each day, giving unequivocal insight into the life of the people here. Facilities and food are basic, but cozy. Every tour operator

in Puno runs overnight trips here, usually combined with a stop on the Uros Islands and Taquile. Most of the younger generations here speak Spanish and even a smidgen of English, but the older generation speaks only Quechua. Amantani has a population of 3,600. Sacred rituals are held in its two pre-Inca temples, dedicated to the earth's fertility. The island is 45 km (28 miles) from Puno and almost three hours away by boat from Taquile.

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