Isla Taquile, Peru
The men of Isla Taquile gather in the main square to collect the money for the knitted goods sold at the collective in the preceeding week. The young boys on the island learn to knit so that they are experts by the time they reach adulthood. Though our guide described Taquile as more touristy than Amantani, the locals seemed pretty much completely untouched by the influences of the outside world and with few exceptions seemed to ignore us completely.
A local restauranteur received us with so much warmth we might have been family and we feasted on vegetable soup, trout and muna tea with a view of the lake before decending the 500 stone stairs to the dock for our return to Puno.