Tuesday – March 29, 2011 – Taquile Island
Our second stop on Lake Titicaca was Taquile Island. This island is not man-made and floating; it is a natural island within the lake. We hiked from the beach up to one of the family homes, where Eliseo provided a detailed overview of the weaving traditions and explained the meaning of the colors on the men’s hats and the story that is woven into the men’s waistbands. The men must demonstrate their weaving skills to the women they plan to court and marry. The hats must be so tightly woven that they will hold water.
We then enjoyed our box lunches and watched a group of young islanders perform some of their local dances. After a couple of dances, it was time for the “tourist” to dance. Each of the islanders selected someone from our group to join them in several group dances. Daisy selected Larry to dance! She was a real cutie!
Looking our folks after 5 minutes or so of exertion seem pretty obvious that the realize we were at 12,000 ft. elevation! “Air!!… air!! I need air!” was plaster over many faces.