The Islands of Lake Titicaca
Trip Start Feb 08, 2006
20Trip End Jul 19, 2006
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From there we headed to a very quiet, rural community on a peninsula
One of the really strange things was the reactions that we got from other tourists. After the Uros everyone was headed to Amantani to stay the night. But the boat made a stop at Llachon just to drop us off. People were very curious about why were doing something different. I hadnīt realized until later that when we stepped on that dock we stepped right off of the Ļgringo trailĻ. It became more obvious when the boat two days later picked us up. People eyed the shore curiously wondering what we had been doing there and when the boat arrived at Amantani
Amantani isnīt as clean or as picturesque as Llachon, and we were quite nervous about out teaching assignment. We walked up the very steep slope from the port with a certain dread I think. Especially when we realized that what was supposed to be 3 hours day had somehow morphed into 5. 3 in the am with the little kids and 2 in the afternoon with the teens and adults. We also were supposed to be at the community room half an hour after we arrived. I felt so guilty about their waiting an extra day because of Erinīs illness that I was willing to do whatever. It worked out wonderfully. The kids were so appreciative and sweet. We had a reception the first day during which they presented us with flower necklaces and we played some games.
Amantani doesnīt have running water or electricity, much less tp (thanks for asking Grady). There were chamber pots though in our room and we eventully found an outhouse which had a toilet made of stone which you flushed by pouring water into the bowl. But
we brought our own tp
We then had 5 days on Amantani teaching English and it could not have been a better experience. Everyone was so appreciative and welcoming. We didnīt see another tourist until our last day when we hiked a sacred mountain and then there was a dance where we were all dressed up in traditional costumes and then had a party. It is an event planned for tourists but has a very authentic feel. It was also a bit different for us since we were treated with so much respect in town by then. At the dance every community leader came over and shook our hands which is something that they only do with each other. The young girls would run over to us covering their mouths and laughing and telling us funny things that the ĻtouristasĻ had said. Many people asked us to come back and we certainly plan to.
On the way back from the island we had a tour of Isla Taquile and I tried Cuy (guinea pig) again there and really enjoyed it and didnīt get sick at all.