Amantani Island sleepover

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Flag of Peru  , Lima,
Sunday, March 23, 2014

The next stop was Amantani Island were we got to stay the night with a local family. This Island is vegetarian and car free. It was also uphill which with the altitude (4000m) was quite hard. We were all assigned to a Mama who took us to her home. We got Mama Valentina who is unmarried and quite the business woman. She had her private stash of water and handicrafts to sell to us. As we had already spent our money on the wall hanging we could just about afford the water. We did take some gifts like pencils, fruit and books - but Valentina wasn't giving away any water. Part of the trip was hiking up to the top of the island to see a temple. This was quite exhausting and we are blaming it on the altitude! At dinner time we were joined by Valentina's very elderly parents and her nephew and niece - which was interesting. There was a fiesta in the evening but we were
too tired to go.
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Dad on

Once again the little kids and their beautiful clothes steal the show.

However, even the old guys had amazing, colourful woollen toques. There must be an interesting anthropological explanation for such exotic plumage.

By the way I am sure getting to the top of that hill was no mean feat given the altitude.

Grace and Robert Davies on

I love the idea that Mama Valentina was such a business woman! - and water is such a valuable commodity.

Well done Emily and Michele for making it to the top. You must be very physically fit both of you. You have my admiration.

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