Le lac Titicaca et ses iles - Lake Titicaca and its islands


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June 1st 2008
Published: June 2nd 2008
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Le Lac Titicaca est le lac navigable le plus haut du monde (3800 metres). Le nom vient du Quechua (langue inca) qui signifie "Le Rocher au Puma" du a sa population de pumas autour(aujourd´hui rares). On y trouve plusieurs iles dont les habitants ont su garder leurs traditions. Certaines remontent a une periode pre-inca, ce qui est admirable si elles persistent aujourd´hui. Les iles sont separees par la langue: dans certaines, on parle Quechua, dans d´autres, on parle Aymara. La culture Aymara remonte avant les Incas et etaient d´ailleurs un peuple feroce qui a survecu a l´invasion Inca. Les Quechua descendent de la civilisation Inca. C´est extremement interessant de voir comment ces peuples et leur cultures ont garde leur propre identite apres des centaines d´annees, tout en etant capable de s´habituer a la culture espagnole. Quechua et Aymara parlent espagnol.
On a d´abord visite l´ile Taquile (Quechua) dont les habitants sont des tisseurs incroyables. On y a dejeune de la truite , toute fraiche pechee du lac, apres avoir deguste une "Soupe de l´Inca" (avec de la cereale Quinua (millet). Puis on a passe la nuit avec une famille de l´ile Amantani (Quechua). On a gravi la colline Pachatata (en Quechua, Pere Soleil) pour observer un coucher de soleil magnifique sur le lac et les Andes et on est alles a une "fiesta" en l´honneur de touristes (que les habitants semblent faire tous les 3 jours, d´ou peut-etre leur manque d´enthousiasme... sans commentaire). Bref, sejour agreable et vues impressionantes.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world (3800 metres=. Its name comes from the Quechua )Inca language): "The Rock of the Puma", due to its population of pumas around (now rare). Ther4e are a few islands where the inhabitants have managed to keep their culture and traditions for the last few centuries, which is admirable. Some islands are Quechua and some Aymara. The Aymara date back before the Incas civilisation and were a fierce people who survived Incas´invasions. The Quechua are the direct descendant of the Incas. Both cultures speak Spanish.
We went first to Taquile Island (Quechua) where the inhabitants are amazingly skilled weavers. We ate the freshly-out-of-the-lake trout after a "Soup of the Inca" (with the cereal Quinua - millet). Then we went to Amantani Island where we had a home stay. We climbed up the hill Pachatata (in Quechua, Father Sun), saw an awesome sunset and went out to the "fiesta" organised by the people for the tourists (not too much enthusiasm, probably because they do that every 3 days... no comment on that one). It was a nice stay (very different to what I was expecting) with amazing views.


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