After Christmas had passed, we were more than ready to escape from Puno. Our main reason for coming to this region was to visit some of the local traditional communities in the area around the lake. Our first stop was to the Capachica Penninsula, where there are a handfull of tiny communities hugging the rocky mountains wich rise up out of the lake. Besides being nestled in such a gorgeous and untouched landscape, these communities are very infrequently touristed and the only accomodation available on the penninsula is homestay- which of course, is much of the fun!
In Llachon, we stayed at the home of the amicable and friendly Felix Turpo Coila. The place itself was beautiful, built by Felix and his sons on a rocky outcrop with fantastic views of Lake Titikaka and Isla Taquille. His wife was very quiet, but appeared now and then to cook us delicious home-cooked meals from fresh local ingrediants such as Quinua and Ispi (a local fish). We spent an incredibly relaxing few days in Llachon doing nothing but sitting on the beach staring at the lake, climbing hills, and eating great food. This was quite a departure than what we have become accustomed to throughout this trip so far!
From Llachon, Felix arranged our transportation by a small fishing boat to the nearby Island of Taquille. This was definitely off the beaten tourist track, and along the way we hauled in nets full of Mauri as we slowly made our way across the lake! We spent one quiet night in Isla Taquille before heading back across the lake to Puno.