On the island of Amantaní, the community engages in agricultural activities, weaving and stone carving. The Amantani Island in Lake Titicaca is divided into ten communities and has an area of about 9 km2. Its inhabitants cultivate potatoes, corn, goose, quinoa, beans and peas.
Among its natural attractions, two viewpoints stand out to appreciate Lake Titicaca in its entirety and some pre-Hispanic remains. As well as the ceremonial centers of Pachatata and Pachamama.
On the island it is possible to stay in rural houses and share with the families that provide accommodation and food services, among others.
Where it is located?
The island of Amantaní, belonging to the Amantaní district in the Puno Region, 37 kilometers.
The maximum height of the Amantani Island in Perú, located at the top of Mount Llacastiti, is 4150 m above sea level.
Many of the inhabitants of Amantani Island in Lake Titicaca are dedicated to growing potatoes, corn, and oca. Quinoa, beans and peas. The Island is divided into ten communities and has an area of about 9 km2.
The Amantani Island in Perú is frequented by many visitors who want to know the viewpoints from where you can see Lake Titicaca, the Ceremonial Center of Pachatata and Pachamama.
The best thing about arriving at Isla Amantaní is that you have the opportunity to stay and share with typical families that provide quality service.
Tourism in Isla de Amantaní
The Island of Amantaní is located in the homonymous district, which is located in the Puno region. Amantaní is part of the group of islands that are in the Titicaca circuit. It has a total area of 64 square kilometers.
The Amantani Island in Perú is presented as an attractive place for both ecological tourism, as well as archaeological and experiential. Within the territory of this island it is possible to find andenerías systems that were built during pre-Hispanic times by groups such as the Pukara and Lupaka, as well as the powerful Inca culture.
Another point of archaeological interest in Amantaní is concentrated in the Pachatata Ceremonial Center, which is located on the top of Cerro Coanos, and the Pachamama Ceremonial Center on Cerro Llaquistiti, both spaces where ritual ceremonies are still held annually today.
At present there is an average of 4000 people living on the Island of Amantaní, those are Quechua speakers who also speak Spanish and are, in themselves, the best guides that the visitor can find to know each corner of the island, as well as its charms, customs and legends.
The inhabitants of Amantani Island in Perú, still today, live in modest houses made of adobe and dedicate themselves to rural tasks such as agriculture and livestock, activities that can be observed by visitors and where tourists can also participate, as a way more to live with the people.
Another work that is developed by the residents is the textile industry, so it will not be strange to find women of all ages spinning in the town, both chullos and ponchos, among other garments that can later be purchased at the town fair.
It is interesting to also present this island as a mystical tourist site, where different rituals inherited from more than half a century ago are still carried out in our times.
Such is the case of the so-called Qhapaj Pachamama Raymi, a ritual that takes place in the month of January and that focuses on the theme of reproduction; and in which the entire population of the island participates, dividing into communities to request the protection of the apus (or protective deities).
The tour to Amantani Island in Perú will also allow the traveler to enjoy the healthy and traditional local cuisine, based on products such as potatoes, fish, beans, geese, etc., which are offered in different local establishments.
The most exquisite dishes and in a greater variety, can be enjoyed during the festivities, so the traveler is recommended to visit the island, especially during its festive season. It is also necessary to know that although the island is open to tourists throughout the year, the ideal months to visit it are between May and October.
How to get to Amantaní Island?
To get to Isla Amantaní, from the point where you are, the first thing you should do is get to Puno and go to one of the ports to take a boat, the cula will take you directly to Isla Amantaní.
The second option you have to get to Isla Amantaní is to start the trip from Juliaca to the Chifrón dock, in Capachica, where you can take a boat that takes you to the island.
Puno to Amantani Island
To get from Puno to Amantani Island, the first thing to do is take a car that takes us to Capachica. The cost is 5 soles and the duration is approximately 1 hour. You can find the cars in the location that I leave you below.
The next thing you have to do is go to the port located on El Chifrón beach. You can walk to this beach in 20 – 30 minutes approx. A fairly quiet hike and suitable for everyone. If you don’t want to walk, you can take a taxi for 5 soles.
Boats leave from the port that for 10 soles will take you to the island in an hour. The departure and return times are until approximately 3pm. It is best to arrive before 12 noon because there are days when afternoon departures are suspended due to waves.
The travel time Puno to Amantani Island will be approximately 3 hours.