When we climbed out of our small boat onto the shores of Taquile Island, it seemed that we took a step back in time.
Two women, shrouded in black shawls covering their heads, sat awkwardly on the ground pounding in sticks to hold their looms. Men sat nearby on a rock wall chatting quietly and knitting intricate
hats. The only sounds were the songs of birds and the lapping of the water on the rocks along the shoreline. What a privilege to witness this scene with its air of ancient mystery and the snow
covered peaks of Bolivia as a backdrop.
Located 45 km offshore from the high Andean city of Puno, on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, this
small idyllic island is a time capsule of the remarkably preserved cultures of Peru and Bolivia. Life here has largely remained the same for thousands of years. No cars, no hotels and no electricity
mar the peace and tranquility of this haven. The men are devoted to the agriculture and the fishing, and the women to the weaving. The approximately 3,000 inhabitants still live their lives
by the Inca moral code ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla, (Quechua for "do not steal, do not lie, do not be