The island of “Mother Earth” and “Father Earth”

In the middle of the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca is the picturesque island of Amantani, home to around 8,500 inhabitants and two mountains more than 4,000 m high: Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Pachatata (Father Earth). At the top of the mountains, which are cultivated almost to the top, there are temple buildings dating from the Inca and Tiwanaku cultures, but these are not open to the public.

In Amantani, the clocks are slower: there are no cars on the island and there is only one generator, but it is broken. Nobody misses it, however. Not even the hotels are here! Instead, you can spend the night with some of the families in one of the eight villages, in a very authentic way, just as the locals have lived here for centuries.

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