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TAQUILE

The island of Taquile (Intika in quechua) is located in lake Titicaca, on the border between Peru and Bolivia. It has a population of 2,200 people. The biggest town is located at 3,950 meters above sea level and the highest point in the island is at 4,050. Intika was part of the Inca empire and ruins can be seen nowadays along the place. The island was one of the last places to surrender to the Spaniards in the XVI th century, turning into an “encomienda” (property) of Pedro Gonzales de Taquila until 1644. After Peru´s independence in 1821 it was used as a prison and in 1970 it became property of its inhabitants. The pictures shown here are part of a longterm project together with neighboring island Amantaní.

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