Amantani island, Peru

South America is full of colour and culture. You don’t have to go looking for it, it’s just there. But if you like going a little out the way, there’s an island on Lake Titicaca called Amantani.

amantani

Part of the charm of Amantani is that there are no cars or hotels on the island. Which, you’d fairly assume, might make tourism difficult. But in fact it’s what the Amantani do best, because they do it their way.

And that’s by welcoming visitors to spend a night with a local host family, in their actual home. You can eat with the family, sit and talk with the family, and then be taken out about the town by the family.

dancers

Taken by Andrew, on Amantani island

They dress you up, they play some tunes, they get you dancing like it’s 1499. There ain’t no party like a pan pipe party, hey, ho. It was one of my favourite nights on the continent.

I have no affiliation with any local tour companies, nor can I remember which one I used, but I’m sure you’ll find a way if you’re looking for it. In fact, let me Google that for you.

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