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Taquile - knitting men's island

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 14:54
Taquile (Spanish) or Intika (Quechua) is an island in the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca. It is about 45 km from the Peruvian coastal town of Puno. The island is about 5.5 km long and up to 1.6 km wide. The highest point is at 4,050 m above sea level. The approximately 1500 inhabitants are organized in a cooperative and refrain from the presence of a police unit.
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The floating islands of the Urus

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:00
Some 100 of the approximately 2000 Urus still live on the almost 50 floating islands on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca near Puno. The islands are made of Totora reeds, which also serve as building material for their boats. The Urus live on fishing and tourism. The small replicas of their "dragon boats" made of reeds, we have gladly bought as souvenirs and paid a corresponding Obolus for the photographs.
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Lima, Peru's capital

Submitted by admin_s827z6dv on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 18:40

The name of the capital of Peru has indigenous roots - it may date from the Jaqaru word lima, which means "yellow flower". A second source variant, on the other hand, takes into account the Quechua word rimaq, which could be translated as "speaker" and which also names the river of Lima, Rímac (Quechua: Rimaq).

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