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While waiting for a boat back to the mainland this woman went walking by.
Many women on the island are spinning while men are knitting - while walking from place to place.

Source Wikipedia:

Taquile is an island which sits on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. About 1,700 people live on the island, which is 5.5 by 1.6 km in size. The inhabitants, known as Taquileños, are southern Quechua speakers.

Taquile, whose Quechua name is Intika, was part of the Inca Empire and has a number of Inca ruins. The island was one of the last locations in Peru to capitulate to Spanish domination during the Spanish conquest of Peru. It was captured for Carlos V and eventually passed to Count Rodrigo of Taquila, who inspired the island's current name. The Spanish forbade traditional dress and the islanders adopted the Spanish peasant dress that they are known for still using today.

Taquileños run their society based on community collectivism and on the Inca moral code "ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhella" (do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy). The economy is based on fishing, horticulture based on potato cultivation and the approximately 40,000 tourists who visit each year. Although the island is equipped with generators, islanders have elected not to use them in favour of solar panels. The island has a radio station.

Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest quality handicrafts in Peru. The work of spinning and weaving is primarily done by the men.

The island has the curious distinction of being free of dogs.

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