Amantani is an island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. According to a 1988 census, it had a population of 3,663 Quechua speakers divided among about 800 families. The most current census (2017) estimates a population of 3,557.
The island is circular and about 9.28 km2 (3.58 sq mi) in size. It has two mountain peaks, Pachatata (“father earth”) and Pachamama (“mother earth”), with ancient Inca and Tiwanaku ruins on top of both.
The hillsides are terraced, mostly worked by hand, and planted with wheat, quinoa, potatoes, and other vegetables. Livestock, including sheep, also graze the slopes. Amantani is known as the “Island of the Kantuta“, after the national flower of Peru and Bolivia, which grows plentifully on the island.
- Amantani open their homes to tourists for overnight stays and provide cooked meals
1 Day: Organise a homestay experience as part of your tour of Lake Titicaca