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Ascent of Isla Taquile-Punto Alto on 2005-06-24

Climber: Brian Webb

Date:Friday, June 24, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Isla Taquile-Punto Alto
    Location:Peru
    Elevation:4065 m / 13337 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The beautiful island of Isla Taquile is located in the middle of Lake Titicaca in Peru. There is a unique local culture on this island and a few hundred tourists visit each day. What most people do not realize is that your boat guide can arrange for a private homestay on the island. Once the tourists leave in the mid afternoon, you have the rest of the island to yourself (and the ~1,000 or so local people). I spent 1 night on the island and had a great time exploring around. The home I stayed in was right on top of the ridge in the middle of the island.

All visitors have to walk up the road from the dock (no cars on the island). Follow the road up to town. From town continue west to the top of the ridge and toward the dock on the western side of the island (where the boats leave from). From the ridge it's a mile or less to the peak, Molusina. It's fairly easy to find your way. I wasn't necessarily even trying to get the top; I was just exploring around and made it there. There are all kinds of goat paths and narrow walking trails on the island. If you want to make the peak, just follow one of these random trails up the mountain. There aren't many trees (after all, you're at 13,000 ft elevation), so it's easy to see. It is an easy walk.

From the top there are amazing 360 degree views across the entire lake - including the enormous Bolivian Andes to the East. Also worth the time would be to hike South toward the southern end of the island. More beautiful views, peaceful scenery, and an amazing secluded beach. The water's pretty cold, but it's a nice place to hang out.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:253 m / 830 ft
    Distance:4.8 km / 3 mi
    Trailhead:3812 m / 12507 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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