Remote Isla Amantaní, population 4000, is a few kilometers north of the smaller Isla Taquile. Almost all trips to Amantaní involve an overnight stay with islanders. Guests help cook on open fires in dirt-floored kitchens. Witnessing the different aspects of rural life can create engaging and memorable experiences.
The island is very quiet (no dogs allowed), boasts great views and has no roads or vehicles. Several hills are topped by ruins, among the highest and best-known of which are Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Pachatata (Father Earth). These date to the Tiwanaku culture, a largely Bolivian culture that appeared around Lake Titicaca and expanded rapidly between 200 BC and AD 1000.
As with Taquile, the islanders speak Quechua, but their culture is more heavily influenced by the Aymara.