Feb 20, 2012
After a lovely day spent walking on Taquile Island, our boat then took us to the small community of Luquina Chico. It is on the peninsula, but sits on the edge of Lake Titicaca. We arrived really late in the afternoon and were greeted by some of our homestay Mami’s and a group of men who would serenade us on our walk to the community centre.
There is something really special about being welcomed to a community by local music. It is warm and friendly and eases the anxiety of not being able to communicate through words.
We walked for 10 minutes or so to the community centre in the middle of the town. There was already a soccer game underway between the locals and a group of foreigners. We were invited and encouraged to play, but at high altitude on our second day AND after having hiked for several hours at Taquille Island we were all plum tuckered out! The thought of trying to chase a soccer ball was unimaginable! The other tourists were having a great time though, so we played vicariously through them!
After being introduced to our homestay Mami’s, it started to rain a little, so we all went inside the community centre. I played make shift soccer with one of the little girls who just kind of appeared out of thin air with a ball and started kicking it. I wasn’t feeling my best though, so on top of not having a lot of energy, my tummy was also churning.
After a little while, our homestay Mami’s started arriving back to the community centre with traditional attire for us to get dressed up in. Each of our Mami’s dressed us up and then the locals did a traditional dance for us with live music. Then of course we got to participate! We all paired up with strangers and attempted to keep time to the music while doing dance steps that really weren’t that complicated, all while wearing extra heavy traditional clothes and trying to catch our breath at the altitude! PHEW! It was not an easy task! We had lots of fun though and both groups of foreigners were equally lost with the dance moves, so we had a few good laughs together.
After our ‘so you think you can dance’ party, we went outside for a breath of fresh air and our breath was taken away by the beauty of not one, but two stunning rainbows! And, you could see completely from one side to the other. I didn’t go looking for the pot of gold, but if I had been able to do any more exercise, I’m sure I would have found it!