The largest Peruvian island
Amantaní is the largest Peruvian island on Lake Titicaca and is most famous for the temples on the two hilltops: Pachamama and Pachatata.
Pachamama (Mother Earth) is a few meters taller but Pachatata (Father Earth) has a better view for watching the sunset and is much more popular in the evenings.
There is a beautiful trail that circumnavigates the island, taking you past sheep grazing and fields of corn, potatoes, quinoa and other grains. You also pass the Fountain of Youth, so be sure to take an empty water bottle or two. According to local lore, the water only ensures eternal youth if you drink it at the source in the hour before sunrise.
Read more about Amantaní on my article in Fodor’s Travel.
Amantaní is best accessed from Capachica, which is a 45 minute drive from Juliaca. The boat from Capachica’s Playa Chifrón is only half an hour when the lake is smooth, though boats go slower if there is wind and rough waves.
The island has a robust homestay tourism. You can arrange your own lodging using any of the popular booking engines like Airbnb, Booking.com, etc.