FELIX - CASA DE FELIX
Unfortunately, the Titicaca Lake is compared to “Disneyland” nowadays. Always looking for authenticity, I had the recommendation to sleep at the lake homestay in Llachon, a little village 2 hours from Puno.
Llachon is known for the traditional pompom hats worn by women called "Monteras". There are about 350 families in this village half of which can receive tourists today. This little corner of paradise looks like both Corsica and Greece.
Finding a homestay to sleep at was more difficult than expected because there was no one in the street and every house was closed!
So, I walked a few kilometres and arrived at Felix’s house, also called SAMARY, which means in Queshua "Resting Place". I am greeted by Felix and his wife Magda.
Felix comes from a very poor Llachon family. He left when he was 12 years old to work in Puno then on the island of Taquile where he discovered the world of tourism in the 90s. Tourism was a solution to support his family. He returned to Llachon to build his house and a guest house to be able to receive the first tourists.
To spread the word of his new business he would drop flyers in Puno, Juliaca etc ... 20 years later tourism is still not so regular, but Felix can receive up to 20 people!
Felix told me that in the past you could see fish jumping in the lake. Unfortunately, today there are no more fish because of the effects of global warming. The largest effect of climate change at the lake has been for the UROS community. UROS people used to live on floating islands on the lake but they have had to relocate to the mainland due to water levels rising and the lack of fish. Their work and livelihood of fishing no longer exists.
Nowadays, the fish that comes from the Tititcaca Lake is mostly farmed trout.
Felix hopes the state will help them.
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