After our visit to the Uros, we ventured further into the lake to the mountainous island of Taquile. This is a relatively small island inhabited by about 2,000 Taquile people but their reacquisition of the island was relatively recent, as it wasn't until 1970 that received title to the island as a communal settlement (their operating mission statement is "do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy"). Before that time, the Spanish Colonialists used the island as a prison into the 20th century. There are however, pre-Inca ruins and terraced agriculture sites, that suggest the island was inhabited by indigenous people long before the Spanish arrived in the 1500's. The way of life on the island is very simple, with no electricity except some solar panels, no transport vehicles, and most labor done by hand similar to generations past. These folks have become quite the entrepreneurs with tourism though and have established some little shops that cater to tourist whims, a weaving guild, and several restaurants complete with a demonstration of local crafts. The view from this island to the Bolivian mountain ranges across the eastern reaches of Lake Titicaca is gorgeous. After our stay in Puno, we drove to Juliaca about 20 miles northwest to catch our flight to Lima and final leg to Quito, Ecuador. Just a short note about Juliaca - although we didn't stay there, it seemed like a very congested, disorganized town that had a notorious reputation for being an operations center for several ongoing smuggling operations between Bolivia and Peru and a great place to experience street side mugging, but fortunately we didn't test that theory as we only traveled to the airport there.