Lake Titicaca
Titilaka

The contemporary, urban styled exterior belies the warm, bright and inviting interior at Titilaka, an all-inclusive experience lodge which enjoys splendid isolation atop a remote peninsula on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca.

The sumptuous lake-view rooms are perfect for retreating to after a day spent enjoying the menu of excursions and activities on offer. It’s undoubtedly a luxurious base from which to explore the treasured natural, cultural and historical resources of this mystical region. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the hotel was designed to integrate with the environment and pay homage to the cultures of Lake Titicaca and it does this very successfully – we love the eco-friendly credentials and the social projects they run with the local community, all of which you can experience as a guest.

Facilities & Activities

The hotel is designed as an ‘experience lodge’ with a rich menu of activities and tours that allow you to explore the wonderful location and life on the water. A booking at Titilaka includes all meals, drinks and excursions. The interactive nature, social and conservation programs include 2 daily outings with a choice of excursions within Peru and 2 excursions into Bolivia – everything from short paddles in a kayak, to day-long birding trips and boat rides to the lake islands. There is also a fully equipped excursion centre with kayaks and bicycles, private vehicles for land transfers and row boats to access the nearby islands and reef.

The hotel itself is a wonderfully peaceful base to return to post excursion –  inside there are cosy sitting areas, 3 lounges, a recently updated main dining room and fully stocked bar with regional wine cellar. The media and reading room with satellite TV, books, games and DVD´s is perfect for relaxing downtime and if you’re after a little souvenir there is a boutique, located off the lobby lounge. For an added treat post excursion massages are available in a separate treatment room. Outside the 4 acres of grounds and 2 private beaches are all positioned on a private peninsula with its own jetty and landing dock – all accessible via the outdoor wrap-around terraces, an overwater deck and boardwalks. The latest addition to the hotel’s range of facilities is the new, ultra-relaxing hot tub – offering guests the chance to restore body and soul as they soak up the incredible lake views.

On a practical note, there is 24-hour room and laundry service and full connectivity, including an International phone service, complimentary wireless internet access (satellite connection) as well as mobile phone coverage. As the location is classed as high altitude there is also a nurse on call, and access to oxygen and first-aid around the clock.

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Dining

Guests can dine in their room, in the main dining room, on the terraces or picnic-style on outings. Chef Maria Fe Garcia has created a menu that is centred around fresh, wholesome, local ingredients including lake trout, with an emphasis on Andean-contemporary fusion dishes using local spices – perfect for an energy top up pre or post excursion. There are daily specials and a selection of a la carte options.

Breakfast is on offer from dawn until noon, and includes local breads, cheese, fruits and egg options. Lunch and appetizers are served from 12 noon until 3pm, and afternoon tea is offered prior to the excursions. Cocktails and dinner are served from 7pm with sundowners in the lounge, on the beach or on excursion depending where you are!

Bar service is available throughout the day although you might want to capitalise on happy hour!

Rooms

Titilaka features lake-facing rooms positioned over 3 floors and connected by central hallways. All enjoy exceptional views and have an open format, equipped with a full bathroom and furnished along contemporary lines with local textiles and fresh flowers providing thoughtful touches. Each room is fully equipped as standard with blackout curtains, heated floors, individual down duvets and extra pillows, fully stocked mini-bar, ipod dock, personal safe, organic bathroom amenities and telephone.

The Explorer Rooms are located on the first and second floor featuring one king-sized bed and sofa-bed as well as a bathroom.

The Dawn Rooms on the second and third floor face east. These rooms have an open format, integrated bathroom separated by a curtain with private toilet and oversized bath and can accommodate 3 people with the options of a king size bed or two twin beds.

The Dusk Rooms are the same format but with – not surprisingly – dusk views! Facing the sunset to showcase both the lake and its neighbouring shoreline, with two twin beds, these rooms sleep up to 4 people.

For additional space, opt for a corner room, these rooms have 2 double beds and sleep up to 3 people with spectacular scenes of the lake from all angles!

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Family

The hotel is welcoming to children and works to ensure the range of fabulous activities and excursions are age-appropriate and offer plenty of learning opportunities. Due to the location and nature of the experience though, the hotel is not recommended for children aged under 5 years although they can be accommodated with cots and a nanny service available upon request.

Sustainability

At Titilaka, they understand the need for responsible travel and are deeply committed to both minimising their ecological footprint and being the best possible neighbour they can be to the local communities that have welcomed them. Titilaka has qualified for CALTUR, the Peruvian government certification for tourism which incorporates both environmental and social standards, every year.

Titilaka’s social commitment is focussed on supporting the sustainable economic development of the villages around the lodge. By offering local community members a stable, well-paid job that is all too rare in this part of the world, these jobs complement their traditional lifestyle focussed on small-scale agriculture. Three-quarters of their staff come from local communities and they source ingredients locally as much as possible, providing the families with an important market for their products, from food crops to Andean textiles.

Titilaka also works hand in hand with a non-profit organisation that supports the communities around the lake. They make a donation on behalf of every guest. Guests will also have a chance to give back personally by making their own donation or visiting a local village.

Location

Titilaka is located in a rural community south of Puno (the main city on the Peruvian shore of Lake Titicaca), surrounded by the small hamlets of Quechua and Aymara cultures and just 1-2 hours from the border with Bolivia. The lake itself is the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,810mabsl and covers some 3,200 sqm with a depth of 107m. Titilaka is reached by car (40-minutes) and/or by boat, from Puno train station or 90-minutes by road from the nearest Airport at Juliaca (JUL). Visitors often compare the setting with the Scottish highlands or Patagonia.

There are flights from Lima to Juliaca 4 times daily (110 minutes) and from Cusco once a day (40 mins). Some guests like to combine a stay here with a visit to Arequipa/ Colca which is 7-hours away by road. Another popular option is the train from Cusco, which runs once a week on a a Tuesday departing Cusco at 11.00am and arriving into Puno at 8am from where you will be transferred to Titilaka. The actual travel time is 9-hours but this is not just about logistics – it’s far more of an experience.

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