Photo courtesy of Titilaka
This all-inclusive luxury resort, inhabiting a refurbished building set on a four-acre private peninsula, runs far and above most prices for hotels on Lake Titicaca, but it’s well worth the splurge. Not only are all of your meals, cocktails, and most excursions included, but this lodge has invested deeply in the community, hiring more than three-quarters of its staff from the surrounding communities to provide well-paying jobs, as well as sourcing as much as possible from nearby farmers for its restaurants, and using local artisans for the hotel’s textiles and other crafts. And, being a Relais & Chateau property, it has cleared a high bar for excellence. All 18 rooms face the lake and feature heated floors (it can get chilly at night at 12,500 feet elevation), a banquette overlooking the lake, free mini-bar, iPod dock, deep bathtubs, and coffeemakers. King rooms are the most economical, while the two corner rooms are the most requested, with panoramic views of the lake, and the most room; the “Dawn” and “Dusk” rooms let you choose from either sunrise or sunset views. The restaurant is one of the best to be found in the area, and guests can dine in the restaurant, on one of the wraparound terraces, or in-room using the resort’s 24-hour room service.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
Sleep with the Incans at Titilaka, Peru
Want to sleep next to the mythical birthplace of the ancient Incan empire? Book a night at Titilaka, a boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the Andes. Flanked on three sides by quinoa farms and red sandstone peaks, the property opens onto a 118-mile horizon of fresh water. As part of my stay, local kayak guide Armando Suaña brought me to nests of indigenous grebes and ducks, and farther offshore to his family’s own manmade island, one in a flotilla of thatched reed rafts that the Uros people have called home for the last 500 years. —Daniel Grushkin Titilaka, (866) 628-1777, from $910. This appeared in the May/June 2010 issue.
Lake Titicaca Luxury
Gorgeous 18-room hotel with it's own peninsula on Lake Titicaca. Each room has breathtaking views of the lake with elegant yet refined style throughout the whole hotel. Top quality food from the restaurant. We were very excited to see a leg of jamón serrano on the breakfast buffet. The hotel plans all of your half day and full day excursions, and hosts a tea time and sunset happy hour. Heaven!
By Julia Steck
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