We only have raves for this hotel. It is situated on its own island, Isla Suasi, the only privately owned island on Lake Titicaca. It is built in the form of a two story mountain lodge. There are 24 rooms.
Our room was on the second floor, was large, comfortable, clean and quiet. The room had a small stove heater which was lit for us every night to ward off the chill, and hot water bottles (which were actual glass bottles) placed under the comforter in the evening while we were at dinner.
The food was excellent (breakfasts, lunches and dinners). Free local wine and beers are available on request, as well as water and soft drinks/juices, and come as part of the all-inclusive room rates. This is not a cheap place, but it was well worth the expense.
What made our two night stay special was the ambience. As soon as disembarks from the boat, one is met with a sea of colors from the flowers that surround the immediate slope and area of the hotel. The gardens surrounding the hotel are verdant and well-tended. One is struck by the air of tranquility and repose. It was like stepping into another world where one's cares just disappeared.
The staff was very warm and accommodative. A guide organizes the various activities such as hikes up to the tallest point (almost 4000 meters), a zodiac ride around the island, a tour of the small museum, star gazing, a bonfire, etc. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and caring. You can take a canoe or kayak around the island (about an hour). The hotel maintains a herd of 10 alpacas and there is a small herd of wild vicunas, as well as numerous Peruvian rabbits (they look like squirrels), birdlife.
The owner of the island is a kind woman named Marta. If you have a chance to meet her and perhaps have a coffee with her, she may invited you to tour her gardens. She walked a group of us around one morning, and we were privileged to witness how Quechans prepare their fields for planting using the traditional foot plow (the male breaks the ground and the woman turns the large clods of dirt over). Marta is a very special person.
If one goes to the trouble to go to lake Titicaca, we cannot imagine how one would not stay at this extraordinary island hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A solar-powered ecolodge on remote and uniquely beautiful Isla Suasi-the only private island in massive Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable body of water. Featuring panoramic lake views from every room, surrounded by terraced gardens and designed with native materials (stone, adobe and thatched roofs) to blend into the island, the lodge is committed to being green. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Andina Private Collection Isla Suasi Hotel Puno