After a 10 hour train ride on the Andean Explorer (long, but incredible), Armando was there to pick up us from the train station in Puno. After a 45 minute drive to the Lodge, we were beginning to wonder if we had made the right decision. We had!!
The setting on the lake is incredible. Puno itself is nothing special, the lodge is set far enough away that the lake nearby is pristine. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. The view from your bedroom when you wake up is stunningly serene.
We had the complete package which included all meals, transfers to the train station/airport, and excursions. We went to the Uros floating islands in the morning and to the weaving community of Copomaya on the mainland in the afternoon. Armando was again our excellent guide. He has roots in several nearby indigenous communities, and therefore is genuinely interested and liked by the people we visited. On our second day, we boated to Taquille Island which is a UNESCO recognized center for its weaving culture. We enjoyed a lunch of Quinoa Soup prepared by our hosts. On all trips Armando gave us excellent background information about the people and their history.
The benefit of the lodge is that all the tours include only people staying at the lodge. If you want to do something lower key there are walks around the area, or kayaks to take out on the lake.
The front desk staff went out of there way to help when needed. I had filled up my camera memory card - so they put my photos on a CD for me. I was getting a sore throat and ear infection on the day before we left, so they arranged to have the medication I requested called in to the pharmacy in Puno, and we picked it up on the way to the airport the next morning. They had noticed that it was someone's birthday from their passport, and they had made him a birthday cake for dessert.
In short, a little pricey. but well worth the cost if you can swing it and if you consider the services included. Make sure you don't overdo it -- the altitude is higher here than Cusco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Infinite skies, snowcapped peaks and limitless shimmering waters will be your companions at this luxury lodge on a remote, private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca. All 18 rooms look out on to the mystical Andean lake, birthplace of the fabled Inca Empire and still home to some of Peru’s farthest-flung communities, many of whom benefit from our operations. Responsible, sustainable development is at the heart of Titilaka’s philosophy; more than 90% of staff are locals and we source food locally as much as possible, while our business model focuses on conserving Andean traditions. Sunsets and the star-speckled night sky here are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Daytime activities range from exploring Inca and pre-Inca ruins, to visiting the floating reed islands of the Uros people, to leisurely hiking or biking through stunning Andean scenery. The lodge has a sophisticated modern touch and, with its sensational Peruvian cuisine, is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Titilaka Hotel Puno
- Titilaka Resort All Inclusive Puno