Some may believe it is audacious to discover Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on the planet. Embedded in the border between Bolivia and Peru, it concentrates several ancestral mystical practices and is considered by many one of the most energetic corners of the planet. Well, audacious would be not to allow yourself a journey through this liquid jewel that goes as far as the eye can see, in shades that vary from blue to light green. Soft slopes contrast with steep banks in craggily cut sections that include classic boats from the region. The totora, a plant that grows abundantly on the banks of the lake, is not only the base for canoes but also for floating islands, where whole families live and survive by fishing and presenting their traditional culture. A powerful place, filled with personality, that manages to keep its original spirit alive amidst globalization. Additionally, it is a refuge where you will find comfort, authenticity and exclusivity within a rustic and original environment.
SUL Hotels Tip: Slow down to feel the lake and its pulsating populations. The richness of detail surrounding Titicaca can fade if you are not moving at the same pace as the environment. Surely, the altitude of 3,821 meters also calls for a slow walk, but the paced cadence of your steps and the liters of water you will drink will only make your experience richer.
Harmony with its incredible surroundings is the motto for the 18 apartments at Hotel Titilaka. The idea is to offer guests a permanent interaction with the lake, favoring wide windows and allowing plenty of natural light. Rooms are divided into three categories, all of which have an astonishing external view. The decoration has references to the local style, using curtains and bedspreads manufactured in the in the area, as well as lighting control, an individual reading lamp and a personal safe. Bathrooms offer organic amenities that respect the environment. Made of high-quality cotton thread, the bedding matches the queen- and king-size mattresses. As if that was not enough, the minibar is included in the daily rate. Each suite is equipped with a charging station for iPhones and a music station for iPods, in addition to a table so you can have breakfast in the coziness of your room. To close, every detail is very well thought out for you to enjoy every second of your trip.
With air conditioning and heating, the four 28-square-meter apartments in this category are located on the ground and first floors. As the name implies, they offer a king-size and a convertible bed.
As the name hints, the eight Dawn accommodations offer a direct dawn view from the bed, as the sun rises over Lake Titicaca. With sizes varying from 30 to 40 m², all rooms in this category feature local flowers in the décor as well as a comfortable bathtub in the large bathroom.
More than spacious, the accommodations in this category provide the natural comfort the daylight’s end offers. Spread between the first and second floors, they are 30 to 40 m² in size and face west, with a splendid view of the sunset, in addition to an incredible bathtub and dashing closets.
The best views available are concentrated in the two Corner rooms, one sized 38 m² and the other, 43 m². Both are located on the second floor and include a bathtub that offers a beautiful view; the room also has a living room equipped with a large convertible bed and a considerable supply of closets.
Yes, it is possible to combine comfort and great service with a fascinating environment, respecting a rich culture. Located on a private peninsula on Lake Titicaca, the hotel is a great starting point to numerous experiences in and around the lake, moving around two countries, Peru and Bolivia. Privileged by a lake view in multiple directions, the 18 apartments are the most private retreat for guests, offering well-designed facilities along four hectares of property, including two private beaches. There, many water activities are proposed by the hotel. Several terraces are connected by footbridges spread over the water, an essence of the hotel’s navigator spirit, which still has a small pier. Common rest areas are distributed across three lounges near the reception, in addition to a full-service restaurant, stocked with a wine cellar that provides regional and international labels. A small boutique store offers designer clothes created by Peruvian stylists. Due to the extensive activity suggestions and as the Titilaka spirit consists in exploring and relaxing, a massage room welcomes guests for treatments at the end of intense days, at any level. What matters is taking advantage of the whole structure and its multiple dimensions.
One of the most sacred symbols to the Andean peoples, even the Incas believed that the world came to existence here; Lake Titicaca exerts a level of fascination that goes together with its name and majesty. The highest commercially navigable lake on the planet, at an altitude of 3,821 meters, also accumulates the status of the largest lake in South America by volume of water – its average depth is 107 meters. All this immensity, shrouded in steep slopes with large islands and islets is the scenery for a succession of ancestral cultural manifestations, which go back to peoples who lived in the Americas long before Europeans arrived. The construction skills to build totora boats, a typical bulrush in the region, also go back to these times. It is so impermeable that it can also be transformed into floating islands, such as those that house members of the Uro-Aymara ethnic group. The Peruvian cities of Puno and Juliaca, as well as the Bolivian Copacabana, with its stunning cathedral, are the starting points to explore the region, which, besides mythical water sources, hold archeological ruins and beautiful traditional festivals. The cultural relevance of the area is revealed in delicate costumes and very well-made fabrics, which added to the living past translates into a unique environment in the world.
It is undeniable that the protagonist of this trip is liquid, undaunted and immense: Lake Titicaca. All major activities occur either on the lake or because of it. Whether aboard kayaks, stand-up paddles boards (during the summer, the water temperature is comfortable) or rowboats for more than one occupant, exploring the surroundings of the highest navigable lake on the planet is an unmatched experience. On a bike, you can cover the Platería fields through beaches, sugarcane plantations and vast swamps until you reach a local community; in these communities, you can be introduced to the local lifestyle and the fishing culture. Next to the Titicaca National Reserve, the visit to the legendary Uros islands will allow you to meet families from the Uro-Aymaran communities, who live in small floating islands made by hand using totora, a straw that grows all over the lake. Self-proclaimed owners of the lake, these populations claim to have black blood and be immune to the cold. The traveler will be able to explore the Quechua collective imaginary on the Taquile Island, where embroidery and other characteristic handicrafts, all part of UNESCO Intangible Heritage List are produced. Archaeological ruins of the Inca empire also lie in the location, from where you can see the Cordillera Real, in Bolivia, right around the corner. Incidentally, located in the neighboring country, the stunning Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is a stopover for an optional one-day tour, as well as the Tiahuanaco Route, which runs through sections of the well-preserved ruins of the pre-Columbian civilization. Back in Peru, consider taking the Aymara Route tour to see the lovely views of the Chucuito Peninsula and downtown Ácora. Finally, Titilaka recommends a visit to Sillustani, an impressive peninsula in the Umayo Lagoon, with the best preserved chullpas, towers that functioned as tombs and symbolize the death and birth of pre-Inca civilizations, such as the Pucara and the Colla.
The nearest airport is located in Juliaca, in the Estate of Puno (JUL), and it is approximately 2h30 far from the hotel. Also, it is possible to arrive by train in Puno. From Cusco, the trip, operated by Peru Rail, last around 10 hours. The hotel is 1 hour from the train station.
Titilaka provides transfers between the hotel and both, the Juliaca Airport and Puno’s train station.