What We Love
- Rates include three meals per day, cocktails at meals and hotel activities (kayaking, hiking or mountain biking)
- Panoramic views of Lake Titicaca from every suite
- The suite’s heated floors keep your feet warm
- Local textiles and the vivid Andean colors in the suites
- Free WiFi
- Watching the breathtaking sunsets with a pisco sour in hand
What To Know
- There is a two-night minimum stay
- Alcohol is included, but certain top-shelf liquors and special wines are an additional cost
- The hotel offers a 90-minute van service from Juliaca airport ($78 per person)
- No ATMs in these parts, so bring plenty of cash
- Lake Titicaca sits at an altitude of 12,500 feet, so the air can be thin and sunblock is a must
- It gets very chilly at night and on the water, so bring a sweater
- The closest city, Puno, is 20 miles away
- Members will be charged a 18% IVA tax by the property upon check-in that is exempt to foreigners of Peru. To avoid this fee, be sure to provide documentation at the time of check-in
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
You’ll be on a lake with a stay at Titilaka Hotel in Tililaca.
Make yourself at home in one of the 18 guestrooms featuring MP3 docking stations and minibars. Your bed comes with down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or make use of the other amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include laundry facilities, a library, and coffee/tea in the lobby. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I wanted somewhere to go for three days after 4 days on the Aqua Aria in the Amazon and the travel agent at Indagare recommended Lake Titicaca as we had already visited Cusco etc a few years ago. I looked at the general reviews on the lake and was a little nervous about it being touristy and just a lake at a very high altitude. How wrong was I!
The location of the hotel is sublime and far away from all the other tourists so you really get to explore and experience Titicaca, the lake, the islands, the local communities, in peace.
We had a dawn room and it almost felt like being in a boat with floor to ceiling, wall to wall views across the water. The room was terrific - I found it spacious, great sitting areas to read and relax, powerful showers, great bathroom, plenty of storage space and room to move around. The beds are really comfortable with great linens and pillows.
As expected in Peru, the food was superb with an extensive menu. They do not try too hard and so the dishes are simple and let the amazing flavors speak for themselves.
The hotel perfectly showcases the location. The views throughout the hotel are spectacular - outdoors, indoors. The view out the side across the reeds (vs across the lake) is almost more beautiful than the lake itself. The furnishings in the hotel are fun, eclectic and with lots of touches such as comfortable chaises longe with views over the lake vs just a chair. Drinks around the fire pit at sunset - with warm blankets is another great touch. The shop has wonderful baby alpaca shawls and the local rugs.
Two must do tours: the tour of the islands and the Aymara Route. The time spent with a family on one of the floating islands will be a top ten for me. It was a crystal clear blue sky day and after a 90 minute boat ride (great boat, it was just us and the guide in it), we were transported by a reed gondola through the reeds to the family’s home. There is a gentle, and welcoming culture that is not in the least bit inauthentic or cheesy. We chatted with the family sitting round the fire as the women chopped and cooked. We then spent another wonderful few hours exploring Taquile Island. I felt like Cyprus or the Mediterranean - a glorious lunch (sublime food again) outside in a wonderful clifftop garden overlooking the lake, and again spending time with the family as they weaved and knit around us. I hate fake family trips - it fills me with horror - this was not that. We were once more welcomed. The Aymara Route was a mixture of stunning views from the hills, visits to the local communities, and a glorious bike ride (no uphill - -only downhill and flat which at 4,000 meters in Aymara is the difference between puffing agony and fun). Must do.
Tips: It is 3,800 meters up and that takes some adjusting if you are going straight there from sea level. The first night I had a crushing headache and ended up taking ten minutes of oxygen from the front desk just to get rid of it- which worked. But we spent day one of three full days there exploring around the hotel and acclimating. So unless you are coming from Cusco, take an extra day as you will need it.
Perfect hotel stay. Beautiful hotel situated on the banks of the lake. Service super friendly and very attentive. Food amazing. Excursions interesting. Guides knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A relaxing end to a fantastic holiday in Peru.
Great place, incredible location but a total mess in terms of organization as everything is organized from Lima (same owner as Atemporal) but communication is simply non existent.... you have to repeat 3 times what was already communicated before your arrival.
TRAVELLERS BEWARE : they offer the free service of pick-up from Juliaca but if you come from Bolivia, you will be charged an additional $264 from Desaguadero for a trip which takes less time.... they try to justify this insane price by various shallow reasons... just could not find another alternative by myself so I just paid the price .... although Titilaka was barely aware of this rip off from Lima... they almost felt ashamed...
Truly disappointing ... definitely not the expected standard of a Relais & Chateaux.... just the objective of making money by all means without any consideration of what « service » should be all about.... the Lima team is useless, does not invoice properly via PayPal (just double-check your invoice before releasing the payment), ask for your allergies but does not communicate to Titilaka,... and above all, they always try to justify the unjustifiable.... would be surprised if they stay part of Relais&châteaux for much longer with the current process.
One last word: people in Titilaka are really great and they try to do everything to make your stay memorable.... but when the head is no longer thinking, you get some frustration from all angles.