Lake Titicaca is a beautiful lake, and Taypikala Lago is a hotel which sits right on its shores, perfect for lapping up the views.
This Peruvian-owned hotel is 15 minutes outside the hustle and bustle (and steep streets) of Puno. Quiet flower- and bird-filled gardens separate the hotel from the bright blue waters of the lake.
The hotel is large — 77 rooms, including nine triples, four suites and three junior suites. The hallways are decorated with lovely handmade fabrics and crafts. The on-site shop sells similar items at excellent prices and will inspire your gift-giving.
Taypikala is able to host large groups, and has two conference rooms. Groups looking for a spiritual experience favour the hotel, with its labyrinth maze in the garden, places to meditate, and proximity to Inca Uyo, the temple of fertility, in the village of Chucuito.
If you’re travelling with children, Taypikala is a good choice: there’s space for them to run around, often sheep grazing nearby, table tennis and foozball tables, as well as a small indoor pool, 6-person jacuzzi, sauna, and yoga room (you’ll need to advise staff in advance to use the sauna (4 hours) and jacuzzi (24 hours)). Everyone will appreciate the extensive buffet breakfast with its delicious fresh juices and wide selection, as well as the large portions at dinner.
At 3,830 meters (12, 566 feet) above sea level, Lake Titicaca and its shores are chilly at night (approaching freezing temperatures, though space heaters are in each room) and in the daytime the sun shines fiercely. Bring warm clothes and lots of sunscreen.