The Coolest Huts and Hotels to Stay in Lake Titicaca

H60ANT Seaside on the Isla del Sol on the Lake Titicaca in Bolivia
H60ANT Seaside on the Isla del Sol on the Lake Titicaca in Bolivia | © Gabor Kovacs / Alamy Stock Photo
Siobhan Grogan

Between Bolivia and Peru, scenic Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, standing at an impressive 3,812m (12,506ft). These nearby huts and hotels will blow you away, but best of all, they’re bookable on Culture Trip now.

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the place the ancient Incas believe was the birthplace of the sun. Its vast stretch of deep blue water reflects snow-dusted peaks that draw adventurous travellers to countless hiking trails and ancient sites, once they have adjusted to the area’s extreme altitude. Though many pass by while exploring further afield, those who take time to spend the night near the lake can really appreciate this magical region.

1. Mirador del Titikaka

Hotel

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© Mirador del Inka Inn Hostel_Expedia

Take in lake views without leaving the hotel at this small elevated property in Puno, which offers panoramic views you’ll never tire of. Spacious rooms sleep either two or three, and the hotel also offers a garden and terrace, shuttle service, laundry, and cosy restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served by the fireplace. Friendly staff are always on hand to help with tour guide assistance and tourist information, speaking both Spanish and English.

2. GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

Hotel

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© GHL Lago Titicaca Puno_Expedia

If backpacker hostels don’t appeal, choose this four-star property in the centre of Puno, which offers travelers a more luxurious stay near Lake Titicaca. Services include dry cleaning, a business center, airport transfers, an ATM, gift shop, tennis court and even a spa with a sauna and a steam room. A generous breakfast is served each morning but room service is also available if you’re hoping to really relax.

3. Hotel Castillo del Titicaca

Guesthouse

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© Titilaka Hotel_Expedia

There’s nowhere on the lake quite as romantic as this castle, perched on a cliff looming over the water. Around the castle, there are a series of small buildings built to resemble a traditional Andean town, housing the restaurant, bar, a small chapel and a terrace with the best views of all. The inn has just five rooms hidden between two pink sandstone cliffs and all have views over the gardens, though one suite looks over the lake if you book early enough to nab it.

4. Casa Andina Premium Puno

Hotel

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© Casa Andina Premium Puno_Expedia

Enjoy the lake and its wildly beautiful surroundings with every home comfort to hand by basing yourself at this property in Puno. Rooms come with a balcony, minibar, desk, soundproofing, coffee machine and bathtub, though mention when booking if you would prefer one with a lake view. Elsewhere, the hotel offers a bar, concierge, room service, and a restaurant that serves traditional meals and a delicious afternoon tea.

5. Sonesta Posadas del Inca - Lake Titicaca

Hotel

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Lake Titicaca - Puno_Exped
© Sonesta Posadas del Inca Lake Titicaca - Puno_Expedia

It couldn’t be easier to explore Lake Titicaca’s attractions from this hotel right by the water in Puno. The property has its very own private dock making it easy to hop on a boat to reach all the sights, while the front desk offers a range of excursions to all the places you’ll want to go. Once you’re back at the hotel, head straight to the on-site restaurant, which offers Peruvian cuisine alongside international dishes, and has a jaw-dropping view over the lake.

6. Amantica Lodge

Boutique Hotel

Amantica Lodge
© Nicolas Villaume / Amantica Lodge

If you’d prefer to stay somewhere a little more intimate, this exclusive-use lodge on the island of Amantani will wow you. It has two bedrooms, a cosy gas chimney for chilly nights, and a modern bathroom with wraparound lake views and a jacuzzi carved into the rock. Owner Oswaldo will welcome you in person, while a private chef is on hand to prepare meals. Fishing excursions with Oswaldo, community visits and trips to the floating Uros islands can also all be arranged.

7. Titilaka

Hotel

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© Titilaka Hotel_Expedia

There’s plenty to keep even the most active traveler busy at this 18-room hotel built on a private peninsula, with 1.6ha (4 acres) of land and two private beaches. The all-inclusive package includes all meals, wine and cocktails, and several experiences led by local expert guides, including a marketplace visit, a day trip to the floating islands and cycling through the fields of Plateria.

8. Taypikala Hotel Lago

Hotel

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© Taypikala Hotel Lago_Expedia

This hotel is a great all-round option whether you’re traveling alone or with friends, as there are single, double and triple rooms available to suit every trip. There’s plenty for everyone to do, too, with a sauna, yoga room, indoor pool, meditation room and restaurant, while the property is less than five minutes’ drive from the Inca Uyo Ruins, Chucuito Plaza de Armas and Chucuito Cathedral.

9. Hotel Jose Antonio Puno

Hotel

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© Jose Antonio Puno_Expedia

Cocktails come with a view thrown in for free at the bar of the Hotel Jose Antonio Puno, right by the waters of Lake Titicaca. The hotel has 106 contemporary rooms with soothing accent walls, plush linens and large picture windows. If you can drag yourself away from the view, Taquile Island, Sillustani and Lampa are all within easy reach, to make the most of your time in the region.

10. Hotel Hacienda Puno

Hotel

© Hacienda Puno_Expedia

Head straight to the top-floor restaurant of this hotel in Puno for unparalleled views over Lake Titicaca that may well mean your meal goes cold every time. Several rooms have the same stunning outlook – specify when booking to be sure – but the alternative city view is equally impressive. Guest rooms are smart and simple, and close to all local attractions, including Plaza de Armas.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Harry Stewart.

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