No trip to Peru is complete without visiting the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Composed entirely of totora reeds and inhabited by the local Uros communities, the islands slowly drift across the tranquil lake that separates Peru from Bolivia. Sailing through this magical landscape, at a dizzying height of 12,421 ft (3,860m), and exploring the drifting islands of Uros and Taquile is a rare and special experience.
Puno is the city that sits on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Most people who travel to this region stay at least one night in Puno, widely recognized as the entryway to Lake Titicaca and the famed floating islands.
In recent years Puno and its surrounding areas have added some unique and amazingly luxurious hotels that allow travelers to revel in the natural beauty while providing world-class comfort. Here is a selection of the top three luxury Puno Peru hotels that will ensure you a one-of-a-kind experience:
Hotel Libertador Puno
Beautifully located right on the shores of Lake Titicaca, on Esteves Island, this 5-star hotel boasts some of the most impressive views of the lake. The only true 5-star hotel in the city of Puno, the Hotel Libertador offers first-rate amenities and excellent service.
Although all rooms feature excellent vistas of either Puno or Uros Island, ask for a room directly facing the lake and its islands for an unforgettable experience. The dramatic views at sunset and sunrise of the glistening city lights shimmering on the crystal clear waters of the lake are unparalleled.
Guests can revel in the breathtaking landscapes while tasting delicious regional cuisine in the restaurant, soaking in the Jacuzzi, or sipping a cocktail in the hotel’s cozy bar. The other two hotels below are located in the surrounding areas of Puno and not in the city itself.
Casa Andina Private Collection Isla Suasi
Casa Andina hotel is located on a private island in Lake Titicaca called Isla Suasi. The verdant gardens and sweeping views of the lake are what make this hotel the best luxury lodge in the area. Far from spoiling the beauty of the lake, the Casa Andina Private Collection Isla Suasi has been carefully designed to blend with the environment. Solar-powered, surrounded by terraced gardens, and constructed with native materials, the hotel manages to enhance the already beautiful landscape.
This is the perfect place to commune with nature while being pampered by the wonderfully friendly and attentive hotel staff. Each room boasts striking views and the absence of telephones and televisions on the island creates a wonderful disconnect from the rest of the world. If you are looking for peace and serenity, Suasi Island is the perfect place to get away from it all, but there is plenty to keep you busy. Even the most active travelers will find plenty to do as nature hikes, wildlife spotting, canoeing, and stargazing are all available activities on the island. In the evening, guests can cuddle up near the wood burning stove in their rooms to stave off the Andean chill.
Leave your worries at the doorstep and indulge in a truly luxurious experience with a stay at Titilaka Hotel. This 5-star hotel has interesting contemporary architecture and design sprinkled with indigenous touches. The idyllic location on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca offers some of the best services near Puno.
The eighteen, fully equipped suites all feature heated floors and spa bathrooms, as well as exceptional views of the lake. Contemplate the stunning sunset while sipping a local cocktail from the hotel’s waterfront terrace and enjoy an intimate fireside dinner, prepared with fresh regional products.
With its outstanding array of first class services, including private guided excursions, 24h room service, internet access, babysitting service, and more, Titilaka provides guests with luxurious services and a unique Puno vacation.
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