Titilaka is a luxury experience lodge on Lake Titicaca, where activities range from exploring local ruins and exclusive visits to a traditional community, to hiking ancient trails surrounded by stunning landscapes.
The lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca, far off the beaten path, on a tranquil private peninsula shared only with the local indigenous Aymara community of the same name.
Surrounded on three sides by the pristine lake, and with four acres of grounds, Titilaka is the perfect base to explore this unspoiled corner of an area renowned for its ethereal beauty and remains home to some of Peru’s most traditional communities.
Furnished with one king or two double beds, ample closet and individually controlled heated floors, lake-view spa bathrooms with heated floors, fully equipped with extra-soft towels, oversized tub, massage shower and heated towel racks, high-count cotton sheets, feathered duvet covers, extra pillows, blackout curtains, safe, writing desk, cordless phones.
Additionally, Suites have mini bar, I-Pod and 26" plasma TV. All meals are included. Lounge, dining room and bar, with wraparound terraces all overlook the lake. Fully-equipped communication center and media room. Private massage therapy rooms and heated pool overlook the lake. First aid, oxygen facility and 25-minute access to local hospital.
The Premium Corner room, with preferred view, is the most popular room category. This room offers views of both sunrise and sunset and spectacular panoramic views of the lake.
The Dusk rooms have exceptional views that reveal the sheer scale of Lake Titicaca, and allow you to immerse yourself in its ethereal beauty.
These rooms have magnificent views of the immense lake, allowing you to fully appreciate its breathtaking beauty.
This room has a wonderful lake view that you will never forget.
Activities around the hotel are included, such as kayaking, boating, bird-watching, biking and hiking.
All excursions offered are included in the package price, except for those requiring border passage to Bolivia.
Explore the Uros floating islands and the Island of Taquile
Neither land, sky, or water, but rather at the intersection of the three, Totora, or junco reed roots, serve as unique building material for the floating islands of the Uros Titino communities of Lake Titicaca.
The Islands of Lake Titicaca excursion brings visitors close to the islands’ Uro-Aymara communities, providing a unique opportunity to grow personally acquainted with the men –skilled reed raftsmen, and women -‐ expert weavers famous for their craft – as well as the ancestral techniques used to keep their islands afloat, among other aspects of their remarkable heritage.
In Taquile, for example, guests will experience the Quechua imagination in the textile weavings unique to the area and recently included in UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Enjoy lunch outdoors as you treat yourself to the grandeur of Puno’s deep blue skies mirrored across Lake Titicaca with views of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, or Royal mountain Range, in the background.
The Aymara Route excursion, spanning a whole day, entails growing acquainted with the geography, neighboring communities, nature, and privileged views of the Chucuito peninsula and Acora. Delve into pre-Incan times in the legends and stories your guide will offer and learn about Lake Titicaca’s importance in the local worldview and means of subsistence.
Grow closely acquainted with the unique interconnectedness of man and nature surviving to this day. Be it by car, on a bike, or by foot, make your way through the paths meandering through open fields and pastures. Reaching the privileged views of natural lookouts, enjoy the lake’s extensive reach.
As part of the excursion, guests will see the lodge’s neighboring communities and locals engaging in daily labors, birds in their varying ecosystems, archeological remains, and astonishing landscapes. Along the way, stop and enjoy your specially prepared lunch in the company of the lake’s calm and majestic views.
Excursion to Lampa
On the way to or from the airport, stop and see Lampa, a colonial-period architectural gem and previous Spanish colonial stronghold in the area.
Known as the ‘Pink City’ for the lively coloration of its town walls, Lampa invites travelers to visit its church, old mansions, and squares. Renowned in the region for its architecture, the Lampa church is the only local temple built exclusively for the use of Spanish landowners.
Explore its mysterious catacombs and impressive replica of Michelangelo’s “La Pietá.”
Excursion to Sillustani
Perhaps the region’s largest and most important pre-Hispanic funeral ground, the archeological complex of Sillustani provides evidence to the area’s rich past while offering visitors privileged views of Lake Umayo.
Host to a number of chullpas, or ancient funerary tower-like structures, built exclusively to house the remains of nobles and distinguished individuals, Sillustani is among the best kept archaeological sites in the area. Sillustani provides visitors with a range of chullpas in varying architectural forms resulting from changing time periods and power shifts of peoples like the Pucara, Kolla, and Incas.
Note, for example, the pre-‐Incan towers’ rustic appearance and smaller size in comparison to the Incan period’s larger and more sophisticated chullpas. Made up of rocks weighing between 2 and 6 tons, the largest tower in the complex, known as the Lizard Tower, is estimated to have taken over 50 years to build.
Colonial Temples Visit
Stop and explore the epicenter of the region’s evangelizing mission of indigenous peoples during the Spanish conquest in Puno’s Juli and Pomata churches, this last one used as a model in the construction of other South-‐American colonial-‐period temples.
Located between Cuzco and the historic mining town of Potosí, these religious centers are at the intersection of millenary cultural legacies, the mining rush, and the clash of faiths. As the evangelizing fervor spread and competition for followers and acknowledgment grew fiercer in the region, six churches were built by request of rival Catholic congregations.
Harboring the construction of four churches in the XVI and XVII centuries, the town of Juli came to be known as the “Little Rome of America,” while Pomata grew famous for its baroque church, built entirely out of red pumice stone, or piedra pómez roja.
The churches display impressive architecture, including gold leaf altars –a technique unique to the time–, as well as notable paintings of the vice regal period and large bells which can still be heard to this day. Recently restored, these offer a journey into the past, one you’ll be able to enjoy peacefully, seeing as travelers rarely make it here.
On your way back, you’ll see the mysterious Aramu Muru, or Wilka Uta portal, a human-‐sized rectangular frame carved into a massive red rock, similar to sandstone. The mystical Aramu Muru was previously used as a holy site for rituals to the Sun god or Inti during the time of the Incas.
Colla Route Trek
The Colla Route, part of the original network of Inca roadways, runs through the rocky mountain area near the lodge. Leaving early in the morning, the traveler has numerous route options to choose from along the Colla Route or up to the Titilaka Archway.
While walking, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the area and Bolivia’s impressive Cordillera Real, or Royal Mountain Range. Continue onto the Hilarata Summit, where you will be rewarded with amazing views of Lake Titicaca and the Altiplano below where the Santa Rosa and Thunuhuaya communities are located. Allow Lagoon Chatuma, where locals hold rituals and ceremonies to this day, to surprise you with its beauty.
Accompanied by our specialized guides, you’ll be led in detecting, identifying, and even mimicking bird songs as you attempt to establish an exchange with native species.
As part of your experience, you’ll visit different ecosystems where you’ll be able to find a wide range of local birds. Explore the excellent birdwatching in the conserved protected wetland near the lodge.
A member of the RAMSAR Convention on wildlife, this neighboring protection site is home to some 103 species of migratory and residential birds, several of which are only native to this area. Departing early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you’ll find birds leaving for breakfast or returning home for a night’s rest.
Some species are highly recognizable on account of their colorful feathers while others are harder to spot in the opaque and subdued tones of their plumages, a protective measure ensuring camouflage from prey. Depending on the season, you’ll be able to see flamingos and Great crested grebes, among other species.
(only Saturdays and Sundays)
The people of the Peruvian Altiplano are faithful to many historic traditions, among them, bartering or trading as a main form of payment and commerce. Sunday is host to the trading of agricultural products, with a colorful display of a variety of potatoes, quinoa, chuño, among other local goods not seen elsewhere.
The Marketplace Visit offers a unique opportunity to participate in the lively shopping experience of the local people. Gathering inhabitants from Lake Titicaca, neighboring areas, as well as visitors to the area, participate in this lively dynamic as you peruse the unique species in your trip to the market.
Local Festivals (according to Festivities Calendar)
Known as the Peruvian Capital of Folklore, Puno is host to some of the region’s most renowned traditional festivals. Among the most celebrated and popular, the feast of the Virgin of la Candelaria, declared Intangible and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO boasts over 360 pre and post-‐colonial dances.
Weaving together a unique version of local history, this festival is held each February and gathers around 40,000 people. Storming Puno’s streets with vibrant dance and lively traditional wear made solely for the celebration, the Virgin of la Candelaria is the region’s most representative celebration.
Titilaka has identified 12 local feasts near the lodge, and if your stay coincides with any of them, our guides will gladly assist you in enjoying these. Be among the few travelers who have experienced these typical Peruvian traditions.
Boat House – Nautical Sports
The first nautical sports facility on Lake Titicaca, our boat house offers you the exclusive opportunity to sail at more than 12,000 feet above sea level.
Choose among kayaks, Canadian canoes, paddle boards, and sunfish sailboats, or try them all as you explore this wonderful body of water. Experienced Titilaka instructors are at hand to look over your safety and explain navigation procedures before you begin your nautical journey. Explore the lake at your pace while enjoying the serenity of its views and silence.
Discover the nearby ecosystems strewn among its shores and Totora reeds, an ideal location to observe local wildlife and plants making Titicaca their home. Don’t miss views of the lodge as you make your way through the lake and look forward to snacks and refreshing beverages on our outdoor terrace once you’re ready to head back.
Undoubtedly one of our most memorable journeys, cycling through the fields of Platería offers unforgettable scenery as you explore outdoors under Puno’s blue sky.
Crossing varying terrain, you’ll follow rural paths along the lakeshore where you will see locals participating in their daily activities, possibly in traditional wear.
Be it farming the earth with old-fashioned tools, or employing old school means of transportation like a donkey for Totora reed gathering, locals can be seen working in the company of their playing children. Enjoy the freedom and fresh air in this engaging activity where you set the pace and direction.
Aymara Constellation Observation
Puno’s clear skies and the Altiplano’s serenity collaborate to make the lake’s environment a perfect place for astronomical observation.
Layer up before stepping outside to our lodge gardens where your guide will explain the movement of stars and locate constellations such as the Wawawara Hawira, or Milky Way. Learn about the religious beliefs of the Andean societies, with duality between the sun and moon serving as origin of the world and cosmic order.
Partake in the oral tradition, a local source of knowledge, as you listen to legends and stories passed down from generations from ancestral time to this day.
Rafting through the Reeds
Allow our guides to gently lead you on a raft through masses of Totora reed near the lodge as you learn more about this local hydrophilic plant species.
Explore the lake’s ecosystem and learn about the close relationship existing between the peoples inhabiting the lake and its natural resources. Used in a number of ways, Totora reed is part of the local diet as well as a construction material for housing.
The system for Totora reed distribution is similar to that used for property or land, with reed distributed among locals for harvesting. This nutritious reed also provides a special ecosystem for birds such as the goldcrest, flightless grebe, moorhen and heron.
Strolling Across the Altiplano
Consider the magnificent views, hues, and impressive Andean geography while you walk along rural paths near Titilaka. Visit a local community and learn more about the traditions and practices of Andean life in the Peruvian Altiplano. Observe local agricultural and fishing practices, an essential part of the daily routine.
Island of the Sun Crossing
Operated by a company with years of experience providing unforgettable experiences, this full-‐day excursion provides visits to the legendary Island of the Sun, cradle of the Incan empire, and lunch in nearby Bolivia.
Head south to the border with Bolivia and reach the Sanctuary of Copacabana’s cathedral and main square before boarding a catamaran. This vessel will transport you to the Island of the Sun, where you’ll visit the archaeological complex of Intihuatana, a center for traditional medicine, and the Totora reed raft makers from central Titicaca.
You’ll also be able to see Incan farming terraces carved into the mountainside, the center for traditional clay craft-‐making, and the Intica Hall, where you’ll see a variety of Andean camelids. To finish, you’ll board a boat that will provide panoramic views of the Pilikokaina Incan palace, before heading back to Copacabana and the comforts of your hotel.
Tiahuanaco Crossing (private)
The Tiahuanaco Crossing is a full day excursion managed by a third party which will take you across the Bolivian border to the famous Sun Gate, unique to the Tiahuanaco culture. Considered the cradle of all South American civilizations, the Tiahuanaco culture offers pre-‐Incan edifices dating as far back as 1580 AC.
After visiting the citadel, continue on to the local museum which hosts ancient objects as well as original tools from the pre-‐Incan cultures that once inhabited the area. During this excursion you’ll be able to enjoy lunch in neighboring Bolivia.