|Titilaka Hotel at sunset, viewed from Lake Titicaca|
As he explained how the native people live, cook, work, and sleep on the ever-shifting surface, the inhabitants of this island appeared--a mature woman, two young women (one with a toddler), and an older man. Then Julio announced, “This is my family. Until two years ago, I slept in the reed hut behind us.”
|Rooms have stunning views of Lake Titicaca|
When Peruvian developer Ignacio Masias purchased an existing hotel on a private peninsula jutting into Lake Titicaca, he decided to enlarge the rooms, add walls of windows to take advantage of spectacular scenery, and provide included excursions, airport transfers, meals, and drinks--altogether marketed as The Andean Experience. The renovated hotel, opened in May 2008, has seen remarkable success catering to families, adventure-seekers, and couples looking for a secluded, romantic destination.
|Breakfast was an event. |
Native people make up most of the staff.
|A cabana on the hotel's deck is perfect for relaxing|
In addition to views of stunning mountain and lake scenery, it was the opportunity to learn about cultures built on ancient traditions that brought us to Peru’s high plateau. Lake Titicaca is more than just a large body of water: It combines history (considered the birthplace of the Inca civilization), nature (birdwatcher’s paradise), geography (terraced farmlands running to the base of the mountains), and mountainous topography (key component of the Andes).
|Indigemous woman on Taquile Island weaving on her loom|
Sure, guests savor breathtaking scenery and impeccable service at this intimate resort, but more important is observing living history and appreciating natural resources of the region. Blending the two is a mission that Hotel Titilaka does well.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier