Need To Know
10am, but flexible, subject to availability (at half the room rate). Earliest check-in, 12pm.
Each night, staff leave you a poem with colourful details about the activities that await you the next day. Helpfully, it also offers tips on dealing with altitude. Bath products are as local as can be: they are made by the owner’s sister using muña, or Andean mint.
At the hotel
Massage room, TV/reading room, DVD library, free WiFi throughout, gardens. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, organic bath products, controllable heated floors.
Our favourite rooms
Each room has a lake view, but the Corner rooms on the third floor have double windows with the best vistas – just throw back the blackout curtains and take in the panorama from the comfort of your enormous bed. Start the day in splendour with striking views from the Dawn rooms. Opt for one on the third floor, where the open-plan bathroom’s freestanding tub will offer the best lake look-out.
The temperature dips quite low, so stock up on Alpaca sweaters. You can leave thermal PJs at home, though: the hot water bottles replenished each evening at the foot of your bed will warm your cockles. Each room also has sandals, handmade using recycled rubber tyres. Leave room to pack Peruvian textiles from the locals who weave wall hangings and rugs from impossibly bright threads. Note that there are no ATMs in the vicinity, so arrive stocked with local currency (nuevos soles).
Smoking is permitted on the terraces and in outdoor areas.
Welcome: cribs for babies and toddlers are free; older children can stay in their parents’ room on the sleeper sofa at no charge.
The area around the lodge literally buds with Titilaka's green initiatives: the hotel has worked to reintroduce local shrubs and trees to the lakefront. The staff recycle everything that they can – including lake water – and buys most of its products and food ingredients at a local market. Guests can donate items or money to support the local through a wish list.