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PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA AREA - HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS

Puno is a city in southeastern Peru, located at 3,860 m (12,421 ft) above sea level. It was founded with the name of "Villa Rica de San Carlos de Puno" in 1668, by the Viceroy Count of Lemos, to end with the problems of possession of the silver mines of Laicacota of the brothers Gaspar and Jose Salcedo. 

Lake port beside the Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, it has landscapes of indescribable beauty and has been the origin and cradle of big pre-Hispanic civilizations as Tiahuanaco, Collas and Aymaras. It is also the origin of the mythical legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, who were said to have emerged from its waters and have gone to Cuzco to found the capital of the Inca empire.

Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, at 3,812 m (12,507 feet) above sea level. The lake has an average depth of 107m, and a maximum depth of 281m and is fed by rainfall and meltwater from glaciers on the sierras. It has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated and are exponents of living cultures: the Uros, famous and ancestral population that lives in floating artificial islands, or the indigenous communities of Taquile and Amantan, which maintain their customs and rites without changes in the course of the time, amid unique landscapes.

Today, Puno is an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) which graze on its immense plateaus and plains. It is also a growing tourist destination, most of the accommodations being located in the city of Puno and the nearby shores of Lake Titicaca.

SUPERIOR HOTELS
 
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CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION PUNO

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Located on the shore of Lake Titicaca, in the surroundings of Puno, this hotel is our preferred choice in Puno. Recently opened and belonging to the Casa Andina Private Collection series (4-star), it is nice, cozy and well decorated.

The 32 hotel rooms (including 1 suite with jaccuzzi) are equipped with private bathroom, cable TV, heater, direct telephone in room and bathroom (national and international dialing), hairdryer, safe-deposit box, coffee kit and lovely amenities made out of natural ingredients. The hotel has also a Gourmet restaurant and a nice Lobby bar.

 

 
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HOTEL LIBERTADOR ISLA ESTEVES PUNO

*****

Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno Hotel is the only five-star hotel in the region and it is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, on the Esteves Island within the bay of Puno. The hotel has privileged views of the lake from all rooms and public areas, as well as spectacular dawns and sunsets. Restaurant, coffee shop and bar. Central heating. Modern building. Comfortable rooms with all facilities expected in a hotel of this category.

Associated to the Summit Hotels & Resorts.

 
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TITILAKA

***** DeLuxe

Located on a private peninsula on the western Peruvian coast of Lake Titicaca, overlooking a 270 degree view of the lake and amidst small hamlets of Quechua and Aymara cultures, Titilaka is a unique hotel in the area, featuring modern-day architecture seamlessly blended with indigenous touches and charming rustic decoration.

The hotel features 18 suites all overlooking the lake, which are categorized into two distinct suite types: Dusk Suites (5) & Dawn Suites (13). The Dusk Suites offer the best views since you can appreciate the gorgeous sunset views from the comfort of your room, whereas the Dawn Suites get the sunrise view. All suites are furnished with one king or two double beds, ample closet and individually controlled heated floors, and have lake-view spa bathrooms with heated floors, fully equipped with extra-soft towels, handmade bath amenities, oversized tub, massage shower and heated towel racks. All feature high-count cotton sheets, feathered duvet covers, extra pillows, blackout curtains, safe, writing desk, cordless phones, mini bar, I-Pod and 26” plasma TV.

The hotel facilities include a lounge, a dining room and a bar with wraparound terraces overlooking the lake, a fully equipped communication center as well as private massage therapy rooms and a heated pool overlooking the lake, first aid, oxygen facility and 25-minute access to local hospital.

Rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner, a selection of excursions by boat, car, and mountain bike or hiking; nature discovery, living history, archaeological sites and spiritual traditions of the highland plateaus.

 
 
TOURIST HOTELS
 
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CASA ANDINA PUNO

***

Casa Andina has two bed&breakfast type hotels in Puno, all located in the city’ center. Carpeted rooms, cable TV, national-international direct telephone dial, en-suite bathrooms, heating and safe deposit are featured in all rooms. Simple, cozy and comfortable. Warm atmosphere, hospitable and very friendly staff. Casa Andina Puno Plaza: excellent location, very close to Puno’s main square and beside Lima street, the most important commercial street in the city. Casa Andina Puno Tikarani: about 5 blocks from the main square, this is a more peaceful and quiet option. Slightly bigger rooms and public areas than the Plaza one make it more comfortable.

 
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HOTEL QELQATANI

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Centrally located. Good sized bedrooms and bathrooms, with good quality beds and furniture, electric heaters in every room. Not very tastefully decorated. Coffee shop. Baggage store. Very friendly staff.

 
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COLON INN

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Housed in an antique mansion of the early republican period, it is centrally located, clean and comfortable. All the rooms have bathroom with shower, direct dial telephones, radio, cable TV, mini bar, individual safety deposit boxes and modem connection for free Internet service.

 
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ECO INN

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Eco Inn is located in a very natural and quite environment, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, just across from Isla Esteves and only 10 minutes away from downtown Puno. Comfortable, bright rooms equipped with cable TV, direct dial telephone, heater and king or queen size beds.

 
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SONESTA POSADA DEL INCA PUNO

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Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the outskirts of town, 5 minutes cab drive from the center and very close to the Libertador and Casa Andina Private Collection hotels. Electric heater in each room, cable TV, gift shop, restaurant. Cozy lounge area with fireplace. Lake views.

One of the Sonesta Hotels.

 
 
Special Places
 
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CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION SUASI ISLAND

****

More than a place, Casa Andina Private Collection Suasi Island is an experience. The vastness of the Lake Titicaca can be observed from every single room of the hotel, which lies on a mild and sheltered hill next to magnificent Andean terraces full of flowers.

Built with local materials such as stone, adobe and totora reed, the hotel is located in the small private island of Suasi, one of the most beautiful and special ones within the whole Lake Titicaca. The island has 106 acres and is home to the four South American camelids.

Beautiful rooms all with lake views, feather duvets, hot water bottles to warm beds at night and lovely amenities made of natural ingredients. No TV in rooms. Very cozy public areas with chimneys. Gourmet restaurant. Sauna facing the lake, excellent massage therapist and Canadian-type canoes available to tour the island. Other activities incluye trekking to the hilltop or crossing to the mainland for several excursions in the nearby area.

Access is via boat from Puno (3-4 hours) or by vehicle from Juliaca (3-4 hours) depending on the state of the road.

 
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FUNDO MALLKINI

Alpaca Ranch Mallkini is the ultimate in-depth alpaca ranch and adventure experience in Peru. With over 3,000 hectars and more than 2,000 alpacas, it is the largest private alpaca and adventure center in Peru. Established in the Puno region in 1996, it is located in the heart of the alpaca country Azangaro - province of Puno, not very distant from Juliaca's airport.

Accommodation is in a new, traditionally built farmhouse with 6 double bedrooms (2 with en-suite bathrooms), cozy lounge with fireplace, dining room, kitchen, verandah with lovely views for breakfast and lunch. A diesel generator generates energy only at night. 24-hour hot water. Activities in the farm are based on walking and horse riding to learn about the different aspects of Alpaca breeding and enjoy the unique landscape of vast grazing land and native forests. The breeding of South American camelids was a widespread practice amongst the ancient Andean populations, but was abandoned after the arrival of the Spaniards. After then, cattle and sheep were introduced for meat and wool. Mallkini is pioneering the breeding of llamas and alpacas animals and promotes the preservation of endemic flora and wildlife (no hunting allowed in the estate) as well as the reintroduction of endangered species.

As a breeding and genetics center, Mallkini is working in programs of carefully selecting and purchasing the bests alpacas found in the Peruvian Sierra, breeding techniques, nutrition, reproduction and research. The ranch is an initiative of the Michell Group, the largest alpaca textile conglomerate in Peru and its mission is to improve the fiber quality of alpacas, export alpaca worldwide, train and raise the living standards of the alpaca breeders in the Azangaro area, and to promote the eco-tourism in Puno.