We arrived at the Hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca by night. So we had a gorgeous surprise the next morning when we woke to a magnificent sunrise and our first stunning view of Lake Titicaca, the highest land-locked lake in the world.
Libertador Lake Titicaca is located on its own small private island connected to the mainland by a bridge. You are just ten minutes from the centre of Puno but it feels like a world of its own with a Nature Reserve and a peaceful vibe unlike downtown Puno.
The hotel structure itself might surprise you as it is a large white concrete monster not suited in any way to the natural environment of the lake. However, this building was originally built as Puno’s prison and housed inmates for many years until Libertador took over the hotel. (As prisons go the view for inmates was pretty spectacular!).
This is a large 123 room hotel and caters to many tour groups. All rooms either have a sunset or a sunrise view. We preferred the sunrise view which is stunning and is probably the best vista in Puno given the position of the hotel.
The rooms are quite small, (they were inmate cells once upon a time) and the décor is old-fashioned and dated. The hotel was last remodelled over 20 years ago. However if you don’t mind this, you will find the same excellent Libertador quality of service and standards as the other hotels in this chain. The beds and linen are excellent and the bath was welcome after a long journey from Cusco.
The view from breakfast is breath-taking. Take your time over coffee and gaze in wonder at the lake’s changing colours. The buffet is excellent and has traditional options as well as gluten-free and healthier options like dried fruit. After breakfast head for an easy 30 minute stroll around the Island. The Island has been designated a National Reserve by the government for its abundant birdlife and population of viscacha (chinchillas that look like rabbits with long tails!).
The hotel also has a bar with a pool table, a business centre with a good book exchange, a few exercise machines and a jacuzzi for guests use.
The big plus for this hotel in our view is the location and the stunning views. In a city with often disappointing accommodation options Libertador Lake Titicaca stands out as one of the best hotel options in Puno at a good price.
Best of Peru Travel Recommends:
- Head up to the look-out which is a great place to take 360˚ panoramic shots of the Lake and Puno.
- Ask for a window table at breakfast for the most stunning views of Lake Titicaca. A great place to enjoy your morning coffee.