Puno is the only major city along the shores of Lake Titicaca. Many travelers pass through here while en route to smaller lakeside destinations, but the town and surrounding area do have a few noteworthy attractions. Just outside Puno is the Yavari, a 19th-century antique ship from England. There are some colonial cathedrals and houses to visit in town, and a pedestrian street lined with good restaurants and cafés. Over 300 traditional festivals happen in the Lake Titicaca area each year, and if you’re around during one of them, be sure to check it out. Other activities in Puno include kayaking and horseback riding.
Libertador Lake Titicaca is one of the more impressive hotels in Puno. Set on its own island in Lake Titicaca, this hotel enjoys some incredible views of the lake. It has its own dock, with tours to the various islands leaving from here. It’s also fun to explore the island on foot and find beautiful views of the lake.
All of the hotel’s 123 rooms have huge windows that overlook the lake—as a guest here, you’ll wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise coloring the waters of Lake Titicaca. Comfy beds ensure a good night’s rest, and air conditioning helps keep the temperature cool. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hot water shower, robes, and slippers. The suites are larger and more luxurious—they include a living and dining room, and a mini-bar.
The hotel’s Los Uros restaurant offers Nuevo Andean dishes made with local ingredients, including quinoa, potato flour, trout, and mackerel. Specialties include grilled lamb chops and mackerel with pumpkin rice. There’s a daily complimentary breakfast buffet here, with both hot and cold options available. At night, huddle up next to the bar and enjoy a pisco sour. The bar extends outdoors next to a warm fireplace, allowing you to enjoy sunsets over Lake Titicaca.
There is a business center on the lower level of the hotel, and coca tea is available all day in the lobby. Choose from a wide selection of handicrafts, textiles and jewelry in the gift shop.