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TITILAKA

TITILAKA, LAKE TITCACA
On the south-western shores of Lake Titicaca, Titilaka cuts a crisp silhouette of sharp corners, with stark colours and daunting brick walls. But slip inside and everything bursts into life, with the bright stripes of hand-woven textiles, shabby-chic colonial antiques and roaring fires. All 18 rooms have big-sky views of the lake and snowy peaks beyond. Kayaking, mountain-biking and swimming are on offer, but best of all is a visit to timeless Taquile island, where residents still rely on farming and weaving. After a brisk day out, the hotel is extremely welcoming (there are even gulps of oxygen for anyone needing a boost). Meals are home-grown: quinoa chowder, alpaca brochettes and native-potato croquettes stuffed with Andean cheese. An indoor pool is available and the spa offers indigenous treatments using Titicaca sand, aloe and coca.