A land of spectacular deserts, high mountains and rainforests that teem with wildlife, Peru is also home to an array of dramatically situated pre-Colombian ruins, including Machu Picchu.
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GHL Lago Titicaca
Lake Titicaca, Puno Region, Peru|en.ghlhoteles.com|
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This long, bone-white concrete sliver set on a peninsula overlooking Lake Titicaca, is walled almost entirely with glass.
Rooms are not all equal; some are in need of an upgrade. All are simply fitted out in white, dark wood and teal fitted carpets. The best face east, away from Puno and have wall-high glass for spectacular dawn-over-the-water views.
Stays here are all about the views – of wetlands filled with waterbirds extending into the Uros reed archipelago, the lake itself and distant mountains. There are viewpoints everywhere – the cocktail bar is the place for sunsets, the restaurant for golden dawns.
It’s also an immersion in nature. The lake laps at your feet, the skies are immense, sunrises and sunsets are magnificent, and the stars at night in the high-altitude air, overwhelming.
The hotel sits on an isolated peninsula sticking out into the lake, with the water on three sides and rolling hills dotted with villages on the other.
The reed island villages of the Uros are a paddle away; and ugly Puno town, with a choice of restaurants, is 15 minutes drive, far enough away not to blight the views, but close enough for convenience.
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