One of My Favorite Spaces in One of My Favorite Places in the World

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You may have seen on Facebook or Twitter that we just came back from a fantastic vacation in Peru. It turned out to be one of our favorite trips, with so many highlights but for today I want to show you just one place I really fell in love with and one that I think you design addicts will also appreciate.

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This is a lodge called Titilaka, which is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, a place I’ve wanted to see since I was a child. The entire area is magical – traditional cultures, floating islands, wildlife, and of course, the lake. Oh, the lake.

[FYI, Titicaca means "stone puma" which depending on whom you ask, refers to either a legend about how the islands in the lake were formed or the shape of the lake.]

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These are photos from the website and as nice as they are, they don’t do justice to how beautiful the setting is.

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The decor was even better in person than I anticipated. The colors, the use of local handicrafts and all the small touches were perfection, in my opinion.

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This is similar to the room where we stayed:

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And now here are some photos I took, starting with our room:

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How perfect is this:

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The view of the lake from our window:

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Every night, we’d come back to find hot water bottles in our bed:

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and incredible sunset views:

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I couldn’t stop taking pictures….. especially of this sitting area. I was obsessed with this giant candelabra:

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as well as this cabana:

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I could have stayed there forever, just looking out at the water.

Another view of it:

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Like I said, pictures just can’t capture how beguiling this place is.

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It got a little windy at times (as you can see from these slipcovers!) but that didn’t stop us from taking our coca tea and coffee breaks on the deck:

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A few more of the pretty details…..

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And the service, food and drink were all wonderful. Produce from their own garden, locally sourced fish and meat, quinoa (of course), wines from neighboring Chile and Argentina and plenty of pisco in sours and other concoctions.

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Who could complain with this view at every meal?

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A final look at the lodge from the rowboat we took out for an afternoon:

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I’m still under the spell of Titilaca and Lake Titicaca and I think I will be for a long, long time.

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9 Comments

  1. Kate @ travelmoon

    Wow!! This hotel and surrounding area really blew me away! I’ve always regretted not making it to lake titicaca when I was in Peru! But since I never knew about this place I don’t feel as bad bc now I can return and stay there!

  2. sue

    oh my goodness… this has certainly changed from my backpacking days there when we slept in a food store, the guest of some locals! just stunning! photographer’s dream…

  3. Gwen

    There is nothing more luxurious then those views AND upholstered outdoor seating! I don’t think I would be able to get up. Glad you had such a great time, Ally!

  4. Rebecca

    Stunning photos. I have been to Peru just one, but it’s beauty has stuck inside my mind forever. Thank you for bringing me some really precious memories with this gorgeous post!

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