A nice hotel is always a plus during a holiday. In Sweet dreams, I tell you about the most extraordinary hotels I stayed in. Not only the height takes my breath away, the view from my bed in hotel Titilaka does the same: the glass wall offers an endless view of the mirror-like lake Titicaca at Puno in Peru.
This highest navigable lake in the world is situated at 3812 meters altitude. For the first time during my trip to Peru, I noticed that I suffer from soroche – altitude sickness. I tried as much as possible to stick to the tips that I previously got from a guide: “Drink a lot, but avoid alcohol; eat small portions of easily digestible food and move slowly. If you feel your heart pumping, you go too fast.”
What also seems to help is a lot of cups of mate de coca – the coca leaves tea. It sounds scary, but it is legal and not addictive.
I swallow the necessary painkillers and enjoy the lovely hotel despite an ongoing headache. In the morning, it is still pretty chilly despite the watery sunshine, so I have breakfast inside. After that, I’m ready to explore the rest of the hotel. I fall in love with the colourful decor and accessories, and it’s hard to leave the terraces all of which offer unforgettable views. At the cocktail hour, I ‘forget’ the advice of not drinking alcohol. A glass of champagne is included in the price of a room, and such a beautiful location requires a festive aperitif. The hotel is in quite a remote place (what a fantastic ride it was by the way, from the airport via winding mountain roads and high plains dotted with some grazing llamas and alpacas), so I dine in. Also included in the package are various excursions. More on that later. First, get some sleep!