There’s no denying that Puno won’t be the highlight of your time in Peru, but located close to the docks of Lake Titicaca, Inka’s Rest B&B is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer before exploring the floating islands. Puno is 386 km (approximately 239 mi), from Cusco. Inka’s Rest B&B is ideal for all travellers and groups. In the centre of Puno and only one block from a large supermarket, Inka’s Rest B&B is definitely worth a night’s stay.
Service with a smile
Most travellers arrive from Cusco on the bus and turn up at Inka’s Rest B&B at about 5 am. Worried about a grumpy greeting at this ungodly hour? Don’t be! Greeted with a huge smile, you are shown to your room. Although the staff speak little English (Google translate is a blessing), they go out of their way to help you book tours or answer any questions you might have.
P.S. On the way to your room, make sure you have a little sit on one of their quirky chairs!
Time to rest at Inka’s
With five types of rooms, Inka’s Rest B&B has something for every traveller. Perhaps for groups and younger travellers, a dorm room for 4–10 people costing between 26–29 PEN (approx. 7–8.50 USD) would be great. For those who are ready for a bit of privacy, opt for a twin or a double room costing 76 PEN, approx. 22 USD instead. From experience, a twin room is ideal! It is quiet, comfortable and the perfect haven to recuperate.
The decor of the rooms are plain and simple. One of the highlights is that they are immaculately clean. Most private rooms have their own bathroom, which not only smells fresh but has hot water. Trust me, this will be a real luxury. Each room also has a TV and bedside table equipped with a lamp.
Now the only downside of the rooms is that they are a tad chilly. To keep you from getting too cold, each room comes with a sheet, llama wool blanket and a huge duck feather duvet — perfect for snuggling up and keeping warm.
Buffet breakfast and endless coffee
From experience, hostel breakfasts in Peru tend to be very limited and often unappetizing. Inka’s Rest B&B not only provides fresh rolls but a buffet breakfast including pancakes, eggs, cereal, juice and coffee. Served between 6 and 10 am, it’s perfect for us early birds or those going on an early tour.
Netflix and chill
Inka’s Rest B&B definitely isn’t a party hostel, but it is very social. With a large dining and sofa area it’s easy to meet other travellers. Not only does Inka’s Rest B&B offer free Wi-Fi, but a TV with Netflix; you’ll want to save the chilling for your room.
There is also a good size kitchen with a microwave, stove and plenty of utensils. This is ideal for those on a budget or those who want to take a break from street food.
Beautiful terrace and tight security
For travellers who don’t like being cooped up inside, Inka’s Rest B&B has a beautiful roof terrace complete with lovely plants, quirky seating and a pool table — perfect for meeting fellow backpackers.
Security at Inka’s Rest B&B is great! Compared to many other hostels, Inka’s Rest has it covered. With a buzzer to enter the hostel, CCTV throughout and padlocks for your bedroom doors, you will feel as safe as a pea in a pod.
Keep your balance and float on the reeds
For those of you who can’t sit still for long, why not book one of the many tours Inka’s Rest B&B offers. As previously stated, Puno tends to be a stopover for Lake Titicaca. Inkas Rest B&B offers half day, full day and homestay tours to the floating islands. Ranging from 20–100 PEN, approximately 5–30 USD, you would be a fool not to! From experience, it is a tad touristy, but it is definitely worth a visit!