colca lodge detail
A rustic lodge, the first in this zone, promoting well being and sustainable tourism.
5 hours from the city of Arequipa, among hundreds of pre-Inca terraces.
Accommodation & FacilitiesThe lodge is made using natural materials, in keeping with their sustainable theme and provides rustic yet ample spaces for its guests. The special location means fantastic views towards the valley from all of the accommodation for guests, which are all built around the lodges gardens and terraces. There are 27 standard rooms, each with small, sunny terraces and 15 quadruple rooms, built on 2 levels using eucalyptus logs. There are also 2 family suites and a bridal suite – with the best view in the entire hotel its own private Jacuzzi (fed by a hot spring).
There are two restaurants serving delicate and intricate Peruvian meals as well as 3 bars. The spa offers many treatments including massafe, Jacuzzis, steam saunas – all naturally provided by the environment and local people. A huge attraction is the 3 thermal pools all fed by springs, the temperature in each pool is different, between 36 and 39 degrees and made from rock formations. There is also a fourth pool full of cold water for daring individuals! These are all located down the river, next to the barbeque, a scene for a perfect evening under the stars.
The main restaurant serves a special evening buffet known as Alpandina cuisine, a fusion of Andean products and alpine techniques – mainly from Switzerland. The second, more intimate restaurant is named Puye, serving similar cuisine al la carte. There is also a barbeque serving fresh meats and fish, as well as 3 bars.
The hotel is a great base from which to explore the valley. There are short hikes to the nearby ruins at Uyo Uyo (a pre-Inca settlement) or visit the village of Yanque to see the museum and colonial church. For excursions into the countryside there are horses and bikes for hire. There are some great circuits for experienced cyclists and the opportunity for 2 or 3 day expeditions by foot into one of the deepest canyons in the world. Guests may also visit Mount Misimi, 5,000 metres above sea level; this is the most remote source of the Amazon! Please bear in mind that some of these activities are at extra charge.