The hotel is a former hacienda in the Andean foothills dating back to 1557 making it one of the oldest dwellings in the counrty. Its first owner, Don Juan Pendones, was one of the original conquistadors, and the estate has since been in the possession of several noble families. The current owner, Arturo, is a font of knowledge about the house and its history, and a guided tour of the hacienda's museum containing clothing, armour, books and other artefacts, is included as part of your stay, with Arturo often conducting tours himself. Throughout the property there are original artworks and features such as intricately painted ceilings, wooden doors and shutters, that emphasise the building's heritage.
Rooms are simply furnished and incorporate antique furniture and paintings giving them a homely feel. They vary in size providing accommodation for single travellers, couples and families. 2 rooms have a shared bathroom and the others are all en-suite. All rooms have heaters and electric blankets are provided to keep you warm and cosy. The hacienda serves breakfast every morning, and dinner is available in the evening. Much of the dairy produce comes from the farm and other ingredients are locally sourced. There's a comfy lounge, and coutyards where you can make yourself at home.
You can walk through the gardens, go for longer rambles and hikes in the surrounding area to see interesting rock formations and get views across the valley. The historical city of Potosi with its fine churches and colonial architecture, as well as the notorious silver mines, is just a half hour drive away.
Open: Hotel Cayara is open all year.
Location: The is a former hacienda on a country estate and dairy farm in a valley about a half hour drive (19kms) from Potosi.
Rooms: There are 15 rooms grouped around 2 courtyards. There are 2 standard rooms, 1 with a private bathroom and the others sharing a bathroom, 7 twin rooms and 3 doubles all en-suite, and 2 family suites. Heaters and electric blankets keep any chills at bay.
Activities: You can explore Potosi with its colonial heritage, museums, shops, restaurants and silver mines. At the hotel itself you can enjoy a guided tour of the museum, go for walks in the gardens, hikes in the surrounding area, visit nearby tunnels and rock formations and see buildings carved into the rocks.
Facilities: The hotel has a sitting room, a great hall with examples of ancient armour and weaponry. There is a museum on site with items and artefacts about the hacienda. There is also a library with around 6,000 books, some dating back to the 16th century. There are 2 quiet patios and pretty gardens. The hacienda has its own Catholic chapel.
Dining: Enjoy farm fresh produce at breakfast. Dinner is available, a set menu of home-cooked fare.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for a visit to Bolivia.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access but this is sporadic and should not be relied upon.