Colca Lodge is in the midst of ancestral farming terraces in the Colca Valley.
The rustic 45 bedroom lodge is built of traditional materials in keeping with the natural environment. There are three suites including the bridal suite with its own jacuzzi, as well as double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms. All rooms have heating, hot water, mini bar and a terrace, but no TVs. Hot water bottles are put in the beds at night which are always very welcome on cold nights.
There are 3 restaurants. The evening buffet is served in the main restaurant and specialises in 'Alpandina' cuisine, a combination of local Andean produce and alpine techniques. Puye Restuarant has a more intimate atmosphere, while the barbecue by the river offers grilled trout and meat. There are 2 bars, a library, a living room with a large fireplace and a games room. Don't miss the 3 private thermal baths which are fed by volcanic hot springs - a perfect place to relax under a star-filled sky after a day of exploring the Colca Valley!
The Eco-spa at Colca Lodge has been carefully designed to offer a unique sensation of wellbeing, comfort and total relaxation in natural surroundings on the banks of the Colca River. Treatments offered here include massage and facials. There is a steam room and a jacuzzi, which use natural geothermal energy.
While here you can see traditional Colca villages and visit the Cruz del Condor. The lodge can arrange horse riding, cycling and trekking. There are several interesting walks in the area surrounding the lodge, including trails to the Uyo Uyo ruins and the â€˜Amphitheatre' where the pre-Incas used to prepare the finest seeds to be stored at the â€˜Colcas.'
Open: Colca Lodge is open all year.
Location: Colca Lodge is located in the Colca Valley in southern Peru. It is at an altitude of 3.250 metres. The lodge is about 3 hoursâ€™ drive (165kms) from Arequipa, the nearest airport.
Rooms: There are 45 guest rooms built around the courtyards and gardens with views of the valley. Rooms are rustic in style. They have small, en-suite bathrooms. The 27 standard rooms have small terraces. There are 15 quadruple rooms with beds on the mezzanine floor. There are 2 suites which are ideal for families and a honeymoon suite with its own Jacuzzi. Room facilities include a safe,
Activities: Exploring the Colca Valley, trekking, horse riding, guided trekking in Colca Canyon, watching Andean condors, visiting the pre-Inca ruins at Uyo Uyo and local villages. Guests can hire mountain bikes for independent exploration. At the lodge guests can indulge is spa treatments and bathe in the thermal springs by the river and relax in the gardens.
Facilities: There are 3 restaurants and 3 bars with a wide choice of meals and drinks. The main restaurant serves a buffet each evening, while the more intimate restaurant, Puye, offers a la carte dining and Apandina cuisine, a blend of Andean flavours and alpine techniques. There is also a barbeque restaurant near the hot springs. There are 3 hot baths by the river, each with water a different temperature. The 4th pool contains cold water for a more bracing experience. There are separate changing rooms for men and women by the baths. The Eco-spa offers massages, body treatments, facials, Jacuzzis and saunas. There are pretty gardens.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Colca Valley is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access at the reception.
Notes: The thermal baths may be closed on some days in February when the river swells due to the rains. In this case guests can use the thermal pool in the spa.
Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Titicaca, jungle, Colca Canyon, Chan Chan and Sipan ... this trip has it all.
Colca lodge actively supports its local community through donations to schools, planting trees, and also helping to rebuild rural pathways in its area. These paths enable tourists to hike or mountain bike and help provide jobs for local people.
Most of the lodgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s employees come from the local community, and it also makes big efforts to use resources wisely. The hot water comes from solar heaters, and all the energy used for the sauna, Jacuzzis and general heating is derived from natural geothermal sources.
"A strange mix of very upmarket spa with some clean but basic safari style cottages. Dining room chilly and a bit souless but food ok and cosy bar area."