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. 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 'Amphitheatre' where the pre-Incas used to prepare the finest seeds to be stored at the 'Colcas.' You can also spend time with the alpacas and llamas at the hotel's ranch.
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 hotel's 4 private thermal pools 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 massages and facials. There is a steam room and a jacuzzi, which use natural geothermal energy.
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 hours 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. There are 19 double and 17 larger rooms taking 3 or 4 people. There are 3 suites, 1 designed for families, 1 double and 1 with panoramic views. The hotel also has 6 adobe suites. All rooms have heating, hot water, mini bar, safe and a terrace, but no TVs. Hot water bottles are put in the beds at night which are always very welcome on cold nights.
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. Some excursions need to be paid for locally. At the lodge guests can indulge in spa treatments, bathe in the thermal springs by the river and relax in the gardens.
Facilities: The restaurant and bar offer a wide choice of meals and drinks. 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: Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas
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.
This stunning, 19-day Southern Peru tour takes you to key sites including Machu Picchu and the Sacred valley, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and the Nazca Lines
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 lodge 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."