Colca Canyon, Peru
The Colca Lodge is a rustic-style lodge set at 3,250 meters above sea level and 3 hours from the city of Arequipa in the heart of Peru's famous Colca Valley amongst ancient Inca terraces and overlooking the Colca River with its thermal springs.
At a Glance
Great base for excursions to Condor Cross to see magnificent condors as they soar on the thermals
Decorated in a rustic style blending harmoniously with the Andean landscape
Has its own thermal springs, located at the bottom of the valley next to the Colca River
A very scenic 3-hour drive from colonial Arequipa
Plenty of exciting activities can be arranged such as white-water rafting, trekking and mountain biking
The construction of the lodge was inspired by Incan architecture and it is built almost entirely of stone, mud bricks and thatch.
The rooms are rustic in style with thatched roofs, adobe walls and simple in design yet cosy and are adorned with local handicrafts. The lodge is very eco-friendly; bathrooms are supplied with hot water from solar panels and they are currently implementing an ecological heating system which uses the geothermal energy sourced on site.
Guests can relax in the lounge by the fireplace, on the terrace or at the lodges own thermal springs, whose water comes from volcanic sources. Wallow in the thermal baths at night under the bright starry Andean sky. There is a fantastic spa offering a variety of massages and facial treatments and three great restaurants two of which serve Alpandina cuisine, a delicious fusion of Andean and alpine techniques.
For something more active there are short walks to nearby ruins, riding, mountain biking and white-water rafting. The Colca Canyon is reportedly the deepest in the world, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Another highlight is the sightings of Andean condors at close range as they float on the rising thermals.
Colca Lodge offers 45 rooms: 27 Standard, 15 Quadruple, two Suites and one Bridal suite which are simple in design yet cosy. Expect an authentic Incan experience with adobe walls, thatched roofs and ancient handicrafts.
Children are welcomed but there are no specific facilities. Children will love the thermal springs, walks to the nearby Incan ruins, horse riding though the rigged mountain landscape and assured sightings of the graceful Andean Condor, the largest flying bird of the western hemisphere.
The Colca Lodge features three restaurants two of which serve Alpandina cuisine, a delicious fusion of Andean and alpine techniques, two bars, and hot-spring Eco-spa offering a variety of massages and facial treatments.
Activities at the lodge include tours of the surrounding area, (visits to the ruins at Uyo Uyo and the Colcas), horseback riding, mountain biking, and catching a glimpse of the western hemisphere's largest flying bird, the Andean Condor. One can also go trekking along the Colca Canyon which is reportedly the deepest in the world, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA.
Location & Directions
Colca Canyon, Peru
The Colca Lodge is located 170 Km north from Arequipa City in the middle of the Colca Valley, at 3,250 meters above sea level.
When to go
The best time to visit the Colca Canyon is usually during the dry season, May through November: The Colca Valley is lush and green just after the heavy rains from January to March. Though sunny during the day, it can also get quite cold (below freezing) at night so make sure to pack some warm clothing.
If you intend to do some river rafting, the best time to go is during the raining season, when the river is at its highest (January through April).