- Stunning setting amidst mountain terraces
- Eco-friendly retreat offering great value
- On-site hot springs and spa
- Cycling, hiking, alpaca farm, Inca ruins
Colca Lodge is a striking property set within the majestic Colca Canyon in southern Peru. The lodge lies just outside the charming town of Yanque, one of many traditional, long-established settlements situated nearby. The lodge's decor is inspired by the many ancient Inca ruins that have been discovered in the canyon and beyond, and the countless terraced hillsides which date back before the Incas provide a stunning backdrop.
There are 45 rooms, all with excellent views of the hotel’s picturesque grounds and the canyon slopes. There are several room categories on offer including doubles, triples, quadruples and several suites. All rooms have windows which let in plenty of natural light, an en-suite bathroom and a terrace. Guests are encouraged to relax and refrain from relying on modern technology as much as they would at home and in keeping with this concept, televisions are only available in communal areas.
The nearby volcanic springs lend the hotel particular appeal because they supply the property's own hot springs. There are a total of four hot springs, and they're noted for containing high levels of lithium which is thought to have a number of positive, soothing effects on the body. In keeping with the hotel’s eco-friendly policies, only natural materials such as straw and stone were used during the pools’ construction. There's also a full-service spa with a broad menu of treatments ranging from hot stone treatments to massages, facials and more. For those looking to discover the wider area, there are trips to a nearby alpaca farm, hikes to nearby pre-Inca ruins and opportunities for cycling, among other activities. And it's always a delight to return to the hotel and enjoy the spectacular natural scenery.
Although there are no child-oriented services or facilities, children are more than welcome to stay here and there is plenty to keep them busy in the area. Those travelling with young children are advised to book the Family Suite.
21-day extensive Peruvian adventure encompassing Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Amazon. Classic level hotels and lodges, camping on Inca trail.
Tailor-made Classic 3 weeks
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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019