Colca Lodge: Disconnect, relax, and enjoy

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aerial view of Colca LodgeStunning scenery meets relaxation at Colca Lodge.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

Travelers in search of family time or a romantic Peruvian getaway need look no further than Colca Lodge. Snuggled in the Colca Canyon about a 4-hour drive from Arequipa, this rustic, eco-friendly lodge features a series of natural hot springs and a luxurious spa. The opportunity to spot Andean condors in flight lure many travelers to this region of Peru, but the serenity of the Colca Lodge experience makes a prolonged stay worthwhile.

The Colca Lodge experience

The drive through Aguada Blanca National Reserve from Arequipa to Colca Lodge builds in elevation. Covering an area of some 370,000 hectares, parts of the reserve reach a dizzying 6,000 meters above sea level. Distant volcano peaks and populations of vicunas, alpacas, and llamas add to the dramatic scenery along the way.

driving through Aguada Blanca National Reserve in PeruSnow-capped peaks dot the route to Colca Lodge from Arequipa.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

Arriving to Colca Canyon is your first opportunity to see the iconic agricultural terraces that color the surrounding landscapes shades of green, yellow and brown. From the small town of Chivay, it’s about a 20-minute ride to the picturesque property of Colca Lodge.

A friendly Colca Lodge staff member ushers guests to the principal lounge and bar area for a complimentary welcome beverage before taking a guided tour. I opted for coca tea, a natural remedy that has been used for centuries in the Andean region to aid with altitude acclimatization. (Read Travel sense: How to avoid altitude sickness for more helpful tips.)

lounge at Colca LodgeCheers to your Colca Canyon arrival.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

Ambiance

Colca Lodge is located far from noisy city traffic and guests have true “peace and quiet”. The surrounding beauty, unlimited access to natural hot springs, and its location along the Colca River are unique elements that create the perfect environment to disconnect during your stay.

The rooms

The 45 spacious rooms at Colca Lodge are rustic in style and have unique views of the nearby river. In addition to 27 standard rooms, families can stay in a larger suite or couples can stay in the bridal suite that has its own Jacuzzi filled by water from the natural hot springs.

A room at one of the family suites

family rooms at Colca LodgeSnuggle in for a goodnight’s sleep.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

A look at the matrimonial suite

Colca Lodge matrimonial suiteRomance is in the air.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

private nature spring bath in Colca LodgeDip your toes in this warm water.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

Not-to-miss highlights

Its natural hot springs and Eco-spa are two key elements of the Colca Lodge experience that make a guest’s stay extra special. These features not only maximize tranquility, but set the lodge apart from other hotels in Peru.

Natural hot springs

riverfront hot springs at Colca LodgeWade in the warm waters of arguably Peru’s best hot springs.
Photo by Victor Bautista/Flickr

Guests of Colca Lodge have access to a series of  riverside pools filled with heated thermal water. A short walk to the riverbed from your room delivers you to these privately owned hot springs (not open to the general public). Each of the pools vary in temperature, ranging between 97 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit (36 and 39 degrees Celsius), and the river provides the perfect soundtrack for your moment of zen.

Insider tip: Each guest will find a white, plush bathrobe in their room. This bathrobe will be your best friend when you exit the steaming pools after the sun goes down and the outside temperature drops significantly. In addition to the bathrobe, I also suggest bringing a pair of sandals.

Eco-Spa

spa at Colca LodgeHeaven with a view.
Original photo by Latin America for Less

Treat yourself to a heavenly experience at Colca Lodge’s Eco-spa.  The professional staff specializes in a variety of 1-hour massages and facials. After your treatment of choice, enjoy the spa’s gorgeous outside hot-tub whose lithium-rich thermal water promote relaxation.

Insider tip: I suggest scheduling your spa treatment in the evening so that you can enjoy the hot-tub at night.  On a clear night you can look up and admire the star-filled sky.  In one word: spectacular!

Plan your own stay at Colca Lodge

Learn more about the special amenities offered at Colca Lodge and how you can book your reservations.  Talk with an expert travel advisor today!

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About Author

Britt is addicted to the spontaneous nature of travel and personal growth it inspires. She bought a one-way ticket to South America in 2012, starting her journey in Argentina and slowly traveled north through Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Unable to shake her addiction of Latin America, she now happily calls Peru home.

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