It is the fact that the owners Julio and Durby make this stay outstanding. It is an simple but comfortable place to stay. The food especially if like local style Peruvian food is quite a treat. Julio's local knowledge and his willingness to share the history and stories makes this area come alive. They are swarm and friendly hosts and are willing to offer their hospitality. We were able to visit a cane processing plant for making liquor and try a local pizza restaurant.
If you like the outdoors, some adventure and getting to know local people: this is your place. The knowledge of Julio about the surroundings, both, current and historical make this location an excellent base to explore the Majes river, ancient pre inca ruins and a gateway to the valley of the "volcanoes" and the Cotahuasi region of Arequipa. Durby (Julio's wife) is an great chef, particularly when "camarones" are in season. Both of them excellent hosts. We whish had enjoy the pool, but time was not on our side.
My favorite place in Peru. Majes River Hostel can provide a base to explore the lovely Rio Majes Valle. Julio and Durby are great hosts, treat you like family, rooms are comfortable, the food is good, atmosphere like home, beautiful weather, friendly people. Most attractions can be easily reached by combi, the vans that ply the only road in the valley, and a little walking. Recommend Torres Muertos petroglyphs and hiking beyond the last village on the paved road, Andomayo where the two canyons join, Colca and Majes I think. Originally planned to hike Colca Canyon but decided too many tourists, happy with Majes River.
I visit this place with friends. It is spacious but very careless, if they would maintain cleaner would be better. the pool was dirty, they have a vineyard where the grapes are stomped, but have very dirty winepress, there were many flies because of the heat and dirt, the place was simple except for its bullfight museum, the rooms are very simple for the price. there are better options near.
We were very glad to make it to Majes River Lodge. Jose is just as much of a character as everyone else says, and we really enjoyed our stay with him. We were the only ones there for the night and he spent most of the afternoon with us, showing us his little winery and pisco making operation, letting us taste the wine and pisco and entertaining us with many stories of his eccentric life. We also took a river rafting trip with him, which was pretty short and a bit anticlimactic, but the river was beautiful. The food was delicious although I think I ate enough Camarones (river shrimp) to last a life time