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Majes River Lodge

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La Central - Ongoro, Aplao Peru
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Majes River Lodge was opened by Julio Zúñiga Medina in 1987. The valley is one of the deepest gorges in the world at 3200m. Julio was born in the valley and can lead your explorations of the valley's archaeological sites and recreational opportunities, including rafting. The lodge offers clean rooms, good company, and a restaurant and bar where you can try Julio's hand-crafted Pisco and try local cuisine.
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La Central - Ongoro, Aplao Peru
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TravellingNature wrote a review Jan 2017
New York City, New York208 contributions147 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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MANNY-M1 wrote a review Sep 2015
Hamburg, New Jersey4 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Ray37364 wrote a review Sep 2014
New Albany, Indiana27 contributions30 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Arequipa C wrote a review Mar 2014
Arequipa, Peru30 contributions
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.
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Kate C wrote a review Jan 2014
Atlanta, Georgia73 contributions45 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: June 2013Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.