We spent 3 nights here in November. We engaged Terrace Lodge's owner, Flavio, to pick us up at our hotel in Arica and take us to the lodge. On the way, we stopped for lunch and visited a small nature sanctuary and an Inca ruin. We also hired him to do two day tours - one into Lauca National Park and the other to the north of the park. Our focus was bird watching, animal life and scenery. Flavio is Italian, speaks excellent English, knows his birds and animals, and is refreshingly cosmopolitan. His philosophy is it makes more sense to hire him to see Lauca than to do a self-drive because he's no more expensive and knows where to go. I agree. You can, from what I saw, self-drive most of Lauca with a non 4-wheel drive vehicle but having one, and an experienced driver, lets you get places and spend your time sight-seeing rather than watching for loose sand and ruts. If you are driving by yourself, see if he still has maps available for sale. Flavio has made an excellent, professional map of the area.
The Lodge is very nice. It's well described in previous comments. They have their own septic system so you can flush their provided toilet paper, which is a treat. (If you've travelled before in the Andes, you know what I mean.) They also have their own generator sytem which proved handy when the city power went off one morning. It's quite a smart little place. Flavio's wife runs and cleans it, while Flavio does the tours and the long-hauls to Arica for supplies.
I'm giving this 4 stars because of the tours we did and relative to the other available lodging in Putre
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come for the beauty. Stay for the comfort. Terrace Lodge is a comfortable bed & breakfast with 5 rooms: 2 double matrimonial and 3 twins. Owners and managers are an Italian couple with experience in the tourism/hotel business since 1990 in three continents. Our regional tours are available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Photography lessons are offered Free of charge during the tours. You are guaranteed safety and comfort thanks to a brand new, Air-Con, 4x4 SUV with on board Sat phone, oxygen (in the case a tourist is affected by altitude sickness), first aid kit and binoculars. ... more less
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