We stayed at Killawasi in April 2013 as part of a our visit to the Colca Canyon (within a larger trip to Peru). The hotel is of very recent construction, and was designed with lots of care to meet the needs of both Peruvian and foreign guests by the owners, who are a very charming couple. The rooms are roomy with large, comfortable beds; modern, clean, and bright bathrooms; 24/7 hot water; heaters; and adjoining private balconies or patios with great views. We were impressed with how modern and clean everything was, even though the town of Yanque, where it is located, is quite small and remote. The owners personally attended to the needs of the guests, although they also have a staff on hand. We loved the four-hour guided hike that the owners arranged once we arrived to the hotel -- Killawasi is in the town of Yanque, but it takes only a couple minutes on foot to be in a picturesque countryside filled with Incan and pre-Incan ruins, agricultural fields, thermal baths, and stunning lookouts over the valley. When we returned from the hike, the owners were waiting for us, took our dinner orders, and after we showered they had prepared a gourmet three-course meal that was as good as any of the fancy restaurants in Arequipa. The breakfast the next morning -- including both a European-style buffet and eggs made to order -- was also excellent.
The owners arranged for our transport and guided bus tour through Colca Canyon from Arequipa (on a van shared with guests of Killawasi and other nearby hotels). We really appreciated this tour, but in retrospect would have loved to have spent an extra night in Killawasi. The service and beautiful countryside was that good!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KILLAWASI LODGE is a hotel located in the heart of the beautiful Colca Valley,in the cozy village of Yanque, minutes of their thermal waters, its central square and its beautiful colonial church; an strategic place to visit the Colca Canyon and engage in ecotourism and adventure activities. (Distance: 160km Arequipa, Chivay 8km, Cruz del condor 35km ).We offers our guests an unforgettable life experience,sharing with them the warm attention of our people and an architecture that blends comfort and rusticity in an environment surrounded by nature and mysticism. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Killawasi Lodge Peru/Colca Canyon - Yanque