Wow this place was terrible. We were SO excited to stay here after reading the reviews and so we decided to spend the extra money and treat ourselves. It ended up being $90 a night for two people and it was the biggest mistake we made on our 7 week trip through Peru.
The room was really neat and we loved the simplicity, but the staff were really hard to find and asking any questions always seemed like a huge inconvenience to them. We stayed two nights in total and the food was fine, but really not that great and small portions. The second night they made us fish and it was inedible. We felt terrible telling them, but as there are no food options near by we had no choice.
That night it rained and the roof leaked and rain began dripping on our heads as we slept. They tried to help us move our bed to a different spot in the room, but as you can imagine we got no sleep that night and there was no attempt at compensating us in any way.
Throughout the two nights they seemed unprepared, under staffed, and just lacked any basic customer service. Our stay was a huge disappointment. We had been traveling in Peru for 6 weeks by the time we arrived at Eco Quechua and we had wonderful stays at very simple places and mediocre to poor stays at budget places, but this was by far the worst part of our trip.
I hate writing such a negative review, but I only wish I had known.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the high jungle, it offers a lovely and tranquil getaway. Like a jungle lodge in the Amazon, some windows are open to nature so that you feel like you're part of it all (beds have mosquito netting). There's just something about this place that makes my stress melt away as soon as I arrive. Let me stretch out in a hammock with a good book and one of their awesome pisco sours and I can spends days at a time here, forgetting the outside world even exists. The entire lodge uses natural materials, including wood, rock, and bamboo, and its newest rooms feature private bathrooms. Ever dreamed of living in a grown-up's treehouse? This is that dream come true. The owners and staff couldn't be friendlier and are genuinely interested in ensuring that you have everything you need and are having the best time possible. Make your reservation includes dinner as these are bound to be some of the tastiest that you will have in Peru-lunch can also be added and breakfast is always included. Massages can be booked with advance notice and an outdoor Jacuzzi is currently in the works. The nearby Colcamayo hot springs are actually much nicer as well as hotter than those in Aguas Calientes, the town right below Machu Picchu, despite it being named after the springs. You are much better off getting your fill of the soothing waters here. Other outings that can be arranged through the lodge are zip-lining, a tour of a coffee plantation, and a hike to Llactapata, an Inca site from which you may catch a glimpse of Machu Picchu. If you're a coffee lover, the coffee plantation tour is highly recommended, mostly so that you can buy one of the world's best coffees, organic and grown here in the high jungle. To get here does require a bit of planning but don't let that keep you away. If it was any easier, there would be hordes and then you wouldn't want to go! Basically, you can either take the train or a bus. To take the train, you will need to get a ticket first to Aguas Calientes and from there to Hidroelectrica. At this point, you cannot buy tickets for the second leg until you get to Aguas Calientes so, if you are coming direct from Cusco or the Sacred Valley (recommended) be prepared to get off and have a cup of coffee until your next train leaves. From Ollantaytambo, the trip to Aguas Calientes takes about 1.5 hours and from Aguas to Hidroelectrica, about 30 minutes. The downside to taking the train is that it can be expensive and there are only a few trains per day between Aguas Calientes and Hidroelectrica. For this reason, you can't just go from the lodge to Machu Picchu and back in one day. On the other hand, if you're up for a hike, it's about a two-hour walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes and it's a flat, easy trip. Taking the bus from Cusco is infinitely cheaper but will require a bit more investment in time. You will take the bus to Quillabamba but get off at Santa Maria. From there, you can get a shared car to Hidroelectrica and get off at the EcoQuechua Lodge. The entire trip will take between six and seven hours. Spend a couple of nights at the lodge, walk to Aguas Calientes, spend a night there, and then visit Machu Picchu first thing the next morning. You can then do the trip in reverse or take the train back. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eco Quechua Lodge Peru/Santa Teresa