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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Staying at eco quechua was one of the best parts of our family backpacking trip to Peru this summer. The setting is beautiful and the lay out of the lodge is such that you feel at one with your environment. The river flows past making a soothing background noise. It is rather like camping but with a very comfortable bed and fantastic food. The outdoor shower was wonderful. The dining room/lounge area is quirky and comfortable.We loved the hot springs, were thrilled by the zip wires and had a fantastically relaxing time at the lodge in between the excursions all of which K organised for us which made it all very easy. He also guided us on a very rewarding day's hike along an Inca trail near the lodge over a mountain pass to the hydroelectric station on the railway line to Aguas Calientes. This was one of my best days in Peru. An early start, a short drive to the start of the trail which took us first past a small coffee plantation where we picked, roasted, ground and drank our own sensational coffee. Then onwards and upwards for about 4 hours through stunning scenery with excellent information on all the plants we passed when Kjudged us to need a short break! Once over the pass we came to an Inca site with incredible views to Machu Picchu. Down a little further to the only building on that side of the mountain where we had a wonderful 3 course meal. Finally we descended to the river aobamba and walked along to the station where K even helped us get tickets and saw us onto the train. Our kids, aged 12&14 both enjoyed every minute of the time we spent at eco quechua and with K.
An unforgettable place to stay with great food, and excellent hosts. I can't recommend it highly enough for anyone wanting a unique experience.
A small tip: The email link from the website wasn't working when we tried to book and K recommends emailing direct to ecoquechua@gmail.com
NB tripadvisor thinks the hosts name is a"profanity" so I have had to edit it and call him K!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Caroline T
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Staff was very friendly and helped us a great deal, the relaxing lobby and river flowing down there was a sure bet for a extra relaxing day in our schedule. We had our meals at hotel, first for convenience as the town is not that close even driving your own car, however we soon found out another and stronger reason, the food was excellent! Options on the menu might not be big, but what we ordered was tasty, well prepared and fresh. Certainly the freshness explains a lot. Basic rooms, no hot shower, no locker on the doors are details to be considered though.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Aroeira A
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

If you like being one with the outdoors, this is the place for you. I want to mention first an important detail...currently the lodge doesnt take credit cards so make sure to bring enough cash. There are no ATMs in Santa Teresa and there is a money exchange but the rate isn't very good. So come prepared. Ok, about the lodge...
The lodge is located at the edge of town up on on the hill so it has great views of the mountains, eucalyptus tree groves and the river. The sign from the street doesn't do it justice...don't judge it until you get up the stairs. When you get upstairs it feels like you are in a treehouse. You enter into the open lounge area where they have plenty of seating and hammocks for you to relax in (make sure to bring a good book). There is no glass in any of the windows in the lodge so you are connected with nature. The gardens and plantings around the lodge grounds are beautiful and have a tropical feel. Our room was simple and rustic but pleasant. We had a big open window view of the trees and river, and a mosquito net over the bed for protection. It was nice falling asleep to the sound of the river each night. There are 2 shared outdoor toilets (enclosed outhouses w/ toilets), an outdoor enclosed shower (cold water) and an outdoor sink w/ mirror just outside the rooms. Bring a flashlight with you because while there are lights inside the bathrooms, you could use a little light getting there. I enjoyed brushing my teeth and washing my face in the morning while watching the birds in the trees by the sink. You can take a 10 min walk to the town center to the Plaza de Armas, where you will find restaurants and some shops. There isnt much to the town of Santa Teresa, but we appreciated it for what it was. Its a slow, quiet place where you can take in the local culture away from the tourist choas of Machu Picchu or Cusco. Take the opportunity of being here to relax, slow down and soak in the culture. You can grab a taxi to the hot springs from Plaza de Armas, or you can walk, but it's a bit of a hump on a dirt & rock road and can feel long in the heat of the day. The hot springs are beautiful and worth going to. You can sign up for dinner at the lodge and Janet will make you a delicious home cooked meal. They set the tables in the lounge with linens, candles and wine glasses. The menu is listed on the blackboard above the kitchen each day. We had delicious quinoa soup (both nights but it was a different kind each night), chicken stroganoff with potatoes, peppers and veggies and trout with potatoes and veggies, and chocolate banana freeze, and rice pudding. Everything was delicious and homemade. Breakfast was included and made to order. Coffee, fresh passion fruit juice, toast & jam and your choice of eggs or "pancakes" (crepe with chocolate sauce). The second day we went on a coffee tour with Kikae and it was one of the most memorable days of our trip. We drove about 30 min up the mountain to an entrance to the original (unrestored) Inca trail. Kikae has been a guide in Peru for 16 years and still does treks along the Inca trail, so he is super knowledgeable about the history and plants along the way. We walked along the trail for about 30 min, as Kikae pointed out plants and animals. We got to the farm and got to meet the farmer and his wife, pick coffee cherries, mill it, see it roasted, ground and then got to drink it. It was such a unique and memorable experience. On the drive back to the lodge, Kikae took us by a beautiful huge waterfall. Kikae also told us about all the sustainability efforts they are leading, through example and education, at the lodge and within the community of Santa Teresa. We were really impressed and happy that we were supporting people that are trying to do such good things for the enviroment and their community. Overall, the two days we spent here were some of the greatest memories we made on our trip. My advice to future guests would be to 1) do your research and decide if a nature focused/outdoor feeling Eco lodge and small/quiet Peruvian town is what you are looking for in your stay and 2) embrace this environment and be open to new experiences...you never know what will come your way and you may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank EHAustin30
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We loved our 2 night stay at Eco Quechua. Fabulous room with 3 walls, open to the river - mosquito netting over the beds! Beautiful view! Great food! Friendly and helpful service! We went to the hot springs both days... they are excellent (after seeing these hot springs, you will not be interested in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes!) We also went zip lining.
This is a great hotel if you like nature and the outdoors! The washrooms are shared, not far from the rooms. One of the showers is open air - yes, still private! There is no Internet. There are no outlets in the rooms. (The owners are very kind - if you need to charge a device, I imagine they'd let you use an outlet behind the bar)
Take a flashlight for reading and take bug spray (though the bugs in July weren't bad at all)
I recommend this hotel for one or two nights before or after visiting Machu Picchu. It cannot be used as a base for exploring Machu Picchu - there are no roads between Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes - you must take a train (service is not very frequent) or walk!
We came from Cuscu. We took a tourist minivan. The group was going to hike from the Hydroelectric, so they were able to drop us right at the door to the lodge, since it is on the route to the station!
Be forewarned: there are no ATMs in town and this hotel is not (yet) equipped to take credit cards! Take lots of local currency or US cash. If you have US, it must be pristine!! It will be rejected if there are any tears or if there is writing on it! (same goes for purchasing train tickets at the Hydroelectric station!! - no credit cards, pristine bills!!)
Regarding those few negative reviews... Maybe some people don't really do their research... The river does seem quarry-like in places. But not at the hotel! The hot springs are not that close; you can walk there in about 45 minutes, or the owner will arrange a taxi, or collectivos go back and forth from town - all easy options! The entry to the lodge is not pretty, but once you're inside, it's all very charming! Santa Teresa is not a pretty town.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank CisMH
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

***This place is awesome!!!!!***

Myself and my girlfriend were able to stay there for a couple of nights at the end of April of 2013. Our trip consisted of being picked up (on time) in Cusco, transportation to Santa Teresa (with lunch at a restaurant at the top of a mountain pass), two nights and activities in Santa Teresa, a hike to Aguas Calientes (the town closest to Machu Pichu) through Hydroelectrica, and a tour with another guide for Mahcu Pichu.

Juan was there the whole time on our trip for the 8 hour drive to Santa Teresa, Zip Line in Santa Teresa, the and the hike to Aguas Calientes. We had an amazing time and would recommend staying a bit longer to try out restaurants in town as well which are only a 10 minute walk away. All the meals at the Eco Quechua were great, but we were always too full to eat anything else in town afterwards. It may have had something to do with the unlimited supply of bananas and avacados at the lodge.

On our hike to Aguas Calientes we stopped for a great coffee tour, but when we arrived at Aguas Calientes we all forgot about the coffee which Juan kindly carried at the tail end of the trek. All was not lost as Juan did drop the coffee at our hotel in Cusco that we were returning to two days later. We were a bit lucky that he was traveling back that way!

Admittedly, there are likely less expensive places to stay with less expensive meals, but I doubt you will find a place with views and a dining experience like you have at this place in Santa Teresa. I can also say that we would like to return and are recommending it to friends.

Some additional items to note while in Peru:
1) If you are in Arequipa and like mountain biking, then you should definitely ride down Mt. Chachani with Peru Breathtaking Tours. It was a full day and totally worth your time with all the views.
2) For all over Peru it is best to confirm rates in $, Soles, and fix an exchange rate in advance of arrival. Some hotels we stayed and varying exchange rates.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the side the river is on.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Paul S
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