El Refugio is nestled down in the start of the Canyon, just outside Chivay. It is a solid 15 min walk from town. It is a lovely, serene location, but therein lies pros and cons. The pros are that the hotel is nicely styled like an Eco lodge, the rooms are large, very clean, quiet and atmospheric. Wifi only works in the foyer. There is a nice thermal pool onsite, whereas for other hotels in the area you have to travel to thermal springs and pay to use them. The cons are that you are a little trapped because walking to/from Chivay in the dark s not a realistic proposition. This means you have to dine at their 'restaurant' which has a limited range - although our soup and salad combo was pretty nice as we were not at all hungry. Breakfast is serviceable, but nothing special. There is a big problem with the path down to the hotel from the bus parking area. It is still being repaired (see other reviews) and in parts is gravel and slippery. Yes, they carry your bags up and down the path, but it is a hazard and will trouble those not fleet of foot (or fit). Overall, a really nice hotel that is in an apt location for your visit to the Canyon. BTW, the Condors are spectacular, but try time your visit to when the other tour buses have gone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Refugio is located in the impressive Colca Valley. It is a rustic style hotel with a view of the river and the mountains. It has a pool fed by a natural spring of thermal water nestled in a majestic landscape. You can do several activities, like fishing, walking around our facilities to contemplate the surrounding natural waterfalls, as well as visiting the picturesque village of Chivay, just 5 minutes by car. In a beautiful setting overlooking the valley with a small central fireplace, our restaurant offers Andean specialties, where no matter your taste, eating will always be a pleasure. We also invite you to explore our bar with an extensive menu of innovative cocktails. Single or twin rooms have two double beds dressed in soft quilts for added comfort. Each of them has a small terrace or balcony, where you can admire a splendid view; our rooms have been built with rustic-style walls with delicate green tones, parquet floors and a spacious bathroom with exquisite amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Refugio Hotel
- Hotel El Refugio Peru/Colca Canyon