We stayed in the hotel for two nights to have the time to see the Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor, for which we booked the minivan tour from Arequipa.
The village is small and with many unpaved streets, but it's not a problem to get to the hotel with a walk from the bus station, the first impression is immediately positive and the staff is welcoming.
Rooms are big and structured as private bungalows; due to high height the nights are very cold, but in the evening the hotel staff bring bottles of hot water to put in the bed to warm it in addition to the heater that is in every room. The coats are anyway very heavy and after the first moments you can sleep warm (but if you have to go to bathroom you will feel the cold chill of the night).
Breakfast is rich enough and free "mate" is available at the reception 24x7, and in the restaurant there are often Andean traditional show.
In the hotel there is also an astronomical observatory where you can follow a simple lesson on South-American skies (I didn't because I had fever that night, but my fellow travellers did and they enjoyed it).
Prices are high compared to Peruan standards, but aligned with the quality of the structure.
Last advice: if you are in Chivay (here in Casa Andina or anywhere else) around 15th of August forget to taste the sound of silence, because it is the week of local religious fair with processions and traditional music played at every hour of the day and the night.
Of course this is not a defect of the hotel (even if my score on quality of sleep is somewhat influenced by this experience), all the village is invaded by music and high spirits (and rivers of alcohol, I presume) and it is vey funny to be here, if you can bear trumpets played suddenly at 3:00 AM...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Andina Classic Colca is located in the Valley of Colca, a 3 hour drive from the city of Arequipa. It is a cozy and rustic hotel built as individual cottages made of stone with strewn paths. Has a fountain located in the central courtyard and a grill area where outdoor lunches can be organized in order to enjoy the sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Andina Classic - Colca Hotel Chivay