Me and wife Aida stayed for one night in this place, during a group tour to several places in Peru.
This Hotel is located about 3 streets from the small plaza and surrounding shops.
Maybe due to lack of municipality income, all streets are without asphalt. As a consequence, there was dust almost everywhere, with the exception of the square that surrounds the plaza.
Hotel facilities are good, clean and acceptable. Rooms are also clean, although small. Each room is like a bungalow, and with a complete bathroom. Beds were acceptable and comfortable.
Nice restaurant and good food. Not exceptional, though.
About 125-150 feet from the lobby, inside the hotel premises, there is a round building with a dome on top. It's an astronomical observatory. The lower part houses a very small planetarium.
The upper part has a medium size telescope (between 10-12 inches. We could observe Saturn, Omega Centauri and a couple double stars. Sad to say, telescope is in urgent need of TLC.Drive motors were disconnected (sent somewhere for repairs), mirror needed collimation ,as well as telescope refurbishment. Young lady in charge knew a little bit of astronomy and did her best, but lacked knowledge about constellations, deep-sky objects...etc.
It is a nice place to stay a couple of nights the most. Not much to do and see from my point of view.
- 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