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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pachamama

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Pachamama
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Good hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and spent the day in between climbing up and down the Colca Canyon. The hostel was basic but pleasant and the restaurant down stairs was very good. The staff were really friendly and helpful advising us about trekking.

If we were to do it again though we would have spent the night at one of the oasis's at the bottom of the canyon as they were very nice and it was a lot of trekking for one day.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

We booked hotel well in advance and had reservations confirmed and a very kind guy Alexandro came to meet us at the station. BUT, on the way to the hotel he has told us that we could not get our rooms because they had some problems and end up overbooked (the owner was away at the moment). The rooms we got instead were really disappointing, not very clean and with shared bathrooms...Next day I told Alexandro that we were unhappy with the accommodation and that we will be moving to another hotel, he took the criticism very well and with lots of understanding and apology. We found another hotel very near by, the hotel was clean so we took the rooms, but sadly had no atmosphere at all. So each day we went back to Pachamama for meals, fun, advices and that became our base. Pachamama includes a very nice and cozy restaurant with great freshly made food, stone oven baked pizzas...

For every advice or when we were organizing our trips around Colca Canyon we would each time go back to Pachamama and Mirko would kindly and friendly offer us advice and organize transport, negotiating with the local guy (he didn't need to do that since we were not their guests and it obviously consumed his time). We had very good time with those guys and Mirko's family and all about the rooms was long forgotten. They made our trip to Cobanaconde and wonderful places we visited around unforgettable!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We enjoyed our stay here. We had a double room with private bathroom. It was basic but that reflects the very reasonable price. The room was clean and comfortable, just what we needed after a hard trek into the canyon. We found the owner very helpful especially with the advice he gave us about trekking, seeing the condors and buses. The best bit was the restaurant which was packed but had a great atmosphere. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

The hostel is ok but nothing special. We paid 40 soles for a basic room with shared bathroom. Room and bathroom were quite clean. The hostel doesn't provide towels, that's a pity. The hostel does provide a hiking map you should defenately use if you want to get lost. Furthermore the hostel is owned by a very friendly guy and it has a very cosy restaurant, that doesn't come very cheap (we paid 80 soles for dinner and a beer) but which has a great atmosphere..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is an amazing hostel. I stayed here for 3 nights and would have loved to have stayed more. Luy the owner was very hospitable, and extremely knowledgeable and helpful regarding the hiking in the area. The food was amazing, the pizzas definietly lived up to their reputation and the breakfast was good too. The rooms are basic but have all you need. Yes it is under construction but unless your sitting in your room during the day you shouldn,t notice it.
The communal kitchen is pretty average but its cheap to eat out at the restaurants in town and you,d be missing out if you didn,t have dinner in Pachamamas restaurant.
Get off the tours and go experience what Peru really has to offer.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a truly wonderful hostel - a home away from home. Yes, the hostel is currently under renovation, but my room was perfectly cozy. Simple but very clean, and the showers were hot. The staff are truly hospitable and kind; I felt like I was being welcomed into the family. We ate a candelit dinner in their cozy restauarant and enjoyed a simple, hearty meal. The wood-fired pizza was delicious and flavorful. The owner sat down with us after dinner and gave us invaluable, detailed information about trekking into the Colca Canyon on our own. He is incredibly helpful and totally awesome, just like everyone else at Pachamama. Sure, this isn´t the most luxurious hostel I've ever stayed at - but it feels like home and is a true, authentic South American traveling experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

we did a reservation in advance, it got confirmed. However, the guy messed it up. He then offered us another room- wet, dirty and overpriced. We decided to go to another place, which turned out to be by far the better option. There are several better places in Cabanaconde.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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pachamamaCabanaconde, Manager at Pachamama, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
I apologize that we couldnt keep your booking ...we must mention that Pachamama is in renovation and soon we are having new rooms.
For sure there are plenty of good hostels in Cabanaconde such as Kuntur Wasi, Posada del Conde,etc .., but you can not say "stay away" if you didnt stay at Pachamama...Pachamama is a backpacker hostel and prices are 15 sols for a dorm with a breakfast(crepe, egg,breads, local mermelade,tea or coffe as much as you want) and for a double 40 sols for a matrimonial share bath...most people will come to Pachamama for the family atmosphere and most important that you will get hiking information for the canyon...
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Additional Information about Pachamama

Property: Pachamama
Address: San Pedro 209, Cabanaconde 0051, Peru
Location: Peru > Arequipa Region > Colca Canyon > Cabanaconde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Cabanaconde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PACHAMAMA BACKPACKER BAR- PIZZERIA. Located in Cabanaconde, Arequipa, at 3287 mts and it is start point for all the hikes into the Canyon. Take a bus from Terminal terrestre Arequipa - Cabanaconde 5hrs. visit us. We work more with independent travelers who are looking for something different to do a trek. We have pelnty of information to make easier your hike. Pachamama ... more   less 
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