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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Sitting in the bottom of one of the deepest canyons in the world, with condors soaring overhead and pre-Columbian terraced fields climbing the steep sides of the valley, Colca Lodge is set in spectacular surrounds.

The biggest treat is the location: at the head of the Colca Canyon, it’s the perfect base for exploring one of the world’s deepest ravines, and for joining in on the many activities and tours.

A close second is the on-site spa, including three thermal spring pools, built in natural surroundings and fed by a main spring, which emerges from the ground at 80°C. There is also a separate Eco Spa, with Jacuzzi, steam room and treatments.

Surrounding area

The lodge is situated at a bend in the Colca River, in an area that is all about rugged Andean vistas: coffee-coloured peaks surround picturesque settlements with baroque churches. A thin necklace of farming villages line the canyon all the way east, past pre-Inca settlements. The tiny village of Yanque sits across the valley. It’s hard to find a more pastoral setting.

It is three hour’s drive to Arequipa City. The best canyon views (from above) are at the Mirador Cruz de Condor, a 1hr15min drive away. Hiking trails run all around and the hotel can provide guides or information on the best walks.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Colca Canyon

Arequipa Region, Peru[45.3 miles]

One of the world’s deepest canyons – twice the depth of the Grand Canyon – with soaring Condors and ancient pre-Columbian terraces still farmed today.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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