Coming to Las Casitas del Colca allows you to disconnect from the world to relax and enjoy the serenity of southern Peru’s Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world. The beautiful valley is a fertile region of pre-Inca terraces used to this day for farming, and dotted with villages where residents follow ancient traditions.
This luxury lodge has nineteen individual casitas and an extra spacious presidential casita granting the best view of the valley and Colca River. Guests can arrive at Las Casitas del Colca via car in 3 hours from Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city. The journey will take you through a rugged landscape reigned by volcanoes and herds of wild vicuñas from the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
Las Casitas del Colca preserves the local charm with vast gardens, construction and decoration with natural materials and an experience focused on nature and well-being. A range of activities are offered to allow guests to do as much or as little as they wish. Those who prefer to stay on the property will always be entertained with cooking and cocktail lessons, painting lessons, visiting the farm and stable or sunbathing by the pool. Guests who would like to explore the area can ride Peruvian Paso horses or take a walking or bicycle tour to nearby towns. A highly recommended excursion is to Cruz del Cóndor, a dramatic viewpoint above the deep canyon where tourists gather to see up close the incredible flight of the Andean condor, the world’s largest flying bird with a wingspan of up to 3.2 m.
Peruvian cuisine is recently gaining fame around the world for its delicious flavors, great quality and variety of regional recipes. The Arequipa region is particularly well-known for dishes such as stuffed pepper, shrimp stew, fava bean and Andean cheese salad, and many more. At Las Casitas del Colca, the menu changes daily and features traditional Peruvian dishes and typical recipes from Arequipa mixed with some international touches. The property’s Curiña Restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte using organic fruits, vegetables and herbs from the large garden of greenhouses, fruit trees and vegetable terraces. There is also a barbecue lunch option to enjoy the outdoors while having grilled chicken, beef, alpaca or vegetables.
One of the most enjoyable experiences is spending time at Spa Samay complete with an outdoor heated pool, sauna, two single treatment rooms, one double treatment room and a suite with a bath. All treatments and massages are inspired by the Colca Valley using healing elements from the Andes and herbs from the garden. One of the new treatments is a moisturizing body wrap called Sara Qata made from purple corn and honey.
Families are also welcome as children can learn about the destination and Peruvian culture through outdoor exploration and fun activities. They can help hotel staff feed the cute baby alpacas every day and get up close to farm animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. Perhaps they will pick up a new hobby by fishing in the property’s trout pond or signing up for cooking classes to make easy and tasty recipes with the family. After all that activity, at night they will curl up in bed with a sweet toy baby alpaca, which is actually a bed warmer!
When nighttime comes around and the peace and quiet of the Colca Canyon settles around you, adults can relive the day’s events while sipping a cocktail at the bar among fellow guests. A visit to Peru would not be complete without trying pisco, a grape brandy and the signature drink of Peru. It is served in many ways: pisco sour, chilcano de pisco, capitán, and pairs well with fruit juices. After dinner, return to your Casita and take a dip in the private heated plunge pool or cozy up in front of the fireplace before going to bed to have energy for the following day’s activities.
Las Casitas del Colca is available on Ker & Downey’s Inca Explorer and is also easy to combine on your own customized journey to Peru. For more information on Las Casitas del Colca or any other Orient-Express Hotels in Peru, contact your travel professional.