Hotel El Refugio
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Colca Canyon and it's resident Condors were quite a site to see! After the Salkantay Trek, this hike seemed like a walk in the park at 16kms total hiked, whereas that's what we hiked each day at LEAST on the Salkantay. There are three options to doing the Colca Canyon hike, and they are A) three day hike with a guide, B) A two day hike with a guide, or C) hiking the canyon on your own (usually done in two days). We chose to go with a group for a three day hike and take ...
- Got picked up by the bus at 2:30am! - Colca Canyon is the deepest in the world, most of it is farmed and split into layers by stone walls all the way down. - Watched the condors flying. They are 1.2m tall and have a wing span of 3m. - Visited different viewing points along the canyon as well as a river where we sunbathed. - Had an all you can eat Peruvian buffet for lunch which was really good. - On ...
Three of us suffering with the after effects of yesterday's traditional lunch. Touring with a group of 9 in a mini bus today. No spare room with us and all the luggage. Stopped to buy coca leaves and coca lollies for our trip up high. Chewed the coca leaves, tasted just like chewing leaves. Stopped several times along the way looking at the views and animals- vicunas, alpacas, llamas, Andean geese. Llamas and alpacas rove the ...
As we made our way up the mountains towards Colca Canyon the weather became much colder and damper. Driving through the national park we were able to see families of alpacas and llamas wandering happily along the grassy plains, the new mothers nursing their young. It was only when the van began to climb higher that breathing was noticeably more difficult and the landscape became more arid and rocky. Being quite fit, healthy and still relatively young we weren't ...
We leave Bolivia and ride to the border with some trepidation as we have heard a lot of stories from fellow travellers. Our experience is very different. We have no issues and pass through the formalities without hinderence, of course after making a small "donation" towards the maintenance of the police station. We arrive ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel El Refugio Colca Canyon
You arrive outside a blank concrete wall with an imposing metal gate. You ring the bell for attention and a voice asks us who you are. After identifying yourselves, the gate clicks open and you enter a tropical paradise.
This isn't a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton, but wending our way through the exuberant growth, you can imagine yourself in the Garden of Eden. You are shown your cute little bungalow (no A/C but a nice fan) and have time to wander around the grounds past the swimming pool, lounge area and restaurant (which was closed, it being the low season when we were there).
At the reception desk you can book sightseeing tours and order food brought in from neigbouring restaurants. We ordered dinner from the local "chifa" (Peruvian Chinese restaurant).
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.