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What We Love

  • 360 degrees of dramatic Andean scenery
  • Private heated plunge pools, perfectly positioned for stargazing
  • Walking trails zigzag across the 59-acre property
  • Adorable resident llamas and alpacas
  • Fresh produce from the vegetable garden and trout from the pond supply the restaurant

What To Know

  • There is a two-night minimum stay
  • Be prepared for extreme temperatures and possible altitude sickness; the hotel is 7,500 feet above sea level
  • Each room has WiFi, but it can be patchy

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The greatest gorge you’ve never heard of — Southern Peru’s Colca Canyon — is now accessible to luxury-loving travelers thanks to Las Casitas del Colca, a collection of 20 rustic but elegant cottages in the folds of this wild natural wonder.

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The casitas’ decor is haute ranch, with vaulted ceilings, warm woods and antique chandeliers. Heated laja tile floors and fireplaces mean the frosty nights never bite, and there’s an outdoor shower for peak sunshine hours, an oversize bathtub for evening soaks (often decorated with flowers or candles at turn-down) and a heated plunge pool that’s perfectly positioned for stargazing.

The hotel has a world class spa that offers treatments with herbs grown on the property; after a hike try Chaki con Kora, a foot and leg massage that uses geranium and nettle. The restaurant serves phenomenal Peruvian and intercontinental cuisine, including trout whipped straight from the property’s pond. Guests can also take cooking classes and help feed baby alpacas at the farm.

But it was the mind-blowing scenery that impressed me most during my stay at Las Casitas del Colca: tiered mountains bisected by the Colca River, bizarre foliage thriving at 10,000 feet and higher, packs of llamas patrolling dirt roads, and indigenous women selling colorful handicrafts and textiles.

How to Get There

Belmond Las Casitas
Parque Curiña s/n desvio carretera Yanq
Yanque, 00000 Peru

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 354 Reviews
Beautiful location but lacking good service
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed at Belmond Las Casitas in October as part of a tour of Peru that included six other hotels. Of the seven hotels we stayed at Belmond Las Casitas was in the most beautiful location and had the best accommodation. Nestled amongst mountains the views were amazing and the grounds beautifully kept. We loved seeing the alpacas and horses roaming freely around the grounds. On our extensive tour we had been taken to other places to see alpacas and generally they were either tied up or in pens for tourists to see so it was wonderful to see them free to go wherever they wished. It was also a great experience to feed them. As mentioned in other reviews the cottages are very spacious, each with its own private garden and plunge pool. However, despite its beautiful location and accommodation, I have to say we had quite a few issues with the running of the hotel.

Our greeting on arrival was warm and friendly and we have nothing but praise for the two receptionists, Evelinck and Barnaby. When we first arrived we explored the extensive grounds and then came back to our cottage for tea. Although there were tea making facilities in the room there was no milk or packets of creamer. My husband went to the reception to get milk. After quite a long wait a small glass of milk was provided and my husband was advised that there would be a charge of 9 US dollars for this. We were shocked at this as when tea making facilities are provided in hotels it is normally customary to provide either milk or packet creamer free of charge. Later on we decided to go for a swim. The room brochure boasts that the pool is heated to “a cosy 28 degrees” so we were very disappointed to find that it was freezing. There were sun loungers by the pool and the brochure also states “Why not stretch out on a lounger and let us serve you refreshing drinks and snacks as you soak up the sun.” Well there is a very good reason why not and that is because there is no-one there to serve you and it’s a very long walk to reception to find someone! It was such a shame that the pool was unheated and too cold to enter as of all the hotels we stayed in the pool was in the best location, being surrounded by the picturesque mountains and provided with luxurious sun loungers.

In the evening we went to the restaurant for dinner which was beautifully presented and served but the restaurant was unheated and extremely cold. Looking around we noted that most people were dining with their coats on. I am surprised that the cold temperature of the common parts of the hotel has not been mentioned by previous reviewers. Although the days were warm in October by late afternoon the temperature dropped dramatically. I must mention here that thankfully our cottage had heating and was a very ambient temperature. After dinner we spoke to the receptionist, Evelinck, (who was also wearing a coat because of the freezing temperature) and advised her that we thought it was unacceptable for a hotel to charge for a small glass of milk to go with our tea making facilities and yet not provide the facilities that they boasted in their brochure nor any heating in the dining room and common parts of the hotel. She was most apologetic and said she would pass on our comments to the manager, who was in Lima. The manager telephoned me the next day and apologised profusely for the problems we had experienced. He advised that we would not be charged for the glass of milk or anything we ordered from the bar. The bar offer was of little use to us as the bar was too cold to spend any time in (we didn’t see anyone in there during the evenings) and we only had a couple of glasses of wine with our meals. He also advised that he would ensure that the log fire would be lit for our meal that evening. When we arrived at the restaurant for our meal, on seeing us, the waiter quickly lit the log fire but this should have been lit long before dinner was served in order to heat the room adequately which was large with a very high ceiling. It also showed no consideration for the other diners who were already dining.

The following morning we were leaving and, as we had no tours arranged, arrived for breakfast at 8am. I don’t think the staff are used to people turning up at this time as most people breakfast much earlier before trips and we were the only people dining. Consequently there was just one waiter on duty who also appeared to be having to cook as well. I wanted cereals and, unlike every other hotel in the world (including the other hotels we stayed at in Peru), this hotel does not provide milk on the buffet table to go with cereals but you have to order it. After a long wait the waiter provided a tiny jug of milk. My husband ordered poached eggs and also butter as there was none on the buffet. After waiting half an hour with no sign of poached eggs or butter I tried to enter the kitchen to ascertain what was going on but the door to the kitchen was locked! I banged on the door but received no response. I went to reception and Evelinck, the long suffering receptionist, phoned the kitchen after which the waiter emerged with cold poached eggs and butter so cold and hard it was impossible to spread! We were furious and returned to Evelinck and asked to see the manager but she advised he was still in Lima. She was very apologetic and we felt very sorry for her as she was having to bear the brunt of complaints for matters that were out of her control. She offered to let us choose items from the gift shop as compensation. We struggled to find anything we wanted as there was hardly anything in the shop but my husband chose a jumper and I chose two scarves. However, we would have much preferred to have enjoyed the facilities boasted by the hotel, as well as a proper breakfast service and warm dining room rather than items from the gift shop.
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As we were on an arranged tour, we were unaware of the cost of each individual hotel we stayed at but when I looked on Belmond’s website I was horrified to discover that our room was 750 USD per night! Belmond own many five star hotels around the world and we were advised by another couple staying at the hotel who own a travel agency that their other hotels have much higher standards. They advised us that this hotel certainly did not live up to Belmond’s normal reputation.

PS Have just answered the questionnaire below. Yes the hotel does have a sauna but that was not heated. The manager advised me that they required 15 minutes notice to heat a sauna. I am no expert on saunas but would have thought this would be insufficient time to heat a sauna to the required temperature.

Absolute luxury!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the most luxurious places we have ever stayed, well earned after hiking for 5 days!!

Location:

Situated a 3 hr drive from Arequipa, Belmond las Casitas Colca Canyon, is actually situated within the Canyon with stunning mountains and the townships of Colca close by. Chivay, the main town is about 15 minutes away and Cruz del Condor is only 45 minutes drive.

Accommodation:

The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. The rooms and houses are spacious and very comfortable with a hacienda style architecture. Each room has a complemntary tea and coffee station. Our house had its own outdoor shower, outdoor heated spa and its own fireplace. Bonuses on the ground include an excellent spa, trout pond for fishing, grazing horses and alpacas and a short walking track.

Food:

There is only 1 restaurant on site but the menu is reasonably extensive and has a good variety including some Peruvian and Colca specialties. The food is delicious. Buffet breakfast each morning is plentiful and excellent, including a complimentary cooked egg meals, e.g. eggs benedict, omelette etc.

Activities:

complimentary acitivties that are a must do include Peruvian cooking class and Pisco sour lesson. Other choices include alpaca feeding and trout fishing. Paid activities are also avilable, such as a painting class and horse riding (although at a premium). Another must-do is condor watching, which can be arranged through the hotel, but they will also arrange a taxi for you, which is significantly cheaper.

Service:

Excellent service, with Jesus and Jose in particular really looking after us at dinner time and behind the bar. We would love to thank the chef for an excellent ceviche cooking class and we will definitely remember the pisco sours we had here.

Overall:

This is a place where you can go to indulge and treat yourself. Its not cheap, but its definitely one of the most remarkable places we have ever stayed. We hope to come back some day soon.

A Luxury Retreat in Colca Valley
Reviewed 1 month ago

My partner and I stayed at the Belmond Casitas as part of a personal tour arranged by Kuoda Travel (see separate review for them). We had no idea what to expect as we were driven down the long bumpy road but once we got to the hotel we were stunned. From check in to check out we were treated to a luxurious experience. Everyone was very friendly welcoming. Unfortunately I cannot recall the name of the young man who checked us in and checked us out but he was terrific and should be commended for his customer service. The Casita was big and beautiful and our only regret was that we only had a day to enjoy the place. The room was huge, overlooked the valley and had its own hot tub and shower outside. The dinner was very good as was the breakfast buffet. When we return to Peru we will stay again at the Belmond in Colca but next time we will stay for several days to be able to enjoy the experience longer!

An unexpected treat
Reviewed 2 months ago

My sister and I were able to stay at Belmond Las Casitas during our recent trip to Peru due to a free upgrade. What a treat! As we dropped off our fellow travelers at a different hotel further down the valley, our tour guide did have a telling grin on her face ("you won't want to join our trip to the hot springs - you have your own at the hotel ..."). We wondered what would await at the end of the very rough and long track into the valley, but the sight of those little casitas, nestled against the hillside, revealed a real treasure.

We were greeted with a welcome drink and a wonderful smile, before being walked down the hill to our beautiful, secluded casita, passing the trout pond and stopping to let four horses wander by (I was so disappointed that we didn't have enough time for a ride). The cottage was bigger than my apartment at home. In fact, the bathroom was bigger than my sitting room!!!! There were those little touches though: the beautiful clay jugs with toiletries, the welcome message written on a leaf and left in the fruit bowl, the offer to light the log fire (on a very warm night) and the boiling hot outdoor shower under the starlit sky. The hot tub was too hot for me (I do live in Scotland ...), but it was wonderful to look to the hills across the valley and to know that we had our very own garden for the duration of our stay.

We were only there for about 12 hours, so didn't have enough time for the Pisco Sour or cooking classes, nor were we able to feed the baby alpacas (but we did find them in the stable). We had a walk through the beautiful grounds and never met a soul. In spite of this being a luxury hotel, casual clothes were absolutely fine in the dining room. The trout probably came straight out of the hotel pond and the vegetables are grown in the garden and greenhouses just down the hill. Everybody we encountered was so polite and helpful.

I'd go back tomorrow if I could, but would want to stay longer and explore from there and try out some of the activities offered at the hotel. Thank you for a lovely experience.

A Wonderful Sanctuary in the Colca Valley
Reviewed 2 months ago

We flew from Cusco to Arequipa and travelled by road for about 2 hours across to the Colca Canyon. Stopping to see active Volcanos, Alpacas and Vicunas on route and then we reached Belmond Las Casitas. We were warmly welcomed by the staff, shown to our beautiful room. The rooms are all like individual bungalows complete with a gorgeously warm plug pool, garden area and view over the valley. We woke in the morning to see the resident Horses and Alpacas grazing in our garden which was delightful. The grounds, which are extensive, have within them a little farm where vegetables are produced for the restaurant. The food was Peruvian food for all tastes with plenty of variety. There are plenty of activities on offer but a visit to the Canyon and Condors is a must and en route, a stop at the local towns. I had a facial in the spa which was done in calm lovely surrounding by an accomplished lady - it completely hit the spot.
Aldo, the general manager and his staff at Las Casitas were charming and clearly working so hard to provide guests with a relaxing and memorable stay. Nothing was too much trouble. For us, this was achieved on all levels. We loved it. Visit if you can.