Aranwa Hotel Resorts & Spas has added a new addition to its group of luxury hotels in Peru. The Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca (Enchanted Village of Colca), is a brand new resort and spa, located in Peru’s Colca Valley on the on the banks of the Colca River. At twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, the resort’s location is known for its colonial traditions, Andean legends, and the ‘Cruz del Condor’ or Valley of the Condors.
Costing more than $3.5 million, the property is designed to complement its surroundings, with a clean, modern aesthetic that gives gusts the impression of staying in a Peruvian village. Each of the 41 guest accommodations offer views of the surrounding river and Andes Mountains. The property features two natural waterfalls, one of which is accessible to guests, as well as a lake stocked with trout that provides the resort’s restaurant and patio with water views.
The resort is environmentally friendly with all guestrooms featuring solar-powered heat and hot water.
A small organic farm provides the kitchen with fresh quinoa, beans, corn and more. Additionally, as a nod to its colonial plantation past, a water-powered grain mill at the resort’s entrance has been completely restored and is used to grind grain and make flour for the kitchen.
For guests looking to explore the region, Pueblito Encantado del Colca is located ten minutes from the town of Chivay, which offers visitors a local market, religious festivals, and a cultural exposure to ancient Andean traditions, and mysticism. Also nearby is the La Calera hot springs. Three hours away at an altitude of 7,661 feet is Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa. Referred to as the “White City,” Arequipa is built almost completely from white volcanic stone.