Saturday, July 14, 2012

Las Chullpas, Peru

Las Chullpas Eco Lodge 
Description: 3.5 of 5
Querocancha S/N, Urubamba 084, Peru 
Las Chullpas is up on the mountain away from town but oh so wonderful! We found no reason to leave except to venture out hiking. The rooms are comfortable but with a rustic feel to them. They have used some clever ideas in the rooms and around the grounds that just put a smile on your face. See what they've done recycling bottles. They have wonderfully hot, hot showers! There are beautiful garden areas to sit in and enjoy a cup of coca tea. Also herb gardens all around. 
Chalo was especially helpful in helping us acclimate to the altitude both with recommendations on hikes in the area before we did the Inca Trail, and food he prepared that helped our stomachs. We were never sick! The breakfast that is included is hearty, healthy and delicious. He uses all natural herbs and local produce. We also enjoyed 2 dinners he prepared that also were just wonderful. 
Moto cars zip you up and down the hill if you desire to go to town. Santino made a great recommendation to go to the restaurant, El Huacatay, which was wonderful. 
Make sure you ask them to arrange pick up at the airport in Cusco if you are heading there first. We didn't know they would do that and ended up with a nightmarish taxi ride.

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