Spa-seekers eager to try new adventures might consider a pamper-filled journey to Peru’s newest spa Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca (Enchanted Village of Colca). Opened on April 1, 2012, the resort and spa opened in the Colca Valley on the on the banks of the Colca River, offers a treasure trove of Andean legends, colonial traditions and most notably the ‘Cruz del Condor’ or Valley of the Condors.
Aesthetes will appreciate how the resort complements the natural beauty of its surroundings, with a clean, modern approach. All of 41 accommodations are surrounded by lush gardens adorned by hummingbirds, waterfalls and awesome views of the magnificent Andes Mountains. There’s even a small organic farm that grows fresh quinoa, beans, corn and other culinary necessities. As a nod to its colonial plantation past, a water-powered grain mill that greets guests at the resort’s entrance has been completely restored and is still used to grind grain and make flour for the kitchen. And at night, the property is transformed into a natural planetarium with a blanket of stars overhead, and a light show of shooting stars across the sky.
Thought to be the world’s deepest canyon at twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, portions of the Colca Canyon are uniquely habitable, with pre-Colombian terraced fields still supporting agriculture and human life today. In addition to the awesome physical splendor, visitors come to see the unforgettable sight of the gracefully soaring Andean condors at Cruz del Condor.
Pueblito Encantado del Colca is ideally situated ten minutes from the town of Chivay which is a gateway to ancient Andean traditions, mysticism, and religious festivals that few have seen up close. Also nearby is the famous La Calera hot springs. Those feeling more adventurous can explore Arequipa; located three hours away at an altitude of 7,661 feet Arequipa is referred to as the “White City”, as it is almost completely built of white volcanic stone and is Peru’s second largest city.
Aranwa Hotel Resorts & Spas is a growing Lima-based hotel group known for luxury accommodations and service along with an authentic immersion into Peruvian culture and the local destination. The company’s mission is to provide superb hospitality and promote guest wellness and health with state-of-the-art spa treatments and to seek harmony with the environment and appreciate and respect the local culture. Aranwa Hotels & Resorts is a member of Preferred Boutique Hotels, a global brand of independently owned luxury boutique hotels. For more information, please visit: www.aranwahotels.com .
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