Not much can be said that has not already been said, but just want to make sure there is a recent review. The location is GREAT for hiking; awesome hiking options from the lodge itself while acclimating, and close proximity to the Huascaran National Park is key (do you want to spend 4-6 hours roundtrip in a taxi just to get somewhere for a hike?). The Lake Keushu hike to what feels like the backyard of the Lodge is a great way to start your trip! The lodging provided was perfect, and you can tell that Charlie has really thought it all through and that is what makes it such an enjoyable experience. The food is delicious and plentiful (we had to ask that they reduce what we got for lunch because the breakfast was so much), the staff (Zosi and Luis the chef) were knowledgeable and helpful. It is hard to imagine anything that could make it better... As Charlie will tell you, no one can control the weather but I can say that even during the rainy season we thoroughly enjoyed every day and are happy we made it up there (we needed to get out of the city, and the Lodge hit the spot for for getting refreshed and re-energized for 2021).…
The bottom line is if you are a hiker this is the absolute best place you could stay to experience the Cardillera Blanca Mountain range properly. The owner is awesome, the food is amazing and the hiking is world class! Whether you are a novice hiker or have climbed the highest peaks in the land this is the place for you. The owner Charlie will help layout your hikes day by day in order to get you acclimatized properly and to make sure you experience everything there is to experience in the community. There are also dogs which are very friendly and will definitely want to hang with you during your downtime. This lodge is just epic and I highly recommend you stay here if you are ever in the region.
A highlight of 5 weeks in South American. It is one of those places where you just keep saying WOW! We had breakfast on the lawn each morning under clear blue skies looking at 21,000ft peaks - pictures don’t do them justice; the options for walking are varied in all senses; Lake 69 is truly breathtaking; chill in a hammock in the afternoon with a beer; great food; love the dogs; Charlie is a top bloke; rooms are comfortable and warm. Buses up there from Lima are good (go 180 degree flat bed) and pretty cheap but it is far enough out of the way that the crowds don’t bother making the trip.
Our first stop in Peru and a wonderfully gentle introduction to Peru, altitude, scenery and hospitality. We chose the most expensive room option and in chilly weather enjoyed the bath (once we finally got hot water sorted) and wood burner. The work Charlie has put into making a very special place and in developing walking routes for his visitors is admirable. If you are a walker - go. Spend at least four days here. Treat yourself you won't regret it. And despite the advise on the website consider taking the day bus and staying in Yungay overnight to have an amazing (if long) trip from desert to mountains.
Comfortable lodge in an amazing location. Views to die for. Food excellent, prepared by the resident chef Luis. Owner Charlie knowledgeable about hikes in the area and will gladly assist with routes and ordering transport. If you are considering hiking to Laguna 69 this is a better option than staying in Huaraz. About 45 minutes from the start of the hike. Water from own spring, so no need to bring water. Lodge run off solar power so ladies be aware that there are no hair dryers