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Andes Lodge is located in the unspoilt village of Yanama, just twenty minutes from the start of the well-known Santa Cruz trek and one hour from beautiful glacial lakes such Llanganuco, Lake 69 and Lake Ulta. Guests can experience life in a traditional Andean community and explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the lodge. Whether you want a relaxing break or are looking for something more active - walking, biking or climbing - Yanama can provide it.
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Ilets wrote a review May 2019
SF / P30 contributions18 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here for two nights. This is a charming place, a comfortable place, and a window on village life. We had a good room, quiet, warm, comfortable bed and a view of the Andes. There are also several good day hikes right from the front door.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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JWK57 wrote a review Jan 2019
Monster, The Netherlands16 contributions1 helpful vote
The Andes Lodge Peru in Yanama is an excellent place to stay for a few days, do some hikes (for instance: Quebrada Ulta) and enjoy the view on the surrounding mountains from the roof terrace or from your bedroom. Food is good and the couple that is running the guesthouse are very friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Odd_Meter wrote a review Nov 2018
New York544 contributions235 helpful votes
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Wow, what mountains! The drive from Yungay to Andes Peru Lodge is stupendous … up into Parque Nacional Huascaran (S./ 30 each entrance fee), through a narrow canyon surrounded by the tallest mountains in Peru (up to 22,000 ft), past the beautiful Lagunas de Llanganuco then the trailhead to Laguna 69 and up the 32 switchbacks to Paso Portachuelo at 15,640 ft … then down the equally scenic but milder 32 km into Yanama (11,100 ft) and the Callejon de Conchucos. We left Yungay at 10:30, took a hour and a half walk and picnic lunch at Chinancocha, many photo stops, and arrived in Yanama about 17:15. I knew from investigation on Google Maps where the hotel was, and had communicated with Deysi a number of times in the lead up to our trip, but couldn't find clear signage on the street. It’s about halfway down the block on the right, across from an unfinished building. Luckily Deysi’s father was just taking Hope the dog out for a walk and pointed out where we needed to go. Pablo, Deysi’s husband, opened the gate into the enclosed yard and we drove in and parked there. Deysi and Pablo made us right at home, got us installed in our room on the second floor that was very nice (matrimonial room with private bathroom, full board) … it was very roomy if a bit plain, with a big comfortable bed, nice bathroom (with plenty of hot water in the shower!), and windows facing west towards the mountains. We got beers and went up to the roof terrace to watch the sunset. There are great views of Chakrarahu, which from this angle looks very sharp like the Matterhorn, and surrounding mountains. To the south is Contrahierbas, another giant mountain, somewhat closer. After sunset we went down to eat in the main room … chicken legs and potatoes, very tasty. The dinner the second night was a bit of a disappointment to me ... spaghetti. I like spaghetti at home, but traveling prefer local dishes and local flavors. There is so much to do in this area. We only spent two nights at Andes Resort Lodge, and therefore one full day to explore, but there were many hiking activities to choose from. We decided to hike up to the Refugio Contrahierbas, then a little above it to the fascinating recreation of the pre-Incan ruin of Quisaur (by the artisans of Don Bosco), then down a bit to the actual ruins. Although you can walk from town, we drove our car up the Acochaca-Yanama road to the trailhead at -9.034528°, -77.465223° (12,100 ft), then hiked up the well-traveled and well-marked trail past Quechua shepherds, past the turn off to Sahuan Punku, another pre-Incan hilltop ruin, past the pampa Mamanhuchanga and up to the Refugio (also built by Don Bosco artisans) at 13,360 ft. The Refugio wasn’t open yet (late May), so we had a picnic lunch in the sun with awesome views all around and incredibly peaceful vibe. After lunch, we hiked a little further to the Quisaur replica buildings at -9.054994°, -77.477484°, then northwest across the slope to the actual pre-Incan ruins. All deserted, ancient and peaceful. After this we hiked back down past the shepherds and happened to see a newborn lamb, about 15 minutes old, still covered with goop and barely able to stand, but protected by a little sheepdog and with the mother nearby. We got back to the hotel about 16:00, where Deysi set me up with a hose to wash our car that was filthy from the dusty dirt roads. And after this, we got beers and sat on the roof terrace again to watch the beautiful sunset. However, there are many other things to see there, for example: * Ulta Lake, Shanoj waterfall, and Punta Yanayacu – trailhead is back up the road towards Yungay a little ways at -9.041928°, -77.491651°. If you hike all the way to Punta Yanayacu it’ll be about 12 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of 4,600 ft. If you stop at the lakes, maybe 2,100 ft. * Laguna Pag Pag – this will be the valley that branches off to the right above Shanoj waterfall, so you start the same as Ulta Lake, but shortly after starting take a right up the hill to get above Shanoj, then continue along that valley past the Pag Pag waterfall to Pag Pag Lake, close under Chopicalqui. Not sure of the distance, but similar to Ulta Lake. * Hike up to Mirador de Huayllan, the high hill directly above town, with a great view of the Cordillera Blanca. * Mirador Runtujirca … drive up to the top of the Acochaca-Yanama road, take a left at the T, shortly where the road crests the ridge there will be a short path on your right to the hilltop with great views (-9.043911°, -77.445450°) * Laguna Ruricocha – this would be a bit of a drive to the trailhead: drive up to the top of the Acochaca-Yanama road, take a right at the T like you’re going to Acochaca, and drive down to a big turn in the road at -9.072786°, -77.440803°. The trail goes right up the valley, about 6.5 miles round trip and 2,000 ft elevation gain. I learned about these things in advance through a PDF document available on scribd named “inventario_turistico_yanama”. However, in general information was quite difficult to come by. Deysi knows the area and could fill in details, as well as other things to do from a cultural perspective, like the Chalhuá cooperative back up the road, or things in Yanama. Deysi's English was good, much better than our rudimentary Spanish. Breakfasts were simple but good, with fresh eggs, good coffee (served very strong, pour in hot milk liberally), cheese, fruit and so forth. Packed picnic lunch was also good with plenty to eat. We had our laundry done while we were at the Andes Lodge Peru (S/. 8.00 per kilo), which was very handy. After our stay, we drove out over the Acochaca-Yanama road to Chavin de Huantar. Deysi said this was a good road, and it was a good road in the sense that there were no washouts and only two nasty detours, but otherwise it was pretty rough, except for the good paved road exists between Cajay and Chavin. She estimated 5.5 hours to Chavin, but we left at 8:00 and didn’t pull in to Chavin until 15:45, too late for the museum but just in time to see the ruins (last entrance at 16:00). There was a 60 minute delay due to road work just outside of Chavin, so about 7 hours driving over very rough roads between Yanama and Chavin. However … very beautiful land! That will stick in my memory. The Callejon de Conchucos on the west side of the Cordillera Blanca is much rougher and more off the beaten path than the Callejon de Huaylas on the east side, but well worth the adventure.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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alaskantravelnut wrote a review Oct 2016
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This is a great lodge run by a wonderful couple, Esperanza and Zacharias. It is a clean, comfortable lodge with spectacular views. It is very reasonably priced. The home cooked meals are terrific. Yanama is a three and a half hour ride over a rough road from Yungay but more than worth it. The road goes through a national park, the heart of the Cordillera Blanca, with incredible mountain scenery. The town of Yanama has at most two thousand residents. It's a sleepy and very friendly little town. There are plenty of scenic day hikes in the area. We stayed two nights and did not see another tourist while we were there. Internet and phone service are hard to come by, if that's important to you. Highly recommend a visit to Yanama and a stay at the Andes Peru Lodge. Really great.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Response from andeslodgeperu, Gerente at Andes Lodge Peru
Responded 7 Feb 2017
A warm greeting from the family of Andes Lodge Peru, thank you for your kind words for our lodge and our town of Yanama. We are delighted to welcome you and meet your expectations. Thank you for staying at Andes Lodge Peru, during your visit to Peru.
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AmootiNMB wrote a review Jul 2016
Lima, Peru5 contributions4 helpful votes
Andes Lodge in Yanama is a lovely guesthouse which is clean, bright and well located in the village. The views of Contrahierbas mountain are fantastic and there are some amazing walking options right from the door. Yanama is very peaceful and is a good option for any mountain lovers though the journey from Yungay is quite long (but very beautiful). However, the best thing about Andes Lodge is the owners. I do not speak much Spanish but they still managed to make us feel very much at home. The food prepared at the lodge is excellent. Home made, healthy and hearty meals with a mix of traditional Andean dishes and more European influenced options. Meanwhile, they constantly helped us with advice, ideas and just general conversation. As such, we felt very well looked after and really enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Andes Lodge Peru?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Andes Lodge Peru?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.