This is a very nice place to stay if one happens to be in the area, but it is not a destination in itself unless one loves horses. We stayed here because we drove the mountainous dirt road from the Elqui Valley over to the Limari Valley and Los Andes was the closest available lodging. By the way, that road is a beautiful drive, but allow plenty of time and use a vehicle with high ground clearance (the carabinero at the checkpoint on the Limari side said the road was "impassable"). Los Andes is another German managed place (there are many in Chile) and everything was handled efficiently. Emails were answered promptly and completely. Reservations were were made without difficulty and special requests were handled without problem. I would say that the staff was friendly, if not warm. The rooms are comfortable, but basic. It got cold at night; no heat was provided, but there were enough blankets to stay cozy. Everything was clean. We had dinner (a set menu) and it was delicious, as were the pisco sours. Breakfast was the standard buffet and more than adequate. The grounds are ample and beautiful and apt for walking around. But it was obvious that the true reason to come here is to ride horses. We did not have time to do so, but the animals looked fit and lovingly cared for. I think the staff probably preferred tending to the horses than the guests (I'm only half kidding). Anyway, if you happen to be in the vecinity, don't hesitate to stay here and if horse riding is your thing, by all means come here. Only one warning: the price tag for horse rides was quite stiff.
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