You will be very welcome in our Home Stay Llahuar, at the bottom of the Colca Canyon, we gonna share with you our stories, traditions, you will became part of our family, you can participate in our activities like fishing, pick up fruits or any local activities.
This place is ideal for those who enjoy the nature and like to have adventures and fun in a clean, happy and secure environment. Is perfect to scape completely from the stress of the cities. We have great location in the meddle of the huge mountains with Pre-Incas terraces ,at the join of two rivers Colca and Huaruro. We are also close to the stoning Huaruro Waterfall (80 mts)
We are just totally privileged with our hot springs next to the river 36 -38 Celcius, and all the camping areas, where you can seat, and enjoy the amazing views of the Canyon.
How to get to our Home Stay Llahuar from Cabanaconde?
From the main plaza in Cabanaconde, facing the church, take the way that is behind you, the street next to the municipality of Cabanaconde and walk about 10 minutes west through the village until you reach the bullring. Follow the path around the left side of the bullring. After 5 more minutes you will see a lookout point perched on the edge of the canyon. Then just follow the main path, sometimes you will find zig-zag down, cross the Colca River and follow the road uphill until you come to a pathway leading to the left. Then you will find an other bridge, cross the Huaruro River, so 5 minutes more you will see the entrance to Llahuar Lodge. Recognize Us for the hot springs. Most people will take 3 to 5 hours from Cabanaconde to Llahuar.
BY YOUR OWN CAR: (4x4, Minivan, Renault)
In Cabanaconde take the opposite way to Chivay, you will find tree division on the way, always take the right side. When you will cross the first bridge you will find the last division so only this time take the left side. At the end of the route you will see a parking place. Then just walk 20 minutes to the (website hidden) usually take from 1:15 h to 1:40 h.
BY 4X4 (available):
We have 4x4 available from Cabanaconde- Llahuar, one way is S/200.00 and round trip S/360.00. Capacity from 1 to 6 paxs. The price is for the hold group, and is fixed in Peruvian soles.
BY LOCAL CAR:
There is also a local truck which goes from the main square in Cabanaconde at 6:00 am. It goes every Monday, Wenesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It takes 2 hours down, and the cost is S/10.00 soles per person.
Home Stay Llahuar , A place to discover!!!
In the end we did not stay there for the location was different from the location which was shown by Airbnb. It would have meant a busnride of 6 hours from Arequipa where we just arrived after a 15 hour bus ride from Lima. So please advertise with the correct location on the Airbnb map...
Llahuar is located in a beautiful area in the bottom of the canyon next to a rocky but swimmable river. The weather was hot during the day (30C) and chilly at night (13C) in early August. We spent our two nights in two different cabins so we could be closer to the main kitchen space and bathrooms on the second night. Both cabins were nice, although each (we looked at a bunch) is slightly different in style, mattress type, lighting, flooring (most have dirt floors), etc. Check a few out before choosing where to spend the night. They are rustic but clean, and bugs weren't a problem.
The hot spring pools are perfect for relaxing after the long hike, and are situated right next to the river, allowing for a quick dip in the river to cool off before jumping back into the thermal pools (the hottest was about 41C).
The food was excellent! Be sure to eat their home-cooked meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all great, with generous helpings. Extra snacks for purchase were limited though, so if you're planning to continue trekking for a few days afterward, bring snacks from Cabanaconde or ask the kitchen to make hard-boiled eggs for the road.
The kitchen and other staff were extremely friendly and helpful, ready to accomodate our request to change rooms and even made pancakes with margarine instead of butter upon request so that I (dairy allergy) could enjoy the pancake breakfast.
Of note: the trek in the canyon is difficult, and seems to take everyone at least 3.5 hours on the way down, and 4.5 on the way up. We'd suggest you start early (before 7am)- the sun makes the trek difficult in the middle of the day. Llahuar is absolutely worth the hike, but we would have loved to stay even longer to take advantage of the space, food, and recharge a bit more before hiking back out of the canyon.