Hotel la Xalca
Hotel Xalca is a mid-range colonial-style hotel in the centre of Chachapoyas in the Peruvian Andes.
Chachapoyas lies off the radar for most visitors to Peru, though this charming little highland town, a launching pad for trips to the ruined fortress at Kuelap, is worth a visit in its own right. This new, central hotel has been constructed to blend with the Spanish colonial style of the streets around the main plaza, with whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, wooden balconies and a central courtyard.
The guest rooms are spacious and bright, with an unfussy business-like décor. Some face others the street, with large windows, and others the courtyard (a little darker but quieter). There’s a breakfast room – dinners are on request but there are restaurants within walking distance.
What our clients say
We had a private tour, which we think was the best way to do this sort of trip. Although we had only 9 days in Peru in the Cuzco area, we managed to cover an extensive amount of material in depth and the whole trip was unforgettable. The local organisation was superb - punctual, knowledgeable, reliable, etc.PS, Reading
Most Memorable Moment?: Arriving at Machu Pichu - seen the photographs could not believe actually there.CM, Bradford-on-avon
Most Memorable Moment?: Machu Pichu probably the best experience but the train journey there was amazing (and unexpectedly so).TA, Edinburgh
The whole holiday was memorable and the flow and way it had been planned was excellent - we had a build up that allowed us to visit other parts of Peru, acclimatise and take in the history, culture and natural scenery before capping it off with the Inca trail and Machu Picchu!AB, Reading
Most Memorable Moment?: Cusco - such a great atmosphere with so much history.MH, Manchester
Machu Picchu was the most memorable part of the trip. The rain forest was fun. We loved the Andean Express train journey too.MdlATS, London
Our expert's view
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
A pretty little hotel a short distance from the main square and some good restaurants. It’s a good base from which to explore the little town of Chachapoyas and the hotel itself is simple yet cosy with a lovely indoor courtyard area.
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