Hands down the funkiest hotel you'll find in Peru, this old hacienda is perched on a hill up above Cajamarca -- a taxi ride or long trek from downtown. It proclaims itself a "refugio ecológico"; it could just as easily be called a "refugio funkadelico." The seven unique rooms overflow with an oddball, rustic sense of style; some are like caves carved out of the rock. The whole place slides down the hill with unexpected niches, tight stone stairways, peculiar spaces, and great views from the gardens. Clearly, this isn't for everyone, and it could use a little updating in linens and bedding. Rooms have wood-beam ceilings and skylights for views of the moon and stars. Room C has a round bed under the skylight. Others have headboards carved right into the stone walls. There is also a group room, where guests stay dorm-style in bunk beds -- perfect for trekking groups. For families, there's an apartment. On-site is a little chapel.
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- Recommended 2010