Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
What We Love
- Picking produce (artichokes, purple corn) from the 10-acre organic farm onsite
- Cocktail hour inside the property’s wine cave
- Stargazing from the oversize leather chairs on the lodge’s terrace
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Located right between the Peruvian capital and Machu Picchu, this hotel is the perfect stopping point to help with the acclimatization process
- For an unforgettable experience, visit the onsite chicheria and learn how to brew local corn beer
- The staff can arrange for guided tours of the neighboring Inca villages and trails, included in the rate
- Bring layers of clothing—temperatures can dip significantly after sundown
Burrowed in Peru’s verdant Sacred Valley, this sprawling property spans 100 acres with a lodge inspired by Andean and Spanish sensibilities where, inside, you’ll find an artful mix of antique tapestries, Incan masks, and rustic woodwork. Guests are invited to foster genuine connections with the surrounding highlands through guided hilltop hikes, excursions to nearby weaving villages—the Andes’ significant alpaca population makes this a popular local trade—and visits to spiritual services conducted in Quechua, the ancient language of the region. For those who prefer a slower pace, bird-watching (there are 30 species on the lodge grounds) and llama cart rides are also available. Ultimately, it’s an unpretentious and relaxed resting place for trekkers and adrenaline-junkies, eager to raft, rock climb and explore the neighboring Incan citadels.
You’ll experience unmatched solitude in all 12 rooms and 24 standalone casitas—which both earn bonus points for heated floors and complimentary mini-bars—though our vote would be on the latter. Decked with eucalyptus furniture and a wood-burning stove, each of the bungalow-style accommodations also has a private lounging area perfect for reclining and staring out at the lofty Andean peaks.
No matter what’s on the menu, your farm-fresh, locally-inspired meal—grilled trout from nearby Pumahuanca Valley and quinoa pancakes from the lodge’s own chacra (veggie garden)—will always be accompanied by a side of dramatic mountain views, thanks to the dining room’s floor-to-ceiling, wraparound windows.
Though the hotel is an hour and a half’s drive from Cusco, visitors stopping here on their way back from Machu Picchu typically take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. From here, the lodge can organize a ground transfer.
How to Get There
This is a very classy hotel. It is set in the glorious Sacred Valley. It's a perfect spot for recharging batteries between treks - in our case after Machu Pichu. We particularly liked the guided walk and the restaurant was first class. As it is quite isolated (from a town, restaurants etc) and would really benefit from installing a spa and pool.
Set in the Sacred Valley at the base of a mountain, it is so picturesque.
The rooms are huge with lovely views.
It is a long way from the main road so meals need to be taken in the hotel - The bar menu was more varied than the restaurant one.
What lets the hotel down is the staff.
On arrival we were told about all the excursions around the grounds which were available, to be promptly told they were all booked up. Waiting staff are slow to take orders and at breakfast we had to ask 3 times for a cup of tea, they seemed to forget as soon as they had taken an order.
The breakfast buffet was a bit limited with not much choice.
With better trained staff this could be a fantastic place.
This hotel is absolutely beautiful, the rooms, the views, the food; all 5-star. The menu is varied and all dishes were excellent. The room was comfortable and the bathroom was magnificent! This is definitely a place where I would return and stay as long as possible.
We enjoyed everything about this hotel. The service was wonderful, including turn down with hot water bottles. The wake up views were inspiring. The meals were tremendous. I was able to try my first guinea pig dish. Consider going out on the twilight walk, the star viewing will be memorable.
Some positives...The actual hotel is beautiful, decorated in a a Peruvian lodge style, surrounded on all sides by mountains. The food (breakfast and dinner) were fantastic and the restaurant staff were very good!
And the negatives....The checkin experience left much to be wanted. We were greeted by staff who seemed completely disinterested in being there and just running through the paces. We stayed in one of the casitas behind the main hotel. It was also not up to the standard we expected having stayed at the Inkaterra Casona in Cusco and other 5 star hotels on our journey through South America. The actual villa was nice, but not what you would expect for the price point - the amenities were standard and the room quite dark, not to mention that we had lukewarm water for the whole stay. The staff assured us they had never experienced the problem before and tried to fix it multiple times. Needless to say, not what you expect when paying so much for 2 nights stay.
It's probably one of the better options near Urubamba, but just felt overpriced for the level of service/amenities on offer, and compared to other places we stayed on our trip.