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
We were on an Avalon Tour and the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba was a substitute for Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel.
Best hotel of our entire tour:
Golf cart ride to & from the main building. Wonderful dinner (order off the menu & breakfast buffet included. Our room was huge with king bed with free bathroom slippers. Huge bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rack, lots of towels & washcloths, 2 bottles of water, bath amenities.A small porch that faced the sunset.
The attention to detail of this hotel is amazing from the facilities to the staffing, they never missed a beat. The rooms are huge, the food was top notch and the spa experience was one of the best I have ever had
We loved staying here, the room was quirky, with high ceilings and it had a lovely bathroom and access directly to the outside. It's a wonderful location with mountain views and lots of birds. Really helpful friendly staff and the restaurant here is fabulous, great food and service.