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
The hotel is set in in hills in a quiet isolated location, so no walking into town, though really no need to. Check in was informative with explanation of amenities and services while we enjoyed a complimentary juice drink and suitcases were delivered to room. Our room was in the main lodge, while the individual casitas were nestled in the hillside, which could require a climb. Room was spacious with big, comfortable, couch, round table with two chairs, bedside lighting and ample closet space. Also included were TV, honor bar, safe and large umbrellas. The tiled bathroom had a blow dryer, make-up mirror, heated towel racks and loads of towels. Complimentary woven slippers were presented as a gift. Turn down services offered chocolates and hot water bottles for the bed. Breakfast: light continental breakfast with fruit, fresh squeezed juice, smoked trout, cheese, meats with the included option to order a hot dish off the menu which included a variety of egg dishes, pancakes and French toast.
Afternoon Tea: Complimentary in the lobby with various types of tea and assortment of marvelous cookies . Enjoyed the treat after a day of sightseeing
Bar: Large seating area with fireplace and view of the mountains; great area to relax with complimentary pisco sour. Bar menu available to order appetizers.
Dinner: Professional, friendly service. Nice wine list. A wide selection of starters, entrees, ample portions, high quality ingredients, nicely plated.
Would give six stars and would absolutely return!
Wow. What an amazing hotel. Tucked away and secluded, the Hacienda Urubamba was our most favorite hotel during our stay in Peru. The restaurant is impeccable and the staff are incredibly accommodating. We stayed for two days and enjoyed the daily views of the mountains and our own private terrace. We also enjoyed the spa, which was one of the best experiences were ever had. You get to pick your own aromas straight from the garden. We also sat in the jacuzzi looking at the night sky all while drinking local juices. We were sad to leave, but will most definitely recommend this hotel to everyone traveling through the Sacred Valley.
Beautiful. Great Service. Chef very accommodating for special dietary needs. Wonderful and very comfortable lodge areas and bar. Excellent rooms. Shower stalls could have been warmer and WC more private from the rest of the Hacienda. There were plumbing issues which were not resolved as quickly as they should have been. But, all in all, it doesn't get any better than this. Superb experience.
We stayed at Inkaterra Hacienda for 3 nights, and this was by far, our most comfortable and peaceful stay on our 6 week self guided trip through Peru. A great base to visit many sites within a 1 hr drive. i.e Salinas De Maras, Chequerec & Chinchero
Fantastic views from your hillside villa, and a relaxing day spa to pamper yourself, if required.
This was sheer unashamed luxury but not at all showy. There must have been a squadron of Feng Shui grand masters to design the buildings, then place the furniture, textiles and objects. Perfection. The lodges are huge, come with fresh flowers, complimentary slippers and very high quality toiletries. I conditioned my hair twice just because the conditioner was so lovely. The views are stunning, the staff are charming and cannot help you enough, there is both a welcome drink and a free pisco sour!
There are humming birds, parakeets, pet llamas and lung busting hikes for even more views. The we come to the restaurant: fine dining at its finest with produce sourced from the hotel's own organic farm. Heavenly, with an excellent wine selection. I was falling asleep with jet lag but where better to nod off than in a divine triple chocolate mousse. Bread at dinner and breakfast is warm and a variety of types / flavours.
I could not fault anything even if I tried really hard. It is the perfect property for the Sacred Valley, so true to the ethos of the site. One of the best ever.