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 had chosen this hotel for the Sacred Valley part of our tour, and when we finally arrived (it is 90+ minutes from Cusco and some way off the beaten track down a dirt road, and not well signposted) we were really pleased with our choice. The common parts were lovely, full of interesting antiques, and the staff genuinely helpful. Having booked in we were taken to our cabana, which was amazing. It was detached, but with only a short walk to the main building, which also contained some accommodation. The room was extremely well equipped and comfortable, with perhaps the best bathroom of all the hotels we stayed in in Peru. It was also the only hotel to have tea and coffee facilities in the room. We loved it.
It was our great regret that due to the farmers strike, which resulted in our planned train to Machu Picchu being cancelled, we had to get a train a day earlier than originally booked, so lost a day at this superb place. Breakfast was excellent, service quiet and efficient, and food tasty, but we did not stay for an evening meal, so cannot comment further on the restaurant.
The website of the hotel shows plenty of pictures that make the hotel look beautiful, and upon arriving you will not be disappointed. A truly beautiful hotel in an incredible part of the world. Also the added bonus of being quite a bit lower than Cusco (though still at altitude), so anyone struggling with altitude sickness will find it a bit easier to cope in the valley than in Cusco itself.
it is really about relaxing and taking in the view, and no doubt recovering from the many excursions that you can take exploring the surrounding area. The hotel runs a number of their own activities as well which take advantage of the incredible scenery that surrounds them. You can go on a bird spotting walk, or also take in an evening walk where you look at the stars that are clearly visible in a sky that is amazing due to a lack of light pollution.
Compared with a number of hotels that I stays in during a couple of weeks in Peru the food in the hotel was a little bit more expensive (by Peru standards). However, the food was very good, but keep in mind the you will probably need three courses as this is more fine dining than large plates of food. Breakfast is very good, and you will not get tired of the views that you will see as you eat your way through what is a comprehensive selection of breakfast options.
Staff and service is excellent and they will do all that they can to make your stay a pleasant one. Would be more than happy to recommend, but remember that the hotel is quite isolated (one of its positives for many), so is probably suited to a 3 night stay at most whilst discovering The Sacred Valley.
Stunning hotel and location. We had one of the casitas - huge room and bathroom. Wood burning stove, blankets, hot water bottles filled for you (we didn't need them really!). Excellent breakfast - Eggs Benedict with smoked trout. Thought the dinner menu was overpriced for what you had - minimalist portion size so somewhat disappointing. Bar snacks much better - fabulous fish finger sandwich Peruvian style.
This hotel is nestled in between mountains in the sacred valley. It’s a bit of a journey to get there along a dirt track but it’s completely worth it. We stayed in one of the rooms in the main hotel (there are also some lodges on the grounds for guests). The whole place is stunning- our room had a patio with chairs and it was so peaceful sitting outside and watching the light fade. The rooms were very well equipped including an amazing (and huge!) bathroom. The door wasn’t particularly well sound proofed, but the hotel quietens down early so this wasn’t an issue. It’s a little way out from the nearest town / village so we opted to eat in the main restaurant both nights- food was expensive (on a par with mid to high range British prices) but very tasty. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back here again.
Amazing hotel, amazing location.
Stunning hotel in one of the nicer parts of the Sacred Valley, stunning views down into the valley with equally fabulous views of the mountains behind. We had a ground floor room with its own little patio, with cumpfy chairs and blankets with a vista to die for. Rooms are very large, with huge bed and open fire place. Large bathroom with separate toilet and large walk in shower.
Cannot rate this hotel highly enough, we really didn't want to leave.