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 beautiful hotel, a little bit of luxury in the heart of sacred valley. My only disappointment was that I travelled with vegetarians. Now in any restaurant - my view is vegetarians should choose if to eat there. But this hotel has a single restaurant with a limited menu - and a complete monopoly on where to eat - no other choices. There was a variety of starters, but when we asked if the chef could help create something extra off menu - we were given very short shrift. Which is a shame - as I really wanted these two nights to be highlight of my holiday.
This hotel is a little bit out-of-the-way but it sure is worth staying here. It’s really interesting there’s no front desk to check in and check out it’s all done around tables and chairs and makes the checkin experience very personable. Another unusual thing is that there are no prices on the menus. I had the alpaca tenderloins and it tasted really good. A lot like pork. My wife and I were babied and pampered and taken very good care of. When they turn down the beds they even put hot water bags inside the sheets and it was so wonderful to get into a warm bed. Such a peaceful and quiet place with a beautiful view of the mountains. My only wish is that we could’ve stayed another night and more time.
Stayed for 3 nights. Such a beautiful hotel in an amazingly scenic valley. Exceptional service and quality. Great food and comfortable rooms. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily return. Thank you!