Sacred Valley

North west of Cusco, the Urubamba Valley – aka The Sacred Valley of the Incas – stretches for around 60 miles (100 km) through rugged slopes. It is lined with villages, and framed by Cusco and Machu Picchu, and was one of the holiest places for the Incas. You can take a one-day bus tour, but it’s worth committing to a few days of relaxed scenic wonder.

Ways you can help in Sacred Valley

The traditional way of cooking in Peruvian homes is over an open fire, which has three major problems: 1. The fires are unsafe and result in many burns, especially with young children running around; 2. The fires cause respiratory problems because there is no outlet for the smoke; and 3. They are hugely inefficient and […]

Villagers in the communities in the Sacred Valley build their homes through the concept of “ayni” (cooperation between community members). If one family needs a house, they request help of other community members and reciprocate later on with the same number of hours/days granted to them.  They continue building their houses by themselves and you can get […]

You can share in the daily activities of villagers in the Sacred Valley, such as doing farm chores, helping out with the animals, knitting and weaving, learning about traditional healing with medicinal plants, and assisting with the harvest if you are there at the right time. This is very much ‘soft volunteering’ where the emphasis […]

Accommodation in Sacred Valley

Tambo del Inka is by far the most lavish place to stay in the Sacred Valley. This 128-room hotel is all triple-height ceilings, towering stone chimneys, and colorful Peruvian weavings. On offer are captivating Andes mountain and river views, even from your bathtub, and heated swimming pools. The Euro-Peruvian food at Hawa (“heaven”), the fine-dining […]

There are certain hotels that have you plotting a return from the moment you arrive. Places that make you feel so welcome and so at ease that you want everyone you love to stay there. Sol y Luna is such a place. Situated in Peru’s scenic Sacred Valley, surrounded by majestic Andean mountains, Sol y […]

One of the best luxury options in the historic Sacred Valley of the Incas, this hotel lies on the banks of the Urubamba River. The rooms, villas and suites all enjoy a sprinkling of Inca crafts, and the El Huerto restaurant is a destination dining experience in itself.

New for 2015, built as a traditional “Peruvian casa hacienda”, Inkaterra Urubamba has just 12 rooms, but another 24 “boutique casitas” will be added soon. The hotel has a design inspired by the architecture of the Cusco region, with an interior design inspired by local materials. A luxurious Andean environment proper of the Inkaterra spirit […]

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