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 preserves the authenticity of Peruvian highlands. It is ideal for family vacations, offering various activities in the Valley and its surroundings, which are perfectly designed to assist you with the process of acclimatization. These allow the discovery of ancient traditions on the Andean farm and emphasize the history, traditions, nature and charm of the Sacred Valley. The Valley’s good weather and beautiful scenery, picturesque villages, folk arts and crafts and friendly local people, reflect the authenticity of Peru that travellers come searching for. The valley is also a paradise for ecofriendly adventure sports such as trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking and rafting. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is located in the Town Center of Huayoccari, Huayllabamba district, province of Urubamba. It is located at km 62 of the Cusco-Urubamba-Pisac-Calca Highway. The rooms draw on local materials and design. There is daily housekeeping, an in-room iPad, and lots of other amenities. There is even a 2,000+ sq ft duplex suite. All the rooms have panoramic views. There is a dining room and bar, and early in 2016 the hotel will add a spa. Eco-touches You can get involved in the farm surrounding the hotel, which is “managed solely using traditional tools such as “tacllas”, Andean foot ploughs and oxen”.
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 […]