Situated within just a couple of hours of Cusco and heading towards Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas was once the agricultural food bowl of the Inca.
The fertile plain is perfect for the cultivation of Inca staples: maize and potatoes.
Today, you will find the region an eclectic mix of market towns, impressive ruins, and a patchwork of rural land flanked by the mighty Andes.
With its Quechua village festivals; famous Pisac market; colonial churches; archaeological remains of towns Urubamba and Ollantaytambo; salt mines of Maras, plus many opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, whitewater rafting in the Urubamba River, or horseback riding, there are plenty of reasons to head out into the Sacred Valley for a day or more.
Set on the banks of the sacred Urubamba River, in the shadow of the Andes, lies Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. This oasis of calm has the feel of an ancient Incan farmstead—staff lend the warmth of a family home while the treasures of the natural world are tangible. In such astounding surroundings, you’ll feel relaxed and revitalized. Little wonder it’s called the Sacred Valley.
Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from the city of Cusco, Tambo del Inka is a favorable spot to reach Machu Picchu – the mystical Inca citadel. This spectacular resort & spa invites you to relax and indulge your senses, offering unparalleled service and limitless opportunities of discovery, and enticing travels around Peru. To ensure a full Peru experience, different adventure, historical and cultural tours may be arranged by the hotel concierge: from a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to kayaking on the impressive Lake Piuray, biking along mountain roads, trekking the marvel of sublime mountains, or observing exotic Peruvian wild birds. Peruvian cuisine can be appreciated in the spectacular Hawa restaurant. It offers a unique opportunity to explore new flavors. Other leisure amenities include the Tambo del Inka spa, fitness center as well as the swimming pool.
At Explora, we introduce our guests to the vast territories of South America through our exploration programs carefully designed to discover our remote destinations. We use our hotels as a base to link people with the surrounding temporal space and the great mysteries of nature. The Explora Valle Sagrado experience includes over 20 different guided hikes and bike rides which take travelers deep into the area’s unique blend of geography, culture and Andean identity.
Explora Valle Sagrado is located within a traditional corn plantation, locked away in one of the valley’s most secluded haciendas, close to both Cusco and Machu Picchu. It is designed in line with its surroundings, generating a dialogue with the high Andean mountains around the valley, as well as the surrounding plantations that are still today being harvested by town people. With a construction based around essential luxuries, travelers can inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions.
A choice of 50 large guest rooms and luxurious suites designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape ensure the traveler deep rest after a long day of exploration. Each accommodation features views to the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley; traditional hacienda décor combined with modern concepts in luxury and comfort; and an en suite bathroom.
Meals at Explora Valle Sagrado have been designed so that guests can always feel strong and lightweight in their different exploration activities. Based on the luxury of our essentials, we offer authentic flavors using first quality ingredients. Our policy is to get the best of all products. Our meals will always be matched by a good wine. We also have a Premium wine list for those who want to taste other alternatives.
Located on one side of the hotel’s corn terraces is the Pumacahua House, a carefully preserved colonial house. Rescued by our restoration and archeology team, it contains the hotel’s spa where guests can enjoy massages, heated swimming pools and saunas.
Surrounded by the mountains, at a short distance from Machu Picchu, Sol y Luna gathers both cultural and natural diversity of this country in an exquisite experience of contrast. The harmony in the environment, eclectic architecture and select Popular Arts, bestow us the character of Peru. Using the products of every local harvest, we offer our guests a delicate gastronomy respecting original flavors and pairing them with the best wines. The aromas and special treatments of Yacu Wasi Spa, the heated swimming pool and separated/heated Jacuzzi including a new outdoor lounge, a fitness center, and gymnasium are the perfect combinations to dissolve the fatigue of the body and mind. After these well-deserved treatments, you will be ready to discover the Quechua country with our tailored excursions on Peruvian Paso horses, the smoothest on the world, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking on the Andes lakes or riding our ATVs. Sharing the magic of the Sacred Valley with our guests enables us to educate local children in need and provide them with a better future at Sol y Luna Intercultural School supported by the hotel.
The most recent addition to the Inkaterra portfolio, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary hacienda-style hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in-between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Immersed in the countryside in a gorgeous area, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba spans approximately 100 acres surrounded by imposing green mountains. All 12 rooms in the Casa Hacienda and 24 stand-alone luxury casitas feature breathtaking views of the valley, immersing guests in open space, serenity and relaxing solitude. Architecture and interiors are inspired on the area’s cultural history, with colonial furniture, authentic Inca masks and handcrafted woodwork that add to the hacienda’s local charm. An Earth to Table concept is operated with a 10-acre organic plantation where guests are welcome to pick their own produce. Carbon-free crops such as quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes are farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen, as done centuries ago.