The Sacred Valley, 100% Organic
The Sacred Valley has become the principal space for healthy life: restaurants, massages, shopping and more. Christelle recommends a few places with good energy to enjoy in the Valley.
What to eat
Urubamba, Kaïa: A small restaurant with an outside terrace, which combines energy from Buddha, Hindu mandalas and dream catchers. Its decor is colorful and relaxing. In this white and blue house, a daily vegetarian menu is offered, a quinoa or lentil burger and carnivorous options such as turkey falafel are also available. In addition, they have juices and energy shakes made with the coca and spirulina plant. There are games for children in the garden. And for dessert? A warm brownie, passion fruit cake or homemade ice cream.
Visit them: From 20 soles a plate. Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 8:30pm, Sunday until 4pm. Calle Berriozabal 111. Veggie Urubamba.
Yucay, Restaurante Añañau: Yucay is still a quiet, tranquil village, behind its white church with a tiled roof find this restaurant. They are slowly gaining popularity and trying its gourmet restaurant is a must. What´s on the menu? Curry and shrimp quinotto (quinoa risotto), gnocchi in a cheese sauce with huacatay spice or trout. They also have bold pizzas like Pulpo al Olivo or the delicious vegetarian pizza. It also has a beautiful view of the hills and a generous wine list. They offer a set menu with an appetizer, main course and dessert, with a glass of wine for 70 soles. Their chocolate souffle is divine. If you do not want to look further, they also have cozy, like-home rooms to stay in .
Visit them: every day from 12:00 to 9:00pm, 084-201623. Calle Garcilaso 155 Plaza Principal, Yucay. Añañau Peru.
Ollantaytambo, Hearts Café: Sonia, from Europe, who moved to Peru at 76 years old, was a pioneer in opening an organic restaurant in the Valley. The Heart’s Café has been in existence since 2007 and has a strong social commitment, profits are intended for ONG Living Heart (Corazon Viviente), supporting education, health and sustainable agriculture in Andean communities. On the menu: pancakes for breakfast, salads, sandwiches, tacos, lasagna, trout or set menus at lunch with a Peruvian or vegetarian taste. Simple and colorful with a small terrace overlooking the street.
Visit them: Every day. Avenida Ventiderio, Ollantaytambo, 084 204 013. Heart’s Café.
Písac, Kokama: Get a vegan brownie made of 90% pure cocoa and many other natural ingredients to go (Calle Pardo, one block from the plaza). Or if you walk through Ollantaytambo, there awaits a small ChocoMuseo, (Plaza Ruinas) go and taste the deliciousness and indulge yourself. Ideal before boarding the train that takes you to Machu Picchu.
Urubamba, Altuna Leather Creations: Pick up some shoes and leather wallets, uniquely handmade by Felipe. Each piece has a different style. Also Paca Paca Store (below the restaurant of the same name) offers a wide selection of crafts. And Kaia, gaze upon the jewelry with natural stones or shells with silver at Killari´s workshop. The works are handmade with cultural, ancestral and mystical inspirations.
Ollantaytambo, Centro de Tejidos Awamaki: If you don´t want to take many small pieces back with you, look for a finer, well finished and more original piece that supports the nearby communities. Awamaki offers experiential visits to Huilloc and Patacancha, where you can find unique work with lots of identity.
Visit them: Calle Rumi Ñahui s/n, Pilcohuasi, Ollantaytambo, (084) 436744.
Urubamba, Spa Tambo del Inka: The Tambo del Inka is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Valley. But for around 70 soles, you can enjoy a full day at the pool, spa, sauna, jacuzzi and gym from 7am to 10pm. Part of the indoor pool is under the roof, and the other, is an outdoor heated pool. The terrace is spacious and overlooks the river. The Andean chocolate or quinoa facial or the Yucamani stone massage is extra.
Visit them: Avenida Ferrocarril S/N, Urubamba, 084 581 777.
Urubamba, Begonies Botanicals: A brand of organic cosmetics only uses natural essences and avoids harmful agents. They have a range of quinoa, sacha inchi (mountain peanut) or aguaymanto (golden berry) body milks and soaps, facial creams, hand creams and oils in fragrances like avocado or almond.
Visit them: Jr Arica 242, 984 751 791.
Urubamba, Inti Khana, Holistic Center: A new space to forget about your worries and connect with your innersole. They offer purification baths, reflexology, yoga or complete therapies with sounds and bioenergy. There are packages available from noon, using formulas to relax the body and soothe the soul. A true spa with personalized treatment.
Visit them: Carretera Urubamba – Ollantaytambo Nro. 100, 084 201143. Inti Khana.
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