Refuges in the Sacred Valley
Turn off your cell phone, disconnect yourself and enjoy! We recommend three secret places where you can enjoy, independently or as part of a group, the dolce vita in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Capilla Lodge, Urubamba
Just outside the town, around 15 minutes away by motorcycle taxi, you will find this small country hotel with a chapel at the entrance. With its adobe buildings and red-tiled roofs, it looks like a little village. This is a lodge with a family-run atmosphere. The rooms are cozy and traditional. The best feature is the view of the garden from the large window with its bright blue frame: guests can spend hours in the garden’s hammocks, surrounded by flowers and hummingbirds, listening to the sounds of nature. The hotel offers guests healthy home cooked meals and can help you choose from a series of half-day or full-day walks, organized directly by the lodge. Christophe, who is from France, and his Peruvian wife who has spent much of her life in the UK, found their own perfect refuge here.
Double rooms are available from US$55 dollars. They have double, twin and family rooms. And if you’re traveling in a group the hotel also offers the Casa Vieja for five persons, including a kitchen and access to all the hotel’s services. They also have a house for six persons in Yanahuara.
Rumichaca Km 72, Carretera Ollantaytambo, Urubamba. Telephone: 084 434 627 / Web: thegreenhouseperu.com
The Green House, Calca
This luxurious B&B (Bed and Breakfast) has just 4 rooms and is located outside the town. It is situated in the small community of Huaran, around 20 minutes from Pisac. One of the most recommended walks in the area ends at the Arin waterfall, surrounded by nature with no one else around. The houses are built from natural materials and are elegantly decorated with many small details that help create a real connection between visitors and the Sacred Valley. The rooms are spacious, charming and extremely welcoming. Kelly left New York in search of a refuge among these mountains. She now works as an expert in holistic health and practices Reiki. She lives in the same house her guests stay in.
Double rooms are available from US$115 dollars. They have 4 B&B single and triple rooms. And if you’re traveling in a group check out the Green House Villas option, which makes available 3 elegant furnished country houses able to accommodate up to 6 guests. They have 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and fireplace. thegreenhousevillas.com
Route Pisac-Ollantaytambo Km 56.8, Huaran-Calca. Telephone: 941 299 944 / Web: thegreenhouseperu.com
Nunu Boutique Hotel, Lamay
The charm of this hotel lies in the careful decoration of each room, with its many folkloric details, including traditional weavings, cushions and colorful tapestries. The sheets are so soft you won’t want to get out of bed in the mornings. Each room provides the setting for a special journey. One room is devoted to music lovers; others will transport you into the world of seamstresses, shoemakers or cooks. Javier has taken the time to find these secondhand treasures in the Baratillo market in Cusco. The hotel is composed of a group of houses arranged in a semicircle and surrounded by lawns.
Lamay, just 15 minutes from Pisac, is the starting point (or destination) for walks that include a visit to the ruins of Huchuy Qosco. This is an incredible hike we have described here. Don’t worry, you’ll find that the breakfast consisting of Andean cereals and homemade bread will give you all the energy you’ll need. Double rooms are available from US$120 dollars.
And if you’re traveling in a group they have 3 double rooms and 3 family rooms with king size bed and 2 additional beds.
Carretera Pisac-Urubamba, Km 41.5. Telephone: 981 203 001 / Web: nunuboutiquehotel.com