Relax in the Valley of the Incas

Cuzco

Between excursions, it’s nice to find a refuge where you can put up your feet, enjoy the surrounding scenery and just take a breather. We’ve found a place like that in Urubamba, the Sacred Valley.

We’ve already said it in this blog, but it’s worth repeating: Travelers should spend more time in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The best itinerary when going in search of the legacy of the Incas is:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Cusco on an early flight and direct transfer to the Sacred Valley.
  • Day 2: Explore Pisac, Chincheros, Moray, Maras (Night in the Sacred Valley)
  • Day 3: Visit Ollantaytambo in the morning and take a train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).
  • Day 4: Set aside the whole day to explore Machu Picchu (the Inca fortress opens at 6.00 a.m. and closes at 5.00 p.m.; take a return train to Ollantaytambo and a taxi to Cusco. You’ll arrive tired but the beauty of the Main Square at night will soon make you forget your tiredness. (Night in Cusco.)
  • Days 5, 6, 7… Explore Cusco. For that, there’s never enough time.

This itinerary enables travelers to become accustomed to the altitude, because the Sacred Valley lies below 3000 meters. You can then face the 3500 meter altitude of the city of Cusco. And, most importantly, you’ll have time to fully appreciate the beauty of the green valley and its surrounding mountains.

There are lodges throughout the Sacred Valley or rural houses, as we have already mentioned. Today we’d like to recommend another place: Casa Andina Premium Valle.

Casitas del Casa Andina Premium Valle- Photo: Christelle Bittner

Casitas del Casa Andina Premium Valle- Photo: Christelle Bittner

Casa Andina is one of Peru’s most renowned quality hotel chains, aimed at upscale travelers and businesspeople. The Casa Andina Premium Valle offers food for the soul. It has the appearance of a little village, composed of 91 rooms. These little houses are one and two floor structures, with adobe and stone walls that harmonize with the surroundings. There are extensive green areas, play areas on the lawns for children, and hammocks for listening to the sounds of nature in comfort.

Andean Cottage Exterior-Photo: Christelle Bittner

Andean Cottage Exterior-Photo: Christelle Bittner

We found ourselves staying in the so-called Andean Cottages, a single floor villa divided into two Junior Suite rooms. Families can hire both Suites. The Andean Cottage suites are ideal for couples. The beds are big and supplied with an incredible number of cushions. The rooms have a terrace surrounded by trees to guard the privacy of all guests. And the real attraction is the bathroom; the bathrooms have a big tub, an independent shower and lavatory. But in addition they also have another shower outside, with plenty of hot water. This is an unforgettable experience; as you stand under this shower with views of the mountains, you’ll find yourself filled with all the energy of this wonderful setting.

And we must also mention the buffet breakfast, which is extremely well served. The Alma Viva restaurant offers classic a-la-carte dishes or sandwiches, all at reasonable prices, and there is also a planetarium and sauna-Jacuzzi area that can be hired for S/.80 Peruvian soles an hour. The only question is: Will you want to go out?

You can continue searching for more tips on this blog from your cottage: recently they installed free Wi-Fi in all the Casa Andina hotels!

  • Junior Suite at Andean Cottage with open air shower: from USD 190 (there are 12)
  • Suite Imperial at Andean Cottage with open air tub: from USD 300 (there’s just 1)

Reservations are accepted via the e-mail VIAJES@casa-andina.com or by telephone: (51-1) 2139718. Offers are available for those booking and paying in advance.