Villa Urubamba Lodge: Sacred Valley Lodge, Peru by Rocio del Rosario
I must share with you the impact that Urubamba had on me the first time I had visited this extraordinary and magical place. I have traveled around our beautiful planet for 15 years of my life, constantly on the move, seeking the "light" and encountering many people in my travels that were on a similar path.
My husband, Juan, and I have frequented mystical places in the world in parts of Asia, Sedona, and we have born witness to the most spectacular vistas and landscapes that in themselves were religious experiences. But when we finally arrived in Urubamba, there was an unmistakable feeling that we had found something special. It had an aura of peace and tranquility, a vibration so elevated that it filled our senses and permeated every pore. I was so moved by the experience that I found myself overcome with emotion.
"If ever I settled down in one place in my life and chose a place to rest from my journeys, it would be here. We must return to this Valley!", I told my husband. Well the Universe had listened, responded, and here I am in beautiful Urubamba.
Urubamba, the name of the town as well as of a river, is at the centre of the "Valle Sagrado de los Incas" (Sacred Valley of the Incas), 2,800 metres above sea level and 300 metres below Cusco city. It is a valley that is dotted with archeological ruins and is an interesting town in it own right. The Incas originally chose it for its extremely fertile soils, extreme beauty and abundant fresh water, supplied by the majestic glaciers that surround Urubamba Valley.
Our guest lodge, the Villa Urubamba Lodge, is strategically located at the epicenter of all the attractions in the valley. As our vision was to build a structure that would not harm the environment, our lodge is built with organic materials such as adobe bricks, wood and clay. The architecture style of our lodge is villa style with a rustic décor which hints at the Paracas Culture in its use of hand woven textiles and red floor tiling. The high ceilings feature sky lights so that our guests can gaze at the star encrusted skies at night. The generous fireplace, when lit, gives added warmth and the opportunity for ones thoughts to become liberated and soar.
All 16 rooms at the lodge have views of either the majestic surroundings or our lush gardens, complete with a tranquil waterfall. Our rooms have ensuite bathrooms and King sized beds with sumptuous silk/cotton sheets, "polar fleece" bed spreads and feather and down quilts for warmth. Our guests are welcomed to each of their rooms with a beautiful bouquet of native flowers, a basket of fruit, and chocolate truffles on their bedspread. The bathrooms have shower facilities with hot and cold water at good pressure. Bathtubs and jacuzzi's will become available by November '09.
In the mornings, the scent of freshly ground coffee permeates the Villa Urubamba Lodge. The magnificent mountain range, field of flowers and the sound of birds invite our guests to wake up to the start of a brand new day. Our restaurant and café, which can seat up to 40 guests, offers Novo Andina, International and Creole cuisine. Our lavish breakfast buffet invites our guests to taste homemade granola with native cereals such as Kiwicha, Quinoa, Maca, Andean breads and cheeses. Our chef prepares a variety of vegetarian meals for those that do not eat meat. Both a la carte and buffet menus are available, depending on the size of the party.
Our lodge is the ideal venue for small weddings, retreats, art exhibitions and seminars. Meditation, tai chi and yoga classes are also offered at our lodge in a tranquil room that we have called "The Octagon".
Our lodge also promotes agrotourism, which is a mild form of sustainable tourist development in rural areas where the visitor has the opportunity to get acquainted with agricultural areas, agricultural occupations, local products and traditions, as well as showing respect for the environment. We personally accompany our guests on their visits to local craftsmen, where one can learn the ancient art of pottery and textile weaving. Workshops are available, depending on time and length of stay.
We offer free transport for up to 4 people to and from our lodge and the nearby rail station of Ollantaytambo, where the trains take you to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
I hope this has given you an insight into our very special refuge, the Villa Urubamba Lodge. We invite you to stay and turn your visit to Urubamba into a cultural, social and spiritual experience, whether doing yoga in a complete atmosphere of peace or visiting our local markets and archeological sites. We guarantee that your visit with us will be special and unforgettable.
Stopping by Urubamba on the way to Cusco and Machu Picchu is a sensible plan, as its mild climate and pure air gives the traveler the chance to acclimatize before ascending to higher altitudes. This lessens the chances of getting altitude sickness and guarantees that your journey will not end before you've even started.
Published Rates: Villa Urubamba
Single Room rate - US$80 per night
Double Room rate - US$90 per night
Triple Room rate - US$120 per night
Family rate - US$150 per night
(Credit Card facilities welcome)
- Wi-Fi internet
- Hairdryer on request
- Safe for all valuables
- Room service
- Impressive remains at Ollantaytambo
- Machu Picchu
- Pisaq market and remains
- Plaza de Armas in town of Urubamba
- Maras Saltpans, still very much in use after centuries.
The Villa Urubamba Lodge
Rocio and Juan del Rosario
Valle Sagrado de los Incas
Camino Real s/n Rumichaca baja
Urubamba, Cusco, Peru
Tel. +51 (84) 205133
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