Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba: The Experience

Located in Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru

The majestic peaks surrounding Peru’s Sacred Valley create a natural playground for nature enthusiasts, and with an extensive network of trails on and around the property, there is no shortage of hiking and birding opportunities. These mountains are also home to vibrant Quechua communities—people thought to be direct descendants of the Inca—and the lodge gives guests a direct link to the traditions of these vibrant cultures. Take part in a ceremony honoring Andean gods, make your own batch of chicha, and go stargazing with an expert in Inca astrology before returning to the hacienda to enjoy a dinner of upscale Peruvian fare, best washed down with a pisco sour.

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Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Ecological Farm

Visit the lodge’s ecological farm, operated under the Inkaterra Asociación’s Andean Farm Project. Learn about the organic cultivation of local crops, as well as their uses and natural properties.

Chicha de Jora

Make your own batch of chicha de jora, a local corn beer. Use traditional preparation techniques to harvest, grind, and ferment the corn, and then try a glass of the finished product.

Twilight Walk

Take a walk through the foothills surrounding the lodge at sunset, learning about the importance of astronomy in the Andean world while stargazing with an expert guide.

Huasi Challa Trail

Tackle the Huasi Challa trail, climbing across an Andean hillside while taking in spectacular views over the town of Huayoccari.

Birding

Explore the trails around the lodge with binoculars in hand and seek out the colorful bird species that live in the valley. Look for sparkling violetears, colorful Andean and mitred parakeets, and the bearded mountaineer.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Inkariy Museum

Learn about pre-Columbian Peru at this fascinating museum, where archaeological artifacts and life-size displays depict the customs and cultures of eight distinct Inca and pre-Inca ethnic groups.

Yanacocha Lagoon Trail

Hike for three hours across changing mountain landscapes to the Yanacocha lagoon, taking in the area’s beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

Pachamama or Pay the Earth Ceremony

Join local people in giving thanks to the Andean gods at this ancient ritual performed by a shaman.

Private Excursions

Guests have the option of hiring a private guide for any of the above-listed activities. Private excursions are available with guides who speak English, Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese.

Food and Drink

The lodge is home to an impressive ten-acre carbon-free farm, where a plethora of produce is cultivated and harvested using traditional hand tools and oxen—methods used by Sacred Valley farmers for centuries. Guests are invited to pick their own produce, including native crops such as giant corn, artichokes, potatoes, and quinoa. The kitchen then uses these organic ingredients in the preparation of gourmet meals, infusing them with a blend of local and international flavors. Dishes like smoked paiche, for example, are dressed in an Andean mint sauce; and guinea pig, a Peruvian staple, is prepared in a ragu and layered within a corn pie. With a large selection of macerated piscos to choose from, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour. 

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