High in the Peruvian Andes, a verdant valley cuts a pathway between Cusco and Machu Picchu. This is the Sacred Valley of the Inca, once the heartland of the Inca Empire, and still shrouded in the mysteries of their great civilization. Perched on a slope overlooking the valley floor, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba reflects the region’s Andean and Spanish-colonial influences, capturing the essence of a destination with many cultural layers. Guests are often first struck by the lodge’s spectacular vistas, but once you start exploring the slopes, it becomes apparent that this is much more than a mountain hideaway. Each excursion provides cultural insights into the storied Sacred Valley—opportunities to uncover the secrets of the Inca and the vibrant traditions of their descendants.
Many visitors to the Peruvian Andes treat the Sacred Valley as the road to Machu Picchu, and some bypass it altogether by boarding a train in Cusco bound for the legendary Inca citadel. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba helps tell a different part of the Inca story: one of life in the empire’s heartland. Guests can spend time in local farming communities and attend spiritual services to hear Quechua, the language of the Inca; walk through the surrounding hills to see evidence of Inca agriculture and architecture; and sit on the lodge terrace to gaze at the same celestial bodies that inspired the building of Inca temples. Here, traces of the empire are everywhere, and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba strives to help guests discover them.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic Expedition. At Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, National Geographic guests are invited to learn the secrets of chicha de jora, or corn beer. Join a naturalist in the lodge's on-site Chicha House for a hands-on lesson in brewing this popular local drink.
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