- Superb Inca Fortress and hillside terraces
- Pretty, landscaped gardens
- Modest, comfortable accommodation
- Perfect base before or after Inca Trail
Hotel Pakaritampu is a charming and comfortable guest house that serves as an ideal base for anyone wishing to make the iconic trek to the magical and ancient Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. This simple property is located in the pretty town of Ollantaytambo at the very heart of Peru’s Sacred Valley, a stunningly beautiful mountain region in the Andean highlands that was once the centre of the mighty Inca Empire. Nowadays, the valley is known for its spectacular natural scenery and its collection of beautifully preserved ruins and colonial-era buildings, not to mention the vibrant local communities where traditional ways of life continue to this day. The hotel is surrounded by well-landscaped gardens and it’s possible to explore picturesque Ollantaytambo, with its Inca-era grid of cobblestoned streets, traditional adobe buildings and babbling irrigation channels, on foot. The town is known in particular for the ruins of a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces which stretch up the hillside above the small town. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy from the hotel ranging from mountain biking to horse riding, rafting or visiting local markets and towns, archaeological ruins, or even a pretty waterfall surrounded by traditional Inca buildings.
The hotel room categories range from Standard Rooms, to Superior Rooms and Suites, with various configurations available. All of the rooms come with amenities such as a TV with cable channels, a safe and a hairdryer. Toiletries and drinking water are provided free of charge, and extra bedding can be provided on request. For families, the larger Suite is recommended, as it has both a twin room and a double room, along with separate living and dining areas.
The restaurant, Mijuna Wasi, serves food all day from a menu which offers a range of both local Andean and international dishes. Breakfast is served buffet-style, while lunch and dinner can be chosen from the buffet, or a la carte. Guests can request in-room dining for breakfast and packed lunches are available for those spending the day out exploring.
The hotel provides the perfect base for those wishing to hike the iconic Inca Trail. Some twenty-six miles in length, this highly rewarding trail passes through breath-taking mountain scenery, lush cloud forests and fascinating ancient ruins and culminates with a visit to the ancient and awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu. Widely regarded as one of the best treks in the world, it takes four days to complete, though there are shorter routes available for those with less time on their hands.
- Stunning location in mountains
- Planetarium on site for star gazing
- Gym, spa, sauna
- Trekking, Inca ruins, white water rafting
- Luxury base in stunning Sacred Valley
- 43 charming stone 'casitas' with views
- Spa, pool, gym, biking, kayaking, riding
- Horse shows, pottery workshops
- Contemporary, hacienda-style hotel
- Scenic mountainside location
- Eco-friendly & committed to local culture
- Hikes, farm visits, twilight excursions, birding
- Lovely gardens and pool
- Various dining options
- Museum, art gallery, movie theater and library
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We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Holiday has been a huge success and we have thoroughly enjoyed it all, such a wonderful experience. Many thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Leona
Leona L reviewing Family Holiday: Inca Trail and Amazon on 18 August 2023