- 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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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019