- Contemporary, hacienda-style hotel
- Scenic mountainside location
- Eco-friendly & committed to local culture
- Hikes, farm visits, twilight excursions, birding
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a stylish and contemporary lodge fashioned after a Spanish-era hacienda. It’s the newest addition to Inkaterra’s already impressive portfolio of eco-friendly Peruvian properties. Set high in the Peruvian Andes, the lodge is perched on a mountainside overlooking the verdant floor of the Sacred Valley, a vast area home to an abundance of Inca ruins, traditional villages and rugged mountain landscapes. Windows here are especially large and wide so as to enable guests to make the most of the spectacular views of the surrounding area.
There are a total of 36 rooms, all with plenty of space and creature comforts. Of the accommodation options, 12 are rooms and suites, while the remaining 24 are ‘casitas’, detached mini-houses that afford guests an extra level of peace and privacy. All types of accommodation come with a private terrace and are decorated with a selection of custom-made furniture and locally produced textiles. Exposed wooden ceiling beams, fireplaces and hand-woven blankets give the rooms a rustic and authentic feel. Rooms and communal spaces are themed in tribute to the local culture and heritage; all sorts of fittings and furnishings such as conquistador armour, handcrafted pieces of woodwork, Inca masks and fabrics that were made over 1,000 years ago are dotted around the property.
The lodge’s vast grounds cover some 100 acres, filled with all sorts of plants and vegetation. Guests are encouraged to pick their own produce at the lodge’s organic farm which chefs will then happily prepare for the evening meals. These vegetables, herbs, potatoes and other foods are grown in a very traditional way, with farmers using oxen and hand tools, eschewing more modern methods of cultivation. Buffet breakfast is served daily, with lunch and dinner featuring a selection of more localised dishes inspired by the area’s rich culinary traditions and history.
The many activities on offer comprise group visits to an ecological farm, hiking along one of the valley’s many trails, and birdwatching expeditions. A number of alternative excursions are also available for an extra fee. Of course, guests are free to explore the area’s wealth of attractions in their own time as well.
While the lodge does welcome children, it doesn’t provide any amenities or services specifically for youngsters. To this end, the property might be best suited to families with older children with a love of nature and who are keen and able to participate in hikes and excursions.
- Lovely gardens and pool
- Various dining options
- Museum, art gallery, movie theater and library
- Breath-taking mountainside setting
- Multiple excursions available
- Back-to-basics philosophy
- Swimming pool, sauna, spa treatments
- Luxury base in stunning Sacred Valley
- 43 charming stone 'casitas' with views
- Spa, pool, gym, biking, kayaking, riding
- Horse shows, pottery workshops
- Stunning location in mountains
- Planetarium on site for star gazing
- Gym, spa, sauna
- Trekking, Inca ruins, white water rafting
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
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