There are three major towns in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo Peru; and a wide variety of other villages and localities that you could stay in, depending on the experience you are looking for.
Most people use their Sacred Valley hotel as a base for a couple of day trips. Apart from that, when you get home to your hotel at night there are two major questions that will determine where you want to stay on your Sacred Valley of the Incas tour.
1. Are you looking for an isolated, serene and quiet time, or – are you wanting to experience some of the life of the Sacred Valley?
2. Will you have your own transport, or will you be reliant on the hotel’s transport or drivers?
The hotels located in the villages mean that you can get out and visit the local markets, take your choice of restaurants, and basically feel quite independent.
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The hotels located in more remote places are literally “in the middle of nowhere”. These offer fantastic experiences for walking around the hotel, rest, meditation or reading. In the case of kids, having a big garden or easily accessible walk trails is important. However, once you are at the hotel at night you are “there” and need to eat at their restaurant.
Also, if wifi is important to you – then clarify! Many places only have wifi in their reception and the reception can be spotty.
Specific Pro’s & Con’s Of The Three Main Sacred Valley Towns
Famous for its Sunday market, the Pisaq market now is active every day, though ‘typical’ market days (Tuesday and Sunday) are still frequented by colorfully dressed locals. An interesting independent day trip would be to get transport up to the Pisac ruins and walk down.
Recommended Pisac Hotels
Allpawasi Pisac Lodge – With a free shuttle to the Cusco airport and spectacular mountain views, this lodge is great. Guest rooms are spacious and some include terraces and spa tubs. Check here for current rates to stay at Allpawasi Pisac Lodge.
Pisac Inn – Only a three-minute walk from the main square, this inn also offers free wifi. The Pisac Inn offers family rooms and an on-site restaurant. Check here for current rates to stay at the Pisac Inn.
This sprawling town is the capital of the Sacred Valley Of The Incas. The largest of these three towns and also the most commercial. That said, of the three Sacred Valley places to stay, this provides some of the most authentic experiences because it’s largely unaffected by tourism. It has a number of large 4 and 5-star hotels in its surrounds, plus some of the most beautiful farming land around in the Chichumbamba and Huincho. Most Urubamba hotels are NOT within walking distance of the main town.
Recommended Urubamba Hotels
Sol Y Luna – This hotel is a great 5-star upscale property in Urubamba. Featuring a daily breakfast buffet and two on-site restaurants. Sol Y Luna also offers a Peruvian Paso horse show every day at noon. Check here for current rates to stay at Sol Y Luna.
Wayqey Lodge – This lodge features 3-story villas which are perfect for families. There is an on-site restaurant and spectacular mountain views. Check here for current rates to stay at Wayqey Lodge.
The only remaining village set out according to an Inca Plan, Ollantaytambo certainly has charm, with an Inca Fortress visible from most parts of the village and gorgeous cobblestone streets surrounding the central Plaza. On the other hand, it’s the jumping off point to Machu Picchu! Whatever way someone arrives at Machu Picchu, by road, or train, they have to pass through Ollantaytambo… Any morning of the year the Plaza de Armas is packed full of Inca trail trekkers as they head off on the trip of a lifetime. However, come 5 pm, it got the same sleepy vibe of the other Sacred Valley towns, as a few restaurants remain open and its charm shines through. With lots of artisan stalls and cute restaurants, this is not a bad place to spend a couple of days – if you can avoid – or overlook – the Plaza in the morning!
Recommended Ollantaytambo Hotels
Peru Quechua’s Lodge Ollantaytambo – A modest but gorgeous property. This lodge features a continental breakfast every morning. Quechua’s Lodge is moderately priced and a great option for families. Check here for current rates to stay at Peru Quechua’s Lodge.
Sol Ollantay Hotel – Newly renovated rooms right on the Patacancha River. This property offers many family room options and a daily breakfast buffet. Check here for current rates to stay at Sol Ollantay Hotel.
Other Areas You May Consider
Close to Ollantaytambo, Yanahuara is a tiny village with a couple of great hotels on either side of the road. These hotels are the type that once you are in them, you are there for the night.
Yucay offers the opportunity to stay in a typical Sacred Valley of the Incas village.
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Also, take a look at our post, Best Sacred Valley Family Accommodations.
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