Nestled in a private gated group of condominiums, set in lush gardens, is group of beautiful and inviting private Sacred Valley villas one of which is available to Aracari guests. It has a wonderful configuration and character and style, and offers a relaxing and homely stay in the Sacred Valley.

Located on the edge of the town of Urubamba, the location is perfect for exploring the sites of the Sacred Valley, and catching the train to Machu Picchu from nearby Ollantaytambo. We also recommend the Sacred Valley as the ideal place to start your exploration of the area – its lower altitude means you can comfortably acclimatise before exploring Cusco which is at a higher altitude.

Entering the villa feels like walking into a cosy and inviting home. It is tastefully decorated with an eclectic mix of original Andean art, handicrafts and collectables including traditional hats, ornate ceramics and beautiful colourful tapestries. Everywhere you turn there are interesting features to peruse.

The room configuration is as follows:

  • Sleeps up to 7 people
  • Master bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom
  • Second bedroom with queen-sized bed, balcony with mountain views and en-suite bathroom
  • Third bedroom with a single bed
  • Mezzanine open-plan space with 2 x single beds

In the Sacred Valley villas the master bedroom is spacious and inviting, with bright Andean fabrics on the bed, and an en-suite bathroom. Upstairs features an open-plan mezzanine space with additional single beds. There is a curtain that can be drawn for privacy, perhaps more appropriate for children.

Back downstairs, the focus in the living room is the large traditional fire place, the perfect place to relax with a book in the evening, or gathered around a board game with a cup of muña tea, a type of indigenous mint. The open-plan configuration leads to a brightly coloured kitchen and dining space, where a cook prepares your meals, and serves them up at the large, farm-style dining table.

There are a selection of menu options which can be requested in advance, featuring delicious homemade soups, local trout from the river, a variety of meat options, native Cusco corn, potatoes and quinoa, and fresh salad from the garden.

Breakfast includes tasty quinoa pancakes, eggs, and fresh fruit, and on a sunny morning can be enjoyed al fresco in the garden, with a stunning view of the mountains.

The large communal gardens are beautifully manicured, with benches, swings and a fire pit area modelled on the terraced ruins at Moray – perfect for star-gazing on a clear evening.

The concept of the Sacred Valley villas is a bit like an AirB&B property, where visitors can enjoy the privacy of having their own space. Guests are welcomed by an English-speaking guide, and staff are on-hand to prepare meals, and light the fireplace if requested. However it is not a hotel, and the level of service is not akin to one – for the most part, you’re left to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this unique Andean escape.