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Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley
Why we like it
- Set on the banks of the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Take a tour with the hotel's head gardener to learn about the unique flora and fauna in the area
- Indulge in traditional treatments in the Spa May Wilka
- Activities on offer include a shaman ceremony, horseriding and rafting
- Excellent base for exploring Mach Picchu
Sample a Pachamancha –dating back to the Inca empire this traditional cooking method uses hot stones in a pit to cook marinated meat and vegetables.
I arrived with the sun blazing down and the clouds and mist lifting from Machu Picchu. It was a truly magical moment. And then there was Percy, my guide. What a delightful, interesting, knowledgeable and expert guide. It really was a pleasure to be with him. I really couldn't have asked for a better guide and team. This was one of the best treks I have ever done.
- DR, London
Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel enjoys a privileged location overlooking the Urubamba River in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With ten deluxe terrace rooms and eleven junior suites with riverfront terraces. Two large villas with three bedrooms are the perfect retreat for a family or group of friends travelling together. The accommodation is spread out over the grounds and are decorated with warm hues and natural materials of rock and wood. Dining is sophisticated at the El Huerto Restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine, El Bar del Huerto over looks the Urubamba River and is the perfect place to savour a cocktail on the outside terrace shaded by capuli trees, El Jardin uses the best locally sourced ingredients and is the ideal spot to have a light lunch by the river.
Best time to be there
Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.
Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid
GMT -5 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.
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