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Urubamba

Urubamba (Peru)

Practical information about Urubamba

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Archaeological Site
  • Handicraft
4 / 5 - 7 reviews
How to get there
1 and a half hours by bus from Cusco
When to go
From March to December
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Urubamba

Travel writer
129 travel articles

Urubamba is definitely a place you should stop during a tour of the Sacred Valley if you are interested in Inca history. 

My suggestion:
You should visit the Pablo Seminario art centre. He is a well known artist from this region of Peru who produces high quality ceramics. If you are looking for local crafts then the region is well-known for its brightly coloured textiles.  
Summary:

In my opinion, all the villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas have a special charm and are worth a visit. Urubamba is bathed in an enchanting setting. It is in a strategic position at the foot of the winding river Urubamba, opposite the snow topped mountain of Chicon and deep in the green valley of the Incas.

Urubamba is a place to meet people and talk to them. In fact, while there I met lots of travellers who, like me, had set off to explore Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This wonder of the world is 2 and a half hours from Urubamba, a Peruvian trip that I recommend you to do by train as the scenery is breathtaking.

In addition, as the town is about 2,800 metres above sea level you don't get the unpleasant effects of altitude sickness to the same degree as elsewhere in the valley. Another advantage that is not to be sniffed at is that the temperature is more reasonable. 

Urubamba village
View of Urubamba village in the Sacred Valley
Silvana Vignati Traveller
Summary:
Saturday midday, I am heading to the Sacred Valley, to discover this new option of Multi-style baking show experience, surrounded by this luxury but countryside style hotel with the best location for resting a bit after highlights as Pisac Ruins, Market, before continuing to Ollantaytambo town. The whole experience takes 3 hours where you can taste delicious Pachamanca (Peruvian dish cook with hot stones buried on the soil) with a unique flavor. Just to smell it my mouth was watering :) The place is called: 5 fuegos, which means 5 fires because of the 5 different ways to cook the buffet served in special rustic pottery for the guests who help themselves. I strongly recommend visiting this spot located within Tambo del Inka hotel, where the staff will warmly greet you, plus, you can walk around the whole place to see the bio-garden from where they take ingredients for the preparation of these delicious dishes... Please contact me for further info Silvana, your local advisor! .
Travel writer
181 travel articles

A little crossroads town located in the Sacred Valley, between Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

My suggestion:
Note to those travelling on a decent budget: wellness-style eco lodges and luxury resorts predominate in this area. Take full advantage of them!
Summary:

The advantage of taking a tour of the Sacred Valley when visiting Peru is that you'll be amazed by whichever town or village you happen to end up at. And when it comes to choosing where to stay, Urubamba constitutes a nice option. This is especially true for those in search of peace and tranquillity. I spent a bit of time living in Cusco and Urubamba was one of my favourite places to stay when I used to come to spend the weekend in the area in order to explore the surrounding area. However, Urubamba is not a particularly interesting place to visit for half a day, especially if you're pressed for time.

The main advantage the town offers is that it lies at the point where several roads meet, and these roads lead to various culturally interesting sites such as Maras, Moray, Chinchero and Huchuy Qosco. The town also has plenty to offer hikers: the area contains a multitude of lakes as well as a large number of both short and long distance walks, along which there are some simply wonderful views to be had. Ah … the Andes! Urubamba is also an important centre for adventure tourism (hang-gliding, white-water rafting, etc.), though I didn't actually try any of these myself.

Something else that may inspire you to visit the area is the fact that a significant number of New Age philosophy types have moved here, attracted by the particular energy and atmosphere of the place. Namaste!

View over the valley
Urubamba
Silvana Vignati Traveller
Summary:
Saturday midday, I am heading to the Sacred Valley, to discover this new option of Multi-style baking show experience, surrounded by this luxury but countryside style hotel with the best location for resting a bit after highlights as Pisac Ruins, Market, before continuing to Ollantaytambo town. The whole experience takes 3 hours where you can taste delicious Pachamanca (Peruvian dish cook with hot stones buried on the soil) with a unique flavor. Just to smell it my mouth was watering, lol. The place is called: 5 fuegos, which means 5 fires because of the 5 different ways to cook the buffet served in special rustic pottery for the guests who help themselves. I strongly recommend visiting this spot located within Tambo del Inka hotel, where the staff will warmly greet you, plus, you can walk around the whole place to see the bio-garden from where they take ingredients for the preparation of these delicious dishes... Please contact me for further info Silvana, your local advisor :)
Silvana Vignati Traveller
Summary:
Saturday midday, I am heading to the Sacred Valley, to discover this new option of Multi-style baking show experience, surrounded by this luxury but countryside style hotel with the best location for resting a bit after highlights as Pisac Ruins, Market, before continuing to Ollantaytambo town. The whole experience takes 3 hours where you can taste delicious Pachamanca (Peruvian dish cook with hot stones buried on the soil) with a unique flavor. Just to smell it my mouth was watering :) The place is called: 5 fuegos, which means 5 fires because of the 5 different ways to cook the buffet served in special rustic pottery for the guests who help themselves. I strongly recommend visiting this spot located within Tambo del Inka hotel, where the staff will warmly greet you, plus, you can walk around the whole place to see the bio-garden from where they take ingredients for the preparation of these delicious dishes... Please contact me for further info Silvana, your local advisor!
Silvana Vignati Traveller
Summary:
Saturday midday, I am heading to the Sacred Valley, to discover this new option of Multi-style baking show experience, surrounded by this luxury but countryside style hotel with the best location for resting a bit after highlights as Pisac Ruins, Market, before continuing to Ollantaytambo town. The whole experience takes 3 hours where you can taste delicious Pachamanca (Peruvian dish cook with hot stones buried on the soil) with a unique flavor. Just to smell it my mouth was watering, lol. The place is called: 5 fuegos, which means 5 fires because of the 5 different ways to cook the buffet served in special rustic pottery for the guests who help themselves. I strongly recommend visiting this spot located within Tambo del Inka hotel, where the staff will warmly greet you, plus, you can walk around the whole place to see the bio-garden from where they take ingredients for the preparation of these delicious dishes, yummy! Please contact me for further info Silvana, your local advisor!
Silvana Vignati Traveller
Summary:
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