Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru
Rio Sagrado is beautifully located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas overlooking the Urubamba River. Only a few kilometres from the town of Urubamba and 15 minutes from Ollantaytambo train station, it's an ideal place to stay before continuing on to Machu Picchu. Natural materials have been used in the construction of the property, highlighting the ecological awareness the hotel promotes.
The 21 rooms, junior suites and two villas are furnished to an excellent standard, all with private terraces overlooking the river, heated flooring in the bathroom, a fully stocked mini bar, a telephone and an iPod dock, with loaded iPods available on loan. Wi-Fi access is provided across the hotel.
The property has an exclusive feel about it, and it is proud of the local and international food it serves at its El Huerto restaurant. There is a lovely spa providing a range of treatments, as well as a heated outdoor pool which is perfect for the summer months. Additional excursions such as horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing and town walks can be organised by the hotel. You can also arrange a tour of the gardens with the hotel's head gardener, who will tell you all about the plant and animal species you can find in the area.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
During your day of exploration, you visit the colourful local market in the town of Chinchero. This is one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, and you will be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress all buying and selling their produce.
The trail takes you through small hamlets and affords stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac below. The trail climbs steadily to a pass at 4200m, beyond which you will descend to a beautiful canyon, where a picnic lunch is served.
A trek from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, arriving at the Inti Punku Sun Gate for an unforgettable view of Machu Picchu.
Visit the Maras salt pans, the experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and the remnants of Ollantaytambo, once an important Inca administrative centre.
This incredibly scenic ride starts in the Andean highlands around Chinchero (3727m) and ends beside the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You cycle amid traditional Andean communities where the way of life has changed very little since the Spanish arrived nearly 500 years ago.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colourful Indian market, with its wide variety of textiles and ceramics.
Today will take you above Cuzco to the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River to raft on class III-IV rapids. Here the river is much cleaner and more fun than in the lower sections, and no previous experience is necessary.