The Sacred Valley's location and altitude result in two seasons, rainy and dry. The rainy season typically lasts from November to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February. The best time to visit Cuzco and the Sacred Valley is during April to October.
Set amid the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Aranwa is a first-class wellness retreat for those looking for relaxation, built around a restored 17th century hacienda along the banks of the Vilcanota River close to Machu Picchu.
This is a charming and spacious resort in the Sacred Valley. At its centre is a restored 17th century hacienda surrounded by beautiful gardens, pretty waterways, the original Catholic chapel, an art gallery and museum, the extensive spa, outdoor swimming pool, wild llamas and peacocks. The accommodation is dotted throughout the resort and includes both rooms and suites offering a range of décor ranging from classic colonial to sleek and contemporary. There is a range of dining options with an emphasis on healthy eating and the spa offers a comprehensive range of treatments and wellness programmes depending on your needs. Aranwa Sacred Valley is just 30-minutes from Cusco city and 30-minutes from Ollantaytambo Station where trains take 90-minutes to reach Aguas Calinetes for Machu Picchu.
There are 101 rooms and suites spread across the resort. These range from Deluxe Rooms offering en-suite spacious modern and comfortable accommodation with floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony or terrace, to Colonial Rooms offering traditional period charm and the sleek contemporary style of the River Suites. Lake Suites and the Presidential Suite offer lavish self-contained living for up to six guests with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living and dining rooms. Standard amenities include heating, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, LCD TV, safe, minibar, Jacuzzi bath, robes and slippers.
Guests can enjoy modern Andean cuisine in the sophisticated Pakawi Gourmet Restaurant or lighter fare at the Rikhuna, which overlooks the chapel and mountains. All guests receive complimentary breakfast buffet and there is also a cocktail and sushi bar. The spa is one of the largest and most comprehensive in South America and offers a wide range of wellness programmes and beauty treatments. Other facilities include an art gallery, museum displaying the historic furniture and artefacts from the original building, a cinema, library and orchid-filled glass pyramid.
Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour to the local village of Chinchero renowned for its archaeological site and colourful market (best on Sunday), the Inca terraces of Moray and the astounding salt pans of Maras.
Wonderful full day private excursion to the village of Pisac home to its colourful Indian market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch in Urubamba, followed by a visit to the impressive Inca town and fortress of Ollantaytambo.
With a second day entry to Machu Picchu you can climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) for the classic bird's eye view over Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
Reach the iconic ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on the one-day KM104 trek, taking in the final portion of the Classic Inca Trail without the need to camp overnight. On arrival, soak in spectacular views over the Inca ruins and the dramatic valley below.
Enjoy an unforgettable horse ride in the Sacred Valley (all abilities welcome) combined with a visit to the local market, Inca Ruins of Pisac and lunch. The Sol y Luna horses are Peruvian Paso horses, which are unique to Peru and truly wonderful to ride.
Head way-off the beaten track and be one of the few adventurers to visit the incredible site of Choquequirao, dramatically located on a promontory above the roaring Apurimac River, on a five-day challenging mule-supported hike.
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