Hotel Sol y Luna
Sacred Valley, Peru
At a Glance
The restaurant (Relais & Chateaux approved) serves exquisite dishes, sometimes using unusual ingredients, all of which can be paired with fine wines from across the globe (or try an experimental cocktail)
A real favourite amongst staff and guests – this characterful hotel with a real Peruvian flavour is set amidst gorgeous gardens, teeming with birds and butterflies, with a spectacular Andean backdrop
Originally built to fund local projects within the community; the owners also run a school and children's home in the neighbouring area, which guests can make arrangements to visit upon request
All the standalone casitas, with private terraces, are built using locally sourced materials and tastefully decorated with Peruvian artwork and colourful textiles
After an exciting day exploring the Sacred Valley’s many Inca sites, grab your swimming costume and take a dip in the outdoor pool (with amazing views) or book a treatment at the fabulous spa
Numerous adventure activities such as horse-riding (own stables on site), mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, quad-biking, kayaking and rafting can also be arranged onsite
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
April to November is the best time to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. The rainy season is typically from December to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February.
To start planning your holiday to Hotel Sol y Luna
Hotel Sol y Luna is a charming boutique hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens in Peru's magical Sacred Valley. The hotel is located near spectacular Inca ruins and has been built in the local rustic style reflecting the spirit of the Andes.
Hotel Sol y Luna, located just outside Urubamba between the famous market of Pisac and the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, offers the perfect base for exploring one of the most intriguing parts of the Andes.
Hotel Sol y Luna has 43 individual casitas made of adobe, wood and stone to give an authentic Inca feel, with lots of colourful local textiles, handicrafts and Peruvian inspired artwork. All have a private terrace and big modern bathrooms, whilst upgrading to one of the larger premium category casitas will secure you an outdoor hot tub and a living area.
The property is listed in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux portfolio, and guests can expect mouth-watering dishes no matter what time of day. During the afternoon, the Wayra restaurant puts on a delicious barbecue spread and dinners can enjoy a show with Peruvian Paso horses whilst they lunch. The Killa Wasi Restaurant serves Novo Andino cuisine, a distinctive blend of Andean, coastal and international flavours. There is also an exquisite wine cellar where private dining experiences curated by the chef can be arranged.
Additional hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a well-stocked craft shop, and Yacu Wasi spa. The spa features a fully-equipped gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and Spanish bath. A wide selection of spa therapies are offered including facials, wraps and masks, along with newer treatments such as music therapy, and energy therapies such as Reiki. Massages include traditional Swedish massage, shiatsu, aromatherapy and reflexology massages. Classes or personal sessions in yoga and tai chi are also available.
The surrounding countryside is home to fascinating Inca ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray and is an excellent departure point for the awe-inspiring lost city of Machu Picchu. One can also enjoy a range of activities booked at the reception; including horse-riding (the hotel has its own stables and well-trained horses), quad-biking, rafting, kayaking, mountain-biking and paragliding.
Hotel Sol y Luna has 43 casitas made of adobe, wood and stone ranging in size and amenities from the standard casitas to the deluxe and premium casitas. The premium casitas have an outside jacuzzi.
Children are welcomed but there are no specific facilities. There are casitas suitable for families so please do ask our specialists about this.
The Killa Wasi Restaurant serves Novo Andino cuisine, a distinctive blend of Andean, coastal and international flavours. There is also the Chicha Wasi bar. Additional hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, gift shop and Yacu Wasi spa. The spa features a fully-equipped gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and Spanish bath. Classes or personal sessions in yoga and tai chi are also available.
The surrounding countryside is home to fascinating Inca ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray and is an excellent departure point for the awe-inspiring lost city of Machu Picchu. One can also enjoy a range of other activities including horse riding, trekking, rafting, kayaking, quad biking, paragliding and mountain biking.
Danielle Diaz-Myers (Staff)
The most magical property in the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna captures guests the minute you step into the lobby. As you're escorted to your room you are greeted by multi coloured flowers flanking you on each side and a serene environment everywhere you turn. With two restaurants on site, guests have no shortage of dining options. The property is also a great option for bird spotting. Adventures include horse riding, mountain biking quad biking, canoeing and white water rafting.
Katie Aston (Staff)
The Sol y Luna is a delightful property the beautiful gardens are a riot of colour and attract a multitude of birds: hummingbirds flit around and birdsong is the backing track. The casitas are dotted about the garden built of stone, adobe and tiles they blend into the mountainous background and inside are warm and inviting with quirky bright artwork and sculptures by Federico Bauer and rustic wooden furniture. At night those staying in the huge Deluxe and Premier Casitas can relax by their fireplace or soak in their freestanding bathtub. Families can either stay in connecting Deluxe casitas or share one of the duplex Superior casitas. For a small property Sol y Luna offers so much: the Yacu Wasi spa, a library and comfortable lounge and for food there is Wayra popular by day for the spectacular display of Paso Peruvian horses over a pan-Peruvian streetfood lunch and chilled at night and where they often have local entertainment and circus acts in high season. The elegant Killa Wasi restaurant and bar serves light, interesting dishes using the best Andean ingredients.
Mark Beken (Staff)
The setting of the Sol y Luna is sublime, with beautiful gardens overlooked by the Andes, and it felt like a haven of peace. It's a great place to acclimatise if arriving from the coast as it is lower than Cuzco, and consequently warmer, and makes a very pleasant stopover after visiting Machu Picchu, and although the temptation is simply to relax in such glorious surroundings, there are plenty of activities from horse riding and river rafting, as well as Inca market towns and ruins to keep you occupied. The Sol y Luna has recently built some suites, which are probably now the finest accommodation in the Sacred Valley.
Andean Textiles Tour
Peru's brightly coloured textiles are iconic and can be seen throughout the country, each region boasting its own distinctive style. Pay a visit to the Sulca family Textile Gallery and admire the skills of this generations old art form.
Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)
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.
Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas
Enjoy the best of Peruvian cuisine and learn all about delicious local ingredients by visiting a local market in Cuzco and joining a bespoke cooking class (prepare 4 delicious dishes) at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
Cuzco Off-Road Mountain Biking
Peru offers some of the best mountain biking down-hills in the world. Using a mix of rarely used dirt roads, ancient Inca Trails and smooth mule tracks enjoy an action packed off-road adventure outside of Cuzco.
Cuzco Walking Tour - Half Day
Explore the magical city of Cuzco on foot with a local guide visiting the highlights from Qoricancha Temple, known as the heart of the Inca Empire, as well as local markets, where you can shop for fine silver, ceramics and famed alpaca crafts.
Family Inflatable Canoeing Urubamba
White-water rafting & inflatable canoeing are fun sports, suitable for pretty much any one. No experience is needed to take part in this great day out to a beautiful section of the Urubamba River.
The Pinipampa section is class I-II outside of Cuzco.
Full Day Highlights of the Sacred Valley with Wayra Lunch
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.
Horse Trek to Huchuy Qosqo
A fantastic one day horse trek climbing high into the Andes to experience huge views, local farming techniques and some rarely visited Inca ruins - a real wilderness treat for riders looking to get off the beaten track.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - 360°
Boasting expansive panoramic windows and an outdoor observation carriage, the 360° carriage on Inca Rail is all about the views, and the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey by train to Machu Picchu through Peru's Urubamba Valley.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The First Class Train
Travel to Machu Picchu in total comfort on the Inca Rail First-Class service, enjoying views from the large picture windows and outdoor balcony as you pass through stunning landscapes in the Urubamba Valley.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The Private Train
The Private Inca Rail journey to Machu Picchu allows guests to travel in comfort, relaxing in the plush lounge chairs and soaking in the valley views along the way to this iconic ancient citadel. A private carriage is reserved exclusively for your party.
Km 104 trek to Machu Picchu
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.
Lares - Alternative Inca Trail
The Lares Trail to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative to the busy Inca Trail for those who want to get off the beaten track and experience authentic Andean communities surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes. No permits required.
Paraglide over the Sacred Valley
Soar through the skies of the Sacred Valley on an unforgettable tandem flight. Soak in the serenity and breath-taking views from the highest point in the valley for an experience of a lifetime.
Private Tour of Machu Picchu with lunch
On arrival at Aguas Calientes train station you will be met by your guide and assisted with boarding the 30 minute bus journey to the ruins. You will be able to take lunch before meeting your guide again to start your tour.
Rafting the Source of The Amazon
Raft one of the world's top ten rafting rivers, the 3000 metre deep Granite Canyon of the Rio Apurimac. This 3-day mini-expedition is quite extraordinary, and an adventure lover's dream come true.
Sacred Valley Horse Riding & Pisac
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.
Stand-Up-Paddle & Cycling adventure
Enjoy the sport of stand-up paddle boarding on the emerald Lake Huaypo before mountain biking to the agricultural terraces of Moray and the glistening salt pans of Maras. An adrenaline fuelled day exploring some of the highlights of the Sacred Valley.
Trek to Choquequirao
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.
Urubamba White-Water Rafting
Anyone looking for a fun and adventurous day out from Cuzco or Sacred Valley should try this superb white-water rafting trip, which takes guests down a beautiful section of the Urubamba River - suitable for almost all ages and abilities.
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Location & directions
Sacred Valley, Peru
Hotel Sol y Luna is 1km from the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley and approximately 2-hours train ride away from Machu Picchu.
How to get there
13-hour flight from London to Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 15-minute domestic flight to Cuzco (overnight in Lima usually required). Hotel Sol y Luna is a 1.5-hour car transfer from Cuzco.
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