A luxury stay in Peru’s Urubamba valley

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A bedroom at Sol y Luna.
Inside the Yacu Wasi spa.

The lodge, on a 20,000-square-meter plot, has 28 bungalows, four especially for families. There is a luxury area with 10 junior suites and five luxury suites, 120 square meters each with their private terrace and jacuzzi. The bungalows and suites are surrounded by fairy tale gardens filled with flowers, fruit trees and birds. It is a layout that provides the guest privacy and harmony.

Sol y Luna bungalows have the perfect combination of good taste and modern Peruvian crafts. The junior and luxury suites are each decorated with a different theme and filled with pieces from artist and muralist Federico Bauer. The bathrooms of the luxury Suites have a bathtub, Spanish shower and fine marble tiles.

The houses are in perfect harmony with the gardens, the terraces, the furniture and the decor match the surrounding nature with exquisite taste.

Yacu Wasi Spa

House of Water in Quechua, Sol y Luna’s spa has beautiful stained-glass windows where you can find a fitness room, wet and dry sauna, a big jacuzzi and different wellness treatments like several types of massage, manicure and pedicure and facial and body treatments. Details such as flowers, aromatic scents and herbal infusions are chosen carefully for the guests of the spa. Massages and facial treatments are delightful in that environment.

Restaurant Killa Wasi

Close to the main entrance, at the left side of the lobby are located the bar Chicha Wasi and the restaurant Killa Wasi. Chicha is a local beverage made of fermented corn or strawberries and killa means moon in quechua. At the bar you can taste different types of cocktails and play cards with the family or check your e-mail.

The restaurant is an experience in its own. Its menu is inspired by local products and made by chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino (of Malabar in Lima) and resident chef Nacho Selis. Almost 90 percent of the products are bought in the local markets or provided by organic farms owned by local people and trained by the hotel Sol y Luna.

In the menu you can find creative dishes using alpaca, pastas and fish, all with local products, like  airampo, a pink seed to color pasta, wheat and vegetables.

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The alpaca dish at Killa Wasi. click to enlarge

Some dishes at Killa Wasi

Potato carpaccio
Fingerling potatoes cooked slowly in olive oil, sliced and dressed with a chilli pepper and alpaca jerky vinaigrette.

Cusco-style hen escabeche
Slowly marinated free-range hen, served with cauliflower, carrots and spring onions, finished with extra-virgin olive oil and salt from the Maras mines.

Tomato ravioli in a Andean cheese sauce
Ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and lightly roasted tree tomato, over a cream of mantecoso cheese.

Alpaca medallion
Alpaca steak in red wine sauce, served with wheat cooked with airampo plants. 

(From 38-60 soles.)


Wayra complex

Wayra is a complex of restaurant, lounge, outdoors restaurant, wine-cellar and professional kitchen. Wayra, which means wind in Quechua, is also a center to spread traditions and cultural events as dances, Peruvian paso horse shows and traditional Andean celebrations like pago a la tierra.

On Sundays there is a special lunch called Sacred Valley made for the guests with entertainment such as Peruvian Paso horses and traditional dances. The lunch is tempting and delicious, there are several types of grilled meat, as well as different types of potatoes and sauces with salads and the homemade empanadas and traditional desserts.

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The Peruvian Paso horse show at Wayra. click to enlarge
Cooks work at the Sunday lunch.

The wine cellar is in a lower level with the right temperature and humidity is considered one of the best wine cellars of the country with more 180 type of wines. A beautiful lamp hanging from the ceiling gives a castle-like atmosphere to the room and inspires the guest to taste the wines and champagnes kept there.

The kitchen can be used for gastronomic tours where guests — mostly Americans — can enjoy cooking with local products and learn about the traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as new recipes which would be planned at the Chef’s Table

Outdoor activities

On a quad you can discover the valley’s surroundings.
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Horses can be taken for riding through eucalyptus trees. click to enlarge

The lodge is located in one of the most beautiful valleys of Peru and the most visited, so it is important to visit the surroundings. The hotel has several outdoor activities for their guests like horse riding, kayaking in the nearby lake, motorcycles and all terrain quads. Our guide Felix, a local and experienced guide, took us to fantastic places where you can reach just by motorcycle. Horse riding through eucalyptus trees, crops of several colors and picturesque small houses is also a nice experience. Nearby there are places to visit like the Maras salt mines, Moray and Ollantaytambo.

Store

For those who like to shop, there is a collection of fantastic handcraft objects in the hotel’s store. Flowers and sculptures from artist Federico Bauer, embroidered cushions from Ayacucho, wool slippers, earrings and many other beautiful objects made by Peruvian artisans, artists and designers.

Community Work

Sol y Luna is not only a lodge, the French-Swiss couple who owns the hotel have been involved with the local community during the last ten years supporting the school Palcaraqui, they have founded the Association Sol y Luna in order to achieve their philanthropic goals in three areas education, sports and arts.

This is a model to follow not only by foreign investors but also by Peruvian business owners. I hope people will be inspired by Sol y Luna.

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