HAPPY NEW YEAR Rhomina, Chris and Phyllis !!! who I felt could not have been warmer, kinder, caring or more thoughtful when I stayed with them in November 2013. In my opinion you can always tell the genuine guys from the pretend ones! Rhomina and Chris without a shadow of a doubt are the genuine guys and I highly recommend them and their hotel to you.
The longer I stayed at La Capilla Lodge the less I wanted to continue with my planned travels, indeed after two weeks, I cancelled travelling up to Lake Titicaca because there was just so much still to do and see around the Sacred Valley. For me I was exactly where I wanted and needed to be. Chris welcoming me with more food than I could possibly eat in the mornings/evenings (his meals were delicious), and Rhomina with an end of day hug wanting to hear all about my adventures.
La Capilla Lodge is situated approximately mid-way between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, turning off the main road it is about 300 yards down a rustic track. The hotel itself is situated within totally private and high walled extensive gardens (with an abundance of flowering plants) courtesy of Phyllis who has succeeded in providing a place of calm and tranquility right in the heart of the beauty and magic of the Sacred Valley itself.
The panoramic views of the mountains from the hotel are breath-taking, literally! Especially if you try to climb them before acclimatizing to the air pressure! The part that I came to love is that all around the hotel there are a myriad of beautiful and scenic walkways, a walker’s paradise and no mistake. The locals I found to be especially friendly and helpful. There are many retreat like activities within short walking distances, though for me it was coming across Christina and Reynaldo that made my holiday so very special. I undertook a variety of healing courses with them to include shamanic yoga on a daily basis.
On the other side of the main road I came across a fantastic pottery (highly recommend this place). For half day walks Rhomina and Chris were able to recommend many, and with their expert knowledge and guidance I was easily able to fill my days with walks or activities that really suited me as a person and allowed me to sample Peru at its best.
For travel the main local bus is the cheapest (and slowest option), but as I found the drivers (in the main) to be unhelpful chose instead to use the small buses, being the next cheapest option but also I found the drivers were really helpful and friendly. For the shorter distances I would use the moto and lastly the taxi being the most expensive method of travel, I used for return to/from the airport only.
I personally really enjoyed staying at Agua Caliente for two nights, it was a total surprise considering that it is a stop off point for Machu Picchu. There was so much to see, the hot tubs are a must! And the choice and quality of cuisine on offer was amazing. Though I would like to add that I returned to Ollantaytambo several times as it has a charm and magic all of its own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just outside Urubamba, amongst the eucalyptus trees in the foothills of the Cordillera Urubamba, surrounded by stunning scenic vistas and with easy access to many local attractions, our rustic lodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the treasures of the Sacred Valley.The spacious garden is a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing and has a variety of local plants and trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Capilla Lodge Sacred Valley, Peru - Urubamba