My wife and I were introduced to Posada Las Casitas del Arco Iris by a traveler from the Netherlands whom we met on a trail at the Machu Picchu reservation. Since we were looking for a place to stay in Urubamba, we decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did!
It is not easy to find. Our local taxi driver from the Urubamba bus station didn't even know how to find it and had to ask several people along the way. It is in the Querocancha district a couple of km outside central Urubamba, off the road to Ollantaytambo. You go back the same narrow track that leads to Las Chullpas Eco-lodge, and turn left at a crossroads.
Once you get through the (guarded) main gate, the compound is absolutely lovely. This is an orphanage and school for local kids that was founded by a woman from the Netherlands 10 years ago. Everything is built from local materials, and the rooms are absolutely amazing. The fireplace was especially romantic - and necessary during our visit, since the rooms do not have central heat.
Besides providing funds for the entire foundation, the posada operation is also a vocational training ground for students at the school. Our dinner, for example, was served by a teen waiter studying at the hospitality program. Don't forget to ask for a tour of the grounds.
The staff was incredibly helpful and pleasant. I asked for a "matrimonial" room (single large bed) but all they had was a triple (three single beds). The desk clerk and the security guard proceeded to move one bed out of the room and rearrange the furniture so that the two remaining beds were together. They were also able to arrange a car and driver for us to tour Moray and Las Salinas, two local attractions. (That was Mariano, who became our favorite driver in Urubamba. He ended up taking us all the way to Cusco at the end of our stay, for S./80.)
They also sell costume jewelry made by local mothers to help those mothers generate a little income.
An amazing experience. Don't forget to read the book in the office that chronicles the 10-year effort to get this foundation on its feet.
One note: Don't expect English. I got along fine with my rusty Spanish and a dictionary. Everyone is very patient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of our eight bungalows are furnished with a fireplace and a terrace. We also have 3 rooms that share a bathroom. A 100% of our profits gos to our projects "Fundación Niños del Arco Iris" aimed to provide with Health, Education and Love to the most deprived children in the Sacred Valley and their families. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Las Casitas Del Arco Iris Sacred Valley, Peru - Urubamba