Wondering how long to stay in the Sacred Valley? Here are some ideas of how to spend your time at Sol y Luna.
First of all you need to consider the altitude, although the Sacred Valley (2,050 metres or 6,730 feet at the Urubamba River) is lower than both Cusco (3,399m / 11,152 feet above sea level) and Machu Picchu (2430m / 7,972 feet), you don’t know how you will react to the altitude so best give yourself time to acclimatise.
Take me to Machu Picchu
We recommend planning your trip to Machu Picchu for the middle day of your stay at Sol y Luna, and we offer a range of Machu Picchu Expeditions with expert local guides.
Our Machu Picchu Private Full Day Tours include return transfers from Sol y Luna to Ollantaytambo train station, train tickets, bus tickets to and from site entrance, Machu Picchu archaeological site tickets, lunch, and a private guide.
So, what else is there to do in the Sacred Valley?
The answer is enough to fill however many days you would like to come for!
The Incas gave the valley its name as they believed it was sacred because the land was so fertile and the views so epic being surrounded by the Andes, which is where they believed their gods lived.
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An adventurer’s playground, days in the Sacred Valley are spent exploring historic villages, trekking, quad biking, cycling, paragliding, kayaking, horse riding, visiting local markets, taking part in culinary and cocktail classes, and enjoying cultural shows or craft workshops.
Among some of the most-loved sites is Moray with its Incan agricultural terraces, and the Maras Salt Mines.
Plus, we highly recommend taking some time to relax and enjoy our gardens, the swimming pool, jacuzzi and spa.
‘We stayed at Sol y Luna four nights and my only regret is that we were out seeing things all day each day. This is a delightful place. The gardens are beyond belief beautiful, a great opportunity to listen to bird calls and see hummingbirds. The pool and jacuzzi setting was stunning, and the free sauna and steam rooms a nice touch.’ – Douglas T, Sol y Luna guest Feb 2020.
How about taking a morning to visit the Sol y Luna Foundation?
‘A young girl of 14 spent half the day at the foundation with us,’ says Petit, owner and founder of Sol y Luna. ‘A few months after her stay she got back in touch and told me she had launched her a campaign selling T-shirts to raise money for the Sol y Luna children. Her best memory was not Machu Picchu or the famous Peruvian food, but the children who touched her heart.’
As well as the school which goes from kindergarten to seventeen years, the Sol y Luna Foundation encompasses a Foster Home, and covers the needs of all the students, from medical care to psychological and physiological support. Guests at the hotel can visit the school, see here.
Sol y Luna is a boutique Relais & Chateaux hotel with 43 individual casitas (villas). Located in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of The Incas it is the midpoint between Cusco City and Machu Picchu within 328,000 square feet (25 acres) of beautiful gardens surrounded by archaeological attractions, and many opportunities of outdoor activities.