In this edition of ‘Notes from the field’ we head to the Peruvian region of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley, created by the Urumbamba river, is a vast stretch of land with an abundance of spectacular archaeological remains, Inca terraces and traditional villages along with a breathtaking mountainous landscape. Our Latin America expert Elena, who is Peruvian, gives us her unique insight into this captivating region.
Details of your favourite property and why?
The Sol y Luna Hotel is located in the Urubamba district and is the only Relais Chateaux hotel in the valley. This property has been tastefully decorated in traditional Andean style to give an authentic feel, there are 42 stunning Casitas surrounded by well manicured gardens and magnificent views of the Andes. The Killa Wasi restaurant is well known in the area for offering authentic Andean food with organic produce grown in their own orchard and gardens. The hotel’s owners Franz and Petit have been living in the Sacred Valley for 20 years and through the hotel, they established their Sol y Luna Foundation, an institution dedicated to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the area. In the last few years so many children have benefited from the care of this institution, even Franz & Petit’s children attend the same school.