Our travel research before our Perú trip told my wife and I about Ollantaytambo, a unique Inca town continuously inhabited since the 15th century, At 9,000 feet elevation, Ollantaytambo was an appealing base for our week in the Sacred Valley. Since childhood, I have had a special interest in the Inca world. At El Albergue, we found everything we could have wanted for an adventurous visit!
The hotel featured colonial dark wood beams and wood floors. The balcony outside our room looked down upon a lovely walled garden planted with exuberant white calla lilies and a venerable palm tree. On clear mornings, we beheld sparkling glaciers on distant Andean peaks.
Joaquin Randall Weeks, who owns and runs El Albergue and speaks fluent English and Spanish, was constantly available to answer our questions with inexhaustible friendliness. He presided over an atmosphere that was both relaxed and energizing! We dined in the hotel’s restaurant, Café Mayu, for breakfast and dinner each day. We tasted all the dishes that fit our vegetarian diet, and especially enjoyed the stuffed Andean pepper, and the cookies and brownies were wickedly delicious.
Joaquin hired a wonderful guide for us, a native of Ollantaytambo, who took us to the fascinating stone streets and walls of the town, and then the magnificent high Inca fortress of Pisac and its famous market.
On the last day of our visit, we took the vista dome train ride to breathtaking Machu Picchu. We literally walked out of our hotel through the charming 1920s railway station and into our train car for the magnificent ride down the Urubamba River gorge!
As we flew back to Lima, my wife and I both felt we had discovered a fascinating hotel and world where we felt at home. We hope we can visit El Albergue again and soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Ollantaytambo train station, El Albergue is only one train stop away from Machu Picchu and not far from many interesting attractions. El Albergue dates back to 1925 and maintains the charm and elegance of the early 20th century while offering modern day requirements such as free high speed internet and in-room telephones. Owned by artist Wendy Weeks, this hotel has beautiful gardens, delicious food and special attention to decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Hotel Ollantaytambo
- El Albergue Ollantaytambo Peru - Sacred Valley