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Willka T'ika
Ranked #11 of 28 Hotels in Urubamba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 10, 2011

Carol and the folks at Willka T'ika are wonderful. The scenerie is breathtaking. The rooms are comfortable. The food is delicious. And the location is great for exploring Macha Picchu and all of the sacred sites in the Sacred Valley.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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3  Thank RomancingYourSoul
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

I have stayed at Willka T'ika on numerous occasions, most recently in the Summer of 2008. For those able to pay a little more for excellent accommodations, I can recommend it without reservation (however do not go there without reservations!). The guest houses are lovely. The organic food is grown in the gardens at the site, and is pure, tasty and fresh. The owner/managers, Mark Hennessy and Carol Cumes, are wonderful hosts. Quite knowledgeable about the area and happy to provide advice to travelers and to make arrangements to maximize their pleasure and minimize their worry and inconvenience. Also, they support their local community. The Peruvian families that help with the day to day operations are treated well, respected and paid fairly. Also, they have established funds to help the local communities, especially with education, lunch programs for local children, helping to pay for teacher's salaries, etc. So Willka T'ika is a model of a successful, ethical business that also respects its employees and is a positive force for good in the local community. If you find yourself needing a place to stay in Urubamba area, stop by and stay a few days, or longer if you can. It's the perfect place to recover after a long trek on the Inca Trial or climbing around the ruins in the Sacred Valley. You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: Try to reserve the casitas, rather than the dorm style facilites although both are excellent
  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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5  Thank Dennis M
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

Willka T'ika is a magical retreat. We have already book our group to return in September of 2012. From the garden to table food prepared with love, to the Herb Solar Baths under the stars, our group felt completely cared for and nourished the entire stay; no request went unattended. I have traveled to Peru a handful of times before finding this amazing hide away. Going forward it will be my Sacred Valley Destination.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank likestocooktoo
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

From the moment you arrive Carol and her Staff (they are really a 'family' to her rather than just her staff) make sure your every need is taken care of without being intrusive. The grounds, the rooms, the food.. it is all amazing. A perfect place for a group retreat. And our guide Gabriela was not only extremely knowledgeable, but a wonderful spiritual energy to be around. This is not only a business, but Carol supports the children and the schools in the mountains through her generous foundation. If you are going to the Sacred Valley this is an off the beaten path sacred sanctuary and oasis!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JEDLCSW
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

In the midst of the unparalleled beauty of the Peruvian jungle lies a magical spot of chakra gardens, crystal beds and magical trees that can heal the body and stimulate the soul. You simply won't find anyplace like Willka T'ika anywhere else on earth. Carol Cumes, the owner has created an oasis of rejuvenation, revitalization and sheer beauty. For those of you concerned with the more practical things in life, the rooms are comfortable and luxurious by local standards. Feel like a little yoga before breakfast? If there's not a scheduled class, enjoy the exquisite solitude of the yoga room. Take a labyrinth walk through the gardens and sit under the 500-year-old Lucma tree. Seriously, there's simply no place like it!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sam2300
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

From the moment we arrived at Willka T'ika and gimpsed the incredible gardens we knew we'd found the perfect place to use as a base while exploring the sacred valley. The rooms were traditionally built but rivaled any modern boutique hotel with wood finish floors and hot water shower, not just clean but very tastefully designed. The beds were luxurious and comfortable and large windows gave views of the gardens and mountaintops in the distance. The owner, Carol, was completely hospitable without being overbearing and we appreciated her years of local expertise. The food was so delicious we could not stop talking about it. Breakfast came complete with fresh tropical fruits, eggs, pancakes, and local grain cereal---all of which was locally source, mostly right from Willka T'ika's own organic garden. Dinners varied and were all delightful - quinoa cakes and fresh salads mashed yams etc. I've never looked forward to mealtime in all my life!
Really the best part, above and beyond everything else was the service. It is rare to meet such warm hearted people as Carol's staff---most of whom have been with her since the beginning. I felt they were truly happy to see me and help me at every turn. I arrived with a sore leg and one woman came to our room with a native poultice which she graciously applied. They went above and beyond. Im not sure I can remember the last time I was treated with such love and care. The gardens are the perfect place to meditate, write, or relax and read a book. I felt that the earth at Willka T'ika was full of magic and replenished my energy. Extraordinary. I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank SoulMarch
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Reviewed November 1, 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends
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Address: Paradero Rumichaka 2 km | Sacred Valley, Urubamba 08660, Peru
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Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Urubamba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Urubamba
Price Range: $345 - $435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Willka T'ika is a luxury wellness retreat and boutique hotel, located in Peru's Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Ancient Inkan ruins, ceremonial sites and temples, & an abundance of cultural activities are nearby. Hikers can explore winding rivers, charming villages and high mountain meadows where llama and alpaca graze. Guest packages include organic gourmet vegetarian cuisine, Andean spa services, authentic Andean rituals, & guided adventures to Inkan sites. Willka T'ika is home to the renowned Chakra Gardens, filled with exotic plants and native Andean medicinal plants, that are designed to correspond to the seven chakras of the human body. The gardens are ideal for meditation and reflection in the energies of nature. Set within the gardens are two magnificent fully-equipped, state-of-the-art yoga studios. Willka T'ika is environmentally conscious and is professionally staffed by dedicated local Quechua. The non-profit Willka T'ika Children's Fund supports the local children of several schools in remote mountain villages, providing facilities and wonderful education. Advance reservations required with two-night minimum stay. Guests are further welcome to join scheduled Magical Journey or Essential Wellness Retreats throughout the year that are led by various retreat leaders; and group leaders are invited to book exceptional fully-inclusive retreat programs for their guests. ... more   less 
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Willka T'Ika Peru/Urubamba, Sacred Valley

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