We were a group of 5 adult family members traveling in Peru and Colombia. I was the one booking everything and spent MANY hours reading, researching, and emailing back and forth. I read all of the great reviews of KR and kept wondering if it could be that good. It is. You already know from reading other reviews and looking at the photos that each unit is a little house, decorated with Peruvian handcrafts and more. As you are driven up to KR, the first view is not great. But when you go through the gate and see the beautiful garden with blooming plants and trees, the very friendly dogs come up to great you, and Rodrigo comes out to welcome you, you will know that this is a special place.
Rodrigo and the staff took care of our every need. He offered to book our Perurail tickets and Machu Picchu passes in advance, and I wish that I had taken him up on that. It would have been so much easier. He arranged for a private driver and van to pick us up at the Cusco airport and bring us down to KR in Urubamba (a little outside of the town), taking about one and half hours. We then had the same driver for all of our other outings and sightseeing in the area. Rosalia was our driver and we really loved her. She was a great driver and a very nice person.
Rodrigo kept our big suitcases for us while we went to spend the night in Aguas Caliente the night before our Machu Picchu day. (On Perurail you can only take 11 lbs with you).
The breakfasts were great at Kuychi Rumi, and we enjoyed the fire in the fireplace our first night. It really wasn't terribly cold in May, but the fire was pleasant.
After a couple of days in Lima, Kuychi Rumi was wonderful - I wish we could have stayed longer. We all want to return, and next time I will just send money to Rodrigo and take him up on his offers to book things. He also gave us three great restaurant tips - one in Aguas and two in Cusco. When it came time to settle up our account, everything was in order. It was a fantastic base for the Cusco region. We kept the city of Cusco for the last two days, but honestly we wish we had more time at KR. Cusco was nice to see for a day, but we much preferred all of the sights and experiences from our Kuychi Rumi base. I highly recommend Kuychi Rumi.
The altitude is lower at KR than at Cusco, which is why we initially started looking into that area. Give yourself some time to adjust to the altitude before you spend time in Cusco or anywhere that has a higher altitude. We brought altitude sickness pills, but did not need them. We drank the coca tea and were mostly fine. (I had a slight headache in the middle of the night, maybe from altitude, and took a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen. I was fine after that.)
Things to see and do from KR - depends on what you like...mountain biking, hiking, seeing many ruins (Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Salinas, more), Pisac market (much better than buying in Cusco), Awana Kancha (llamas, alpacas, and weaving demonstration), animal rescue - cannot remember the name - condors, pumas, and more, shopping in Ollantaytambo, shopping in Urubamba (ceramics at Seminario and others, more).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the best hidden gem in South America by Tripadvisor readers in 2006, the six uniquely designed cottages of this original hotel are nestled in the Andes Mountains among lush and colorful gardens that attract many varieties of hummingbirds. The comfortable, cozy Andean casitas come fully equipped including fireplaces and wi-fi. Here you can be sure to receive the best personal attention for your special needs and travel arrangements for all of Peru. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kuychi Rumi Urubamba
- Kuychi Rumi Hotel Urubamba
- Kuychi Rumi Peru/Urubamba, Sacred Valley