My husband and I stayed at Kuychi Rumi for 3 nights in November. What a unique place! We loved our "casita" - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living area. You definitely get value for your money in my opinion. The grounds are gorgeous, full of trees and flowers - and each casita feels quite private. There are great chairs to lounge in on the front deck, and we enjoyed doing this with a cup of coca tea. Free wifi, always a plus for my husband.
We paid extra for the breakfast each morning, and it was definitely more than we could ever eat! Yogourt, cereals, fresh fruit, ham, cheese, bread, etc. Claudia also offered to make eggs, but we were just never that hungry.
Fantastic staff, including Ursula and Rodrigo who were extremely helpful and friendly. They recommended a couple of restaurants in Urubamba - El Huacatay and Tres Keros. They both exceeded our expectations. We went twice to El Huacatay and had the Lamb Ricotta Ravioli with Chocolate Sauce - around $13. And at Tres Keros, my husband LOVED the lamb in a banana sauce.
We had a driver for the time we were there, Rosalia. She picked us up at the airport in Cusco, drove us to Pisac to see the ruins and the town, then on to Kuychi Rumi. She also drove us to dinner each night in town and then picked us up, and she took us to and from the train station in Ollantaytambo. The rides to and from supper were $5, to the train station was $15, from the train station to Cusco was $40.
As for excursions, we had arranged our own guide to tour one day, doing the salt mines at Maras, Moray, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. The next day, Urusula arranged for us to go horseback riding through the Sacred Valley. Loved it. 1/2 day for $60.
Bring earplugs! The neighbourhood dogs do bark throughout the night and also every morning a bird would fly into our bedroom window, over and over again, for about an hour! We always travel with earplugs and found them useful in a few places - especially where there are dogs and roosters!
As for the location, you're not really within walking distance of much in Urubamba. I don't know that there was much to see in the town of Urubamba anyways. As I said, we didn't walk to any of the restaurants at night. I wouldn't have wanted to walk at night along the main road - it's quite dark and we had dogs chasing the car quite a few times, so wouldn't want to have those chasing ME! We chose Urubamba to start the vacation because 1) it's at a lower altitude than starting in Cusco, 2) it's quite central to the sites in the Sacred Valley, and 3) because of how awesome Kuychi Rumi sounded! So glad we made this choice.
- 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