We asked the owner Raul to arrange pickup at the airport in Cusco, and he met us there personally and showed us to a waiting taxi he had pre-paid for us! This was great given the reason we started out in Urubamba was the extreme elevation in Cusco leaves you fatigued by the time you have made it out of the baggage claim in the airport.
Breakfast in the garden was a very relaxing way to start the day the next morning. There is not a whole lot to do in Urubamba proper, but Raul got us very nice rental bikes and a taxi up to the town of Maras where we headed off to visit the agricultural laboratory of Moray and the salt ponds below Maras, both of which were well worth the effort.
My only caution is that if you are staying in one of the upstairs rooms, be very careful on the stairs, as the treads are narrow and well-worn, and when wearing big, clunky hiking boots (such as I brought to do the Inca trail later on the trip), you may find that the smooth part in the middle of the sole of your boot is what contacts the stair tread and end up flat on your back (as I did the first time I descended). I think another guest did the same the next day as we heard an awful clatter and then her friend coming to help her up. Luckily I just bruised my elbow a bit, but it could be a very unpleasant way to start your trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hs. Los Jardines is located at the heart of this small town, a couple of streets from the main avenue and within walking distance of the main square (Plaza de Armas de Urubamba) very close to everything you need: restaurats, taxis, drugstores, etc. Is a little hotel, with a personalized service that will make you feel at home and we will help you in everything that you need to make your trip an unforgetable experience ... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hospedaje Los Jardines Peru/Urubamba, Sacred Valley