This place was heaven! We found this gorgeous villa on Airbnb.com and booked it site unseen (as are the majority of airbnbs I suppose) But I’m here to tell you how amazingly convenient it was! (This also is not in any way sponsored by the owners of these villas, we just had an incredible experience so I thought I’d share)
Our villa was located in Urubamba, Sacred Valley, just a few minutes from Maras Salt Mines and Moray ruins. The villa we stayed in (Kampuwasi Villa), as well as another villa (Tayawasi Villa) were in a gated yard, tucked away down some slightly sketchy and super narrow alleyways. (Thankfully our driver, Richard, was the bomb and navigated our huge van through the tight corners like a pro) Urubamba is significantly smaller than Cusco, but there are super great restaurants and markets around if you need anything.
Things that I loved about our Kampuwasi Villa
- Breakfast is not only included, but made in the villa: Every morning a staff member would come to our villa, start a fire if we wanted, and prepare our breakfast (eggs, fresh orange juice, and bread/jam/butter- a pretty typical meal for that area) We didn’t even have to leave our villa! It was amazing!
- The simplicity and convenience of scheduling private tours and reserving a driver: a week or two before our visit, I sent our host a rough itinerary of days we would like private tours and a driver for meals and such. He coordinated everything and provided us with tour guide (Bobby) and a super awesome driver (Richard) They picked us up from the airport, took care of our bags, drove us around ruins, recommended places to eat, it was such a great experience! **according to their website, you can only book their tour services if you are a guest at their villas
- The villa slept our party of 8 (and a baby) very comfortably! With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, we had plenty of privacy when we wanted it!
- They stored our bags at no charge while we visited Machu Picchu overnight: I believe many hotels offer this service because you cannot take large bags on the train to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu, but it was really convenient to be able to leave our bags at the villa and have their staff take care of them!
- The location was perfect! Our group was really feeling the altitude difference when we landed in Cusco (altitude: 11,154ft) and a lot of us had dull headaches and slight dizziness, especially towards the end of the day. Staying in Urubamba/the Sacred Valley (altitude: 9,514ft) really helped us adjust to the thin air without severe sickness. (They provided coco leaves for coco tea and they have oxygen on hand if there are any emergencies.)
The price for the villa we stayed in was $185 a night before Airbnb fees/taxes and an additional $20 per person after 4 people (This price was May 2019) *2 day minimum stay.
I would say the only downside is the housekeeping staff spoke hardly any english, which made communicating a little difficult (Thank goodness for google translate!) But the owners speak great english and respond very quickly to questions when communicating with them on WhatsApp.