We have had many requests for great self-catering options in the valley over the last year, so are excited to introduce the Wayqey Lodge, a little hidden gem that we discovered in Urubamba recently…
The Wayqey Lodge is run by the Iturrizaga family who love to travel. Based on years of their own experience travelling the world, they often found that hotel rooms were not ideal for sharing. They wanted to create a hotel option that allows families and friends to share while on holidays, so they decided to build 14 cozy, self-catering bungalows that are a home away from home for travellers to the Sacred Valley.
Wayqey Lodge has just opened its doors so everything is brand new. The hotel is built in the traditional Andean style with adobe walls and terracotta tiled roofs with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Each bungalow has three floors and comes complete with a kitchen, living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen is spotless and comes complete with oven, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, blender, pots, pans, crockery and anything else you might need to whip up an elaborate meal or a quick snack. The living room has a sofa-bed and a Smart TV and is a good place to hang out or accompany the chef!
Upstairs on the second floor, the master bedroom has a queen size bed and a small balcony and there is also a second bedroom with a double bed. Both rooms have cupboard space and excellent mattresses and bedding. The bathrooms are modern and the master bathroom has a Spanish shower. Our favourite room was the twin room in the attic. The two beds tucked under the eaves reminded us of our childhood and is a dream space for kids to sleep in.
If you’re too tired to cook, they also have an on-site restaurant that serves a selection of the best dishes from their restaurant in Lima ‘Gaia’. Dishes are healthy, fresh and made with local Andean ingredients. The Thai inspired mango tartare in a soy and ginger sauce was exquisite and the tarwi or lupin bean ceviche was an interesting twist on the Peruvian classic. They also do great wood-fired thin-crust pizzas.
The price point of the Wayqey lodge is particularly interesting given the quality and amenities that are on offer at this small hotel, making it an affordable high-quality option for groups.
The Wayqey Lodge is not luxury accommodation but it is a great option for families or small groups who like a more personalized, laid-back experience with the option to self-cater in their own ‘home away from home’ for a few days or more.
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- At night, the bonfire on the lawn is lit and is the perfect spot for some stunning Sacred Valley star-gazing!
- Wayqey can also help you organise any tours in the area including trips to Machu Picchu and the surrounding attractions of Maras and Moray.