From October until end of March, our off season, we rent out a cozy guest cottage on the ranch. The cottage has a fireplace, a spacious bathroom and is surrounded by a beautiful garden and a terrace. The terrace is an excellent place for a barbecue or just to hang out with a good book and a drink. Additionally you can use a fully equipped kitchen/bakery next to the cottage to make your own breakfast/lunch/dinner. The idea is that you feel like in your own home.
The cottage accommodates 1 or 2 persons; 3 nights minimum stay.
Things to do in the Sacred Valley
- Sightseeing trips to important Inca sites, markets and other places of interest: Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, Pisaq and the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, the agricultural terraces of Moray, Maras salt mines, etc.. We can arrange all your land transfers with a private car.
- Hiking trips.
- Kayaking on Lake Huaypo (suitable for the more experienced kayaker). Our high tech sea kayaks are made by the prestigious Canadian company Feathercraft. These amazing skin on frame kayaks are quite long and narrow and are made for a fast, smooth and almost effortless paddle experience. Equipment includes Greenland-style paddles, PDF (Life jacket), neoprene spray skirt and double coated nylon sea sock.
- Cooking lessons from Maria. Learn about the famous and delicious Peruvian cuisine and how to prepare a delicious Ceviche, Papa a la Huancaina, Rocoto Relleno, Causa Limeña, Lomo Saltado and many other typical Peruvian dishes.
- Horse riding lessons at the ranch and day rides.
Prices and programs on request.
Peru's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Summer in Peru is from December to February and winter from July to September.
The climate in the Sacred Valley is clearly differentiated by two seasons, the dry season from April to November and the rainy season that begins around mid November and ends in March.
Daytime temperature does not fluctuate much in different months. The average year round temperature in the Sacred Valley is around 68°F / 20°C, i.e. during daytime. In winter time the temperature may drop to low thirties (in °F) or 2-7 °C during nighttime. In summer time the temperature doesn't drop significant at night.
In contrast to Cusco (at 3.300 m.a.s.l. / 10.900 ft.) the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s (at 2.800 m.a.s.l. / 9.200 ft) has a moderate climate year round. It never gets too cold and never too hot. In times of the Incas it was already the favorite place for the upper class and the army to rest, to recover and to heal. It was for those reasons and for its beauty that the valley was called ‘Sacred’.
If you don’t mind a bit of rain, the Sacred valley is a great place to visit in the summer. The tourist numbers are considerably lower and places like Machu Picchu less congested. The mountains are covered with lush green vegetation and the fields are full of crops.
The wettest months are December, January and first half of February. But what makes the Sacred Valley special again is that most of the heavy rainfall comes at night, when you are asleep in your cozy cottage.