During our Esoteric Quest in Peru, we will visit the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, the village of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, and Cusco, the ancient Incan capital.
We have rooms reserved at the hotels featured below. In Urubamba, Aguas Calientes and Cusco, all participants will stay at one of the hotels listed below. Our registration director, Andrea Lomanto, will confirm your reservation in your Welcome Packet.
Not all hotels have elevator access; be sure to inquire if you have any special requests.
Please note that accommodations for the Post-Conference Trip to Lake Titicaca and Bolivia are listed within those itineraries.
Taypikala Hotel Valle Sagrado
Surrounded by the majestic Andes and situated right on the sacred Urubamba River (considered by the Inca to be a reflection of the Milky Way), the Taypikala Valle Sagrado is a tranquil and unique hotel. Its grounds offer expansive floral gardens, a deep blue pool, a labyrinth and ceremonial circle, and many places for contemplation and nourishment, or gazing at the starry night skies.
Guest rooms are spacious, with huge picture windows, warm woods and woven textiles, and face either the rising sun, or the mountains and rushing river. Bathrooms are en-suite, with radiant heating and both shower and tub. The riverside dining room serves farm to table fare. And a welcoming staff speaks
both Spanish and English.
Our Main Conference plenary sessions and workshops will take place at Taypikala.
Tierra Viva Hotel Valle Sagrado
Set in the heart of the Sacred Valley, the Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado is a rustic yet elegant lodge nestled in the mountains. All guest rooms have either balconies or terraces that look upon spectacular views of colorful flowers, birds and the great panorama of the Andes. Rooms are airy and comfortable, with large beds and private baths with rainfall showers. The atmosphere is an exceptionally peaceful one, where one can breathe in the silence of the place.
Tierra Viva’s restaurant offers a generous breakfast buffet, complete with delicious Andean products. Other amenities include a spa area with a sauna, hot tub and steam room. A gracious and caring staff can assist with information about the Valley and its surroundings, medical assistance, currency exchange or free oxygen availability.
All participants will stay in one of the following hotels during our one night in Aguas Calientes. Both hotels are within a short walk of the Main Square, the train station, the arts and crafts market and the local hot springs.
Please know that all participants will be leaving their luggage securely stored in Urubamba, and take only an overnight bag to Machu Picchu.
Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu
The Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu is located in the quietest area of Aguas Calientes, facing the Urubamba River and surrounded by the Forest of Clouds.
It is a modern-styled, light-filled hotel, and features a lounge with a fireplace, a sun terrace, and a panoramic elevator painted with Andean-inspired murals by the Peruvian artist Carolina Málaga.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with white walls, white linens and large beds with colorful alpaca wool blankets; many have fantastic views of the river. Tierra Viva’s welcoming staff is available with any information needed, from oxygen use to medical assistance or currency exchange.
Hotel Santuario Machu Picchu
The Hotel Santuario is situated right at the Urubamba River, in a peaceful and lovely setting. Each floor of this four-story hotel has a small communal balcony; the Santuario also offers a comfortable, cozy, lounge area and bar, with large windows framing the breathtaking mountain landscape.
Rooms are simple, clean, warmly decorated; many have their own balconies.
The Santuario prides itself on providing a professional and responsiveness staff that are available at all hours of the day.
Rich and complex in history, Cusco is a Unesco World Heritage site, and represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the region. It is a beautiful and fascinating city of Incan temples and Spanish Baroque churches, colonial-era plazas and traditional handcrafts and markets, all in the embrace of the Andes.
All participants will stay at one of the following hotels during our two nights in Cusco. Both hotels are a short walk from each other in Cusco’s historical center.
La Casa de Fray Bartolomé
The Casa de Fray Bartolomé is a lovely little hotel in a colonial-style building, providing a tranquil environment, warm and traditional hospitality, and a friendly and attentive staff. Unique to the Casa is its role as a cultural and advocacy center in the region, working at the service of local indigenous communities; it offers an important lens onto the Andean world.
Room are homey and cozy, with plush feather bedding and private bathrooms. There are light-filled hallways, a restaurant and bakery, and a sweet garden patio on-site.
The Casa de Fray Bartolomé will also host our conference plenary sessions and workshops in their comfortable meeting rooms.
THE HOTEL ROYAL INKA I
The Royal Inka is a centuries-old Spanish colonial palace built atop Incan foundations on Cusco’s Plaza Regocijo. Close to the Plaza de Armas and many of the city’s museums, the hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms, most with private bathrooms. Many rooms surround a beautiful colonnaded inner courtyard; others have outer-facing balconies looking over the mountains and cathedrals of the city. An extremely helpful and bilingual staff is available at all times to assist guests.
The Royal Inka I is a 15 minute walk from La Casa Fray de Bartolomé and our conference presentations.