Peru's Sacred Valley

Take a journey to Willka T’ika, at the heart of Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Inca.

The Sacred Valley cuts a gentle curve through the Andes, between the two 20,000-foot peaks dominating the region: Ausangate in the southeast, and Salkkantay, near Machu Picchu, in the northwest. At 9,400 feet above sea level and just 13 degrees south of the equator, the air of the Sacred Valley is pure and its light crystalline.

This is a region of sacred geography. The highest mountains are considered powerful deities, or apukuna. Another name for the Urubamba, which flows through the valley, is Willka Mayu, Sacred River. Regarded as a reflection of the Milky Way on earth, its course marks the pathway of the sun near the time of the December solstice.

Peru’s Sacred Valley

The fertile Sacred Valley was an essential region for the Inca Empire, providing the Inca with prime farming land. During their rule half a millennium ago, the Inca built stone temples, palaces, fortresses, agricultural terraces, and other structures throughout the valley. A visit to any of the sacred ruins, from Pisaq to Ollantaytambo, is an easy half-day trip from Willka T’ika.

Willka T’ika’s front gate opens onto meandering pathways that lead through the Rumichaka farming community or toward the town of Urubamba. Take a stroll through the town and visit its colorful fruit and vegetable market, local alpaca stores, or the studio of world-famous ceramic artist Pablo Seminario. You can also visit craft markets and textile studios in Chinchero on the way to and from Cusco.

An abundance of hiking trails lead up adjoining valleys and gorges toward ancient Incan trails that disappear into the spectacular mountains above the valley. The Maras salt farms or salineras, which have been producing salt since Incan times, are a short hike away. If you are inclined to a full-day hike, the stone circles of Moray are further up the pass.

We are happy to help you organize additional activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, zip-lining, or river rafting.

Seasonal Weather & Altitude

Daytime temperatures throughout the year average in the 70s F, while nighttime low temperatures average in the low 40s F in winter and mid 50s F in summer.

  • December through March are our summer months, and an excellent time for your Andean adventure. The weather is mild and pleasant.
  • In December, summer vegetables and fruits ripen, and the Willka T’ika garden is in full bloom. Rains, if they come, are over quickly. January marks the beginning of the summer rainy season. Mornings are often clear and dry, and the rains arrive in the afternoon and continue through the night.
  • March through May (the Andean fall months) are sunny, and the mountains and fields are beautifully green. Soft rains may fall at night in February & March.
  • June through August (the winter months) are sunny and dry. After sunset, it gets cold enough for a sweater or jacket. Frost occurs only rarely.
  • September through November (the lovel Andean spring months) see warmer nights. Soft rains at night may begin in November.

Be prepared for relatively high elevations. Willka T’ika is at 9,400 feet, Cusco about 11,000 feet, and Machu Picchu about 8,000 feet. Willka T’ika can be the ideal place for you to acclimatize before exploring Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Willka T’ika is located at Paradero Rumichaka, 2 kilometers north of Urubamba, en route to Machu Picchu from Cusco.

  • From Cusco airport: 58 km (36 mi), a 75-minute drive
  • From Urubumba: 2 km (1.2 mi)
  • From Ollantaytambo Train Station and the trains to Machu Picchu: 17 km (10.5 mi), a 25-minute drive
  • Altitude: 2,865 m (9,400 ft)

Experience Willka T'ika

Accommodations

Immerse yourself in the relaxing beauty of our guest rooms, yoga studios, meditation spaces, and more, all constructed of natural local materials.

Seven Chakras Garden

Each of our unique Seven Chakra Gardens contains symbols, shapes, sculptures, colors, and medicinal plants that resonate with one of the classic seven chakras, or energy centers, of the human body.

Vegetarian Meals

Our vegetarian cuisine is a fusion of Andean flavors, lovingly prepared with organic vegetables and herbs grown in our own gardens, along with unique Andean grains and other fresh local foods.

Healing Arts

Experience healing arts unlike anywhere else: floral solar baths, Andean massage, facials made with ingredients from our healing gardens, crystal light therapy, and more.

Quechua Staff

With deep roots in the Andean culture, beautiful contributions to the site from day one, and dedication to making your experience wonderful, our local Quechua staff are an integral part of Willka T’ika.

Unique Offerings

Traditional Andean ceremonies, art workshops, Andean music, and hikes or excursions to local cultural sites are just a few of the unique experiences you will find at Willka T’ika.

What Our Clients Are Saying

“This was our first Mystery School retreat under the McKenna Academy, and as ever, I am happy to be working with Willka T’ika on such transformative programs. There is no better place in the Sacred Valley, perhaps in the world, for such events to take …read more
An Experience Unlike Any Other
Dr. Dennis McKenna, December 2019
We appreciated all the gorgeous gardens of the resort, the tenderness of all who worked there, the delicious food & travel guide recommendations! I’m honestly not sure we would have seen or done all the things we did without your referrals. We defi …read more
Gorgeous Gardens, Lovely Resort!
Jackie & Jennifer, December 2019
WOW!!! There are no words to describe the energy & beauty of this place is amazing–to the eye, feel & smell.  All of the property is a 10!  The staff go above & beyond their duty, they are always there for you, no matter what you need. Car …read more
Wow Magical Journey!
Claire Massicote, Canada, December 2019
Willka T’ika is a true gift. After 22 years of teaching yoga and guiding adventure travel in Peru, we are so happy to have found this special place to stay. Fresh organic food made and served by loving Quechua staff, inspirational gardens, the great yo …read more
Deborah Koehn Yoga Teacher & Adventure Travel Guide and David Blehert Photographer & Adventure Travel Guide
Willka T’ika is a paradise that allows you to slip into the Peruvian culture with a deep ahhh! The gardens, the staff and the owner Carol Cumes are exquisite like the unexplainable walls of Machu Picchu. It feels so right to stay in a guesthouse retrea …read more
Rodney YeeYoga Teacher Oakland, California
This has been one of the best experiences of my life. Om Namah Sivayah. This is my first visit and I feel the beginning of a special and new relationship. The physical environment of Willka T’ika is so beautiful and amazing and a great setting for our …read more
Thomas Fortel Esalen Institute
Big Sur, California

Book Your Retreat

Our friendly reservations manager, Vidya Gauci, is happy to assist you with planning and booking your personal (or group’s) extraordinary visit to Peru’s Sacred Valley and Willka T’ika.