"In Peru, even though we stayed at the Monasterio and the Inkaterra Machu Picchu, the place that surprisingly WOWed all of us was Willka T’ika, a garden guesthouse/retreat center in the Sacred Valley town of Urubamba! All eight of my friends were totally enchanted, and these are seasoned travelers who do not enchant easily! The owner, Carol Cumes, is a wonderful host whose vision has created a vibrant, amazingly verdant, sweet-fragranced, fruit-ladened, bee-buzzing haven of hidden gardens and wandering paths with a gentle, attentive staff and tasteful, comfortable rooms. The grounds are stunning. There is a beautiful yoga gathering room, as well as, other places for relaxation and reflection… but this not only a yoga retreat center; it is one of those rare places you discover while travelling that invites you to breathe deeply... Also, the relationships Carol Cumes has with the local people and the work she does on their behalf is inspired. Willka T’ika creates an experience that has a very, very special vibe…
"-- Carolyn Luce, May 2013
Heaven is right here!
"From the moment the gates open and you enter Willka Tika, your mouth drops open in amazement at the vibrant, bold colors of thousands of flowers, your nose is greeted with the delicious aroma of every flower essence imaginable and your eyes focus upon the smiles of all the staff at Willka Tika! I felt as if I was in Heaven...literally, and that feeling was present every single day I spent there. My room was expansive, and all meals were from the organic garden, fresh hours before mealtime and delicious! You could feel the love from the staff who makes them daily.....
I was blessed to be able to practice yoga daily in both beautiful fully equipped yoga studios with walls of windows... The space is Divine, sacred and perfect for anyone wanting to relax, refresh, let go and heal on all levels!!!! Carol, Mark and her entire staff are family now and they treat you like one of the family! Your trip will be taken care of in all ways and your options for Spa services is top notch! This is a must....
"-- Chris Schwan, Yoga Teacher, AZ, USA, October, 2013
Magical visit to Willka Tika, October 2013
"I have just returned from a 10-day trip to Peru with a yoga group, which included a magical 5 day stay at Willka T'ika. I will simply join in and echo what so many other reviewers have said. Carol and her incredibly wonderful, caring staff partners have created, almost by miracle, a place that truly seems blessed. Healing gardens that intoxicate the senses and calm the soul. Beautiful rooms in buildings that blend right into the landscape. Special places for music, yoga, and quiet contemplation. The cozy comfort of the lounge with always-fresh herbs for making tea, beautifully presented, and the delicious, healthy meals. Don't miss taking a solar bath at night--gazing at the night skies in a fragrant, hot water bath in the garden. And just be sure to spend lots of time in the chakra gardens.
"-- USA yoga student
"It was the first time there and was very excited about it. It is a fantastic place, a little paradise with flowers, good and healthy food and very nice people. It was an experience I will never forget. I'd like to go back there.
"-- Solo Traveler, September 2013
A Jewel in the Sacred Valley
"Fantastic! The rooms were beautiful. Clean and comforting. The hot water bottle was a great surprise. Food was 1st class organic vegetarian. I am by no means a strict vegetarian, but if I had access to the meals served here I would be! The Chakra Gardens are beautiful and mystical. We were blessed to have a tour of the Gardens from Carol. The Staff are the best! Accommodating and quick with smile and greeting. If I am lucky enough to return to the Sacred Valley, this is the only place I would stay! Thank You Carol and Staff at Willka Tika!
"-- C. Powers, San Diego, CA, October, 2013
"Willka T’ika is not just a beautiful place in the Sacred Mountains of Peru where transformation takes place. It’s a gift to yourself that makes you feel cradled by the Universe. You realize this place is special the moment you’re greeted by Carol and her amazing staff at the front door of the retreat.
"-- Ron Oliver, Atlanta GA
Mark Reinfeld Award Winning Author and Executive Chef of veganfusion.com
"Willka Tika is a haven of paradise in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The land is breathtaking, the facilities are stunning, and the staff is incredibly helpful and kind. I highly recommend Willka Tika as a venue for your vegetarian or vegan retreat.
"-- Mark Reinfeld Award Winning Author and Executive Chef of veganfusion.com
Willka T’ika exceeded my expectations
"Willka T’ika exceeded my expectations. You have such a wonderful attention to detail and the beauty you have created here is a gift for all of us fortunate enough to be able to come. We loved our room, which provided a quiet and beautiful space that was truly restorative. Your crystal healing bed and gardens were healing for me. May many be graced with this experience.
"-- Lynn Ely, Nevada City, California
You brought nature back in my life
"Thank you for magical healing days and nights. Everything here from the food to the stones, flowers and people is love, healing and beauty. You brought nature back in my life.
"-- Annika, Sweden
Willka T’ika has set me free!
"Willka T’ika is an amusement park for the Soul. A gift to all your senses, even the ones you may not know yet. My soul is having the ride of its life. Willka T’ika has set me free!
"-- Sue Martin, Acton, Massachusetts