January 6, 2010
The tourism investment in Peru is experiencing a real boom, reflecting the State policies which provide the legal, financial and organizational conditions to facilitate the development of new enterprises and ventures, aimed at catering for the constant growth of visitors to the Andean country and creating new and constantly enhanced and upgraded facilities, programs and services in the vast and varied Peruvian geography.
This favorable ambiance has promoted Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., owners or part owners and managers of 49 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruising properties in 25 countries to acquire a fifth property in Peru, an existing hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The 21-suite hotel involved an investment of seven million US dollars and is part of a joint venture with the prestigious brand’s Peruvian associate, POEH, (Peru Orient Express Hotels).
The Hotel Rio Sagrado is described as a rustic style two story property set amidst beautiful gardens, overlooking the iconographic Urubamba River, with an imposing backdrop of mountains, a perfect setting for a charming and exclusive property. The Hotel is located three kilometers from the town of Urubamba and only 15 minutes from the historic and famous village and Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The location is highly strategic considering it is also the site for the most important Peru Rail station stop, en route to the mythical Machu Picchu citadel.
The Sacred Valley, located between Cuzco and Machu Picchu is Peru’s most visited area and its main tourist attraction, luring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The valley is scenically magnificent with its patchwork of terraced cultivated fields. The area features the magnificent city of Cuzco and the mythical Machu Picchu complex, as the most renowned and fabulous attractions, but also the famous Pisac crafts and produce Sunday market; Chinchero, the place which, according to the Inca legend, is the birthplace to the rainbow; and of course the equally historic ruins of Ollantaytambo.
The new Hotel Rio Sagrado has 11 deluxe suites in addition to two 250 square meter villas constructed with natural stone and woods like eucalyptus and cedar, with marble and onyx bathrooms and flagstone terraces. The Hotel’s 230 square meter Spa has a large treatment room with views of the Urubamba River, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and Sauna.
With this new addition, Orient Express now has five properties in Peru: the Miraflores Park in Lima, the capital city; the Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco; the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the Inca Sanctuary; Las Casitas del Collca on the increasingly touristic Collca Canyon and the Rio Sagrado Hotel, near Urubamba. Currently under construction in Cuzco is the 56 room Hotel Palacio Nazarenas, where a historic convent is being converted into one more luxury hotel, due for completion in 2011. To complete the bet on Peru and its tourism potential, Orient Express runs the luxury Hiram Bingham Train, between Cuzco and Machu Picchu.