Aranwa Hotel
Our first major destination in Peru. We spent four days here and found it to be an amazing place. It is so new there were only a few guests. The hotel has acres and acres of gardens, ponds and sitting areas. At every turn there is something new to see. The rooms range from colonial to modern, single rooms to huge two story suites.
River walk
River walk

River walk
The Urabamba river runs right by the hotel
The Urabamba river runs right by the hotel

The Urabamba river runs right by the hotel
We saw tropical birds flowers and orchids here
We saw tropical birds flowers and orchids here

We saw tropical birds flowers and orchids here
First view of the hotel grounds
First view of the hotel grounds

First view of the hotel grounds
Entrance to one the suites that have two story windows overlooking the river
Entrance to one the suites that have two story windows overlooking the river

Entrance to one the suites that have two story windows overlooking the river
The church by early morning light
The church by early morning light

The church by early morning light
The pool and hottub
The pool and hottub

The pool and hottub
More suites looking over a pond
More suites looking over a pond

More suites looking over a pond
Calla Lily growing in one of the many gardens
Calla Lily growing in one of the many gardens

Calla Lily growing in one of the many gardens
Every hallway, stairwell and corner has a niche with an antique figure or icon
Every hallway, stairwell and corner has a niche with an antique figure or icon

Every hallway, stairwell and corner has a niche with an antique figure or icon
The main gate, with two armed guards and an electric fence
The main gate, with two armed guards and an electric fence

The main gate, with two armed guards and an electric fence
Another view of the main gate
Another view of the main gate

Another view of the main gate
Icon outside the chapel
Icon outside the chapel

Icon outside the chapel
The road into the hotel
The road into the hotel

The road into the hotel
Lawnmower
Lawnmower

Lawnmower
Lawnmower in training, baby alpaca
Lawnmower in training, baby alpaca

Lawnmower in training, baby alpaca
Carole makes a friend
Carole makes a friend

Carole makes a friend
One morning a local woman showed up in our hacienda  The next day we sat down with her and spent an hour talking and purchasing her products
One morning a local woman showed up in our hacienda The next day we sat down with her and spent an hour talking and purchasing her products

One morning a local woman showed up in our hacienda The next day we sat down with her and spent an hour talking and purchasing her products
It was nice to be able to sit and examine the products at leisure JPG
It was nice to be able to sit and examine the products at leisure JPG

It was nice to be able to sit and examine the products at leisure
We ended up buying 150 American dollars worth of goods  I guess we made here day because she immediately went home
We ended up buying 150 American dollars worth of goods I guess we made here day because she immediately went home

We ended up buying 150 American dollars worth of goods I guess we made here day because she immediately went home
Corner detail of the hacienda where we stayed
Corner detail of the hacienda where we stayed

Corner detail of the hacienda where we stayed
Red Maccaw
Red Maccaw

Red Maccaw
Local parrots  They were released each morning and are free to fly away, but I guess this is there home
Local parrots They were released each morning and are free to fly away, but I guess this is there home

Local parrots They were released each morning and are free to fly away, but I guess this is their home
One of several lagoons at the hotel
One of several lagoons at the hotel

One of several lagoons at the hotel
The hotel has an orchid conservatory, shown here  Also a colonial kitchen, library, spa, church, art gallery, and antiques at every turn
The hotel has an orchid conservatory, shown here Also a colonial kitchen, library, spa, church, art gallery, and antiques at every turn

The hotel has an orchid conservatory, shown here Also a colonial kitchen, library, spa, church, art gallery, and antiques at every turn
Orchid in the Orchid conservatory
Orchid in the Orchid conservatory

Orchid in the Orchid conservatory
Orchid native to area near Machu Picchu
Orchid native to area near Machu Picchu

Orchid native to area near Machu Picchu
Landscaping details
Landscaping details

Landscaping details
The colonial kitchen, part of the original hacienda that was on the property in the 17th century
The colonial kitchen, part of the original hacienda that was on the property in the 17th century

The colonial kitchen, part of the original hacienda that was on the property in the 17th century
The original oven, still in use occasionally
The original oven, still in use occasionally

The original oven, still in use occasionally
Display of native grains, vegetables and beans
Display of native grains, vegetables and beans

Display of native grains, vegetables and beans
A variety of native corn grown right in this area, outside the gates of the hotel, actually
A variety of native corn grown right in this area, outside the gates of the hotel, actually

A variety of native corn grown right in this area, outside the gates of the hotel, actually
Dried potatoes, just add water
Dried potatoes, just add water

Dried potatoes, just add water
Large corn kernals, roasted and salted by the local people
Large corn kernals, roasted and salted by the local people

Large corn kernals, roasted and salted by the local people
Several varieties of native beans that were originally wild
Several varieties of native beans that were originally wild

Several varieties of native beans that were originally wild
Native lupine beans  They are poisonous in the wild, but the Incas figured out how to grow them without the poison
Native lupine beans They are poisonous in the wild, but the Incas figured out how to grow them without the poison

Native lupine beans They are poisonous in the wild, but the Incas figured out how to grow them without the poison
  Smaller oven and cooking pots
Smaller oven and cooking pots

Smaller oven and cooking pots