A charmingly rustic hacienda set in the outskirts of Tarma
Doubles from $90 per room
Best for: History Buff
Why stay here: To stay in an authentic hacienda while enjoying the beautiful Valley of the Flowers.
- It is no longer a working hacienda
- Year built: 1724
- The history of the hacienda: Santa Maria has been in the present owner's family for many generations and was a working farm since 1950. However, the Agrarian Reforms in Peru during the 1970s meant that much of their land was lost. Although the house remained in the family it is no longer a working farm.
- 13 guest rooms
- Room details: The rooms are a mixture of singles, doubles and triples
Food and Drink
- Dining: Breakfast is included in the rate
- Bar: No bar but drinks are available on request
Activities at the hotel
- Games Salon
Local area attractions
- Valley of the Flowers
- Inca Trail
- Local archeological sites
Amenities and Facilities
- Special events including weddings are offered
- Wifi available in office
- Gardens and terraces
- Extra beds available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: April to October for the better weather although the area is very lush and green during the rainy season
- Suitable for children: Children are welcome
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic food from garden; local staff
- Special offers: Yes for holidays and festivals
- Check in/out policies: 12pm/10am
- From $90 per room per night
- Credit cards not accepted
- Booking and cancellation: 50% deposit is required to confirm booking
Hacienda Santa Maria is situated in Tarma, which is in the picturesque Valley of the Flowers (Valle de las Flores). It is also often referred to as the, “ceja de la silva” (eyebrow of the jungle) given its proximity to the start of the Amazon basin. With warmer temperatures and beautiful flowers Tarma is a charming mountain town and a good place to stop enroute to the jungle. Hacienda Santa Maria is owned and run by the very helpful Delia and her husband.
The property was built around 300 years ago when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the area. It has been in Delia’s family for many generations and used to be a large working farm owning a considerable amount of the surrounding land. The Agrarian reforms of the 1970s meant that the hacienda diminished in size. Consequently it is no longer a working farm and is just a fraction of what it used to be. The house was neglected for a while but it has now been running as a hotel for the last 10 years.
There are 13 rooms and are a mixture of size and style. Some are found in the newly refurbished block which are very comfortable and attractively decorated. The accommodation is very flexible with a variety of different permutations – singles, doubles, twins and triples. As the evenings can get chilly they thoughtfully provide hot water bottles to take to bed. The older rooms are in keeping with the style and age of the hacienda and are more traditional looking in decor.
In the surrounding area there is plenty to keep you busy – bird watching, walks through the Valley of the Flowers, local archaeological sites, canyons, treks including part of the Inca Trail which is a challenging but rewarding 4 to 5 hours hike. The scenery is stunning and lots of people break up their journey to the Amazon by stopping here. It still feels relatively undiscovered as a tourist destination and that just adds to the charm. Parts of Peru can be over run with tourists but this is certainly not the case here. In fact it's more popular with domestic tourists and lots of people travel down from Lima to escape the city for a few days.
There is a restaurant on site where breakfast and a set dinner is served. Breakfast is fresh fruit, breads and jams and eggs cooked to order. Given the altitude dinner tends to be a lighter affair with home made soups and puddings on offer and if the guest is hungry a main course as well. All meals are taken in the communal dining room, which feels like you are stepping back in time with amazing paintings on the wall done by a French artist many years ago.
Hacienda Santa Maria is an interesting and historic hacienda set on the edge of Tarma. The surrounding area is green and verdant and the views enjoyed from the hacienda are lovely. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and it makes a great place to base yourself and explore the beautiful nearby area before heading into the Amazon basin. This atmospheric hacienda is a charming place to stay where you feel like you have stepped back in time to an era that existed long ago.