All About Urubamba

With a population of 12,000, Urubamba is a bit larger than other towns in the valley, and with that higher population comes more pollution and noise, but there is certainly more to do here, be it shopping, meeting friends for lunch, hitting a bar, or taking a Zumba class.

There are almost too many restaurants and cafes to choose from to put here, but some of the most popular with expats are below.


Jr. Grau con Padre Barre. Friendly service, homemade Italian food, healthy juices and smoothies and great coffee define this restaurant. Bonus: there’s a lovely shop that sells home items and second hand clothing, too!

Mi Frutal 

Jr Mainique 327. This humble cafe offers a variety of juices, smoothies, soups and coffees to a young crowd. Prices are very reasonable, and the cafe is dedicated to being eco-friendly (no plastic bottles, straws or packages of condiments)


Jiron Sagrario 342. If you love curries and pizza, this is the place for you! Well known for these two dishes, the restaurant has a hip vibe and a sweet garden patio if you wish to dine outdoors.

El Huacatay

Jr Arica 620. This is a great representation of fine dining in Urubamba. Quiet and romantic, this restaurant has a varied menu with lots of vegan and veggie options. Choose from beautifully presented soups, pastas, and traditional Peruvian dishes. Reservations recommended. 

Kaia Shenai

Avenida Mariscal Castilla 563. With its big outdoor park full of toys and games, this is a popular restaurant for families. Expect to find an array of healthy options such as roast chicken, lentil burgers, soups and tacos There’s also a shop indoors selling organic beauty products and handmade clothing.

Pros of living in Urubamba

  • Great market, every day
  • Plenty to do
  • Close to Cusco (through Chinchero)
  • Wonderful restaurants

Cons of living in Urubamba

  • Quite busy, and the town is growing
  • A bit polluted
  • Houses and gardens are smaller


If you’d like to know about a selection of hotels you can stay in if you’d like to try living in Urubamba, click here.