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!
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)
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 Pisac
- 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.