This 12-acre eco-oasis is on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu. There are several hotels in the busy town but, having seen a few of the others, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo would definitely be my choice.
A three-hour journey by train from Cusco, or a one-and-a-half-hour journey from Ollantaytambo, the hotel is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and is a delightful place to start any visit to Machu Picchu. The five-minute walk from the railway station to this secluded haven of tranquillity involves crossing the railway tracks and walking over a wooden bridge before arriving at this leafy, gorgeous hotel set in an Andean cloud forest overlooking the fast-flowing Vilcanota river.
Inkaterra was founded in 1975 by José Koechlin, who pioneered eco tourism and sustainable development as an economic basis for biodiversity conservation. Built to resemble an Andean village, the hotel is 6,627 feet above sea level and comprises 83 whitewashed adobe casitas with red roofs, nestled in lush gardens spread out and up the hillside. The casitas include 25 suites, some with private plunge pools, 19 superior deluxe and 39 superior rooms. Traditionally decorated and as eco-friendly as possible, the rooms reflect the culture of Peru. If you are not particularly mobile, ask for rooms near the restaurant because the hotel has many steps.
The hotel also has two restaurants, a bar area and a very nice spa. Included in the price of the rooms are some excursions such as bird- watching and a walk to see the hotel’s famous orchids, of which there are more than 370 different species in the 12-acre garden. There are hummingbirds buzzing around the flowers and there’s a magical, natural rainwater spring pond near the spa. The hotel has a charming little shop, the Inkaterra Gallery, which sells beautiful wraps, cushion covers, bags, scarves and clothing. It also sells the hotel’s own brand of organic natural products, which are used in the spa.
There are two drawing-room areas where guests can sit and read, have a coffee or a drink (one has a small library) and are just up from the reception. Simply but beautifully decorated, they feature working fireplaces, large tiled terracotta floors, Peruvian rugs, cushion covers, wall hangings and huge copper plant-holders. Heavy wood tables and standing candelabra adorn the rooms too. This lovely hotel has a rustic ambiance and is eco-friendly, yet its sophistication comes across in the excellent cuisine, beautiful spa and the great service you expect from a luxury property.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Spa Treatment
- One complimentary 25 minute de-stress massage for two per room once during stay
- VIP welcome
- An upgraded welcome kit in room with aromatherapy products
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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