Best Hotels in Machu Picchu
In recent years, the explosion of luxury tourism has reached Peru with luxury hotels springing up in all parts of the country. Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire, has many different luxury properties available to the luxury traveler, some housed in beautiful Spanish colonial buildings, such as the Belmond Monasterio or the JW Marriott, both with beautiful stone patios and Inca stone walls, featuring traditional decoration and five star restaurants. This explosion has also spread to Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel with some of the best hotel chains opening their doors to the luxury tourism market. Luxury hotels in Machu Picchu include the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel located at the gates of Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary enjoys a unique location and is the only hotel beside the Inca city. This pretty lodge is set in exquisite orchid gardens and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast as well as pass away romantic moonlit nights. As the only Hotel at Machu Picchu, the Sanctuary Lodge offers its guest very easy access to the ruins from very early in the morning to very late in the afternoon, making ideal opportunities for their guests to explore Machu Picchu before the crowds in the mornings and after the last buses in the afternoons.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
At the Sanctuary, you will be able to have your breakfast on the terrace, enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the restaurants and unwind after a day of exploring in the bar with a traditional Pisco Sour. This beautiful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of taking in the incredible views of Machu Picchu. The hotel also features a spa for rejuvenating massage and special aromatherapy treatments. If you are feeling like a refreshing dip, try the heated plunge pool with comes with the added benefit of magnificent views of Machu Picchu.
As the Belmond Sanctuary is the only luxury hotel in Machu Picchu itself, you will have to travel to Aguas Calientes for more five star luxury hotels. In the town of Aguas Calientes, the InkaTerra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in the Machu Picchu area, and is a member of the National Geographic unique lodges of the world. The hotel features twelve acres of gardens and is home to 214 species of birds as well as one of the world’s largest native orchid collections, featuring eighty tree bungalows, decorated in tasteful Peruvian style and surrounded by a garden of Eden. A stay at this luxury hotel in Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is the ultimate Machu Picchu experience for any traveller. The hotel features luxury inclusions such as a Unu Spa complete with mystical Andean treatments such as a distress massage, deep tissue massage and Andean hot stone treatments. Is that food I hear? Never fear, The fine dining experience is not lacking along the Inca Terra, featuring a dining room for an a la carte meal or a café if you prefer a quick snack. Some of the excursions offered at the hotel are a nature walk through the nearby forest, the orchid trail where you can observe all of the varieties of orchids, birdwatching, the tea plantation and a magnificent Twilight walk where you can see the wildlife at night.
The Sumaq Hotel
Located in the center of Aguas Calientes town is the luxury hotel, The Sumaq, featuring sixty-two deluxe rooms where you will sleep deeply with good feather comforters and silent central heating. Thirty-five of the rooms boast Vilcanota River views, the hotel has a mystical tour of Machu Picchu where you will enjoy the unique experience of visiting the historical sanctuary of the Machu Picchu guided tour by an authentic Shaman who will introduce you to the mystical and cosmic world of the Andean beliefs. You can even take part in an Andean marriage if you wish; this private ancient ceremony will take place in the open air surrounded by flora and fauna in all of its natural beauty, the ritual calls upon the Inca gods to guide the soulmates relationship through life’s journey. The Sumaq has cooking demonstrations where guests can participate in preparing the local Peruvian dish Ceviche and also learn how to prepare the traditional Pisco Sour, all with the most spectacular backdrop.
The town of Aguas Calientes is 1700 meters above sea level and is full of lovely little restaurants and charming hotels that might not be comparable to the luxury five star hotels mentioned above, but are still quite nice. The town has many little market places to explore and buy mementos of your visit to Machu Picchu to take back home. The town itself is only around 2 kilometers from the gate of Machu Picchu but you will have to take a 20 minute bus ride to get to the gate. The town also features hot springs to soak away your aches and pain from a day of trekking or climbing Huayna Picchu. The baths are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. every day and cost around three soles.
Machu Picchu is a must see in any trip to Peru or South America and is one of the most famous ruins in this region and in the world. A luxury trip to this wonder of the world will be a memory to last a lifetime and if you make the decision to stay in one of the luxury hotels in Machu Picchu, well it can’t hurt the experience.
Remember a life unexplored is a life not worth living!