Inca City of Cusco
Isn’t it just fascinating to travel and discover new places? Their cultures, the history, the past and everything that goes along with it? Well, I hear you, and traveling to Peru is no exception. Peru is full of wonderful culture and the natural beauty well worth atleast one visit during your lifetime. When you travel to Peru, you will eventually arrive into the Inca city of Cusco. The city is full of wonderful and interesting historical sites to enjoy. But the mystery deosn’t end with the historical sight. Oh no, the msyteries and history pass through the very hotels you sleep in at night whilst in Cusco. The hotels are full of their own history and some have quite the story to tell. And so we have arrived at the main point of this article; What are the top 4 historic Cusco hotels and their dramatic pasts?
There are many hotels in Cusco Peru some that were once beautiful old colonial houses. These houses have been home to some famous Peruvians, so let us start and give you a brief history of four of the most colorful.
Let us start with the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. This mansion was built in 1560 and today still has its original stone front. The hotel has been home to many famous Peruvians including Clorinda Matto de Turner; the author lived in the house during the 20th Century. Today the Aranwa is home to 37 painting and 35 sculptures from the famous Cusco School. After they conquered the Inca, the Spanish imported artists from Spain to teach the natives how to paint, this being the origins of the school.
Next on the list of top hotels is the Inkaterra La Casona, which is a restored 16th Century colonial house. The hotels has only 11 suites and is one of the oldest Spanish buildings in Cusco. The list of important people who have lived in the house is quite impressive. There’s Juan Alvara Maldonado, who is one of the discoverers of the Peruvian Amazon! Diego de Almagro who came to Peru with Francisco Pizarro also lived here. One of the most influential people in South American history General Simon Bolivar lived in the house in 1825. It was his influence that sparked revolutions throughout South America and today many countries consider him a great liberator.
There is no sign on Hotel entrance and only guests can enter the hotel, but it is well worth a visit to experience the colonially decorated rooms featuring all the modern amenities that hidden in antique cabinets. Each room featuring an open fireplace, which the staff will light for you.
In the same plaza as the La Casona, is the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Boutique hotel. The hotel has seen many updates. It originally was an Inca building but was converted in 1644 by the Jesuits. In the 18th century, it was an upper class convent for girls that came from rich families and the building continued as a convent until 1970. The house has seen alot of drama, one former owner, Dona Maria Calderon was murdered by a conquistador named Francisco de Carvajal! A few other owners also died in the house until the Jesuits took control. So if you are supersticious, this may not be the best hotel for you. Jokes aside, today the hotel has 55 suites that feature oxygen that can be pumped into the room. The hotel has a swimming pool, a spa and the rooms have lavish bathrooms made with Peruvian marble, this historical masterpiece is a delite to stay in very little people reporting ghosts visiting them in the night!
Lastly, the Belmond Monasterio also needs to be mentioned, this building was a monastery! It was built in 1595 on the ruins of an Inca palace. Tourists are allowed to visit the building and it is well worth the time, to see the collections of original colonial art and tapestries that hang in the building.
IN 1650, an earthquake hit the area and most of the building was destroyed. But luckily, it was rebuilt and with the addition of a golden chaple featuring many works of art from the Cusco school of art.
The hotel features elegant restaurants with international dishes made with local ingredients. One of the restaurants also holds opera performances 3 nights a week. Other restaurants in the hotel offer to serve their meals in the lovely courtyard of the hotel.
You may ask why visit Cusco city? And the reasons are endless; from the city’s rich history, the elegant streets, and cuisines, to astounding Inca architecture. These are just a few reasons to book a Cusco Peru Travel tour. On your next vacation to Peru consider not only Cusco but also the nearby Machu Picchu! Peru is full of natural wonders to see and enjoy!
Enjoy the naturally beautiful coast of Peru; the region is famous for the capital Lima and its world famous cuisine, travel south of Lima to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. While in the highlands of Peru visit the lakeside town of Puno, where Lake Titicaca and the floating Islands are located. If you have the time and love nature you must travel to the Peruvian Amazon, filled with wonderful lodges to stay at and wildlife to encounter, the jungle is a must see for the nature buffs among you.
Come to Peru and experience the top 4 historic Cusco Hotels and their dramatic pasts, the experience will stay with you forever.