Choosing your perfect Machu Picchu Peru Hotel
Machu Picchu, one of the few Inca architectural masterpieces to escape the razing of Spanish conquistadors, is now the number one Peru travel destination. If you are planning to travel to Machu Picchu, make sure to book your hotel reservation in advance, as hotel availability can be limited, especially during the high season from June to September.
Whether you are traveling to Machu Picchu via train, taking a tour such as the Special 1: Heart of the Inca , or you are walking in the footsteps of the Inca on the classic 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will most likely want to spend one or two nights in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu.
Sandwiched between the Urubamba River and the mountains, Aguas Calientes has grown up over the years to accommodate the nearly one million visitors who make the pilgrimage to Machu Picchu each year. The town is named after the hot springs on its outskirts, where, for only a few soles, visitors can enjoy a relaxing bath in the row of naturally-heated pools.
The train PeruRail runs directly from Cusco to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu. Many visitors take the train to Aguas Calientes, spend the night, and wake up early the next morning to get to the Machu Picchu entrance before the crowds. If you get to Machu Picchu early enough, you can also catch the spectacular sunrise.
If you are traveling to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail trek, you will camp in the beautiful Sacred Valley. But after your trek, you most likely will want to rest and spend a night in Aguas Calientes before taking the train back to Cusco.
There are numerous Machu Picchu Peru Hotels in town, from luxury resorts to budget hostels.
The most luxurious hotels are those in the Inkaterra hotel chain. Inkaterra has two Machu Picchu Peru hotels, the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and the El Mapi Hotel, plus one in Cusco called La Casona Hotel , and an Amazon lodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, in the Puerto Maldonado Amazon Rainforest.
These Inkaterra hotels, especially the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel , have consistently been named one of the world’s finest hotels by Travel&Leisure. The exquisite five-star Spanish colonial-style Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is perched in the cloud forest on the edge of town.
Hand-crafted wood beams, hand-cut stones, and white-washed adobe walls give this luxury lodge a rustic edge perfectly situated among green palms and tropical foliage. Guests can relax on private red-tile verandas overlooking the cloud forest gardens or take a guided tour of the gardens filled with orchids, medicinal plants, butterflies, and tropical birds.
In each of El Pueblo’s 86 bungalows, gorgeous cast iron bed frames draped in hand-woven duvets make each room a destination in itself. After your Inca Trail hike, relaxing in the luxury spa or at the side of the hot tub nestled in the jungle is the perfect way to cap off your Machu Picchu vacation.
Visitors to El Pueblo Hotel can enjoy a cocktail in the Hiram Bingham Bar, try seasonal and organic dishes in the Café Inkaterra, dine or breakfast in the glass house restaurant, relax in the library, take a refreshing dip in the pool fed by a pure mountain spring, or get pampered in the luxury spa.
Inkaterra’s other specialty hotel, the El Mapi Hotel, is located in the center of Aguas Calientes and is only a stone’s throw away from the bus and train station. Recently renovated with completely recycled wood, this four-star hotel has focused on offering a trendy environmentally-friendly hotel that blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings.
Besides flat screen TVs and mini-bars, each of El Mapi’s 48 rooms comes equipped with hypoallergenic pillows, natural herbal amenities, and energy-saving reading lights. The rooms boast terrific views of the immaculately landscaped gardens built into the lush cloud forest surrounding Aguas Calientes.
You can also enjoy a coffee and a sandwich in the El Mapi café, grab a Pisco sour from the bar, or sit down for a meal in the restaurant that serves Peruvian specialties along with international favorites.