Casa Cartagena, Cuzco, Peru
Situated in Cuzco, the Casa Cartagena offers space and comfort creating an atmosphere unique in its style. The emphasis is on slick and modern design, cutting edge lighting, and decoration with the local architecture and surroundings. Sixteen elegantly appointed suites provide central heating and air conditioning system, butler service, internet, TV, DVD and Tatami shower and bathtub. An enriched oxygen system is offered to allow for better body acclimation to the altitude of the city on first arrival (subject to an extra cost).
The Spa is equipped with an enriched oxygen system, a small hydro-massage pool, sauna, massage, and meditation rooms, where you will be able to enjoy aromatherapy, chromatherapy sessions, and other wellness treatments. The restaurant strives to offer an excellent gourmet selection of New Peruvian Cuisine and international courses. A perfect melange is created by choosing from the wine cellar's selection of over 200 worldwide known wines.
Casa Cartagena has been declared a Monument of Peruvian Cultural Heritage by the National Institute of Culture. It was built by the Inca Empire and modified during the colonial period, being always inhabited by ruling nobility, receiving its name during the XVII Century, when it was inhabited by the "Encomendador" of Cusco, Don Fernando Cartagena y Santa Cruz, a member of Viceroy Blasco Nuñez de Vela's court.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
During your day of exploration, you visit the colourful local market in the town of Chinchero. This is one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, and you will be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress all buying and selling their produce.
A half-day tour of the city and nearby Inca ruins begins at Koricancha, which was the Inca’s sumptuous Temple of Sun before becoming the Spaniard’s Santo Domingo church.
The trail takes you through small hamlets and affords stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac below. The trail climbs steadily to a pass at 4,200 m, beyond which you will descend to a beautiful canyon, where a picnic lunch is served.
Visit the Maras salt pans, the experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and the remnants of Ollantaytambo, once an important Inca administrative centre.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colourful Indian market, with its wide variety of textiles and ceramics.
Today will take you above Cuzco to the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River to raft on class III-IV rapids. Here the river is much cleaner and more fun than in the lower sections, and no previous experience is necessary.