Located close to the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers high quality accommodation and service in an enviable position.
Sleek and modern but remaining down-to-earth, comfort and service are at the heart of El Mapi's operation, and while it may lack character it offers the excellent service levels found in other Inkaterra properties. As with all hotels in Machu Picchu village, there are always people checking in and out, which makes for a busy atmosphere in the hotel's communal areas. However, the rooms are quiet and you can easily get away from the rush of the day.
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Guest rooms comprise of Superior Deluxe rooms and a handful of Suites. All are fitted with either twin beds or a king size bed, blackout curtains, a hair dryer, safety box and phone. Panoramic windows look out to the surrounding landscape and the decor is simple but stylish. The Suites offer additional space, a sofa bed, living room and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
El Mapi is located in the heart of Aguas Calientes village (or Machu Picchu pueblo), with various restaurants and cafes within easy access. The hotel is a short walk from the main bus stop to Machu Picchu as well as the daily covered market.
Food and drink
Dinner is included at El Mapi, and while the food is fine we do get some comments that the restaurant has a 'canteen' feel about it, with set dinner times (although these span several hours). If you prefer, you could try the Inka Grill opposite or the restaurant in the Sumaq hotel (at the bottom of the hill on the way to Machu Picchu). You may also request a packed lunch to take out with you during the day.
The bar serves a variety of drinks, snacks and tapas, holding Happy Hours each day.
As the hotel charges for bottled water, you may prefer to purchase the large 2.5 litre bottles from Cuzco or Sacred Valley before arriving in Aguas Calientes.
Facilities and activities
A number of guided excursions can be arranged through the hotel, such as birdwatching, historical and archaeological excursions. Binoculars can be rented from the hotel, and a laundry service is also available.
This is a comfortable hotel in the centre of Aguas Calientes, representing great value for money. As you would expect from a hotel run by the Inkaterra chain, there's a pleasant bar, the rooms are well appointed and service levels are good.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
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.
The Inkaterra Machu Picchu offers a beautiful location from which to explore Machu Picchu. With extensive grounds set in lush cloud forest, there's plenty for guests to enjoy after visiting these icnoic ruins.
Located on the banks of the Urubamba River, the Sumaq Hotel offers comfortable, well-appointed accommodation in a great location near to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
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.