Built as a monastery in 1592 and converted in 1995 into a beautiful hotel, the Monasterio is a haven of peace and elegance in the centre of Cuzco.
The El Mercado is unassuming from the outside, but stepping over the threshold you find yourself standing on the stone flags of a courtyard where Cuzco's farmers once traded, and throughout the property you'll find characterful touches that remind you of its past, such as as the traditional hats that line the walls of the lobby, and the central courtyard itself, which is overlooked by each of the hotel's rooms over wooden balustrades. The rooms span three floors and offer a comfortable retreat from Cuzco's bustling streets.
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The hotel offers three room categories. The smallest, but which still offer ample space, are the Superior rooms. Next in size are the Junior Suites, and there is also one Suite. Superior rooms and Junior Suites offer twin beds or a king size bed, with the latter also boasting cosy fireplaces, while the Suite accommodates either a king size bed or two double beds and a large separate bathroom. All rooms include a private bathroom, smart TV and Wi-Fi connection.
Please note: the layout of the some of the rooms may not appeal to all, as part of the bathroom is open to the bedroom, but still offers privacy. For full details please speak to your specialist.
Walk for five minutes from El Mercado along an attractive street lined with traditional colonial houses and you'll find yourself at the Plaza de Armas, the main square in the heart of Cuzco. Many of our favourite restaurants and cafes are either on or just off the plaza, which is the focal point of city life in the day and evening.
Food and drink
A buffet breakfast of home-cooked hot and cold dishes is served in the hotel's central courtyard or under the surrounding canopy. You can also order freshly squeezed blends of locally grown fruits from the juice bar. The La Taberna bar provides light lunches and evening tapas, along with specialty cocktails. As there is no restaurant for evening meals, the staff will point you to one of the numerous great restaurants in Cuzco.
A charming hotel with quirky little touches, such as a fruit juice lady at the breakfast buffet. Staying here, you never hear the noise of the city yet you're right in the heart of Cuzco.
Cuzco tour ideas
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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.
Set in a tranquil plaza close to Cuzco's main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels.
One of the new luxury hotels to open in Cuzco, the Casa Cartagena offers space and comfort creating an atmosphere unique in its style.
Situated halfway between the heart of Cuzco's San Blas district and the main square, Casa San Blas is a small, friendly hotel set in an 18th century adobe house.
Built on the foundations of the "Aclla Huasi" (home of the chosen virgins of the Incas), and with some of the original Inca walls still remaining, the Hotel Libertador has a fine mix of Inca and Spanish colonial style and architecture.
One of our favourite hotels in Peru, La Casona is a beautifully restored colonial house that offers a superb boutique service. Located on the Plaza de Nazarenas, the hotel sits right in the heart of colonial Cuzco.
This historical hotel was once the home of an important Spanish merchant, and prior to that was at the heart of the Incan capital.
A perfect base from which to explore Cuzco, the comfortable and great value Tierra Viva Saphi is a short walk away from the bustling heart of the city, the Plaza de Armas.
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 4200m, 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.