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.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Inkaterra is a stylish and comfortable hotel, providing a relaxing retreat where you can enjoy the wildlife-filled natural surroundings. Accommodation is in beautifully appointed, spacious casitas, suites and villas which are scattered around the property's pretty gardens. The hotel has a rustic feel, with cosy rooms decorated in neutral colours, and beautiful views over the Urubamba River. Great for birdwatching, you may be lucky enough to see a hummingbird among other colourful birdlife.
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Accommodation is spread through the cloud forest, accessed along stone pathways. Each room comes with alpaca blankets, fireplaces (except Superior casitas), comfortable seating areas and large en suite bathrooms. Casitas are divided into Superior, Superior Deluxe and Junior Suite categories, with the first two having either a queen size bed or two doubles and the latter housing a king size bed along with additional features such as iPod speakers, a separate living area and, in some cases, a terrace.
Macchu Picchu Suites offer further space and luxury, featuring their own terrace, plunge pool and wood burning fireplace, along with either one or two king size beds or two double beds. Complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and an open-air shower are also included, with the Suite Inkaterra also featuring a private garden. This can also be joined with another suite to form the Villa Inkaterra, which is ideal for families, boasting private terraces, plunge pools and a butler service.
Located above the Urubamba River, Inkaterra is a little further from the centre of Aguas Calientes than other hotels, and therefore is further away from the main bus stop up to Machu Picchu. However, being a 20 minute walk away from the town means that the hotel is quieter and enjoys a tranquil setting.
Food and drink
A buffet breakfast is usually served from 5am onwards, allowing guests to have a head-start if planning to visit the ruins. There are two restaurants, the main one serving lunch and dinner, which has beautiful views over the river. The hotel also serves afternoon tea - the perfect way to recharge the batteries after a morning visiting the ruins.
Facilities and activities
The hotel does have an outdoor pool, although temperatures in Aguas Calientes rarely reach a point where you would want to swim. A choice of nature walks are also offered, taking guests through the extensive grounds or even further afield into the cloud forest. Some of these walks are complimentary while others have an additional cost. On site, there's also an Andean sauna, a spa and a gift shop. Binoculars can be rented and packed lunches can be prepared for an additional charge.
The Inkaterra certainly has the best position in the village of Aguas Calientes, offering a comfortable place to feel at one with nature. We do find that the service can be mixed, and being located in dense cloud forest, natural light in rooms is also at a minimum. Despite this, the hotel is a peaceful escape, and with its beautiful grounds and walking trails it does offer an extra dimension to your time in the area.
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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 the heart of Machu Picchu village, this smart, contemporary hotel offers the high service levels of the upmarket Inkaterra chain whilst appealing to those on a more modest budget.
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.