Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco, Peru
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 center of Cuzco. The hotel is centered around a cloistered courtyard which features outdoor seating, a fountain, colorful flowers and a 300 year old cedar tree; offering a tranquil setting in which to relax.
The 124 rooms and split-level suites are located around flowery courtyards; with some able to be enriched with oxygen to alleviate altitude sickness. All rooms are air-conditioned with Wi-Fi access, an LCD TV and iPod dock.
The Chapel of San Antonio Abad is an ornate masterpiece; with paintings hanging from its walls depicting the life of its saint.
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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 favorite 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 colorful 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 center.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colorful 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.