Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and is the most important touristic attraction in Peru. Every year, the South American country receives millions of tourists ready to explore the region and have an unforgettable adventure.
Although the destination attracts people looking for adventure, there is always room for luxury hotels. The cities near Machu Picchu have some outstanding hotels that take advantage of history, nature and mystical atmosphere of the place. Some of these lavish hotels are among the best in South America and go the extra mile to give their guest an unforgettable experience.
10 Palacio Manco Capac
Palacio Manco Capac is a hotel that belongs to the Peruvian chain Ananay. The place is on the top of a view and has a panoramic view of Cusco, the most important city in the Incan Empire, and not far from the ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
The guests are welcomed with coca tea. There are only 12 rooms in this hotel that was built in a former palace, so the guests have the feeling of exclusiveness. The restaurant menu includes Peruvian dishes with a modern touch.
9 Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel
Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel is perfect for the tourists looking for a refugee in the middle of Cusco. This hotel preserved its colonial architecture and is one of the fanciest hotels in the Inca Empire capital. It is the perfect chance to be in a central location, but with accommodations that will make you feel back on time.
The hotel is also famous for its spa, that has treatments inspired in the Andean cultures. There is also a butler available that can help guests to prepare the tours for the day.
8 Sol y Luna
Ollantaytambo is a fascinating village near the Machu Picchu. The place has one of the essential points of the Sacred Valley and receives hundreds of tourists every day. However, most of them are on a day trip and don’t have the chance to enjoy the energy of Ollantaytambo.
Sol y Luna is a luxury hotel for the lucky guests who want to stay at least one night and enjoy this magical place. The lodge has premium suites and the guests can enjoy several outdoor activities.
7 Tambo del Inka Resort
The Sacred Valley attracts some luxury hotels due to its peaceful atmosphere and jaw-dropping landscape. Tambo del Inka Resort is one of them. This hotel is surrounded by mountains and is perfect for tourists who want to connect with the unique energy of this region, which was considered sacred by Incas.
The rooms have a private balcony, where the guests can enjoy the view of the mountains and the Vilcanota river. The meals are prepared with local organic ingredients, and the hotel also has one of the best spas in the country.
6 JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
Cusco is the entrance for people who want to discover Machu Picchu and also do other tours. The city has several hotels, but some of them are outstanding. JW Marriott El Convento was built in a 16th-century convent, as the name suggests. It is a unique hotel that combines the history of Incas, Spanish colonizers and luxury accommodations.
As soon as the guests arrive, they can admire an Incan sun made with 6,000 Swarovski crystals. There are two areas where guests can also see Peruvian artifacts. The rooms have an oxygen-enriched system that helps to relieve the altitude sickness.
5 Explora Valle Sagrado
Explora is a hotel chain specialized in luxury. They have hotels in Bolivia. Chile, Argentina and Peru. The Explora Valle Sagrado is the only property of the brand in the Machu Picchu's country and they went the extra mile to impress their guests. While building the hotel, they found out an original Inka wall that was restored and became part of the hotel.
The rooms are spacious and, like other hotels on this list, there is a specialized chef that will serve the best of Peruvian cuisine. The Explora Valle Sagrado also has multilingual guides. However, guests need to be prepared to disconnect, since there is no television in the rooms and WiFi is just available in common areas.
4 Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a perfect option for people who want to combine luxury travel and the energy that can only be found in Machu Picchu. The hotel was built in the middle of a forest and the guests can explore waterfalls, stone pathways, watch the hundred bird species, or just drink a coca tea in the bungalow. The Inkaterra is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
The spa has products made from local products and the restaurant has fantastic Peruvian dishes prepared by a specialized chef.
3 Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Inkaterra also has another luxury hotel not far from Machu Picchu. The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a city that is part of the Sacred Valley. This luxury hotel is inspired by a farm and has 100 acres. The spacious bungalows are in the middle of the mountains, and the view is jaw-dropping. The decoration features authentic Peruvian woodwork.
Urubamba receives fewer tourists if compared to Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo, the two most touristic cities in the region. It has a rural vibe, and the guests will have the chance to slow down, enjoy the luxury features of this hotel and feel connected with nature.
2 Sumaq Hotel Machu Picchu
According to Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure, Sumaq Hotel Machu Picchu is one of the best hotels in South America. This hotel is located at Machu Picchu Pueblo (a.k.a. Aguas Calientes), where most travelers stay one night or two before going to Machu Picchu.
Sumaq Hotel Machu Picchu faces the Vilcanota river ver and has a privileged view of the mountains that surround the city. The five stars hotel offers a spa that includes indigenous treatments. They also organize unique experiences, like a tour on Machu Picchu guided by a Shaman and an authentic Andean wedding celebration.
1 Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
This is the only hotel that is really at Machu Picchu since all the others are in villages and cities near it. The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is an exclusive paradise in the middle of nature. The hotel takes advantage of the mystical vibes of Machu Picchu and offers several spiritual activities, like a shaman ceremony and yoga lessons. The restaurant prepares typical Peruvian dishes using organic ingredients harvested from the garden.
The Belmond is one of the most elegant hotels in Machu Picchu and also offers a luxury train that can bring guests to other cities like Puno.