Part of the Ananay group, the Quinta San Blas is a great little boutique hotel in the bohemian hilltop neighbourhood of San Blas. A fantastic base for exploring Cusco and its surrounds, this hotel offers a more simple style of accommodation accompanied by friendly and attentive service.
With one of the most unique positions and the best views in Cusco, the Palacio Manco Capac is a delightful boutique hotel set on the hillside above the city. Made up of only 5 rooms and surrounded by quiet gardens and eucalyptus forest, it’s a tranquil escape from the bustling city below.
Set within a restored 17th century colonial house with original Inca walls, Casa Cartagena is a luxury hotel and spa with modern facilities and contemporary design features. Very different in style to the nearby Monasterio and La Casona, Casa Cartagena offers an alternative to the old-world grandeur of Cusco’s other five-star offerings.
Belmond’s second hotel in Cusco and the more modern sister-property to the Monasterio is the luxurious Palacio Nazarenas. Offering all-suite accommodation set within a restored palace and seventeenth century convent, it is undoubtedly the most lavish of Cusco’s hotels and the place to go to be well and truly pampered.
Probably Cusco’s most sophisticated hotel, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio offers luxury accommodation and service in a superb setting. In our view, this hotel is all about the experience, which is created through its impressive architecture, original artwork and live music performances.
It would be hard to be unimpressed by the scale and grandeur of the Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection, whose countless corridors and internal courtyards seem to be never ending! While it doesn't have the intimacy or character of the smaller hotels, it’s an ideal choice for those looking for a 5-star experience and a wide range of facilities for their stay in Cusco.
Owned by Mountain Lodges of Peru, Hotel El Mercado is a warm and welcoming hotel with great service and comfortable accommodation in the centre of Cusco. Offering very good value for money, the hotel provides a great base for exploring Cusco and its surrounds and is the perfect stopover before starting the Salkantay and Lares programs run by Mountain Lodges.
A small and intimate hotel in a quiet square in the centre of colonial Cusco, La Casona is set within a historic 16th century palace. Designed to be a home from home, the hotel is a haven of relaxation and tranquility offering discreet and personalised service.
The Sacred Valley
As a means of acclimatising, it is becoming more and more frequent for clients to start an itinerary to Cusco and Machu Picchu by first heading down to the Sacred valley (also known as the Urubamba Valley or the , that winds its way eventually to the foot of Machu Picchu. This verdant area was once the centre of food production for the nearby Inca capital of Cusco and offers plenty to see and do as far as viewing some of the important Inca ruins of the area and getting a glimpse of a simple Peruvian way of life.
Paracas and the Nazca Lines
At a 2 hour drive out of Lima, the village of Nasca has become famous for the strange drawings of “giants” that exist to the north. These drawings depict giant spiders and other animals. There is no real understanding of why they were drawn in the desert or how then managed to get the scale so correct (the best way to view them is from the air). As a couple of nights excursion from Lima, they are an interesting and individual sight to go and see.