In recent years the explosion of luxury tourism has reached Peru with luxury hotels springing up in all parts of Peru. Cusco the heart of the Inca Empire has many different luxury properties for the luxury traveler, some housed in beautiful Spanish colonial house buildings, such as the Belmond Monasterio or the JW Marriot both with beautiful stone patios and Inca stone walls, featuring traditional decoration and five star restaurants.

Belmond Monasterio

Belmond Monasterio

JW Marriot

This explosion has also spread to Machu Picchu the Inca citadel with the best of the best hotel chains opening their doors to the luxury tourism market. Luxury hotels in Machu Picchu include the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel located at the gates of Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary enjoys a unique location and is the only hotel beside the Inca city, this pretty lodge is set in a beautiful orchid gardens and is a perfect place to relax, honeymoon for a few days and is perfect in the morning to eat a delicious breakfast or to pass a romantic magic moon light night. As the only Hotel at Machu Picchu the Sanctuary Lodge offers its guest very easy access to the ruins from very early in the morning to very late afternoon. This is a great time to explore Machu Picchu before the crowds in the morning and when the last buses have left in the afternoon.

Belmond Sanctuary

Belmond Sanctuary

Have your breakfast on the terrace, enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the restaurants or unwind after a day of exploring in the bar with a traditional Pisco Sour. Sit out on the terrace and enjoy Peruvian cuisine from produce grown locally on the hotel grounds, this beautiful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day touring with incredible views of Machu Picchu. The hotel also features a spa for rejuvenating message and special aromatherapy treatments. If you are feeling like a refreshing dip, try the heated plunge pool with magnificent views of Machu Picchu.

InkaTerra Machu Picchu Pueblo

InkaTerra Machu Picchu Pueblo

As the Belmond Sanctuary is the only luxury hotel in Machu Picchu itself, you will have to travel to Aguas Calientes for more five star luxury hotels, In the town of Aguas Calientes, the InkaTerra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in the Machu Picchu area, a member of the National Geographic unique lodges of the world, the hotel features twelve acres of gardens and where 214 species of birds live and has one of the world’s largest native orchid collections, featuring eighty tree bungalows, decorated in tasteful Peruvian style, surrounded by a garden of Eden, a stay at this luxury hotel in Machu Picchu, Inka Terra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is the ultimate Machu Picchu experience. The hotel features some luxury inclusions such as a Unu Spa complete with mystical Andean treatments such as a distress massage, deep tissue massage and Andean hot stone treatments. The fine dining experience also is not lacking the Inca Terra, featuring a dining room for an a la cate meal or a café if you prefer a quick snack. Some of the e excursions offered at the hotel are a nature walk through the nearby forest, the orchid trail seeing all the varieties of orchids, birdwatching, the tea plantation and a magnificent Twilight walk seeing he wildlife at night.

The Sumaq

The Sumaq

Located in the center of Aguas Calientes town is the luxury hotel, The Sumaq, featuring sixty-two deluxe rooms where you will sleep deeply with good feather comforters and silent central heating. Thirty-five of the rooms boast Vilcanota River views, the hotel has a mystical tour of Machu Picchu where you will enjoy the unique experience of visiting the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu guided tour by an authentic Shaman who will introduce you to the mystical and cosmic world of these Andean beliefs. Or why not participate in an Andean marriage, this private ancient ceremony will take place in the open air surrounded by flower and natural beauty, the ritual calls upon the Inca gods to guide your relationship. The Sumaq has cooking demonstrations where guest can participate in preparing the local Peruvian dish Ceviche and also learn how to prepare the traditional Pisco Sour, all with the most spectacular backdrop.

The town of Aguas Calientes is 1700 meters above sea level and full of lovely little restaurant and charming hotels that might not be a luxurious as the five star hotels mentioned above. The town has many little market places to explore and buy momentos of your visit to Machu Picchu. The town itself is only around 2 kilometers from the gate of Machu Picchu but you will have to take a 20 minutes’ bus ride to get to the gate. The town also features hot springs to soak away your aches and pain from a day of trekking or climbing Huayna Picchu. The baths are open from 8 am to p.m. every day and cost around three soles to get in.

Machu Picchu is a must see in any trip to Peru or South America and is one of the most famous ruins in this region. A luxury trip to this wonder of the world will be a memory to last a lifetime and if you stay in one of the luxury hotel in Machu Picchu the memory will even be more lasting.

Remember a life unexplored is not worth living.

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