The best luxury hotels at Machu Picchu

As one of the greatest historical monuments in the world, Machu Picchu has been on many a traveller’s bucket list since its discovery in 1912. Dating back to the 1500’s, the ruins of this ancient citadel are unmistakable, often shrouded in mist rising from the surrounding cloud forest. It is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular sights in Latin America, especially if you’ve just arrived at the ruins after completing the 4 day long and somewhat challenging Inca Trek.

There are now many different places to stay close to Machu Picchu, from campsites and backpacking hostels, right up to 5* hotels which are exceptionally luxurious and offer unrivalled views of the stunning mountainous landscapes. Here, we have chosen our favourites;

1. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel which is situated within the UNESCO World Heritage site that encircles Machu Picchu. Thanks to its privileged position, the property has magnificent views over Machu Picchu from the gardens, which also boast a wealth of orchids and birds. Guests can relax in this magical place with a drink from the bar, or enjoy a meal of fine Peruvian cuisine on the terrace. There is also a full spa with many different treatments on offer. Rooms at the Belmond are equipped with king size beds, mini bar, WiFi, iDock and flat screen TVs. For those after an extraordinary experience, upgrade to a suite for views of Machu Picchu itself from your window.

2. Sumaq

The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a 5-star hotel which has been recently renovated and has a wonderful sense of the Andean spirit. Modern luxury combines with traditional comforts, creating a stunning hotel where guests can unwind among the mountains. Each of the 62 rooms has excellent amenities including goose feather bedding, coffee machine and a mini bar, and all feature beautiful views through large windows. Aside from being very close to Machu Picchu, guests can also take part in activities such as cooking lessons, short hikes and birdwatching trips nearby. For those who want to savour staying in a such a beautiful hotel, there is a spa, sauna and jacuzzi for guest use, plus a restaurant serving gourmet food inspired by the Andes.

3. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Nestled within 12 acres of lush rainforest, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a cosy and stunning choice for accommodation near the ruins. As with many of the other hotels nearby, guests can enjoy facilities such as a restaurant serving delicious Peruvian cuisine, a full spa and a myriad of activities from visiting a tea plantation to twilight walks. Rooms benefit from amenities which accentuate the traditions of the local area, such as stone fireplaces, warm alpaca blankets and views over the gardens. For guests wanting more privacy, there are intimate cabins and opulent villas with personal plunge pools, round-the-clock butler service and private terraces.

4. Lodge to Lodge Trek
If you are looking for a luxury experience with a twist, you could take part in a hike through the mountains whilst staying overnight in well-appointed lodges. Trek between each lodge along pathways originally created by the Incas themselves, and take part in different activities including visiting small Andean communities, short hikes, horse riding and mountain biking. This is an excellent way to experience the sheer beauty of the landscapes and the remoteness of the region whilst enjoying comfortable overnight stays in lodges rather than tents!

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