Inkaterra Machu Picchu, also known as Inkaterra Pueblo, is an ecological hotel, located amidst a private 12-acre area of cloud forest at 2020 metres above sea level, along the Urubamba River on the edge of Aguas Calientes. The train station and Machu Picchu bus stops are just a few minutes walk away.
The family-friendly 85 room hotel is built out of stone, adobe, stucco and eucalyptus beams. Stone pathways lead through lush cloud forest to the rooms in one or two storey white-washed cottages. Some rooms overlook the gardens, whilst others face the Urubamba River. All have a large bathroom, sitting area, electric heater and extra long beds with fine cotton sheets, alpaca blankets and hand made coverlets. Rooms also include aromatherapy products, bath robes and Andean sandals.
There are two restaurants, a lounge bar and the Unu Spa which offers body massages, foot aromatherapy and an Andean sauna - see below for more details. The bar, boutique and reception all display authentic Andean artefacts and fabrics.
The hotel offers an extensive educational and recreational programme and the hotel grounds contain more than 3 miles of ecological trails. There are daily walks led by a naturalist guide, and a seasonal (November - March) orchid trail showcasing some of the 372 orchid species. You can visit the Tea House where the hotel's organic tea is processed, and there are nightly illustrated talks by the hotel's resident naturalist, or visiting researchers, about the flora and fauna of Machu Picchu.
The UNU Spa offers an extensive range of treatments including massage, reiki, reflexology, sauna and beauty treatments. Afterwards enjoy a relaxing soak in the heated natural spring water pools.
Photographs courtesy Inkaterra
Open: Inkaterra Machu Picchu is open all year.
Location: Inkaterra Machu Picchu is located in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes), 112kms from Cusco. It is a short walk from the train station and near the bus station for the journey to Machu Picchu. It is set in 12 acres of grounds.
Rooms: There is a range of accommodation, from superior rooms to suites, all with en-suite bathrooms and complimentary toiletries. Suites feature a separate sitting area and many have a terrace or balcony. Larger suites have free Wi-Fi internet access, plasma screen TV, minibar, DVD player and iPod. The Inkaterra Suite has a private garden and pool. There are also guest villas with private terraces and pools and 24-hour butler service. The villas and the 6 interconnecting rooms are ideal for families. There are 85 rooms in total.
Activities Exploring Machu Picchu. The hotel arranges guided nature walks along trails in the grounds, early morning bird watching, walks in the orchid garden, twilight walks and visits their own organic tea plantation. It is also possible to visit the Spectacled Bear Project, designed to rescue and protect bears that have suffered as a result of human contact. There are several excursions that guests can arrange and pay for locally to sites of interest near the hotel.
Facilities: The hotel has a swimming pool fed by spring water. There is a dining room serving fusion cuisine and a bar both overlooking the Urubamba River. There are terraces for al fresco dining. Cafe Inkaterra specialises in Andean cuisine. The Unu Spa offers a range of treatments including sauna, massage, reflexology and Andean hot stones. Jewellery, clothes, handicrafts, toiletries and guidebooks can be bought at the hotel guest shop. The media centre has books and magazines about nature-related subjects and a book exchange. The resident biologist gives presentations in the evenings.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Many of the hotel's activities (guided nature walks etc) are suitable for children. Children are offered a Child's Explorer Kit, with a torch, cap and coloured pencils. There are connecting rooms for families and cribs can be supplied on request. The hotel offers a children's menu, high chairs, and a baby-sitting service (for an extra fee).
Health: Machu Picchu is not a malarial area.
Communication:There is free high speed internet access in Cafe Inkaterra and the suites.
Other: Inkaterra Machu Picchu was announced as a member of the newly formed National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World in February 2015.
Trek across mountain passes, see life in rural villages, stay in lovely lodges and experience the thrill of that first sight of Machu Picchu.
This hotel buys crafts, blankets & pottery from the local community, and organises workshops for local schools on the property
"I wish we had had a full day to enjoy the nature and excursions around the hotel."