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Best Luxury Hotels to Stay When Visiting Machu Picchu: The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge & The Inkaterra.

Updated: Aug 11

If you plan to visit Machu Picchu soon, you better prepare yourself for an experience you will never forget.

A relaxing moment on your trip to Machu Picchu by 📸 @zelmiiraa

To make sure you have the time of your life, you should choose the right time of the year to visit this fantastic touristic attraction, find the best accommodation to make your stay comfortable, and, during your trip, indulge in the best Peruvian food and enjoy the most authentic activities.

So, continue reading this article and learn more about all these and which are the best luxury hotels to stay in on your visit to Machu Picchu.

Plan a Luxury Escape: Lavish Accommodation, Best Peruvian Food, and Memorable Activities

Planning your memorable visit to Machu Picchu shouldn’t be difficult, thanks to the enormous quantity of information available online.

However, there is a lot to plan and think of, so you better begin. 

The first thing to think of is when to plan your escape. And your best option is the dry season. Machu Picchu promises to offer you the best experience between April and October. So, besides the chance to indulge in the best Peruvian food available in the area and stay at gorgeous hotels, the good weather will also be in your favor, allowing you to enjoy memorable hikes and other outdoor activities.

Read More: When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu

Once you know when you will travel, the next thing to decide is where to stay. The area offers a few fantastic options, but the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge and the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are our best choices.

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Enjoy an Oasis of Tranquility Right at the Entrance to Machu Picchu

Start your day with a session of morning meditation at our dedicated relaxation area, located at a privileged point where you can enjoy a great view of the sunrise over Huayna Picchu. By @belmondsanctuarylodge

There are about nine minutes of walking from the charming Belmond Sanctuary Lodge to Machu Picchu’s Temple of the Three Windows, and, as you can imagine the landscapes surrounding this place are mesmerizing.

With elegant rooms, a free breakfast buffet, a cozy bar, a welcoming eatery with outdoor seatings, relaxing gardens, and massage services, this piece of heaven will offer you the pampering you need before and after your explorations.

Also, the lodge offers plenty of amazing activities you can enjoy, such as memorable treks and tours, and coca leaf reading experiences.

Staying at Belmond Sanctuary lodge will give you the privilege to stay in Machu Picchu until the closing when everyone else is going for the buses. It will provide a more private experience — definitely more enjoyable without the crowds.

Views from the room at Belmond Luxury lodge - By @belmondsanctuarylodge

Breakfast with a view: If you plan on doing the 6 am entrance to Machu Picchu, this is the place to stay. By @belmondsanctuarylodge


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The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Relax in an Intimate Andean Village

Located a few minutes from Machu Picchu train station, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an incredible accommodation and a fascinating experience.

The posh village-style hotel is waiting for visitors with 5 hectares of gardens, waterfalls, terraced hills, forests, and whitewashed adobe casitas. Besides the chance to easily visit Machu Picchu and explore Inkaterra ’s rich lands and admire the natural beauty and stunning fauna, you can also indulge in other activities like enjoying the Unu Spa, and savoring a mouthwatering meal at the high-end restaurant while admiring the stunning views of Vilcanota River, and indulging in the best Peruvian food with a contemporary twist.

Just a short distance from #InkaterraReservaAmazonica is the incredible #MadredeDios river, where you can enjoy watching the sunset.⁠ 📸

During a visit to Inkaterra, you can participate in many nature activities and excursions: from walking the hotel’s trails and discovering the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest to learning to cook regional dishes with the team.

Exploring the surrounding landscapes - by @inkaterrahotels

These are the best luxury hotels to stay in during your visit to Machu Picchu, but there are other options. Once you have figured out where you want to stay, you can start making a list of the things you want to do and the best Peruvian food you want to try while exploring Peru’s most amazing areas.

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