When you’re visiting one of the wonders of the world, wouldn’t it be icing on the cake to bask in relaxation in, in my opinion, the most luxurious hotel near Machu Picchu? If you’ve never been to Machu Picchu, let me fill you in on the amount of activity that’s involved. To get to Aguas Calientes, you can either hike the Inca Trail or take a bus through the winding roads, but once the bus ends at the railroad track, you’ll have to walk along the river for 2-3 hours. I don’t know any other way to get there, there might be an easier way but back when I went years ago, this was the only way. When it comes to getting up to Machu Picchu, you can choose to hike up to Machu Picchu or take the bus, but most people take the bus. Either way, once you get there, you’re so in awe, you’re going to spend the entire day exploring this natural wonder before coming back down and just wanting to relax (trust me), and there’s no better place to do so than at Inkatterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
I love this resort for so many reasons, from the immense privacy nestled within the mountains and trees, to their sustainability measures, to their activities and tours and of course, the divine cuisine that’s surely not something to miss out on. They even pack cute lunch boxes for the hike up and provide their own transport. The spa and hot sauna with aromatherapy is such a wonderful thing to have at your fingertips. And when you’re feeling active again, take a tour to see the brown bears that have been rescued or through to the farms to see how coffee is made. Feeling adventurous? Visit the area of their farm where they make honey. Strap on your bee suit and taste the deliciousness of real, raw honey.
In a heartbeat, I’d go back to this resort. Whether you’re going for a solo stay or traveling with family or a loved one, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is there to suit all of your luxury needs as well as provide that authentic, Peruvian experience that we all seek when visiting such a remarkable area of the world.
The overall rating that I gave Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a 10/10.
What I loved: Sustainability, luxury, wonderful and informative staff, authentic and high end cuisine, plentiful activities and trained guides, ultimate relaxation amenities and rooms that boast a serenity-like feel. This hotel has it all.
What Set It Back: Truly, not much. The only amenity that would have been nice is a gym. Sure, you’re spending your days hiking but a weight station would have been nice.
Overall: Most definitely the best hotel in Aguas Calientes and one that you shouldn’t miss out on should you visit Machu Picchu!
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.