Forget the Mayans, See the Incas at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Buried deep in the Amazon Reserve of Peru lays the eco tourist retreat of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. Meaning “land of the Inca,” Inkaterra extends an open invitation to discover the indigenous cultures of Peru and fall in love with the mysteries of Machu Picchu that has held captive the masses for over a century.

Nestled in the Andes Mountains overlooking the Vilcanota River, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel presents 85 individual casitas or boutique bungalows and villas. Much more than an ordinary hotel room, the casitas sit in the terraces cut into the mountains, similar to how the ancient Inca lived so long ago. Guests have the option to splurge on the upscale villa or a variety of casitas ranging in luxury from Superior to Inkaterra Suite. All accommodations are finely appointed with handcrafted furniture, hand woven linens and wool blankets, open wood fireplaces and tiled floors. Each casita has a separate sitting and dining area. Private spa bathrooms clad in marble give a regal appeal reminiscent of Inca nobility. Villas feature private pools and terraces and include butler service to make your stay more intimate and quiet.

The best way to arrive to the hotel is by train. The station is beneath a section of the hotel, which you might think is loud, but isn’t noticeable. Set on 12 acres of serene nature, the grounds are immaculate. Flora and fauna are plentiful, while waterfalls run abundant. Orchid gardens flow throughout the terraces, intermixed with lots of walking trails to allow you to drink it all in. The mountain air of the Andes is clean, refreshing and a bit chilly at times. Cloud forests blanket the hotel in a somewhat supernatural presence.

From the moment you step off the train, you are greeted by genuine Andean spirit with a welcome tea in the lobby. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the grounds. The aroma of Andean cuisine spills out into the stepping stone walkways as the Café Inkaterra beckons you to dinner. Glass walls are the only thing between you and the beauty of the mountains and the Urubamba River as you dine precariously perched on the cut terrace of Café Inkaterra. You might consider forgoing the glass enclosure and sit on the outside patio.

A visit to Inkaterra is not complete without a journey back in time to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Buses leave daily to the sacred Lost City of the Inca until early afternoon and return just around dusk. And after a long day among the ruins, Unu Spa awaits your return to help you unwind and relax. With spa services to treat everything from tired feet to sore backs to the entire body treatments, Unu Spa has a treatment specifically for what ails you.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has a variety of services available to keep you connected with the rest of the world such as complimentary high speed Internet and personal computers available for checking email, although not really sure why you would want to. Personal tours are available for a surcharge, as is child care, laundry service and transportation.

  • Address: Railroad Km 110, Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Rooms: 85
  • On site: Cafe Inkaterra restaurant; a main dining room and bar; UNU spa.
  • Reservations: 1-866-242-2889
  • Price: $$$$

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