The popular Inca capital and the intriguing ruins that surround it are a highlight of Peru.

The Incas used to refer to Cusco in their Quechua language as ‘Qosco’ – meaning the ‘Navel of the World’ – and to this day it sits in the heart of an astounding collection of historical Inca sites. It is possible to visit many of these ruins nearby, the jewel of the crown being Machu Picchu. After a long day exploring, or completing the 4 day hike known as the Inca Trail, Cusco is a welcome sight for many travellers as its cobbled streets are lined with gourmet restaurants, shops and markets selling local handicrafts and boutique hotels with spa facilities. Be sure to visit the many museums here which house impressive pre-Columbian artifacts, or for a fun spin on history, stop by the Pisco museum. There are other interesting activities too – white water rafting on the Urubamba river for example, or making your very own Andean chocolate during a class. There is a popular star gazing excursion, and if you are looking to buy llama or alpaca wool goods – this is the place to do so. Any tailor made trip to Peru should include a visit to this ancient city. Machu Picchu is accessible by bus, train or a 4-day hike. This ancient site looms impressively from the lush green cloud forest and is often shrouded in an atmospheric mist. Admire the precise stone craft that the Incas excelled in and keep an eye out for the friendly llamas that roam this famous landmark. Walking here via the original, or ‘Classic’, Inca Trail is still a firm favourite, although it also possible to hike along other routes include the Salkantay Trek and Lares Trek, all of which are traditionally completed by camping at different locations during the route. Today there are also options allowing visitors to trek between cosy lodges and start or end the trek at luxury hotels, making this all-weather hike much more comfortable.





Our favourite luxury hotels

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel is one of the most exclusive hotels in the city of Cusco. Featuring stunning contemporary design mixed with antique furnishings, this hotel is a world leader in cutting edge design – the result of many years of careful restoration work. Superbly located in a tranquil plaza near to the main square, it deserved the title of urban retreat. With only 55 rooms, guests are privy to a service which goes beyond the 5 star rating. Each has its own private bar with a butler, who will faultlessly make cocktails using ingredients grown in and around the hotel.

Hotel Belmond Monasterio Cusco

Belmond Monasterio

A timeless classic that dates back to 1592, this hotel is simply stunning. The Belmond Monasterio is situated in the heart of the glittering Incan capital, this historic hotel blends in with the area perfectly. Combining centuries-old charm with sheer luxury, this hotel will delight guests. Just a short walk away, guests will find tiny cobbled streets packed with markets and shops selling handmade crafts and fine restaurants to suit all tastes. Due to Cusco’s high altitude location, some rooms can be enriched with oxygen to help any guests who are suffering with altitude sickness.

Libertador Lux Palacio del Inka

Libertador Luxury Collection Palacio del Inka

Dating back almost 5 centuries, the Palacio del Inka stands in the historic centre of Cusco. Just a short 5 minute walk from the main square, and surrounded by shops, markets and restaurants, this hotel is in a fabulous position. A beautiful combination of past and present, this hotel oozes charm and modern comfort. The popular restaurant serves up authentic Peruvian cuisine, and there is an spa for guests to use after a long day exploring this history rich region. The 203 exquisitely appointed guest rooms combine Peruvian art and handcrafted furnishings with contemporary amenities.

Cusco Marriott

Cusco Marriott

Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, this Marriott property is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cusco. Stylishly decorated, the 153 luxury guest rooms and suites feature amenities like sumptuous marble bathrooms, breath-taking courtyard views, and plush bedding. Guests will find it easy to spend an afternoon wandering the grounds, with no less than two exhibition halls showcasing Peruvian artefacts, and daily tours of the San Agustín Convent. Enjoy a signature pisco sour at Qespi Bar, or visit the Pirqa Restaurant for one of Cusco’s finest dining experiences.

Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square. 11 suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past. Guests will appreciate the colonial furnishings and original designs which blend with lavish contemporary comforts in the rooms which are furnished with either king or twin beds and cotton with 4 anti-allergenic pillows, down duvet, a dining area for 2 guests and a stone fireplace. The large marble bathrooms are equipped with two sinks, tub, shower and independent toilet, special Inkaterra handmade toiletries, fluffy towels, and twin closet.

Belmond Andean Explorer luxury train, Peru

Belmond Andean Explorer Train

The first luxury sleeper train in Latin America, and offering guests an exceptional experience that the Belmond name is synonymous with, a journey on the Andean Explorer is one that won’t be forgotten. The Belmond Andean Explorer has been carefully designed to reflect the classic style of the Pullman trains in the 1920’s. Each carriage is beautifully equipped and offers supreme comfort. Onboard facilities outstrip even some of the best luxury hotels, with the train boasting carriages which include a spa, piano bar, restaurant serving skillfully prepared locally inspired meals, gift boutique and library.

Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Inca Trail

Now, it is possible to enjoy this ‘bucket list’ activity in relative luxury – staying at small lodges and hotels en route, perfect for the hiker who enjoys some home comforts after a day in the mountains. The Salkantay Trek is the most popular alternative to the Inca Trail and thought by many to be more spectacular. The scenery is certainly incredible and with less people trekking the route than on the Classic Inca Trail, it has much to recommend it. This itinerary takes you along the route, either walking as much as possible or using vehicles for an easier journey.

Lares Adventure Lodge to Lodge Inca Trail

Now, it is possible to enjoy this ‘bucket list’ activity in relative luxury – staying at small lodges and hotels en route, perfect for the hiker who enjoys some home comforts after a day in the mountains. The Lares Trek is an alternative trek to the Classic Inca Trail. The stunning Lares Valley has all of the beauty of the Classic Inca Trail without the crowds. The Lares trek is so remote that it has changed very little over the past 500 years. This is a fantastic opportunity to trek through some spectacular scenery and visit local communities – you can choose from either a five or seven-day option. These itineraries take you along the route, either walking as much as possible or using vehicles for an easier journey.

El Mercado

El Mercado is located in the heart of Cusco. Featuring original and eye-catching interiors and exceptional customer service, this is a charming hotel. Formerly part of the old farmer’s market, El Mercado has been designed to incorporate some of these original elements, both in its decor, friendly casual atmosphere and innovative cuisine. The 32 stylish rooms all feature flat-screen TVs, safes and coffeemakers, plus complimentary Wi-Fi. They also have marble bathrooms with rain showers while suites include living areas or rooms, fireplaces and free-standing tubs

Aranwa Boutique Cusco Peru

Aranwa Boutique

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. The elegant rooms are equipped with intelligent oxygen system and heat floor for a great stay. The Mishti Gourmet Restaurant serves creative Peruvian flavours, while the Khasikay Bar offers Tapas and pisco based cocktails. A breakfast with fresh fruit salad, omelettes and chocolate cakes is available. The hotel is located 2 blocks from the Main Square of Cusco, the Plaza das Armas.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel situated inside the UNESCO world heritage site of Machu Picchu, therefore offering an unrivalled location in this scenic, mountainous area. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine made from produce grown in the hotels own gardens, this delightful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City. The gardens offer magnificent views over Machu Picchu, plus varieties of pretty orchid and colourful birds that visit this cloud forest region.

Sumaq Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu is a luxury 5-star hotel located close to the fabulous Machu Picchu. Recently renovated, the hotel maintains close links with the Andean culture while offering all the comforts of modern luxury. The hotel has 62 rooms ranging from Deluxe up to an impressive Imperial Suite. The décor is soft creams with warm accents of orange and red and bright Andean textiles. Polished wooden floors and large windows complete the warm and bright atmosphere. Each features safe, mini-bar, coffee maker and luxury amenities such as goose feather comforter. Views are on to the river or surrounding forest.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set amongst lush rainforest in 12 acres of natural beauty and offers cosy and luxurious accommodation. Located just moments away from the small train station that takes you to Cusco, the hotel is one of the best places to stay in the area. Accommodation ranges from intimate casitas that provide a perfect sanctuary for simple relaxation to the more opulent Villa Inkaterra, complete with private terrace, plunge pool, and round-the-clock butler service. Pueblo’s roofs of terracotta tile, crafted by local artisans, peek out from lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude.

Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Pery

Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa

Sol y Luna is an award winning Relais & Chateaux hotel, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In this naturally stunning region of mountains and sweeping valleys, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings whilst resting in absolute, charming Peruvian luxury. Situated just one kilometre from the important town of Urubamba, you also have the opportunity to experience authentic town life in the Sacred Valley. Set within an exclusive 25-acre estate teeming with birdlife and exotic, indigenous flora, 43 stand-alone casitas built from mostly locally sourced materials blend seamlessly into the Andean landscape.

Libertador Lux Tambo del Inka

Libertador Tambo del Inka

Only a short distance away from Machu Picchu, the Libertador Tambo del Inka Hotel is ideally located for visiting the majestic Incan ruins and the beautiful Sacred Valley. Decorated with warm, polished wood and Andean textiles, this is a luxury hotel with an authentic and welcoming feel, combining the spirit of the Andes with modern luxury. The rooms themselves are airy, with a distinct Peruvian charm. Room categories range from Superior to Suites and many feature private balconies or terraces. The added service of a personal butler is available for the suites. Many feature traditional art work, and all have delightful views of the landscaped gardens or surrounding scenery.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary hotel with colonial inspiration, built in the heart of Urubamba Valley among flowers, mountains and trees.It creates an enabling environment for mental, spiritual and physical rest. The hotel has a design inspired by the architecture of the Cusco region, with an interior design inspired by local materials. A luxurious Andean environment proper of the Inkaterra spirit preserves the authenticity of Peruvian highlands. It is ideal for family holidays, offering various activities at the Valley and its surroundings, which are perfectly designed to assist travellers with the process of acclimatization.

Belmond Rio Sagrado

Belmond Rio Sagrado

Belmond Rio Sagrado is a luxury 5-star hotel in the beautiful Sacred Valley. Located on the banks of the Urubamba river and surrounded by spectacular mountains and verdant fields this is a very special hotel. There are twenty one rooms split between Deluxe and Suites and two private villas. All are built using local materials of natural stone and wood and decorated in an elegant style, taking inspiration from traditional Peruvian textiles. The Deluxe rooms have a private terrace and views over the river and valley. The Suites have the flexibility of extra space along with a private garden and floor to ceiling windows. The villas house four to six guests and offer unrivalled luxury with Incan crafts and flexible accommodation.

Explora Sacred Valley

The Explora Hotel of the Sacred Valley in Peru was designed as the base from where you can explore a remote and amazing site: the ancient lands of the Incas. Just 2 hours from Cusco, a modern architectural masterpiece can be discovered, nestled among some of the most fascinating ancient architecture in the world. The verdant Sacred Valley is a lush region which lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu, making it an ideal place to stay when wishing to see the best of Peru. Explora have carefully chosen their location to allow guests to enjoy easy access to these spectacles, as well and a tranquil space to relax.