Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
This is perhaps the most comfy place to stay when visiting the enigmatic Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. “Machu Picchu Pueblo” used to known as “Aguas Calientes”; the village was originally named after the hot springs which are found here: aguas calientas translates as “hot water”. The local authorities noticed that they were missing a trick by not capitalising on the famous, iconic name of Machu Picchu, hence the name change.
Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is 112 Km (70 miles) from Cusco and sits between the Andean highlands and the Amazon rain forest. Cusco is 4 hours away by train; the recommended route is to travel by car or bus to Ollantaytambo and continue by train for 1.5 hrs to reach the hotel. It is possible to walk a 1-day Inca Trail (from the hotel) to explore the archaeological site and return by bus.
The hotel sits on 12 subtropical acres of natural paradise, just across from the train station of Machu Picchu Pueblo. It’s at 2,450 m (8,038 ft) above sea level so is a great place to acclimatise if you’re planning to walk at altitude in the Andes.
The hotel has 85 well-spaced out rooms, laid out in an Andean village style within the secluded gardens. Guests can follow stone pathways along the terraced hills and wander amongst gorgeous flowers and an impressive array of birds.
The hotel also has a spa which uses natural essences and has excellent views of the rushing Vilcanota River: a first-class way to recover from the trek!
Buses to Machu Picchu leave Aguas Calientes, beginning before dawn, in 15-minute intervals throughout the day. The last bus returns at 5:30 pm.