We stayed overnight at this hotel during a visit to Machu Picchu and were a bit dismayed as our first view of it was from the train but fortunately things got a lot better! Firstly, all the hotels in Aguas Callentes are near the station but it is the internet cafe part and the public rooms at the Inkaterra which are nearest to the track so we didn't notice the train either from our room or the restaurant. A plus is that there are always staff from the hotel at the station so we were able to leave our luggage with them as we arrived on the train and it was waiting for us at the hotel when we had been to Machu Picchu. Similarly, they arranged to take it back to the train for us on the next day so we were free to wander round unencumbered! The rooms are like lodges in the cloud forest tropical gardens and we liked the ambience. The bathroom has a large tiled walk-in shower with large shower head for that 'raindrop' shower experience and has lots of complimentary toiletries with a handmade feel. We really enjoyed the welcome drink- Pisco Sour- by the fireplace in the public rooms and had a lovely 3 course evening meal in the restaurant which was included in the price. Probably best to book a table as you sip your cocktail though, we didn't and then had a long wait when we were ready to eat! Breakfast was also very good, although the restaurant seemed to be catering for the needs of the many American tourists staying there so the emphasis was on french toast, waffles etc. We had only booked a one day trip to Machu Picchu and so next day made the most of some of the trips within the grounds offered on a complimentary basis by the hotel. We chose to see the Spectacled bears which featured in a documentary by Stephen Fry ( small donation to their uptake requested) and to take a walk to discover the local flora (wild orchids) and fauna (hummingbirds a plenty!) and which also included a trip to the hotel's own tea plantation. Bugs can be a problem in Aguas Callentes and Machu Picchu and we were encouraged to use the natural citronella bug spray helpfully provided in all the public restrooms before we set off. All-in-all, the hotel stressed its eco-concerns and so, as a visitor, it was comforting to know that they were trying to minimise the impact of all us tourists on their beautiful spot. We didn't have time to use the spa or pools, unfortunately, but were able to use the free internet and computers to keep in touch with home in the internet cafe. One point for travellers with walking difficulties or just exhausted from trekking (!) is that there are a lot of steps between the bedrooms and public rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This enchanting Andean village hotel is located within 12.3 acres of pristine cloud forest. The spectacular grounds are laced with paths that wind past waterfalls and trails, and organic gardens that wander through the misty forest. A place to relax, while exploring nature and encountering the wonders of the Incan civilization, experiencing authentic travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inkaterra Hotel Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
- Machu Picchu Inkaterra Hotel
- Pueblo Hotel Machu Picchu