Peru – Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Peru - Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

The only hotel adjacent to the ancient citadel, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is a former government-run hotel now managed by Orient-Express. At 2,500 metresabove sea level, in the centre of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the lodge offers extraordinary views (ask for a room overlooking Huayna Picchu peak). It has 29 rooms and two suites decorated in dark woods with authentic Peruvian details; most have a terrace with direct access to the peaceful grounds. The two restaurants, the Tinkuy Buffet and Tampu Bar Restaurant, serve international and contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Private guided tours of the ancient site can be arranged.

X-factor Although the ruins are not visible from the lodge, the entrance is only five minutes’ walk away, making a visit at first light – the quietest time of the day – a real bonus for guests.