Tucked away in 12 acres of private Peruvian cloud forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu is an estate built to replicate a traditional Andean village. Occupying a riverside location and set amongst stone pathways, terraced hills and waterfalls, the village accommodation is surrounded by a plethora of stunning bird species that includes the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock. A small botanical spa, large glass-house restaurant and optional wine-tasting add to the indulgent services.
Its 83 whitewashed adobe casitas are scattered throughout the hillside and exude a rustic yet extremely homely aesthetic, each offering lovely views that range from that of the quaint village to panoramic lush green landscapes. With seven categories of casita available, there are options to suit everyone, from those who simply wish to use their accommodation as a base for exploration to those who are seeking an indulgent VIP escape. The impressive Villa Inkaterra even includes round-the-clock butler service and an outdoor stone plunge pool.
Why we like Inkaterra Machu Picchu
A tranquil, Eden-like hideaway that houses the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species have been registered) and boldly displays colourful blankets and local art, Inkaterra Machu Picchu is an authentic retreat on the outskirts of the Lost City.
In addition to bucket-list-worthy explorations of the incredible Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, other optional activities include visiting the estate’s organic tea plantation and gardens, embarking on bird-watching trips and twilight walks with the opportunity to see rare spectacled bears. There are also a number of excellent nature trails that track in to the surrounding cloud forest.
A visit to the mystical Andean spa, scented with local botanical extracts of mint and eucalyptus, offers a welcomed soothing experience, while ancient rituals by local shaman offer spiritual insights to the earth ceremonies that are prevalent in Peru.
- Restaurant overlooking the river
- Bar and café
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is positioned in 12 acres of private cloud forest reserve, a short distance from Machu Picchu Pueblo where buses run to the renowned Inca ruins.
The property is a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of world-class accommodations that offer rich and meaningful experiences and show a commitment to sustainability.