INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU
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Machu Picchu is located on top of a mountain in the middle of a tropical forest, it is considered the tourist attraction par excellence in Peru. The historic sanctuary is a place that captivates tourists not only for its dazzling architectural beauty, but also for its important historical-cultural legacy, which has led it to be recognized and admired throughout the world.
Declared Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1983 by UNESCO, it is probably the most amazing architectural construction of the Inca Empire. This citadel is made up of temples, palaces, terraces, monuments, complexes and walls; in addition to water channels, built with large blocks of stone, without any amalgam, proof of the great wisdom of the Inca civilization.
Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Located at 2,020 meters (6,627 ft.) above sea level the hotel occupies a private five-hectare (12.3-acre) mountainside reserve, just across from the train station of Machu Picchu Pueblo.
KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Established in 1975, Inkaterra has been at the forefront of ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru and is dedicated to authentic travel experiences, aiming to preserve biodiversity and local cultures. All of the construction is done in traditional Andean style, using local materials of stone, adobe, stucco and eucalyptus.
To manage the impact of trash left behind by visitors, Inkaterra & beverage manufacturer AJE group have partnered to launch an organic waste treatment plant in Machu Picchu Pueblo. The plant has the capacity to process seven tons of waste per day to generate bio-coal, a natural fertilizer that will help with the reforestation of the Andean cloud forest and contribute to agricultural productivity in Machu Picchu.
And to discourage local communities, hotels and restaurants from disposing their used cooking oil into the Vilcanota River, Inkaterra helped build a biodiesel production plant to process used oil. The plant produces 20 gallons of biodiesel daily from nearly 6,000 liters of used oil a month.
YOUR TIME THERE
A VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU CITADEL IS TRULY A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.
You will marvel at this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, while also have the chance to enjoy a village, the beauty of the cloud forest and a Historical Reserve, truly one of the World’s 7 New Wonders.
Buses to the Machu Picchu citadel leave Aguas Calientes, beginning before dawn, in 15-minute intervals all throughout the day and the last bus returns at 5:30 pm.
The restaurant and adjacent terraces were built as a large glass house with an exceptional view of the Vilcanota River and the surrounding green mountains.
Unu Spa (water in Quechua) is Inkaterra’s unique SPA concept, combining the classic nurturing of a Spa with a mystical traditionally Andean approach. All products are 100% natural, obtained from local botanical extracts, providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience.
APU MACHU PICCHU
Hike the Machu Picchu mountain for two and a half hours from the archaeological site, and reach the Summit of Apu Machu Picchu. This trail, accessed from the Reserve, joins parts of the Inca trail leading to the Sun Gate before climbing to the mountain’s highest point. From there, enjoy the view of soaring eagles as well as Machu Picchu, other significant ruins in the area, Putukusi, Wayna Picchu, Salkantay mountain and the Vilcanota River.
Duration: 1 day
Difficulty level: III
Includes: Transfer by bus back and forth between Machu Picchu village and the Citadel of Machu Picchu; expert guide and entrance fees to the Citadel of Machu Picchu
Take a 30-minute bus transfer to the Historical Reserve of Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will lead a tour of the Reserve, providing geological and historical information on key areas of interest, including Intihuatana (the Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. This is an opportunity to revel in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites on the planet, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Wayna Picchu and Intipunku (the Sun Gate), the entrance to the Machu Picchu Inca trail.
Duration: 1/2 day
Difficulty level: II
Includes: Transfer by bus back and forth between Machu Picchu village and the archaeological site of Machu Picchu; specialized guide and entrance fee to the Citadel of Machu Picchu
SPECKLED BEAR PROJECT
The Inkaterra Association (ITA) and the Protected Natural Areas National Service (SERNANP) manage the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project, an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and reintroduce them into their natural habitat.
Once common throughout the Andes, the spectacled bear is now critically endangered. Visits to the project are organized with advanced coordination to gain insight into the world of these large mammals (the only bear species in South America), and learn about the challenges they face to survive in today’s world. Donations to the project are welcome and will be duly acknowledged and certified.
Other optional half-day activities include:
MANDOR: A two-hour walk along the Vilcanota River follows the railroad tracks into the Mandor Valley, inhabited by varied and fascinating birdlife, including cock-of-the-rock, speckle-faced parrots and green jays. Relax and bathe under a secluded waterfall, before walking back to the hotel in the shadow of Machu Picchu.
MUSEUM – MARKET: Visit the open-air market at Machu Picchu Pueblo, filled with displays of local Andean curios and clothing, then make the 30-minute walk to the archaeological site bridge and the Manuel Chavez Ballón Museum, home to excellent displays, maps and artifacts related to the archaeological site.
Our team will be thrilled to create the perfect itinerary for you.
Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and white-capped dipper. Along the pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the rock, the golden-headed quetzal and the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds.
Walk along the hotel’s trails, and discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals. The Nature Walk offers travelers a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna – an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house.
Walk through the orchid garden to observe some of the hotel’s 372 different native orchid species in their natural habitat. From the largest orchid flower in the world – the Phragmipedium caudatum, to tiny specimens properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass, there are orchids to amaze both the newly inquisitive and the expert.
This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area. With special attention placed on nature’s core elements like an enchanting waterfall, also sacred pre-Inca pictographs, and then the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory.
Visit the crop-rich native farm at km 108, 30-minute walk. Interpretation of the flora and fauna of the area. Detailed explanation of the various plantations; origin, properties and uses. Learn about beekeeping as well as guinea pig and rabbit breeding. Tasting of snacks made of farm products.
YOUR UNIQUE & PERFECT ROOM
This is the perfect sanctuary for simple relaxation with one King or two Twin beds, 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows, plus an inviting dining area for two. Decorated with local crafts and eucalyptus beams, this casita includes a room heater, a colonial style wardrobe, robes, Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials, plus a complete set of environmentally friendly toiletries, all provided for the comfort of our travelers.
Personalized comfort is assured, with one King or two Twin beds, 100% pima cotton sheets plus room-controlled heating, closet area, robes, Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials, outdoor shower, heated plunge pool and a day bed. The luxuriant marble bath has two basins, independent shower and toilet.
A Royal Inca retreat thoughtfully designed for discerning travelers seeking a truly authentic encounter. One Inkaterra Suite adjoining one Suite, each with a terrace and plunge pool, overlooks a lush garden with private entrance. Travelers register in the privacy of the Villa, and our extended VIP treatment includes round-the-clock butler service.
Travelers may also choose to dine privately, served by Inkaterra staff. Sleeping accommodations include Suite Inkaterra (King) and Suite (King or twin) with 100% cotton. Each Villa has an open wood-burning fireplace, plus sitting and dining areas. With tranquil views of the private garden, the expansive marble bathrooms offer an indoor and open-air shower, a tub, a separate commode area, cotton robes and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials.
Other room options available, kindly enquire for your tailormade stay.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a family-friendly hotel that offers 2 Villas for parents traveling with children. Family services include special children’s menus, cribs, highchairs and child-friendly Inkaterra Explorer Guides. Additionally the hotel offers a special Child’s Explorer Kit (pack with flashlight, cap, postcards, and color pencils), and a Treasure Hunt activity upon request (at an additional charge).
A number of the excursions available within the hotel’s cloud forest preserve are suitable for children between the ages of 6 and 12; we recommend the Spectacled Bear Conservation Project, Guided Nature Walk, Orchid Trail, tour of a Native Farm and the visit to the Tea Plantation.
Arrive into Reykjavik International Airport (RKV) and connect with a local flight to Nuuk Airport (GOH). Air Iceland Connect operate regular flights, please check and arrange accordingly, or our team will gladly assist.
Flights may vary, please check directly with available airlines.
There are two ways to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo: by hiking (Inca Trail) or by train (from Cusco or Ollantaytambo train station). Most visitors choose to arrive by train, a journey that is rich in scenic beauty, 3 1/2 hours from Cusco or 1 1/2 hours from Ollantaytambo.
Another option is to take the one-day, two-day or five-day Inca Trail hike (camping along the route).At the Machu Picchu citadel, a lot of hiking is required in a moderate altitude of 2,450 meters (8,038 feet) above sea level. Take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness and/or diarrhea, the most common illnesses when travelling. Agility is required for visiting archaeological sites and temples. Not recommended for wheelchair or other mobility devices.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes Train Station), an Inkaterra staff member will meet you and carry you with your luggage to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Nature Park trails and archaeological sites, cloud forest and mostly natural pathways are found all throughout. Some rocky stairways or rough trails with some steep climbs might be physically demanding.
Machu Picchu has a subtropical highland climate warm and humid during the day and cold at night with temperatures varying between 8°C (46° F) and 22°C (72° F). Humidity ranges between 77% and 91% and annual rainfall is 400-1000 mm (16-39 inches). Dry season is from May to October and the orchid season runs from November to April. The Citadel is surrounded by the Andean Cloud Forest, a wet, tropical forest characterized by a presence of some clouds even in the dry season. It is recommended to wear light cotton clothes during the day, but bring a wet weather coat and warm clothes for the nights. The outdoor Andean sun is strong and sun blocks are strongly recommended as well as mosquito repellants for outings at night
Acclimatization is the process of the body adjusting to the decreased availability of oxygen at high altitudes. Considering varying altitudes of destinations in Peru, travelers must try to go first to the lower ones before ascending to higher altitude cities. It is a slow process that could demand over a couple of days. Given enough time, your body will adapt to the decrease in oxygen at a specific altitude. Machu Picchu is the lowest place in Cusco region; hence it is the best place to start your trip and acclimatization process
The official currency is the Sol (PEN) divided into 100 céntimos.. There are no facilities to exchange Travelers’ cheques thus travelers are advised to have cash (in Soles) on hand as foreign currency exchange is limited. It is advisable to exchange to Soles before coming to the lodge though payment is accepted in both US Dollars and/or in Soles. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are mostly available only in the main cities.
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Speak to us about itineraries to experience Peru and South America, along with Inkaterra’s sister properties in Cusco, Urubamba (Sacred Valley of the Incas) and Tambopata National Reserve (Amazonian rainforest).
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Children are welcome at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (however children may be subject to activity guidelines), please enquire for a tailored quotation.
- Welcome tea
- Welcome Gift
- Personalized welcome
- Check-in 1 pm / Check-out 10 am
- Buffet breakfast / A la carte dinner
- Tea Time
- Pisco Sour
- Cocktail Hour
- Turndown service
- In-house excursions
- Luggage reception to and from the train station
- Eco media centre
- International airfare
- Visas and other entry costs
- Travel insurance
- PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
- Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
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