When it comes to Peru, we could no doubt commit a reservoir of ink to describing the transcendent site that is Machu Picchu and no less for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we devote three days to strolling the temples and terraces, the tombs and ruins of this staggeringly beautiful landscape. And we could comfortably carry on at length about the city of Cusco, the capital of the ancient Incan empire, a place filled with so many diversions both cultural and adventurous that we could scribble a list as long as your arm.
But we won’t. We’d rather take a moment to talk about those places that bookend our days here in Peru—where comfort resides, character reclines and hospitality lingers spa-side. Because here in the higher altitudes of the Andes, after days of covering spectacular territory and literally having your breath taken away time and again, it’s soothing to know that our accommodations are a world of indulgence unto themselves.
Take the Hotel Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley, where traditionally appointed bungalows and lovingly prepared local cuisine speak to the old-world charms of the region, but the Yacu Wasi or House of Water spa is ready to ease your weary muscles after a day of walking through the area. The hotel has been designed to showcase the magnificence of the natural surroundings while providing guests with a tranquil retreat where they can celebrate the solace of wide open spaces.
Granted, the hubbub that is the daily trek of visitors to Machu Picchu may not feel as restful, but that’s little surprise given the absolute drama of this ancient citadel set amidst the Andes. Not restful, that is, for those who have to start the day in travel mode. You, however, will wake up at the Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located adjacent to Machu Picchu. After admiring the sunrise (or sleeping in) and idling over your breakfast, you’ll have plenty of energy to make the three-minute walk along the path to arrive at the site. Isn’t this the way a once-in-a-lifetime experience is supposed to play out?
Our accommodations in Cusco are equally convenient in terms of location and ideally suited for the luxury-loving among our guests. La Casona Inkaterra is a famed colonial manor house located in the city’s main square, steps from all sorts of options. With only 11 rooms encircling an inner courtyard, it is the picture of understated elegance and a thoroughly charming spot to call home when you’re far from your own.
As for all the other activities that await on our Peru Walking excursion, best to have a look at the itinerary yourself and decide whether you’ll be able to manage all the luxurious comfort and characteristic hospitality that makes Peru such a favourite destination among B&R clients.
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