Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Av. Imperio de los Incas s/n, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Peru
A five-minute walk from the center of town takes you to this stunning ecolodge, part of the Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels, made up of rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings, set in a mini tropical cloud forest. There are 372 varieties of orchids and 18 species of hummingbirds on the grounds, and lodging prices include several excursion possibilities such as bird-watching and orchid tours, as well as a twilight nature walk. Others are available at additional cost, such as a visit to the Spectacled Bear project. If budget allows, it's worth upgrading to a suite to take advantage of a private terrace and Jacuzzi. There are special services available for families, including kid-friendly guides. The restaurant overlooking the surrounding hills is first-rate—try the delicious crema de choclo (corn chowder).
- natural setting
- many activities, some included in the price
- excellent restaurant with breakfast and dinner included
- children under 12 stay free
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