Discovering Cusco and the Sacred Valley is a spectacular experience. Do it in style at Inkaterra La Casona.
Location, location: Inkaterra La Casona lies in the heart of Cusco’s Old Town, perched high in the Peruvian Andes. Overlooking Plaza de las Nazarenas, the hotel is a short walk from the magnificent Plaza de Armas and less than ten minutes from the bohemian area of San Blas.
Best for: Those wanting to experience the capital of the Incan Empire in high luxury style.
History: Once home to a conquistador and lodging for Simon Bolivar, Peru’s El Libertador, the 16th Century manor house stands on the training grounds of the elite army of the Incas. Chandeliers and marble furnishings compliment Pre-Columbian textiles and original murals.
Room Service: The eleven suites don’t sacrifice any modern touches, with iPod docs and flat screen TV’s as well as a stone fireplace, heated floors and large bathtubs. Choose the Plaza Suites for views of the square; don’t worry about street noise – all windows are triple-glazed to ensure a quiet night.
Head out: Private guides are available for guests wishing to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Explore archeological sites, colonial churches, salt mines and traditional Andean villages such as Chinchero, Awanacancha and Pisac, the most impressive Inca site in the region.
Horse around: A ride through the Sacred Valley is a spectacular way to glimpse breathtaking views of snow covered mountains, agricultural terraces and the Inca trail. A bike ride through the villages of Taray, Calca and Pisac is also a great way to take in the local culture.
Pamper yourself: Relax after a long day climbing local ruins; La Casona’s Yacu therapy room offers bespoke treatments such as reflexology and coca body exfoliation.
Eat your heart out: Fresh, local ingredients make up the restaurant’s creative dishes. Don’t leave before trying the crispy guinea pig confit! The Andean trout in Brazil nut tempura is also delicious.
Don’t miss: Be sure to visit the colourful market of Pisac. Merchants sell fine woven crafts, bright tapestries, and local textiles.
When to visit: Cusco is a year-round destination, but if you are thinking of heading to Machu Picchu, we suggest a visit during the dry season (May-October).