Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel at Machu Picchu, Peru

Two Days of Heaven at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Peru

I crossed a footbridge over a small tributary of the Vilcanota River and pierced an invisible veil. Leaving behind the sad little town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, devoid of trees and littered with broken down hostels and pizza pubs, I stepped onto the exquisite grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where brilliant hummingbirds flitted between orchids and intertwining old-growth trees enfolded the hotel’s whitewashed stone villas.

Pool and villas at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Pool and villas at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Soft light filtered through the cloud forest canopy as I followed the hotel’s representative along serpentine rock paths to my private casita. She threw open the rugged wooden door and stepped aside, revealing an enormous suite with luxury bath, fireplace, sitting area and private balcony. My gaze swept from the rustic wooden beams of the cathedral ceiling down to the king size bed. Salivating at the prospect of sinking into its mountain of pillows and 100% cotton sheets, I quickly thanked her and shut the door.

My gorgeous room at the Inkaterra overlooked lush gardens where tropical birds flitted

My gorgeous room at the Inkaterra overlooked lush gardens where tropical birds flitted

Barely had I unlaced my heavy boots and wriggled my toes when someone knocked at my door. “What now?” I wondered. “So sorry miss Barbara, but I thought you might like to see this.” She pointed to to the top of an old telephone next to my villa, where a gorgeous male Golden Olive Woodpecker rat-tat-tatted, determinedly searching for grub. “We don’t see them very often,” she explained, pointing out the female sitting on a nearby wire. It was the first of many kindnesses I experienced during my two days at this heavenly retreat.

Golden Olive Woodpecker showed up outside my cottage door to welcome me

Golden Olive Woodpecker showed up outside my cottage door to welcome me

I had learned about the Inkaterra when I received an invitation to a press conference in New York City, where Fodor’s would announce their Top 100 Hotel Awards. When I replied with regrets, explaining that I was currently traveling in South America, they responded with a list of the five South American properties included among the top 100 and inquired if I was planning to stay at any of them. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was among those five. It was too much of a coincidence to ignore.

Because Fodor’s has long been considered a trusted authority on travel, especially with regard to accommodations, I knew the Inkaterra would be a treat, but I could not possibly have anticipated just how exceptional the hotel would be. Already impressed by the attentiveness of the staff, I returned to my spectacular suite and discovered a second surprise: on a table in the far corner a plate of gourmet chocolates and dried fruits awaited. Settling into a chair on my patio, I gorged on chocolate as I looked out over terra cotta roofs topped with ceramic bulls said to bring good fortune and gardens that quivered and twittered with rainbow-colored birds. An hour later, driven by a sugar high, I abandoned any thoughts of a nap and set out to explore.

Inkaterra pulled out all stops with a welcome gift of my favorite treat - chocolate

Inkaterra pulled out all stops with a welcome gift of my favorite treat – chocolate

I descended the circuitous paths, peeking into the on-site spa and noting a trio of cascading, candle-lit hot tubs for later. Back at the main lodge I joined a free guided nature walk to learn more about the fascinating and fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest. Our guide pointed out dozens of the more than 372 native species of orchids found in the hotel’s gardens (some so tiny they were best viewed with his oversize magnifying glass); several of the 18 different species of hummingbirds that have been identified on the grounds; and led us through the hotel’s organic gardens where herbs, coffee and tea are grown solely for guests of the Inkaterra.

Grounds at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel abound with orchids

Grounds at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel abound with orchids

By the time the tour was over I was ready for a dinner made with some of those organic herbs, so I headed back to the dining room with its giant wall of windows overlooking the Vilcanota River gorge. After selecting from one of several vegetarian selections the chef prepares each day, I turned my gaze to the lush greenery outside the restaurant’s window and watched twilight descended over the enchanting cloud forest. Dinner, like everything else I had experienced thus far at the Inkaterra, was perfect.

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With a full belly, I retired to my suite, where a cozy fire crackled in the fireplace. I climbed into my plush bed and propped myself up with plump pillows, hoping to get some writing done, but that bed was just too heavenly. One final thought flitted through my mind before I succumbed to the sandman: would Machu Picchu Citadel be shrouded in rain and fog the following day or would the morning dawn bright and sunny? With only one day to visit the Incan archeological site I had longed to see my entire life, I hoped Inkaterra’s ability to achieve perfection in all things extended to the weather gods.

Staying at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel:

Though rates are not shown on Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel website, I requested and received their rack rates via email. For a single person, casitas are priced from $394 to $895 per person, per night; for doubles casitas range from $249 to $531.50 per person, per night. The larger villas are priced at $844 per person, per night for two travelers; $635 per person, per night for three travelers; and $527 per person, per night for four travelers. Rates include assistance between Machu Picchu train station and the hotel and return to train station upon departure, one buffet breakfast, one a-la-carte dinner, and guided excursions within the property (bird, nature, orchid, twilight, and Tea Plantation tours). Prices do not include the 10% service charge or local tax (18% VAT) applicable to Peruvians and foreign residents in Peru. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is definitely an upscale property, but one that is worth every penny.

Since 1975, based on a principle of respect for the ecosystem, Inkaterra has been developing conservation programs to preserve the natural characteristics of the Amazon rainforest, which helps prevent global warming. Inkaterra protects more than 17,000 hectares of original forest, helping to reduce directly 3,315,000 tons of carbon, and supports a variety of external conservation programs. With these programs, Inkaterra has become a truly Carbon-Neutral organization, and every guest at Inkaterra has a 100% Carbon Neutral hotel stay.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel kindly hosted the author’s visit to Machu Picchu, Peru. However, the receipt and acceptance of complimentary items or services will never influence the content, topics, or posts in this blog. I write the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. In this case, I highly recommend Inkaterra, not only for their excellent facilities, services, and staff, but also for their devotion to conservation. If you’re considering a visit to Machu Picchu, my favorite site for finding the best prices is Booking.com. I earn a small sum if you book by clicking on the link to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Resort in the above story, which helps keep this blog free for you to read.

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29 Comments on “Two Days of Heaven at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

  1. Now, this is how I like to travel! The woodpecker was so cute, and the chocolate had me drooling. I always like to read about solo travels that include mid-range and luxury accommodations.

    • Ah, Claudine, I hear you. If only I could afford to travel like this all the time. Once in a while I get an opportunity to be spoiled in a luxurious resort, and the Inkaterra has to rank among the top three places I have ever stayed. I know people have different tastes, so as I travel the world I try to report on a wide range of accommodations, from the budget backpacker hostel dorm to the most upscale properties. Thanks so much for your comment.

  2. Sounds like you had an amazing time. I have only ever heard positive things about Inka Terra hotels. You are soooo lucky to have stayed there, but also doing such a great job promoting Peru – a truly wonderful destination. Do you also write for any magazines or other websites?

    I love the photos of the birds also.

    • Hi Peru Travel: I do occasionally write articles for other publications that pay for content, but I’m very selective because my time is limited. This blog and traveling perpetually consumes my life!

  3. I just came across your blog tonight and have really enjoyed reading several posts.  Your photographs are beautiful.  Thanks so much for sharing such great information.  It’s helping fuel my own RTW travel dreams.  Happy Travels!

  4. I know you speak the truth when you say that the Inkaterra is a fabulous place to stay in, but the $394 you quoted as the beginning price for a casita per day is already more or less the entire fee I paid for my 4-day hike on the Inca Trail. It was rough, but everything was provided for me and the hikers, and (not to diminish the magical quality of stay) would be worth more to me than any stay at any luxurious hotel (and I’ve been to a few). I know you stayed there for free, but I wouldn’t even dream of staying in that hotel ( I stayed in a few broken down cheap hostels) simply because I couldn’t afford to. Isn’t the point of your blog to show us who have very little money to be able to go from place to place for less than $50 a day? However, congratulations on your deal!

    • P8nam: I also stay in hostels much or the time, but not all my readers wish to do so. Even though I tend to travel on a budget, the point of my blog is not “to show us who have very little money to be able to go from place to place for less than $50 a day.” I try to present options for all types of travelers and for all budgets, which includes luxury accommodations, as well as mid-range options and budget hostels.

  5. Wow – gorgeous.  I never knew a lodge like this existed there so near Machu Picchu.  How long has it been open?  I wonder if it was there when I went about 9 years ago?

    • Hi ottsworld: The lodge has been there for many years, though they just added the name Inkaterra to the front of it fairly recently. I’m pretty sure it would have been there when you were there, vut it’s not got high visibility in the town – you really have to know it’s there to even realize what it is.

  6. Wonderful place to stay, I would appreciate your photography as well great shots. After wondering for days it would be the best place to relax.
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  7. I am so amazed with this place, looks  so quite and relaxing. Thank you for sharing

    • Thanks for your comments, everyone. The Inkaterra is absolutely wonderful and my words hardly do it justice. If you get a chance, you must go there. It is one of those places that is definitely worth the splurge.

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  9. Nice hotel, I asked for their rates as it is not available on their website. The cheapest room for 2 people would be $548 a night. Rate is valid until the end of 2012.

    • Looks like I should have read your whole article as you also included the rates. Nice write up.

  10. Sounds simply wonderful. I love the photo of the woodpecker – I always assocaited them with being brown and dull in colour – how wrong can you be…

  11. Must say, on my first trip to Machu Picchu, there were no hotels at all….we stayed at the government run hotel and had the only room with in-room plumbing.  Times have changed, that is for sure. Kathy

    • Yes, that’s what I understand as well, Kathy. Interestingly, the Inkaterra began life as a backpacker place!

    • Oh pauline…u know you and i boehtr share this lust…cant wait for us to go to Peru…yay…pls start looking for tix…they are getting more expensive… kissessessesses Esohe

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