The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is quite probably our favourite hotel in the whole world! It’s a big call, but we love this hotel for many reasons; apart from its proximity to Machu Picchu.
From the moment you cross the stone bridge and enter the hotel grounds it is as if you have passed into another world… that of the high jungle, known in Spanish as the eyebrow of the jungle. There are waterfalls cascading alongside the paths, while birds (214 species we found out later) are heard amongst the trees.
The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a wonderfully diverse eco system, lush and full of life. And… all of a sudden you look up to see a chapel… lit up in the jungle half-light and realise that this is the reception of the hotel.
This is also one of the most family friendly hotels in Peru, and one of several excellent places to stay offered by Inkaterra around Peru. There are two villas designed especially for a family stay, and they have all the amenities that you would expect for a 5 star hotel.
We’ve stayed twice at this hotel, once with a baby, and then once with a toddler and a pre-schooler. Both experiences were exceptional. We can say without hesitation we will return again… and we have yet to participate in the formal program for kids!!! The hotel offers a kids program for 6 to 12 year olds with child-friendly Inkaterra Explorer Guides who can organise special educational treasure hunts!
Just on our own we loved playing in the jungle pool, and getting out and exploring on the lodge’s trails looking for orchids and hummingbirds, which are easy to spot as they are numerous… We loved exploring the herb gardens. In our experiences one of the things that make a hotel child friendly is having places to play and explore… here at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel there is plenty of scope for the imagination.
Next time we would love to learn about traditional tea-making including taking part in the process as freshly picked leaves are pressed over wooden blocks, there are also a number of guided walks/ and or talks for the adults that sound fantastic and would add to your appreciation of the ecosystem and the history of Machu Picchu.
The amazing attention to detail that epitomises the Inkaterra brand is evident in every part of your stay. Plus, Australians will feel right at home with big bunches of eucalyptus filling corners of rooms and spreading their refreshing aroma.
The hotel itself is a collection of whitewashed houses almost organically grown into the hillside and each one of the rooms is made of natural materials. Natural furnishings, large fireplaces, and the understated, almost rustic elegance of Inkaterra abound. Small touches like natural cosmetics and natural cotton bathrobes add to the feeling you have come someplace special. Plus, Inkaterra’s sustainability programs are impressive, and we loved that we had a 100% Carbon Neutral hotel stay.
The main dining areas of Inkaterra were, as expected cosy and inviting as befitting a lodge that receives people who have been out exploring Machu Picchu each day. With small kids we ate early at the Café Inkaterra, a cosy thatched hut, located right on top the railway line. It was very cool – as you ate yummy Peru fusion cuisine, the trains pulled into town…. chugging right below your window.
Yes, when you stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel you feel as if you are an explorer, but without the discomfort!
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