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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Santuario Historico Machu Picchu  Peru
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Afternoon Tea at Machu Picchu  Santuario Historico Machu Picchu  Peru
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
You’ll never sleep anywhere closer to Machu Picchu than Belmond Sanctuary Lodge—it’s adjacent to the site entrance, and the only hotel on the mountain. In fact, the lodge is built on the former staging area for American explorer Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered the “Lost City of the Incas” in 1911. You’ll pay a pretty penny but consider the price a once-in-a-lifetime splurge. If you arrive the day before your visit to Macchu Picchu on the bus up from Aguas Calientes, you can be at the gates right when they open at 5 a.m. and get a head start on most of the crowds—and the sunrise. And if you’re coming off a days-long hike on the Inca Trail, the spacious showers and plush robes will be the best you’ve ever experienced.

There are only 31 rooms here, some with terraces and mountain views but all with exquisitely comfortable beds and marble bathrooms. The light-filled restaurant—only open to guests—serves both international and Peruvian dishes, and the bar is a great place to enjoy a pisco sour after a day of exploring the ruins. If you really want to stay in style, consider arriving by the elegantly restored Belmond Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco—the hotel offers packages.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
They say location is a key element to any hotel's success—which means in Peru, few places can beat the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. The only hotel adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, the intimate property sits right at the gate to the citadel complex, allowing guests to visit at their leisure (like in the early morning and late afternoon, when the crowds are thinner), or multiple times in one day. This is also the place to be if you want to hike Huayna Picchu; only a certain number of hikers are allowed each day, and Sanctuary guests have the advantage of easy access to the early-morning ticket line.

Since everyone else visiting Machu Picchu has to come up to the site from the town at the base of the mountain (or straight from the train station), it is an exclusive luxury to be able to see parts of the ancient site from the hotel's garden, and to be able to soak hiking-weary limbs in an outdoor hot tub just steps from the where the Incas worshipped. There are also plenty of other perks: comfortable rooms with satellite TV and WiFi; a one-room spa offering Inca-inspired therapies; and the Tampu Restaurant—open only to hotel guests—serving dishes made with a Southern American flair.
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Look to the Heavens
You may know your constellations back home—but the Southern sky is an entirely different matter. Take advantage of the hotel's state-of-the art telescope—and the electric light-free setting—to check out the night sky from the flip side. A complimentary guide is on hand to explain what you're seeing, and explain how the Incas interpreted the stars.
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Call The Spirits
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge sits at about 8,200 feet above sea level—all the better to try and connect with the sacred spirits that attracted the Incas to the area. At the hotel, you can take part in an ancient, shaman-led ceremony designed to ask Pachamama (Mother Earth) for prosperity and well-being. If you're more concerned with your immediate future, book a session with an Andean priest for a coca tea leaf reading to find out what adventures lie ahead.
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Birds & Bees
Along with acres of ancient ruins and jaw-dropping views, the citadel is home to a number of unique flora and bird life—and since the hotel shares the same location, it is equally rich in natural splendors. Take a tour of the private orchards or the extensive orchid collection, keeping an eye out for some of the feathered friends who call the Sanctuary home.
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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Most visitors to Machu Picchu opt for a day-trip. If you stay overnight at the sanctuary, however, you won't have to rush, and you can wake up early to see the sun rise over the Andes before the crowd of tourists arrives. The Sanctuary Lodge, operated by Belmond, is the only lodging option near Machu Picchu. The lodge is luxurious in both location and decor, but it's more expensive than the average traveler can afford. Even if you aren't staying here, however, you can enjoy a great breakfast buffet at the lodge for a more accessible price.

Afternoon Tea at Machu Picchu
If you ride the Hiram Bingham and are not staying at the lodge, you can do tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel on site. It's a big spread of sandwiches, fruit, and desserts, along with tea, soft drinks, or coffee. While it's not fancy, it's still a great way to wind down and reflect on your time at Machu Picchu.
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Carretera Hiram Bingham KM 7.5, Machu Picchu, Peru
+51 984 816 956