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. Photo by TravelWayOfLife/Flickr.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
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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. Standard room prices begin at $1200 USD per night. Even if you aren't staying here, however, you can enjoy a great breakfast buffet at the lodge for a more accessible price.
By Ana Paula Bedoya, AFAR Local Expert
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.
By Annie Fitzsimmons, AFAR Contributor