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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
Why we like it
- 12 of the 29 rooms and suites have mountain views, some from private terraces
- The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge enjoys an exclusive location, nestled adjacent to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Inca citadel
- The intimate Tampu Restaurant serves international cuisine and Andean specialities using fresh, local ingredients
- Spa services include Inca or aromatherapy massages and complimentary yoga sessions
- Other facilities include bars and terraces, beautiful gardens and, of course, an array of tours and excursions to Machu Picchu (as well as some of the area's lesser known sights)
- We recommend the lodge's two suites, for their prime views from large terraces.
Take breakfast in the lodge's magnificent gardens. You will be astonished as the morning mists slowly rise to reveal the celebrated mountains of the Machu Picchu Valley beyond.
The Hotels you (Charlie Lockwood) selected were superb in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, what a pleasure it has been to stay in the Belmond Hotels, everyone was so helpful, and the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires was equally superb
- TW, London
This Belmond hotel stands amidst a place rich in ancient heritage, renowned spirituality and incredible natural beauty. It is the ideal base from which to explore the archaeological wonders, spot rare species of birds and flowers (especially orchids of which there are an estimated 300 species in the area) or unwind and enjoy breath-taking scenery from the lodge's garden.
An intimate hotel, it has fewer than 30 rooms and only two suites, so we recommend requesting this hotel well in advance. All are simply, yet stylishly furnished, with large comfortable beds dressed with warm duvets.
Pleasant as they are, however, the rooms (and everything else) play second fiddle to the location. No other hotel stands as close to the Inca citadel or offers such jaw-dropping views.
Best time to be there
Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.
Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid
GMT -5 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.
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Suggested itineraries in Peru
Nights: 14 | from £5,945pp
Get active the Inca way. Discover the wildlife-rich Amazon Basin and trek through little-visited rural villages on the stunning Salkantay Trail.
Nights: 10 | from £3,630pp
Enjoy the splendours of northern Peru’s history, culture and wildlife on this exciting 10 day adventure through Lima, Chiclayo, Kuelap, Cajamarca, and more.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley
Nights: 8 | from £5,375pp
An 8 night adventure into the heart of Peru, this tour explores Peru's pre-Columbian culture, rich musical traditions and the impressive Machu Picchu.
Highlights of Peru
Nights: 7 | from £3,320pp
The Land of the Incas welcomes you and shows you its greatest ancient and historic treasures on this 8 day adventure that will leave you wanting to return and get under the skin of this diverse country.
Nights: 12 | from £4,420pp
A magical 12 night tour discovering Peru's ancient culture and colours from the magnificent Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu to the iconic Lake Titicaca.
Nights: 12 | from £5,795pp
An exhilarating 12 night family adventure through Peru exploring the salt flats of Maras, walking through the Amazon rainforest and visiting Macchu Picchu.
Discover Peru & Galapagos
Nights: 14 | from £7,095pp
Perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to uncover the glories of Latin America. Experience the dramatic Andean scenery surrounding Peru's spectacular Machu Picchu, before heading to the Galapagos Islands for one of the world's most fascinating wildlife encounters.
Nights: 9 | from £4,120pp
Machu Picchu is THE bucket list sight. The ‘lost city’, hidden in the Andes, is swirled in mist and mystery – the stuff of travel legend. But with a ten days in Peru you can see far more, including a wealth of other incredible Incan sites plus the wilds of the Peruvian Amazon, one of the planet’s wildest, richest spots.