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Machu Picchu Lodge

Sacred luxury, sacred memory

After an exceptional or sublime experience, we usually distinguish between “my life before and after…”. A stay at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is without doubt a memory that would bring about such a statement

THE site. THE view. It is the ONLY HOTEL adjacent to the Inca Machu Picchu Sanctuary, very close to the legendary 15th century “Lost City of the Incas” and to the Aguas Calientes thermal baths. Sunrises, sunsets and moonlit nights are complementary!

These images will constantly be present before your eyes, whether you are lying on your bed, sitting in the restaurant or on the terrace or wandering in the gardens.

The luxury here is mainly the environment. Even the inside of the lodge, with all of its comfort, does not compete with it; rather, it tends to play homage to the sacred character of the site and the surrounding environment.

The Orient-Express signature on this jewel should be enough to convince you of the quality that it provides.

At man’s height, yet very close to the gods

Adjacent to the site of a religious sanctuary and the ancient house of an Incan emperor, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge only – in the positive sense of the word  – offers 17 rooms and suites, a few of which have their own terrace. There are two restaurants, one for the day and one for the night!

The décor is entirely made of stone and wood, not at all flashy. It’s a solid and understated luxury.

Speaking of luxury, champagne is available whenever you want!

Eco-responsible

It couldn’t be any other way in this sacred place: the kitchen has been entirely transformed with electricity, all of the paper used is recycled, only glass or metal containers are used (plastic is banned), used water is purified before being returned to nature, all products used are biodegradable and organic vegetables grow in the lodge’s garden.

Harmony: for the body and mind

Incredible luxury and privilege: tours are led by local experts and organized by the lodge, and will give you access to the sacred site in the early morning or late afternoon, when most of the tourists and buses have left, and even access to places that other tourists would not be welcomed to.

The treks and tours are clearly described and organized by duration and degree of difficulty: 2 moderate ones, 3 difficult, including the one to the Temple of the Moon, and one tough, going to the Patucusi, the mountain that directly faces the lodge. The choice is yours, between 2 to 6 hour-long round-trip tours.

After the hikes and treks, massages, aromatherapy and yoga sessions are waiting for you so you can relax and unwind and allow the images of the incommensurable beauty of the day to stay in your mind.

Unless you took a 15-minute walk from the hotel and spent the day at the Aguas Calientes hot springs, where you would have already relaxed in 38-degree water that is well known for its medicinal properties.

The sacred sanctuary

Machu Picchu, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is located east of the Andes, near the lush jungle of the Amazonian forest, 2,350 meters above sea level. Preparation for a stay in high altitude is mandatory. The site is known for its natural characteristics as well as for its 172 architectural constructions: temples, mausoleums, public squares and imperial residences.

Home to unique flora and fauna

The flora and fauna are other sources of wonderment. Proof of this are the 200 species of birds, among which is the huge and majestic Cock-of-the-Rock - Peru’s national bird - 300 species of orchids, llamas, to name only a few of the inhabitants known for their grace, agility and force.

What to expect, temperature-wise

April to October is the ideal period to travel to Peru in general and to Machu Picchu in particular. It is hot and humid during the day: between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius. Nights are cool.
The rainy season extends from November to March. It is cool at that time: between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius.

What else?

Cuzco, the closest city, is located 130 km away and is a must-see, an only 3 and a half hour drive. Should you have more time, Lima, the capital, could be visited.

If you would rather continue your communion with nature, you could see the Colca Canyon and the Amazonian rainforest.

Many tour operators offer expeditions to these destinations. Bear in mind that Orient-Express offers more… with luxury.

Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge

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