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Hotel Monasterio, an Orient-Express Luxury Hotel, is the ideal base from which to discover Cuzco and the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, which can be reached via a spectacular three-hour train journey.
High in the Andes, more than 3000 metres above sea level, lies the historic city of Cuzco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. At the heart of Cuzco is the 16th-century Hotel Monasterio, originally built as a monastery in 1592 and now one of the world's finest hotels. Stunning location in the historic town of Cusco, high in the Andes Mountains of Southern Peru. Hotel Monasterio is an exquisitely restored 16th century monastery turned five-star hotel, and is the perfect base from which to explore the magic and mysteries of the Inca Empire. In its former life the hotel housed monks, but there's nothing ascetic about it today, as their quarters are now luxurious rooms that will please even the most discriminating of travelers. The sanctuary's architecture and design have not been significantly altered, and the graceful, soothing bedrooms—no two alike—reflect their origins as abodes for Jesuit seminarians. The restaurant features a wide variety of Peruvian and international dishes. Cusco is surrounded by amazing natural and archaeological wonders, the most notable of which are the ruins Machu Picchu. Take a spectacular train pilgrimage to this unforgettable destination, then return to indulge in one of the hotel's signature Andean or Incan baths. The archaeological capital of the Americas and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, Cuzco is now an important link in the South American travel network. Its legacy as the hub of the Inca empire is readily apparent: Most of the city streets are lined with Inca-built stone walls and crowded with Quecha-speaking descendants of the Incas. The city has magnificent repositories of colonial art such as the catedral (begun in 1559) and La Merced Church. There is also the Coricancha ruins, east of the city centre, which were formerly covered with gold (the stonework is all that remains) and the Museo de Arqueológia, the interior of which is filled with metal and gold work, jewellery, pottery, textiles and mummies. Four other ruins - Sacsayhuamán, Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay - are nearby. West of Cuzco is Machu Picchu, the best-known and most spectacular site on the continent. Despite the relentless stampede of tourists (especially during the dry season months, June to September), this 'Lost City of the Incas' still retains an air of grandeur and mystery.
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Adventure/Eco/Nature, Culture, Family Vacation, Romantic Getaway, Shopping & Fashion, Spa & Wellness
Cusco-Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
May through October