The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is probably the best hotel in the area and is located 5 minutes walk from the new station at Aguas Calientes. Ideally situated in 12 acres of cloud forest beside the Vilcanota River, the hotel comprises 83 comfortable rooms each slightly different from one another, all having great views out over the park.
The architecture is Spanish colonial in style with stone archways and red tiled roofs. There’s a definite homelike atmosphere inside the hotel, with colorful handcrafted furnishings and spacious rooms filled by plenty of natural light. Guests can enjoy the restaurant overlooking the Vilcanota River and the Unu Spa, which offer typical Andean experiences using local products and techniques. The park is home to more than 214 species of birds and over 372 species of orchids, indigenous palms, ferns, begonias, fruit trees and medicinal plants.
The Machu Picchu Archaeological Area is only a 30-minute bus ride from the hotel. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will delve into the Reserve to learn about the main areas of interest, including Intihuatana (the Sun Quadrant), the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites on the planet, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and from where you will see Wayna Picchu and Intipunku (the Gate of the Sun), the entrance to the Machu Picchu Inca Trail.
Along the marked trails around the hotel you will discover the fascinating and fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu forest. You will learn to recognize native plants and animals such as: ferns, bromeliads, orchids and an interesting variety of birds. During the walk you will make several stops to learn about the Vilcanota river system, visit the Observatory and the tea house. The hotel also offers birding and orquid trails as complimentary activities included in the stay, for those who would like to learn more about the local flora and fauna.