Inkaterra La Casona: The Experience

Located in Cusco, Peru

To stay at Inkaterra La Casona is to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Cusco. Steps away is the Plaza de Armas—the grand square that has been at the heart of the city through Inca and colonial rule and into the present. From here there are endless ways to wander, each cobblestoned lane revealing new surprises, from colorful handicraft markets to impressive colonial churches.

Cusco also serves as the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and the lodge offers many ways for guests to discover the area’s archaeological ruins and traditional Andean villages. Private excursions (available to guests at an additional cost) have been specially designed to provide guests with a first-hand knowledge of the region’s history and traditions.

See our sample itinerary describing how you would experience this lodge during a 4-day stay.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Cusco Sightseeing Tour

Discover the many layers of Cusco on a half-day guided walking tour of the old town. Join a local guide to explore the Santo Domingo Church, the charming San Blas arts district, and the Plaza de Armas and its grand cathedral.

Inca Archaeological Sites Tour

The city of Cusco is home to no less than four Inca archaeological sites, each offering a unique glimpse into daily life in this ancient civilization. Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Puca Pucará, Qenko, and Tambomachay on a half-day guided tour.

Half-Day Pisac and Awanacancha Excursion

Travel to the stunning Sacred Valley to see the hillside terraces of Pisac, one of Peru’s finest Inca sites. Browse the bustling handicrafts market in the town below the ruins before continuing on to Awanacancha. Traditional weaving has been revived in this mountain village thanks to the efforts of National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, a master weaver who is native to the valley.

Half-Day Chinchero Excursion

Spend half a day exploring Chinchero, a traditional Andean village in the highlands of Anta. The town is home to Inca ruins, a charming colonial church, and a colorful handicrafts market.

Half-Day Maras and Moray Excursion

Journey into the Sacred Valley to see the unique landscape created by the white salt mines stacked across the slopes of Maras. Then visit Moray to ponder its intriguing agricultural pits, carved into the earth and reaching depths of 100 feet or more.

Full-Day Chinchero, Maras, and Moray Excursion

Explore the salt mines of Maras, Moray’s agricultural pits, and the traditional mountain village of Chinchero on a full-day excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Inca.

Full-Day Sacred Valley Excursion

Trace the entire length of the Sacred Valley, beginning at the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and journeying to the terraced ruins at Pisac.

Full-Day South Route Excursion

Venture southeast of Cusco to find less-visited sites, including pre-Inca ruins at Piquillacta, Inca baths and irrigation systems in Tipon, and an intricately designed church, dubbed “South America’s Sistine Chapel,” located in the town of Andahuaylillas.

Biking

Ride across Andean landscapes en route to Pisac, passing through the small villages of Taray and Calca along the way.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for an unforgettable horseback ride through the Sacred Valley, following the Urubamba River past agricultural terraces and the famous Inca Trail.

Pachamama or Pay to the Earth Ceremony

Join local people in giving thanks to the Andean gods at this ancient ritual performed by a shaman.

Food and Drink

The chefs at Inkaterra La Casona are dedicated to integrating local ingredients into their cuisine, using native components as a means of discovering the culinary secrets of indigenous peoples. Traditional Peruvian fare is masterfully infused with international flavors to create dishes that are both familiar and exotic. With many of the ingredients being harvested from the carbon-free farms in the Sacred Valley’s agricultural heartland, meals are fresh and seasonal. Teatime and cocktail hour are part of the meal routine at Inkaterra La Casona—rituals that invite guests to relax and take in the splendor of their surroundings.

The Spa

The lodge's Yacu Therapy Room offers treatments that use natural products infused with local botanicals. Relax with a hot-stone or reflexology massage, or benefit from restorative oxygen therapy as your body adjusts to higher altitudes. Other treatments include cocao body exfoliation and foot therapy.

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