Along a cobbled street in Cusco, there is faded green doorway that serves as a portal to the past, and what lies beyond its threshold is an abode worthy of an enchanting entrance. Inkaterra La Casona is an intimate hotel set within an exquisite 16th-century manor house, and one of Cusco’s most storied dwellings. The arcades of the building’s timeless courtyard have seen many noble visitors, from elite Inca warriors to Simón Bolívar. You are now part of that guest list—invited to experience the splendor of centuries past in this meticulously restored home, brimming with baroque furnishings, colonial antiques, and Andean textiles. And when you step back through that green door, Cusco’s beguiling streets await you on the other side.
The manor that houses Inkaterra La Casona is part of the fabric of Cusco, and staying here gives guests a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural layers. The 16th-century mansion was one of the first Spanish constructions here, and like most of the city’s early colonial buildings, it was placed directly on top of an existing Inca foundation. The original structure held the Warakos Academy—the training grounds for an elite army of Incas. It was later inhabited by Diego de Almagro, a Spanish conquistador of Peru, and for a short while was even home to Simón Bolívar, the renowned liberator of South America.
As empires have fallen and powers shifted, the manor has remained an important fixture in the city—so much so that the Peruvian government has recognized the building's significance by deeming it a national historical monument.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Inkaterra La Casona, National Geographic guests are invited on an exclusive architectural tour of this historic manor with the lodge manager. Hear tales from the manor's long and intriguing past, and learn about the restoration process that brought this colonial gem back to its original glory.
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