Kids love exploring the diverse cloud forest during guided tours.
With more than three miles (5 km) of trails winding through the cloud forest on the grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, there’s plenty to explore right outside your casita. Along with a number of guided walks on the property, the lodge offers a variety of excursions to the incredible sites of the region, from a full-day hike on the Inca Trail to a guided tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Cultural activities like musical performances or market visits can also be arranged. All excursions are guided in Spanish or English by a trained Inkaterra explorer guide.
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The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.
Stroll the lodge’s trails and discover the ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest. Learn about its many indigenous plants and animals as you walk amid ferns, bromeliads, and orchids, and a stunning variety of birds; and get an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the observatory, and the tea plantation.
Walk through the orchid garden to examine some of the lodge’s 372 native orchid species in their natural habitat—a world record according to the American Orchid Society. From the largest orchid flower in the world to tiny blooms best appreciated through a magnifying glass, there are orchids to amaze both novice and expert. Several new orchid species have been discovered on the hotel grounds.
Rise early to watch birds at an optimum time of the day. At a river observatory, look for the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper. Continue to a tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted, and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found. Along the hotel's trails, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the-rock, the golden-headed quetzal, and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds.
Learn about traditional tea-making on a visit to the lodge’s organic tea plantation and teahouse. Take part in the process as freshly picked leaves are pressed over wooden blocks and packaged, and finally, seal your own tea bag. A glass of fresh hot or iced tea awaits you in the lobby.
Step out under the stars to discover the connection between natural and spiritual in this enchanting place. See sacred pre-Inca pictographs in the evening light, and pause at the observatory to watch the forest creatures prepare for night.
The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.
Join the lodge’s resident biologist for a three-hour walk along the hotel's Orchid or Bird trails, and get an insider’s tour of the lodge and its grounds.
Take a two-hour walk along the Vilcanota River, following the railroad tracks into the Mandor Valley. Discover the valley’s rare and varied birdlife, including the cock-of-the-rock, speckle-faced parrots, and green jays. Stop for a swim beneath a secluded waterfall before walking back to the lodge.
Wander through the open-air market at Machu Picchu Pueblo to see local handicrafts and woven textiles. Then walk a half-hour to the Puenta Ruinas, the ancient bridge leading to Machu Picchu. Visit the nearby Manuel Chavez Ballón Museum to see its excellent displays, maps, and artifacts related to the archaeological site.
A 30-minute bus ride brings you up the mountainside to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the reserve with an expert guide, learning about the geology and history of the key sites such as Intihuatana (the Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza, and the Temple of the Sun. Delve into the mysteries of this spectacular citadel, framed by snow-capped peaks; Wayna Picchu; and Intipunku (the Sun Gate), the entrance to the Inca Trail.
Visit the historical citadel of Machu Picchu with a private guide, and then set out on an hour-long trek up Wayna Picchu. The steep trail clings to the side of the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, leading adventurous travelers to a remote corner of the site.
On a day-long excursion, hike two-and-a-half hours to reach the summit of Apu Machu Picchu. This challenging trail, accessed from the reserve, joins parts of the Inca Trail leading to the Sun Gate before climbing to the mountain's highest point. From there, enjoy a vista of Machu Picchu and other significant ruins in the area.
Climb up one of the most beautiful mountains in the sanctuary, taking in stunning side views of the Inca citadel. Walk from the hotel to Putukusi, and then climb an hour and a half to the summit. From the top, enjoy panoramic views of the Vilcanota River, Machu Picchu Pueblo, Mandor Valley, Intipunku, and Wayna Picchu.
Take part in an ancient ritual performed by a local shaman, giving thanks to the Andean fertility goddess Pachamama for the bounty of the land.
Get a taste of Andean musical traditions during a concert by a local musical group.
The excursions above are open to all guests at the lodge. Private excursions are also available with English-, Spanish-, French-, Italian-, or Portuguese-speaking guides.
The dining room is housed within glass walls, affording breathtaking views of the Vilcanota River and the surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy fine fusion cuisine within, or dine outside on the terraces overlooking the forest. Café Inkaterra, set within a cozy thatched hut, blends contemporary influences with traditional Andean architecture and cuisine.
UNU Spa draws on local botanicals and the mystique of Andean culture to create a distinctive spa experience. Relax with a reflexology massage or a hot stone treatment, or step into the therapeutic Andean sauna, housed in a eucalyptus hut. Services range from purification to facials and most can take place in your room for an additional charge of US $15.
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