In recent years, lodgings of all shapes and sizes have really mushroomed in Cusco, now numbering in the hundreds. Most of the city´s most desirable accomodations are very central-within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas. The San Blas neighborhood is also within walking distance, though many hotels and hostales in that district involve very steep climbs uo the hillside. Some visitors will wish to avoid a hotels and inns too close to the Plaza de Armas; that zone´s crowded bars and discos, many open until sunrise, tend to produce throngs of rambunctious and usually inebriated young people who stumble downstairs and howl at the moon or below at the people who just reject them inside.
Advance reservations in high season in Cusco are essential, especially around the Inti Raymi and Fiestas Patrias festivals at the end of June and July, respectively. Outside high season, look for bargains, as hotel rates come down considerably. Hot water is an issue at many hotels, even those that swear they offer 24-hour hot showers. Many hotels in Cusco Peru and inns will arrange free airport transfers if you communicate your arrival information to them in advance.
Prices listed below are back rates for travel in high season; unless otherwise noted, rates do not include taxes. During the low season (Nov-April), prices often drop previously, even at midrange inns and backpacker hostels-sometimes as much as 50%-as the glut of hotels fights for a much-reduced number of visitors.
Emperador Plaza Hotel. A small, well-located, and impeccably clean and understated hotel, the Emperador Plaza has excelent service and is a reliable, quiet choice just a block from the main square.The good-size rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting and fluffy., flowered bedspreads. The rooms with balconies are best. The green-and-white tile bathrooms are surprisingly large. A rooftop terrace, which could be fixed up better, has nice views. Santa Catalina Ancha 377, Cusco. 084/261-733.
Hostal Cusco Plaza. Sharing the same great square with the top hotel in Cusco, the Monasterio, this small, simple affair features a great central courtyard and simple decor, including nice parquet floors. A few of the rooms have spectacular views; no.304 is by far the best, with huge windows and a arched ceiling. Plaza Nazarenas 181, Cusco. 084/246-161. Hotel Garcilaso Just a block from the Plaza de Armas, this simple but attractive hotel, occupying a terrific colonial house, is a decent midrange alternative. Rooms aren´t fancy, and the furnishings are a little outmooded, but they´re nice enough. The pretty courtyard with bright blue balconies is a great place to have a drink and hang out away from busy Cusco. There are actually two Garcilaso hotels side-by-side; the accommodations in no. 2 are slightly larger. Garcilaso 233-285, Cusco. 084/233-031.
Gringo Bill´s Hostal. Bill has hosted Machu Picchu travelers for almost a quarter century, and his was one of the first Machu Picchu hotels. This rambling house has stone walls chock full of plants just off the Plaza de Armas. The corner rooms with balconies and windows get the best ventilation and have the greatest views. Colla Raymi 104, Aguas Calientes. 084/211-046.
Hatuchay Tower. One of the high rise Machu Picchu hotels, a whole four floors above the river at the edge of town on the road heading to the ruins. Carpeted rooms are comfortable with modern furnishings and amenities, but the interior design is nothing out of the ordinary. Carretera a Machu Picchu. 084/211-201
Inkaterra Machu Picchu. A five-minute walk from the center of town takes you to this stunning ecolodge in tis own minitropical cloud forest. The stone bungalows, none with the same design, have a rustic elegance, with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings. Activities include a one-day Inca Trail trek, bird-watching excursions, and orchid tours, as well as a twilight nature walk. Imperio de los Incas s/n, Aguas Calientes. 084/211-032
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Best location of all Machu Picchu hotels. This hotel at the entrance to Machu Picchu citadel puts you closest to the ruins, a position for which you pay dearly. But not only will you have the thrill of watching the sun rise over the crumbling stone walls, you´ll be the first ones through the rus´gate in the morning, and have the place to yourself after most of the tourists depart each afternoon. Machu Picchu. 084/211-094
Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.
The best season is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2020 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes.