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When to Visit Machu Picchu

When Should You Visit Machu Picchu?

More than 1 million people visit Machu Picchu each year. Peru and UNESCO have jointly agreed to limit daily entrances to 2,500 visitors; although that limit is generally respected, it is also regularly exceeded by 10% to 15% during holidays.

Peak visitation months are May, July, August, September, and December. The less crowed months (our favorite times to visit) include April, June, and early October.



The region surrounding Machu Picchu has two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season begins in late October and extends into April. If you’re concerned about rain, keep in mind that Machu Picchu is situated in a tropical forest zone on the eastern slope of the Andes. This is upper Amazon Basin; in an average year, rain falls on 8 out of 10 days. Average humidity is around 65% to 80% year-round.

Still, these are rarely torrential downpours. Even during the wettest month, January, rainfall averages only 6.1 inches for the month—about one-fifth of an inch per day. In case you’re wondering, lightning is uncommon, but it can occur. At this latitude, Machu Picchu isn’t high enough for snow.

A perfect photo of the ancient city of Machu Picchu, taken on a family vacation hiking tour in Peru

What about the wet season month of December, when many North Americans have enough vacation time to travel internationally? Average December rainfall is usually under 5 inches for the month.

During the wet season, mist and clouds can obscure the site at sunrise. These clouds usually dissipate as the day progresses and the air warms. The wet season’s dramatic skies nourish bright green landscapes. For those reasons, many photographers request to visit in wetter months. Those postcard or magazine photos of an emerald Machu Picchu shrouded in mist? Those were shot during wet season.

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As soil saturation increases over the wet season, the ground becomes more unstable. Landslides, which usually only interrupt train travel, are more common in January and February. Due to rain, flight delays to and from Cusco are more common in those months.


During the drier months of May to September, average monthly rainfall is under 2 inches. June, July, and August tend to be the sunniest months. Clearer skies mean more visitors; June is busy around the solstice, and August is a top travel month for Europeans.

Golden sunrise over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu

Temperatures don’t vary much throughout the year. Average highs are near 70F in early afternoon, although highs can reach into the 80s. Overnight lows average in the low 40s from September to April, but dip into the mid-30s from May to August.

A Caracara falcon, perched on an overlook of Machu Picchu, spotted on a tour of Peru's anchient ruins

No matter when you visit, weather at Machu Picchu can surprise you. Mist and rain can be present at any time of year; even September has its drizzly days, and March can be surprisingly sunny. Machu Picchu is surrounded on three sides by the Urubamba River. Morning mists, rising from the river, are common. So are rainbows, even in dry season.

Machu Picchu is open year-round, even on holidays. The site opens at 6AM and closes at 5:30PM.

Time of Day

Historically, most visitors were day trippers from Cusco. They arrived by train around 11:00AM and departed by 3:00PM. That caused crowding, especially in key locations within the site. Better protection of the ancient city was needed.

Starting July 1, 2017, the entry policy changed. Tickets are now pre-purchased for a specific, hourly entry time (e.g. 7:00AM to 8:00AM). Ticket times and dates cannot be changed, and tickets are non-transferrable.

If you exit and wish to re-enter the site, you’ll need a new ticket. Visitors can pre-purchase multiple tickets. Upon entry, tickets are stamped with a color code.

Entry times are offered each hour from 6:00AM to 3:00PM. Entry times from 6:00AM to noon have a maximum stay 4 hours. The last two shifts (1:00PM and 2:00PM) have a maximum exit time of 5:30PM.

Additional protections were added in May 2019. The most significant sacred sites are now open to visitors only at select times of the day:

  • Pyramid of the Inti Huatana (Hitching Post of the Sun)
    • Accessible from 7AM to 10AM
    • Only open to visitors with national park entrances for 6AM, 7AM, 8AM, and 9AM.
  • Temple of the Condor
    • Accessible from 10AM to 1PM
    • Only open to visitors with national park entrances for 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, and noon.
  • Temple of the Sun
    • Accessible from 1PM to 4PM
    • Only open to visitors with national park entrances for 11AM, noon, 1PM, and 2PM.

If you want to visit all three of these sites (each is special and worth visiting) you’ll almost certainly need to overnight in the Machu Picchu area and visit the national park on two days.

Circuits within Machu Picchu

Since July 2017, visitors have been required to choose one of three guided circuits on their first entry to Machu Picchu.

Circuits 1 and 2 are similar and visit the major sites. Circuit 2 is less extensive and demanding than Circuit 1. Circuit 3 is adapted for visitors with impaired mobility.

Sunrise & Sunset at Machu Picchu

Because Machu Picchu lies approximately 900 miles or 13 degrees south of the equator, the hours of sunrise and sunset vary little with the seasons.

From June to August, sunrise is around 6:00AM and sunset near 5:45PM. During the longer days of the December to February summer season, sunrise is as early as 5:15AM, with sunset around 6:20PM.

A sunkissed photo of Machu Picchu in the late morning

The first bus up the mountain from Aguas Calientes begins its ascent at 5:30AM. The last bus returns from the national park gate at 5:30PM. For security and safety reasons, moonlight entry to the park is no longer allowed.

First light at Machu Picchu can be magical, but don’t expect a beam of light to shine over a mountain, through a rainbow, and hit the Inti Huatana. Most days, the site is obscured by mist or clouds in the morning. Even on clear days, sunrise is more of a gradual lightening of the sky.

Machu Pichu at dawn

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Galapagos Islands Packing List

Airline Baggage Restrictions

When planning your trip to the Galapagos, luggage restrictions are an important consideration. Keep it light. Most airlines limit checked luggage to one piece, with a maximum weight of 23 kilograms (50 pounds). Hand luggage (one piece) is limited to 8 kilograms (17 pounds).

Do not bring fresh fruits, vegetables, or bulk nuts to the Galapagos; your luggage will be screened for “biologics” on departure from the mainland. Most commercially packaged snacks are fine.


The Galapagos are equatorial. You might expect a tropical climate, but most areas of the islands are arid and dry. Year round, you can expect highs from the upper 70s to upper 80s, with lows between 75F and 65F.

During the cool season (roughly June to November) you may encounter mist, but virtually no rain. The mist is welcome; these islands receive direct overhead sun, and have very little shade. Expect highs in the upper 70s, and water temperatures near 72F.

The nutrient-rich Humboldt Current prevails, and water temperatures approach 72F.

Counterintuitively, the rainiest months are also the sunniest; air temperatures are finally high enough to condense the mist to rain.

But even the rainiest month, March, has only about two inches of precipitation for the entire month. High temperatures reach the upper 80s, with lows near 72F. The Panama Current prevails, with water temperatures near 75F.


Fresh water is precious in the Galapagos, and not all cruise vessels or lodges have on-site laundry facilities. Many cruises only offer laundry service on port days. Lightweight synthetics or merino wool are among the best options.

Avoid heavy cotton fabrics, jeans, or any clothing that is bright yellow—a color that can attract paper wasps.

  • Long sleeve, breathable, lightweight synthetic shirts and synthetic pants for land excursions
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight synthetic buff (a sleeve of fabric for neck and head sun protection)
  • Bandana
  • Swimwear (two to three swimsuits per person) and rash-guard (swim shirt)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Tee shirts
  • Smart casual clothing for dining on board (e.g. collared shirts, pants, dresses, skirts)
  • Synthetic wind or fleece jacket for cool evenings and mornings
  • Sun hat
  • Walking or running shoes
  • Waterproof sandals or water shoes with closed toe and grippy tread (e.g. Keens)
  • Polarized sunglasses and cleaning cloth. Consider bringing leash for your glasses.

Water Gear

  • A waterproof or water-resistant day pack. You may also want a small, foldable dry bag for your phone & camera on wet landings.
  • If you have a snorkeling mask you enjoy using, bring it; it will be more comfortable than masks available in Galapagos. Loaner masks, snorkels, and fins will be provided on most cruises and day trips.
  • Wetsuits (shorty style) are also provided on most cruises (3mm to 7mm). If you have a lightweight wetsuit liner, you may want to bring it.
  • If you chill easily, consider also bringing a thick rash-guard, leggings, a hood, gloves, and booties.
  • A small bottle of Johnson’s “no tears” baby shampoo (as lens anti-fog)
  • If you have facial hair, you may want to bring a small container of Vaseline, useful for improving your mask seal.

Identification & Payment Methods

  • Lock the original in the hotel or cabin safe. Keep a photocopy or digital photo of your passport with you. On arrival, the Galapagos Islands airports will stamp your passport stamp with the national park’s seal—a logo of a tortoise and a hammerhead shark.
  • Proof of public or private health insurance (such as your insurance card) for the duration of your stay in Ecuador. As of September 4, 2017, the National Assembly of Ecuador requires this from all travelers and may deny entrance to the country without it.
  • Pocket cash (US$) in small denominations (clean, un-torn bills). The US Dollar is the official currency of Ecuador.
  • For cruise gratuities, the best method is to bring 2-3 blank checks (drawn on US banks). One for each guide, and one for the crew. Dates must be written in the day / month / year format.
  • Credit and ATM cards. ATM’s are available in Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. However, these empty quickly on weekends. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and hotels. Remember to confirm your travel dates and destinations with your card issuers before you leave the USA.

Recording Your Memories

  • Camera, data cards or film, batteries (spare batteries are recommended), data storage devices, and battery chargers. Remember any cables or card readers you might need to transfer files.
  • If you have an SLR, you might not need to bring that super-zoom lens. A 300 mm zoom is sufficient for most wildlife encounters here.
  • Sketchbook / journal and pens / pencils
  • An underwater camera (e.g. GoPro with floating leash handle and waterproof housing)
  • Drones are prohibited. Yes, even your drone. If you fly a drone in the Galapagos, you, your guides, and your cruise operator can be heavily fined.

Personal Care

  • Toiletries (including a small bottle of top-quality hair conditioner)
  • Reef-safe, waterproof sunblock (SPF 50 or higher) and zinc facial sunblock (e.g. Tizo)
  • SPF-rated lip balm
  • Insect repellant and Benadryl cream or pump spray. Most visitor sites in the islands have very few mosquitos, but horseflies and fire ants are more common.
  • Apple cider vinegar for treatment of sunburn and jellyfish stings
  • Aloe gel
  • Aquaphor ointment as a skin barrier for face before entering the water
  • Prescription medications and eyewear
  • Hair ties
  • Dramamine or other methods to combat sea sickness (discuss with your doctor)
  • Vitamins
  • Travel-size packets of antihistamine, anti-diarrheal, antacid, laxative, and pain / fever medication
  • A small tube of 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Band-Aids, athletic tape, and anti-bacterial cream for blisters and abrasions

Other Items

  • A copy of your travel itinerary and related contact information
  • A book or two
  • Your phone and charger. Most carriers offer cell coverage in the port towns. You’ll want the camera, and maybe a few downloaded movies or playlists.
  • Electrical adapters, power converters, and a small multi-socket surge protector / power strip. Most sockets in Ecuador / Galapagos are like those in North America, but some do not have the ground pin hole. Ecuador uses 110-120 volt current, but surges are common.
  • Earplugs, to reduce the sound of engines and generators
  • Telescopic walking pole (if you have difficulty walking)
  • Binoculars
  • A few Ziploc-type re-sealable plastic bags of various sizes
  • Some of your favorite prepackaged snacks, such as protein bars. Avoid snacks that are individually wrapped (such as gum or hard candies) that create “micro-trash” that could end up blowing into the ocean.
Couple on honeymoon taking in sunset onboard Galapagos Cruise ship M/V Legend

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The Best Hotels in Peru

The 16 Best Hotels in Peru

Are you ready to plan your next vacation to Peru?

LANDED compiled a list of the 16 best hotels and resorts in Peru. Whether you’re looking for luxury hotels in Lima; historic hotels in Cusco; or luxury lodges in the Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu, we’ve got you covered.


Spanish architectural influence church in Cusco Peru, photographed during leisure travel with family

Peru is larger and more diverse than one might expect. Its territory exceeds the combined area of Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy.

The world’s longest exposed mountain range—the Andes—divide a dry coastal plain from the Amazon Basin, which covers half of Perú’s landmass.

Whispy clouds decending on the Andes Mountains near Cusco, Peru

Throughout the last five millennia, complex civilizations built massive cities such as Caral, Chavín de Huantar, and Chan Chan.

The most famous of Perú’s cultures, the Inca Empire, began its ascent in the 13th century.

Over the next three hundred years, Inca influence stretched out, eventually reaching present-day Colombia and Chile.

Peru is also rich in biodiversity. Over 1,700 bird species are found in Peru, as are more than 50 primate species, including pink river dolphins, jaguars, vicuñas, and hundreds of orchid varieties.

A firey sunset over Lake Titicaca, photographed during leisure travel in the region.

The Best Hotels in Peru

With that diversity in mind, here is our list of the best hotels in Peru. We know these properties first-hand and by heart.

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Since 2006, Delfin has been a pioneer in luxury Amazon cruising. Iquitos is the departure point for luxurious multi-day river cruises.

Passengers can choose either a 3 or 4-night stay on one of the three Delfin cruise ships. All of their programs are designed to showcase the best of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and other places throughout the Peruvian Amazon.

The exterior the delfin cruise ships has wood beams, white wash walls and sails on Amazon river.

Activities available to passengers include:

  • Kayaking
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Fishing for piranhas
  • Birdwatching
  • Trail walks
  • Visits to local communities

Delfin boasts three ships that are equipped with lounges, bars, decks, gyms, massage rooms, dining areas, and more.

Cruise suites include:

  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
This suite features a king size bed, large panoramic windows, wood floors and sitting area.Hacienda concepcion villa is lit with lights and green trees and vegetation.

Ready to explore the Peruvian Amazon? Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is an excellent base for visiting Peru’s southern Amazon region.

Hacienda Concepcion is located along the Madre de Dios River. This family-friendly lodge property was once a cacao and rubber plantation.

One of the highlights of this hotel in Peru is exploring the Tambopata National Reserve. Visitors can observe macaws, giant river otters, monkeys, butterflies, parakeets, and caimans.

The hotel has 25 independent cabanas and 5 rooms that look out to forest views.

Guests at the lodge can enjoy the:

  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Laundry service, private guides, and binocular rental are available for an additional cost
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion's main room features tall bamboo ceilings, sofas, tables and open views to the Amazon rainforest.El Albergue has white wash hotel walls surrounded by greenery and mountains.

This Sacred Valley hotel is a hidden gem, tucked between an organic farm and Ollantaytambo’s train station–roughly half way between Machu Picchu and Cusco.

Owned and managed by generations of the Randall family, El Albergue has the feel of a cozy country house.  Rabbits nibble at the grass, while hummingbirds and butterflies pollinate fuchsia, passionflower, peach, and avocado.  That atmosphere is surprising, given the hotel’s proximity to the Sacred Valley’s main train stop on the Machu Picchu railway line.

Albergue dining includes fresh meats, fruits and vegetables.

The rooms are simple and airy, many with private balconies and fireplaces. Most rooms do not have televisions or air conditioning, both of which feel unnecessary here.

Among the amenities at this Ollantaytambo hotel are:

  • Farm-to-table restaurant
  • Distillery
  • Bar
  • Natural eucalyptus sauna
  • Gardens
  • Luggage storage
  • Wi-Fi

KiCHIC is located in front of the beach in the northern Peruvian surf town of Mancora.

The “Ki” is a nod to the Japanese concept of vitality, and the “chic” is an indication of the owners’ signature style–a breezy blend of simplicity and comfort.

Each of the nine guest rooms incorporates local materials and has an individual personality.

Among this Mancora hotel’s amenities are:

  • KiCHIC’s vegetarian restaurant (seasonal vegetables harvested from their organic garden)
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun deck
  • Gardens
  • Wi-Fi

KiCHIC offers exclusive experiences for guests including deep-tissue massages at the hotel spa, as well as meditation and yoga classes.

Other activities available to guests include kitesurf and surfing classes, cooking classes, whale watching, and private cinema screenings on the beach.

12. Hotel Monasterio

Hotel Monasterio is one of our favorite Cusco hotels. Hotel Monasterio is set within a 16th-century seminary, constructed atop the Inca palace of Sapa Inca Tupac Amaru. Few hotels in the New World have such a vivid sense of place.

Each of the luxury rooms is different, with unique historical quirks such as coffered ceilings, Inca stonework, and brick arches.

Among the in-room amenities at this Cusco hotel are:

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • LCD TV’s and a DVD player
  • Oxygen enrichment (optional, with an additional fee)
  • Wireless internet
  • Security boxes
  • Bathtubs
  • Hairdryers
Hotel Monasterio interiors include dark wood, paintings and colonial furnishings.

Located in the Sacred Valley town of Urquillos, Explora Sacred Valley (Explora Valle Sagrado) was designed as a base for exploration of this fertile Andean region.

All programs include accommodation, group basis transfers, meals, select beverages, and menu of more than 20 cultural, hiking, and biking explorations.

The hotel features 50 rooms that all offer views of the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley.

Among the amenities at Explora Valle Sagrado are:

  • Restaurant (with a menu guided by star chef Virgilio Martínez)
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Boutique
  • Jacuzzi
  • Wi-Fi

With over 30 explorations, Explora Sacred Valley offers excursions led by bilingual guides who take visitors by foot, van or bike through Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley.

Explora Sacred Valley suite features a king bed, sofa, chairs and large window.

10. Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only Machu Picchu hotel located at the entrance of the famed archeological site. From this privileged location, guests can easily access Machu Picchu National Park.

The Belmond Sanctuary exterior is a dimly lit lodge with green mountains in the background.

The Machu Picchu hotel’s 31 rooms include LCD televisions, security boxes, minibars and hair dryers.

This room features a king bed, large window and curtains and carpet.

Guests at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge enjoy access to:

  • Two restaurants
  • Bar
  • Massage rooms
  • Garden
  • Supplemental oxygen (available for an additional fee)
  • Luggage storage
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
Belmond Sanctuary lodge includes a dining area with a windowed wall looking out into the mountains.

9. Reserva Amazonica

This Peruvian Amazon lodge is located along the Madre de Dios River, adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve.

More than 540 bird species, along with dozens of mammal and reptile species, have been identified on the lodge’s private 42,000-acre reserve.

As part of Reserva Amazonica’s full-board program, meals are included in your stay—buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, and a la carte lunch and dinner. Beverages are not included.

The full-board program also includes a variety of jungle excursions (quarter, half, or full-day tours) on group basis with other guests.  Private guiding can be arranged in advance (at most times of the year) for an additional fee.

Inkaterra Reserve Amazonica exterior features a large wood bamboo cabana with a lit interior.

Each of the 35 thatched cabanas is fitted with en suite bathrooms. These shaded, airy cabanas are inspired in the Ese’ Eja culture.

In-room comforts: hot water, mosquito netting, large towels, ecologically-friendly toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, 100% cotton sheets, umbrellas, flashlights, hammocks, kerosene lamps, ceiling fan, and an electrical outlet.

Lodge amenities include:

  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Spa (Spa products are 100% natural, providing classic nurturing with the exotic ingredients of the Amazon)
  • Canopy walkway, nature trails, and gardens
  • Laundry service, private guides, binocular rental, and spa treatments are available for an additional cost
  • Rooms do not have 24-hour electricity, television, or air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi is not available at the lodge, and mobile phone is very limited

8. Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Upon entering this Machu Picchu hotel on a 12-acre private reserve, guests are greeted by colorful birds and hundreds of orchid species.

Stone pathways meander through the terraced hillsides, leading to whitewashed adobe casitas.

The luxury suites feature heated plunge pools, private terraces, outdoor showers, garden views, and en-suite amenities.

The Inkaterra Suite features colored blanket, wood beams, large windows, fireplace and sitting area.

Guests at Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel can enjoy the on-site orchid gardens, restaurant, bar, spa, Andean sauna, swimming ponds, boutique, fireplaces, sun terraces, and library.  Supplemental oxygen is available for an additional fee.  Luggage storage and Wi-Fi are available.


Before or after visiting Machu Picchu National Park, guests can also enjoy bird watching, nature walks, or a visit to the on-site rescue project for Andean spectacled bears.


Inkaterra Machu Picchu hotel features a long walkway with the casitas lit to the side.

7. Belmond Andean Explorer 

The Belmond Andean Explorer is the first luxury sleeper train in South America.

Outfitted with 16 carriage trains, including a spa and lounge car, this Belmond Andean Explorer train winds through some of Peru’s most iconic landscapes — from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa.

The Belmond Andean Explorer traverses through green mountains and rivers.

These luxury sleeping compartments on the Andean Explorer feature twin or double beds, Peruvian accents and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

In-cabin amenities:

  • Wardrobe
  • 24/7 call buttons
  • Air conditioning
  • 220v electrical outlets
  • Oxygen tanks and masks
  • Adapters
  • Robe and slippers
  • Medical assistance on board
This suite on the Belmond Explorer features two blue seats, an en-suite bathroom and outdoor views.

Belmond Andean Explorer has two dining cars accented with leather chairs and mountain views.

The train also features a lounge car where guests can relax with cocktails.

The Spa car offers Peruvian spa treatments such as clay wrap, coca leaf, and deep-tissue massages.

The Belmond Explorer lounge is accented with colorful pillows, chairs and windows.

6. Hotel B

Hotel B is one of our favorite Lima hotels. A member of the Relais & Chateaux collection of boutique hotels, Hotel B’s heart is a restored Belle Époque mansion.

Inspired by the bohemian atmosphere of the surrounding Barranco neighborhood, the hotel exhibits a private collection of contemporary Latin American art.

Luxurious Hotel B Lima entryway adorned with couches and lounge tables

The luxury rooms are equipped with an extensive list of amenities:

  • 100%-cotton linens and towels
  • Down duvets and pillows
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bath amenities
  • Towel warmer
  • Additional telephone in the bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Centralized light control and reading lights
  • Independent temperature controls (heating and air conditioning)
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • In-room security box
  • Mini bar
  • Laundry Kit

Hotel amenities include:

  • Roof deck
  • Bar
  • Restaurant: The menu is a blend of traditional Peruvian ingredients and Mediterranean flavors.
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary Breakfast and tea time
  • Hotel Car
  • Twice-daily Housekeeping Service
  • 24-hour In-Room Dining
  • Interpretation and Translation Services (upon request)
  • 24-hour Laundry/Dry-Cleaning and one-hour Pressing
  • Computers and Printing Services
  • Multilingual Trip and Experience Concierge
  • Nanny Service (upon request)
  • Bell Boy Service
  • In-room Massage (upon request with an additional cost)
  • Complimentary overnight shoe shine
  • Valet parking
The Belmond Colca Casita gardens feature green grass, trees, a white cottage with grazing animals.

Located near the town of Chivay in the heart of the Colca Valley, Belmond Las Casitas is surrounded by a 34-acre private estate.

This Belmond Colca view features a large blue sky, green grass and trees and mountain views.

The 20 casitas (each measuring almost 1,300 square feet) feature one king or two twin beds, local fabrics, fireplace, separate bathtub and shower, heated flooring, marble bathrooms, alfresco showers, private outdoor terrace with heated plunge pool.

Guests at Belmond Las Casitas can enjoy:

  • The hotel’s on-site restaurant, which features produce from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden.
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa treatments
  • Wi-Fi
Belmond Colca Casitas feature a blue swimming pool surrounded by green grass and plants that looks out onto valley views.A colorful sunset hits the water of Lake Titicaca with the Titlaka lodge sitting above the shore to the right.

Titilaka is the best Lake Titicaca hotel. This 18-guestroom retreat rests on a private peninsula about 45 minutes from the lakeside town of Puno.

As a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, cuisine and personalized care are priorities.

A wood dock sits on the shores of the blue Lake Titicaca hotel at Titilaka lodge.

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the world’s highest commercially navigable lake.

Lake Titicaca is known for its diverse wildlife, including a variety of bird species that inhabit the lake and its surroundings.

A man in a wood canoe paddles across a large blue Titicaca Lake.

Each of the hotel’s 18 guest rooms face the water, either to the lake (dawn) or the golden lagoon (dusk).

The rooms range from 290 to 505 square feet. They can accommodate anywhere from 2-4 guests and feature king or double beds.

Among the in-room amenities are:

  • Heated floors
  • Sofa overlooking the lake
  • Mini-bar
  • Wireless speakers
  • Security box
  • Table
  • Blackout curtains
  • Overhead bed lamps and coffee table
  • Mirrors
  • Bathroom kit
  • Hair dryer
The Titilaka Lodge features a room with a king size bed, large lake views and white interiors.

Guests at this Lake Titicaca hotel can choose from a menu of guided cultural and adventure excursions on the lake itself and along the shore. The native Aymara guides are experts in the history, traditions, and natural features of this sublime region.

The boathouse at Titilaka Lodge features wood floors, paddles, sofas, fireplace.

Set within a former convent built atop Inca walls, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas sets the standard for comfort and service in Cusco.

It is located on a small square a few blocks northeast of the city’s central plaza.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas exterior buildings feature patios and floral courtyards.

The hotel’s historic treasures include frescos, arches, fountains, coffered ceilings, and a chapel.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas interior feature colonial paintings, an old church and wood furnishings.

The rooms at this Cusco hotel reflect Spanish colonial architecture due to its former life as a convent. The resulting design includes expansive frescos, balconies, and Incan handicrafts.

Among the in-room amenities at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas are:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Security boxes
  • Bathtubs
  • Heated floors
  • Hair dryers
  • Wireless internet
  • Bar with espresso
  • Satellite TV and sound system
  • Luxury toiletries
  • 24 hour butler service
  • Supplemental oxygen (available for an additional fee)

Guests at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas can enjoy the on-site restaurant, bar, spa, boutique, heated swimming pool, courtyards, chapel, and butler service.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas features a dimly lit swimming pool in front of a restaurant.
This boutqiue hotel in Cusco Peru is a restored manor house with a dimly lit courtyard and grassy area.

Inkaterra La Casona is a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel set within a restored 16th-century manor house. This is one of the best hotels in Peru–or anywhere in Latin America.

The hotel is located on Plazoleta de las Nazarenas in the historic quarter of Cusco, near the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (MAP), the Inka Museum, and two blocks from the main plaza.

The Inkaterra La Casona Patio has green grass, dimly lit archways and wide open center space.

Each of the 11-suites is furnished with fireplaces, heated floors, and large bathtubs.

The hallways feature colonial furniture, pre-Columbian textiles, and original murals.

The Balcon Suite features a colored rug, red couch, plaza views and a white king size bed.

The in-house dining is arguably the best in Cusco, make with fresh, local ingredients that explore the indigenous cuisine of the region. Guests can enjoy innovative liquors and spirits and relax at daily Tea Time.

Guests at Inkaterra La Casona can enjoy:

  • The on-property restaurant
  • Bar
  • Courtyard
  • Massage room
  • Boutique
  • Supplemental oxygen (available for an additional fee)
  • Wi-Fi
Inkaterra La Casona has a romantic dining room filled with antique furniture and ornate details.Hotel Sol y Luna has a blue pool surrounded by lounge chairs, towels, and outdoor deck.

Sol y Luna our favorite hotel in Peru’s Sacred Valley. When it comes to heart & soul, we think it’s the best hotel in Peru. Located in the town of Urubamba, near the center of the Sacred Valley, Hotel Sol y Luna is a sincere labor of love.

Hotel Sol y Luna has a marble floored spa with a white tub and outdoor views.

The individually-decorated guest rooms are surrounded by gardens of native flora. As a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, cuisine and personalized care are priorities.

Operations of the hotel and its adjoining Wayra Ranch are the primary funding source of Sol y Luna Foundation, a school for more than 250 local children in need.

Hotel Sol y Luna's room features a king bed, table with fruit, a window and colorful art.

The Hotel’s circular casitas are made of local stone, terra cotta and adobe brick, surrounded by the striking Sacred Valley landscape.

In-room Amenities:

  • Marble-tiled bathroom
  • Temperature heating
  • Private terrace
  • Peruvian Pyma cotton bed linen
  • Toiletries
  • Lush gardens
  • Telephone
  • Safe Box
  • Coffee table books
  • Bathrobes and sleepers
  • Duvets

Instead of curating hotel gardens and fields, Hotel Sol y Luna trains local farmers who grow quinoa, potatoes, herbs and other produce for the hotel.

This enables the hotel to be involved with the community and ensure fresh and natural ingredients in each dish.

Sol y Luna has two restaurants, a bar, spa, Yoga, gym, gardens, heated swimming pool, hot tub, boutique and Wi-Fi.

Hotel Sol y Luna has individual casitas that have an outdoor patio with surrounding vegetation.


Senda Monteverde Hotel

Senda Monteverde is located in Costa Rica’s cool central highlands. The hotel is just minutes away from the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

In 2018, hoteliers John and Lisa Aspinall closed the doors of their Sapo Dorado Hotel and re-opened the property as Senda. The new hotel’s restaurant, El Sapo, is a nod to the former incarnation.

Senda Monteverde Hotel Accommodations 

Senda’s 24 suites and rooms feature views of the Gulf of Nicoya or of the cloud forests.

In-room amenities include:

  • King & Twin-Sized Beds
  • Lounge area
  • Terraces
  • Complimentary Coffee & Tea
  • Minibar
  • Organic Toiletries, Cotton Robes, Hairdryer
  • Solar-Heated Hot Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Umbrellas, Flashlight, Games
  • Security box
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Twice Daily Housekeeping Service

Superior Rooms (475 square feet, 2 adults): 

Junior Suites  475 square feet, 2 adults & 1-2 children): 

Premium Suites (660 square feet, 2 adults & 1 child): 

Senda Suites (1,321 square feet, 4 adults & 2 children): 


Guests at Senda can enjoy the property’s:

  • El Sapo Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Loft
  • Outdoor verandas & fire pit
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Outdoor playground
  • Wi-Fi


The full board program at Senda includes:

  • Hiking access to the Aguti Wildlife Reserve
  • Yoga Classes
  • Evening bonfire nights with hot cocoa & marshmallows
  • Ceviche classes, cocktails classes, traditional coffee experience and cajeta Class for kids
  • Rubber Boots, Binoculars & Walking Sticks

Other activities appealing to visitors is exploring the Cloud Forest Reserve, which is home to thousands of animal and bird species.

Monteverde claims to be the birthplace of zip lining and consequently has famous canopy tours that include platforms, cables, and a Tarzan swing.

Guests can also go horseback riding, visit wildlife reserves, and hike through the rainforest.


Kura Design Villas

Located high in the Uvita rainforest of Costa Rica, Kura Design Villas is a couples retreat focused on relaxation and privacy.

From the hotel’s infinity-edge swimming pool, guests can enjoy sweeping sunset views of the ocean and rainforest.

Wi-Fi is available in the guestrooms and main lodge. Daily complimentary shuttles are offered to the nearby town of Uvita and the beach.

Kura is an adults-only hotel and is a perfect getaway for honeymooners.

A birdseye view of the ocean and Kura hotel.

Kura Design Villas Accommodations

The eight spacious suites feature indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, king-sized beds, and panoramic windows.

Each guest room is equipped with en suite bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-bar, security box, turndown service, bathrobes, private terrace, lounge area, rainforest and ocean views, double-hammocks, and binoculars.

Master Suites (1500 square feet, includes a plunge pool): 

The master suites at Kura include a king-size bed, luxury shower, full size windows and outdoor deck.The Kura Costa Rica suites feature an outdoor deck overlooking the Costa Rican jungle.

Infinity Suites (915 square feet): 

The junior suites have an outdoor deck with hammock and chairs and green jungle.

Junior Suites (740 square feet): 

The Villa suites feature a King-size bed, wood floors and wood paneled ceilings.

Kura Design Villas Amenities

Guests at Kura Design Villas can enjoy the property’s:

  • Infinity pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Sundeck
  • Gardens
The ocean view restaurant at Kura features lounge chairs and a table.Fruit at Kura has colors of purple, green and orange.The infinity pool at kura looks out above a horizon of blue ocean.

Exploring Uvita, Costa Rica

Nestled in thick Jungle forest, the Kura Villas overlook the village of Uvita and the Marino Ballena National Park. The coast around Uvita offers some of Costa Rica’s best locations for humpback whale watching and surfing.

LANDED arranges privately guided horseback riding tours, waterfall adventures, canopy tours, sport-fishing charters, surf lessons, white water rafting, snorkeling excursions, and more.

A man repels down a waterfall in Costa Rica's jungle.