A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cusco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants.
The undulating contours of Cusco’s mythical slopes brighten and the rays of a new day’s sun gracefully wash across the terra cotta rooftops of a vibrant city.
Designed to showcase a centuries-old, magical blend of pre-Columbian, Inkan, Spaniard, Colonial, and modern cultures—Palacio del Inka presents a captivating variety of rare opportunities and state-of-the-art amenities that guarantee an enriching and memorable stay in Cusco.
The stylish and modern rooms and suites provide heating and cable TV. There is a choice of twin, or double, beds. All feature quality linen and spacious bathrooms. Oxygen and coca tea can be provided in the suites upon request to help with the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.
Tapping into the ancient mysticism of the Andes, the 500-square-meter signature Qori Spa unites tranquil water sounds with aromas and therapies that soothe the senses and harmonize the body and soul.
Custom wallpaper along with wood, marble, stone, and polished metal create a modern grey and brown palette, framing the peaceful retreat of state-of-the-art facilities.
Starting in the relaxation room, color changing LED ceiling lights, soft music, and three heated wooden chaise lounges balance guests’ brain frequencies. In the hydrotherapy pool, flowing water features unite with natural light and golden marble, creating a peaceful ambience for relaxing or experiencing the Thermal Circuit. Meanwhile, the single therapy rooms and two couple’s massage rooms each feature a massage table, separate mens and women’s locker rooms, and a private shower.
The restaurant serves both local and international cuisine. There is also a bar, where you can relax with a drink and superb view. Unlimited local calls and Pisco lessons are offered.
Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel features an on-site gym and an indoor swimming pool, available for an extra fee. Palacio del Inka also has a partnership with Venturia travel agency to help organize tours around the city. Additionally, the property offers a guided tour through the hotel facilities.
Guests are welcome to visit Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, located in Urubamba, just 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Cusco by car.
Cosmopolitan Inca capital, Cuzco (also Cusco, or Qosq’o in Quechua) today thrives with a measure of contradiction. Ornate cathedrals squat over Inca temples, massage hawkers ply the narrow cobblestone streets, a woman in traditional skirt and bowler offers bottled water to a pet llama while the finest boutiques sell alpaca knits for small fortunes. The foremost city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Few travelers to Peru will skip visiting this premier South American destination, also the gateway to Machu Picchu.
Visitors to Cuzco get a glimpse of the richest heritage of any South American city. Married to 21st century hustle, at times it’s a bit disconcerting (note the KFC and McDonald’s behind the Inca stones). As rent soars on the Plaza de Armas and in trendy San Blas, locals are increasingly pushed to the margins. Foreign guests undoubtedly have the run of the roost, so showing respect toward today’s incarnation of this powerhouse culture is imperative.
Peru is as complex as its most intricate and exquisite weavings. Festivals mark ancient rites, the urban vanguard beams innovation and nature brims with splendid diversity.
Giant sand dunes, chiseled peaks and Pacific breaks a few heartbeats away from the capital’s rush-hour traffic: from downtown Lima to smack-dab nowhere, this vast country translates to paradise for the active traveler. All the usual suspects – rafting, paragliding, zip lines and bike trails – are present. Spot scarlet macaws in the Amazon or catch the sunset over the dusty remnants of an ancient civilization. Take this big place in small bites and don’t rush. Delays happen. Festivals can swallow you whole for days. And that’s when you realize: in Peru the adventure usually lies in getting there.
Life is a Carnival
Welcome to a place of mythical beliefs where ancient pageants unwind to the tune of booming brass bands. Peru’s rich cultural heritage is never more real and visceral than when you are immersed streetside in the swirling madness of a festival. Deities of old are reincarnated as Christian saints, pilgrims climb mountains in the dead of night and icons are paraded through crowded plazas as once were the mummies of Inca rulers. History is potent here and still pulsing, and there is no better way to experience it.
Pleasure & the Palate
One existential question haunts all Peruvians: what to eat? Ceviche with slivers of fiery chili and corn, slow-simmered stews, velvety Amazonian chocolate – in the capital of Latin cooking, the choices dazzle. Great geographic and cultural diversity has brought ingredients ranging from highland tubers to tropical jungle fruits to a complex cuisine of Spanish, indigenous, African and Asian influence. The truth is, fusion existed here long before it came with airs. Explore the bounty of food markets. Sample grilled anticuchos (beef skewers) on the street corners and splurge a little on exquisite novoandina (Peruvian nouvelle cuisine).
All Things Ancient
Visitors pilgrimage to the glorious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, yet this feted site is just a flash in a 5000-year history of peoples. Explore the dusted remnants of Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian ruins in all the Americas. Fly over the puzzling geoglyphs etched into the arid earth at Nazca. Or venture into the rugged wilds that hem the stalwart fortress of Kuelap. Lima’s great museums reveal in full detail the sophistication, skill and passion of these lost civilizations. Visit remote communities and see how old ways live on. Immerse yourself, and you will leave Peru a little closer to the past.