Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Machu Picchu, Peru
At a Glance
Location, location, location. Only accommodation right up by the ruins
Do not expect a classic view of Machu Picchu from any of the rooms but stunning views of the surrounding cloud forest
All meals included during your stay
Guests can easily go back to the hotel to relax or get things from your room and re-enter the ruins
Belmond owned hotel with good facilities, comfortable rooms and attentive service
Beat the early morning crowds and enter the ruins on the dot they open - try and get there before the Aguas Calientes shuttles start arriving
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
April to November is the best time to visit Machu Picchu. The rainy season is typically from December to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February.
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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and therefore a very convenient base for visiting the awe-inspiring ruins and the beautiful surrounding area.
Run by the prestigious Belmond group (formerly Orient Express Hotels) and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is just steps from the entrance to the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most important heritage sites and Huayna Picchu mountain. The hotel’s privileged location allows guests to enjoy magical sunrises and sunsets in relative solitude at the ruins before and after the majority of other visitors have arrived or departed.
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu offers 29 rooms and two suites, 12 of which have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. For relaxing there is an interior garden with a variety of flowers and orchids and stunning panoramic views. The Tampu restaurant, exclusive to hotel guests, features stylish Andean decoration and stonework and offers mouthwatering Peruvian cuisine. Tinkuy restaurant offers a delicious daily buffet lunch and the Tampu bar serves refreshing drinks throughout the day and evening.
The hotel offers guided tours of Machu Picchu, Huanya Picchu, the impressive mountain that towers over the ancient citadel and the Temple of the Moon amongst others. One can unwind after a day of exploring one of the new seven wonders of the world with a massage using traditional Incan techniques.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers 29 guest rooms and two presidential suites. All rooms have crisp linens, king-size or twin beds, ensuite marble bathroom, wireless internet and TV and DVD player. The superior rooms are comfortably furnished and have courtyard views and a patio, the deluxe mountain view rooms enjoy vistas across the mountains and surrounding jungle. The two presidential suites are the most spacious and have a separate living area with a large furnished terrace enjoying mountain views.
Children are welcomed but there are no specific facilities. Given the terrain and the high altitude exploration of the surrounding area, this is a hotel best suited for older children.
The hotel has two restaurants serving authentic Peruvian and international cuisine, a bar, a gift shop and gorgeous gardens overlooking the surrounding landscape. The hotel offers a range of massages which are very welcomed at the end of a busy day exploring the Inca citadel. There is also a relaxation space for yoga and meditation in the inspiring surroundings.
Of course the main highlight of a stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge are the tours and treks around Machu Picchu, Huanya Picchu, the Sun Gate, the Temple of the Moon, Putucusi and the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes. The trekking is challenging at times and goes to high altitude so participants should have a good level of fitness. Other activities include a Pachamama tribute ceremony, coca tea leaf reading, star gazing with a resident astrologist, meditation and yoga, and for younger guests, treasure hunts in the hotel's gardens.
Cheska Lowe (Staff)
With this hotel it's a case of LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! This is the closest hotel to the Machu Picchu ruins, located adjacent to the ticket office and entry turnstiles. The lodge is very comfortable with lovely gardens overlooking the Valley, though important to note there are no views of the ruins from any of the rooms here. Enjoy a Pisco sour making class and a wonderful a la carte dinner in their intimate restaurant, and be first into the park in the morning!
Katie Aston (Staff)
Belmond is renowned for bagging the best locations and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is no exception. Merely steps away from the staggering UNESCO heritage site of Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge allows guests to explore in their own time and avoid the busiest times. Guests have their own restaurant, gardens to relax in, an orchid trail, hot tub and outdoor massage area with blinding views of the mountains. The rooms may not be that large (the hotel cannot change the structure of the building) but its the location that counts.
Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas
Enjoy the best of Peruvian cuisine and learn all about delicious local ingredients by visiting a local market in Cuzco and joining a bespoke cooking class (prepare 4 delicious dishes) at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
Cuzco Walking Tour - Half Day
Explore the magical city of Cuzco on foot with a local guide visiting the highlights from Qoricancha Temple, known as the heart of the Inca Empire, as well as local markets, where you can shop for fine silver, ceramics and famed alpaca crafts.
Hike Huayna Picchu
With a second day entry to Machu Picchu you can climbing to the summit of Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) for the classic birds eye view over Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - 360°
Boasting expansive panoramic windows and an outdoor observation carriage, the 360° carriage on Inca Rail is all about the views, and the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey by train to Machu Picchu through Peru's Urubamba Valley.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The First Class Train
Travel to Machu Picchu in total comfort on the Inca Rail First-Class service, enjoying views from the large picture windows and outdoor balcony as you pass through stunning landscapes in the Urubamba Valley.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The Private Train
The Private Inca Rail journey to Machu Picchu allows guests to travel in comfort, relaxing in the plush lounge chairs and soaking in the valley views along the way to this iconic ancient citadel. A private carriage is reserved exclusively for your party.
Km 104 trek to Machu Picchu
Reach the iconic ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on the one-day KM104 trek, taking in the final portion of the Classic Inca Trail without the need to camp overnight. On arrival, soak in spectacular views over the Inca ruins and the dramatic valley below.
Private Tour of Machu Picchu with lunch
On arrival at Aguas Calientes train station you will be met by your guide and assisted with boarding the 30 minute bus journey to the ruins. You will be able to take lunch before meeting your guide again to start your tour.
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Location & directions
Machu Picchu, Peru
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is situated alongside the ruins at Machu Picchu, a 20-minute drive from the town of Aguas Calientes and 3.5-hour train journey from Cuzco.
How to get there
13-hour flight from London to Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 15-minute domestic flight to Cuzco (overnight in Lima usually required). Sanctuary Lodge is a 3-hour 30-minute train journey to Aguas Calientes and a 20-minute bus transfer from there.