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El Mercado

Cuzco, Peru

El Mercado by Mountain Lodges of Peru is a 32 room boutique hotel located in a beautifully renovated colonial building three and a half blocks from the main square in Cuzco and a great base for visiting the city's highlights.

At a Glance

  • The hotel is just a short walk from the Plaza de Armas

  • Friendly service, warm Peruvian hospitality and attention to detail

  • Mountain Lodges of Peru give something back by supporting health and education for local communities. Visit www.yanapana.org

  • Great value for money and a convenient base for exploring the highlights of Cuzco


Insider's View

At night gaze out over the bright lights of Cuzco from the second floor balcony

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El Mercado, built on the premises of a former market (mercado), opened its doors in 2013 to great acclaim. The 27 guest rooms are tastefully decorated, many of these have a view of the city and the two suites and the five junior suites have their own bathtub and fireplace. Amenities include a coffee machine as well as a selection of mate teas. The walls and floors of the bedrooms are all heated, which is a great touch as the evenings do become chilly when the sun sets in Cuzco due the altitude. There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and there is an elevator to access the upper floors.

El Mercado has embraced the former market location as part of its concept. The breakfast room is open all day and the buffet style dishes are cooked on the spot using fresh local ingredients, just like a Peruvian market street vendor. El Mercado has a warm and friendly atmosphere, the décor is by Jordi Puig, the same designer behind Hotel B in Lima. There’s also a charming courtyard and a stylish bar/restaurant where guests can enjoy typical Peruvian tapas dishes including anticuchos.


At El Mercado there are 27 guest rooms, 5 junior suites and 2 suites.

Junior Suite

El Mercado’s Junior Suites provide the perfect accommodations for a relaxing stay in Cuzco. A King size bed with premium linens, a fireplace, and ensuite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower make Junior Suites the right style accommodation for a special occasion.

Superior Room

El Mercado's Superior rooms provide the perfect accommodations for a relaxing stay in Cuzco. A King size bed, flat screen tv, ensuite bathroom, and stylish local decor provides a welcoming feeling.


Children are welcome to come and stay at El Mercado.

Location & Directions

Cuzco, Peru

El Mercado is located three and a half blocks from the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, in the center of the heart of picturesque Cusco.

When to go

Cuzco’s location and altitude result in only two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season typically lasts from November to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February. The best time to visit Cuzco and the surrounding area is during April-October. Though daytime temperatures rest in the mid-to upper 60s throughout the year, the city sees fewer rain showers during its winter months. Bring warm clothing as night-time temperatures dip into the low 30s and 40s due to the altitude.

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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to El Mercado or take a look at our itineraries to Cuzco Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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