Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
At a Glance
Restored from a former 16th century Carmelite convent in a tranquil plaza behind the city’s main square
Rooms start at junior suite level here so very spacious and as newly restored, all the mod cons one would expect
Sister hotel to the highly acclaimed Hotel Monasterio, which is right next door
Relax in the city’s only heated outdoor swimming pool
Wonderful base to explore a city that has UNESCO World Heritage status
Excellent Spa and onsite facilities
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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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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a stunning former palace and convent and has emerged from years of restoration to become one of Cuzco's finest hotels. Owned and run by the exclusive Belmond group of hotels and has the only outdoor pool in Cuzco.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is the new sister property to the landmark Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former 16th century monastery owned and operated by Belmond. These two properties are located on Nazarenas Square, just a few minutes by foot from both the Plaza de Armas, where Cuzco’s Cathedral and most important museums are located, and the arty San Blas quarter.
Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cuzco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city's first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.
This intimate retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests (or their private butler) can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
Hidden behind an ancient facade, within the largest of seven cloistered terraces, you’ll find the heart and social hub of Palacio Nazarenas and Cuzco’s first outdoor heated swimming pool.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas offers a wide range of beautiful suites with stunning views over the ancient patio or the pool.
The intimate Belmond Palacio Nazarenas has just 55 suites. Each suite comes with a private butler and is enriched with oxygen to combat potential altitude sickness. Elegant Studio Suite interiors feature a complimentary in-room bar, premium bedding, a flat screen television, complimentary wifi, a sitting area spacious marble bathroom with soaking tub. Studio Suites do vary slightly, and can be found throughout the hotel. Some feature balconies, while others have a terrace close to the pool or original Inca architecture.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Belmond Palacio Nazarena. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, guest lounge and library, spa and boutique.
Senzo Restaurant serves a sumptuous breakfast buffet and offers an a la carte menu which has a strong Andean influence but dishes can be custom made to suit individual tastes. Senzo Bar, located by the pool, serves refreshing drinks, a large selection of South American wines and colourful light dishes.
Hypnôze Spa has developed its own brand of treatments to improve physical, mental and emotional well being. Organic products made from Peruvian ingredients are used to help achieve this goal. Some of the treatment rooms have glass floors exposing the Inca Wall underneath - a magical experience.
Guests at Palacio Nazarenas may dine next door at its sister property, the Belmond Monasterio, and have this added to their room bill.
Jack Guth (Staff)
The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is the definition of luxury. Every last detail that you could possibly imagine has been taken care of. From the heated floors in the bathroom and the pure oxygen being pumped into the room, to the personal butler service that is available 24 hours. The staff here have thought of every single desire you could ever think of and taken care of it! This property encompasses luxury and you won't find a nicer hotel in Cusco!
Cheska Lowe (Staff)
One of the top hotels on my trip to Peru, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is THE best hotel in Cusco. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and the staff are always on hand to help, with that wonderful, impeccable Belmond service. At 3,400m, Cuzco is at a very high altitude. To combat this and acclimatise easier, they have an in-room oxygen system to help you sleep better. Every room also has its own butler to cater for your every need, and the outdoor heated pool is the best place to chill out after spending the day exploring the city. Senzo restaurant draws its influences from local cuisine serving up Quechua favourites with an international twist.
Karen Chapman (Staff)
The newest addition to the Belmond portfolio of hotels in Peru, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is undoubtedly the finest place to stay in Cuzco. The suites are designed in a luxurious, elegant style, with lots of individual touches, and the bathrooms are incredibly sumptuous. The hotel is set around beautifully landscaped gardens and exudes peace and tranquility. One of the most notable features of the hotel is that it has the first outdoor pool in Cuzco, perfect for relaxing after a day out exploring the sites. At the restaurant guests can enjoy exquisite Andean cuisine at the Senzo restaurant and afternoon tea in the hotel's secret garden. There are also cooking classes on offer for those looking to learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine to take back home with them.
The magnificent city of Cusco, buried deep in the Andes, has long been on every traveller's wish list, but the new Palacio Nazarenas makes this year a great time to go. The new Orient-Express dazzles with its details: hits and hers shoetrees, revitalising drinks (Cacao & Maca, 'a magnesium and Vitamin C kick') delivered daily to your room, and the ingredients lined up in your bar for a butler to mix a fine Pisco Sour. The big, oxygen-enriched suites are done out in natural colours overlaid with heavy silver artefacts, embroidered linens and fragrant, fresh white flowers. Vies are of the cobbled courtyards of this 18th-century former convent, or the hotel's swimming pool (Cusco's first outdoor). The spa offers massages with aromatic local herbs in treatment rooms where ancient Inca ruins lie floodlit beneath you. The food is a big draw: acclaimed chef Virgilio Martinez makes the most of the surrounding mountains and valleys to deliver lean, uncluttered dishes of wood-grilled, leap-wrapped corn, white-trout tiradito, black quinoa, and a fish ceviche with a tree-tomato sauce that's as sensational as the hotel itself.
Andean Textiles Tour
Peru's brightly coloured textiles are iconic and can be seen throughout the country, each region boasting its own distinctive style. Pay a visit to the Sulca family Textile Gallery and admire the skills of this generations old art form.
Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)
Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour to the local village of Chinchero renowned for its archaeological site and colourful market (best on Sunday), the Inca terraces of Moray and the astounding salt pans of Maras.
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 Off-Road Mountain Biking
Peru offers some of the best mountain biking down-hills in the world. Using a mix of rarely used dirt roads, ancient Inca Trails and smooth mule tracks enjoy an action packed off-road adventure outside of Cuzco.
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.
Family Inflatable Canoeing Urubamba
White-water rafting & inflatable canoeing are fun sports, suitable for pretty much any one. No experience is needed to take part in this great day out to a beautiful section of the Urubamba River.
The Pinipampa section is class I-II outside of Cuzco.
Full Day Highlights of the Sacred Valley with Wayra Lunch
Wonderful full day private excursion to the village of Pisac home to its colourful Indian market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch in Urubamba, followed by a visit to the impressive Inca town and fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Horse Trek to Huchuy Qosqo
A fantastic one day horse trek climbing high into the Andes to experience huge views, local farming techniques and some rarely visited Inca ruins - a real wilderness treat for riders looking to get off the beaten track.
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.
Lares - Alternative Inca Trail
The Lares Trail to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative to the busy Inca Trail for those who want to get off the beaten track and experience authentic Andean communities surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes. No permits required.
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.
Rafting the Source of The Amazon
Raft one of the world's top ten rafting rivers, the 3000 metre deep Granite Canyon of the Rio Apurimac. This 3-day mini-expedition is quite extraordinary, and an adventure lover's dream come true.
Sacred Valley Horse Riding & Pisac
Enjoy an unforgettable horse ride in the Sacred Valley (all abilities welcome) combined with a visit to the local market, Inca Ruins of Pisac and lunch. The Sol y Luna horses are Peruvian Paso horses, which are unique to Peru and truly wonderful to ride.
Stand-Up-Paddle & Cycling adventure
Enjoy the sport of stand-up paddle boarding on the emerald Lake Huaypo before mountain biking to the agricultural terraces of Moray and the glistening salt pans of Maras. An adrenaline fuelled day exploring some of the highlights of the Sacred Valley.
Trek to Choquequirao
Head way-off the beaten track and be one of the few adventurers to visit the incredible site of Choquequirao, dramatically located on a promontory above the roaring Apurimac River, on a five-day challenging mule-supported hike.
Urubamba White-Water Rafting
Anyone looking for a fun and adventurous day out from Cuzco or Sacred Valley should try this superb white-water rafting trip, which takes guests down a beautiful section of the Urubamba River - suitable for almost all ages and abilities.
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- Experience Peru in incomparable style staying at the finest properties throughout
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- Enjoy superb cuisine throughout in South America's gastronomic epicentre
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- Travel through Peru's Sacred Valley aboard the Hiram Bingham, Belmond's luxury train
- Visit the ancient Inca capital of Machu Picchu, a must-see when exploring Peru
Location & directions
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is located in an exclusive area of downtown Cuzco, between the city’s central square, the Plaza de Armas, and the arty, lively neighbourhood of San Blas. Just a 10-minute drive from the airport, Cuzco is situated 3,399m (11,152ft) above sea level, in what was once the capital of the Inca Empire.
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).
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