Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel
At a Glance
A truly historic building and former home of the first Spanish governor of Peru
Is being totally refurbished
It combines original Inca, Colonial and modern buildings and is centrally located in front of the Sun Temple (Koricancha)
Within walking distance of Cuzco's principal attractions
One of the larger hotels in Cuzco
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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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.
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A former 16th century colonial mansion, Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel combines Inca tradition and Spanish baroque with contemporary amenities creating a beautiful and luxurious environment for an unforgettable stay in central Cuzco.
Taken over by Spanish conquistadors in 1533, Palacio del Inka retains all the elegance and charm of its historic past. Graceful archways, romantic stone courtyards, pretty balconies and wood carvings are adorned with period furnishings, atmospheric lanterns, traditional artwork and antiques, creating a wonderfully authentic environment.
Amid all this historic grandeur, there is even a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool and small fitness center. Palacio del Inka is a five-minute walk from Cusco’s main square, Plaza de Armas and close to the Sacred Gardens. Koricancha, one of Cuzco’s main archaeological sites can be seen from the upper floors. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Cuzco airport.
There are 141 rooms and 62 suites with en-suite marble bathrooms, soundproofed walls and colonial styling which includes period furnishings, hand-painted frescoes, traditional art, lavish headboards and large comfortable beds. Amenities include Wi-Fi, alarm clock with iPod dock, LED TV, safe and minibar. Suites include the option for separate living rooms and butler service. All guests enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast and the accomplished Inti Raymi Restaurant serves exquisite Peruvian cuisine, with a resident sommelier on hand to advise on wine pairing. Guests can also enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and post-dinner drinks in the atmospheric bar. For relaxation, the hotel has a hydrotherapy pool, massage rooms, steam room and sauna, while there is a small fitness center for those wishing to workout. For those interested in the hotel’s history, art and artifacts, informal tours are available.
When not enjoying the hotel and its facilities, take to the streets of Cuzco to experience the cultural delights of this historic town. There are also plenty of tours in the surrounding area including visits to the infamous Inca sites of Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Koricancha Temple, the Sacred Valley and the archaeological site of Piquillacta.
The accommodation includes en-suite marble bathrooms, soundproofed walls and colonial styling which features period furnishings, hand-painted frescoes, traditional art, lavish headboards and large comfortable beds. Amenities include Wi-Fi, alarm clock with iPod dock, LED TV, safe and minibar. Suites include the option for separate living rooms along with private butler service.
Children are welcomed at the Palacio del Inka, Luxury Collection but there are no specific children's facilities other than babysitting, which can be arranged on request.
Complimentary buffet breakfast is included. The accomplished Inti Raymi Restaurant serves Peruvian cuisine, with a resident sommelier to advise on wine pairing. Guests can enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and post-dinner drinks in the atmospheric bar. For relaxation, the hotel has a hydrotherapy pool, massage rooms, steam room and sauna, while there is a small fitness center for workouts. For those interested in the hotel’s history, art and artifacts, informal tours are available.
Activities in and around Cusco include visits to the magnificent Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Koricancha Temple, the Sacred Valley, the archaeological site of Piquillacta, the living Inca village of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, the entryway to the Urubamba valley. One can also go horse riding, mountain biking, white-water rafting and paragliding in the surrounding area.
One of Cusco's top two hotels, the Libertador could just as easily be called the Conquistador. Directly across from the Inca Temple of the Sun and built on the foundations of the Aclla Huyasi, where the Inca chieftain kept maidens, this elegant traditional hotel occupies a historic house once inhabited by none other than Francisco Pizarro. The handsome art- and antiques-filled hotel, just 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, is built around a dramatic colonial courtyard marked by perfect arches, terra-cotta tiles, and a Spanish-style fountain. The swank lobby has a massive pyramidal skylight and exposed Inca walls. Guest rooms are spacious and refined; furnishings have rustic colonial touches, and the marble bathrooms are large and well equipped. Many rooms have small terraces. But the Libertador perhaps most distinguishes itself with extremely attentive and professional service. The fine but pricey restaurant, Inti Raymi, is built around the edges of the courtyard and features a nightly dance and music show.
Andean Textiles Tour
Peru's brightly colored 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 colorful 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 colorful 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.
Rafting the Source of The Amazon
Raft one of the world's top ten rafting rivers, the 3000 meter 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.
Location & directions
Located on Santo Domingo in front of the Koricancha, or Sun Temple and four blocks from the main plaza in Cuzco, Peru.