El Retablo by Mountain Lodges of Peru is a new 17-room boutique hotel located in a beautifully renovated colonial building, three blocks from the main square in Cusco, and is a great base for visiting the city's highlights.
Less than 10 minutes from the main square, you are well located here to explore the highlights of Cusco on foot.
Inspired heavily by a form of Andean folk art called retablo, this brightly furnished hotel was designed by the Fine Arts School of Cusco. The blend of white walls and colorful folk art feels wonderfully ‘modern-Peruvian’!
Unwind with a pisco sour in the courtyard garden.
Coca tea, which can help with acclimitisation, is available 24h for those who require.
Vivid wall murals and splashes of primary colors can be found throughout El Retablo, in this sympathetically restored historic building, which is also walking distance to many of the city’s cultural sites. With interiors hand-painted by artisans from the Fine Arts School of Cusco, it is testament to the vibrant artisanal heritage of Peru, and pays homage to the country’s rich culture.
The 17 rooms continue the effervescence of the exterior, with white washed walls and simple wooden furniture allowing the playful murals and exquisitely painted ceilings to take center-stage. Hand-woven soft furnishings add warmth to the crisp white linens, while the tiled, neutral-toned bathrooms offer a calming haven.
Breakfast is served in the lounge, adjacent to the garden patio, which creates a welcome gathering space for guests to relax after a day of sightseeing. A second floor garden patio provides additional space to unwind.
Just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the lively heart of the city, El Retablo is within walking distance of many of Cusco’s cultural highlights, with the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Cusco Cathedral and the Inca Museum all within a six-minute walk.
When to visit
Top Things to Do Nearby
Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)
Lose yourself in 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
Soak up all there is to learn to create delicious local specialities with the hotel's head chef. You will get the exclusive opportunity to visit the hotel’s secret garden to gather fresh produce and master the art of cooking with these seasonal items.
Cuzco Walking Tour - Half Day
Explore the magical city of Cusco on foot with a local guide taking in the rich ambience and key highlights of this fascinating city. The half day tour will take you to the Bohemian quarter, the main square and cathedral along to Mercado de San Pedro.
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.
Half Day 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.
Hike Huayna Picchu
With a second day entry to Machu Picchu you can climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) for the classic bird's eye view over Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
Km 104 trek to Machu Picchu
Plunge into an unforgettable 2 day journey to reach the iconic ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, combining the best of train travel with the KM104 hike taking in the fascinating archaeological site of Wiñaywayna to get a glimpse of the famous Machu Picchu.
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.
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.
Urubamba White-Water Rafting
An exhilarating and unique way to soak up the breath-taking landscapes and bountiful river of the Sacred Valley, with a dose of adrenaline to get things going.