Inkaterra La Casona
| Cusco & Sacred Valley
If Lima is the heart of Peru then Cusco is its soul. Buzzing with thousands of travellers, all eager to learn about the history of the Incas who lived here in the past, the energy here is infectious. On every street corner is a woman with an alpaca, ready to smile for a photo shoot and the streets are lined with boutiques selling alpaca wool sweaters and trinkets. If Cusco wasn’t already on your bucket list, put it on there now.
When you plan your trip to Cusco, you will be overwhelmed with accommodation options. Some are much better than others. Let us make it easy for you by recommending the exquisite Inkaterra La Casona hotel. The hotel is located in the quaint Plaza Las Nazarenas, just minutes by foot from the main Plaza de Armas and a number of Cusco’s famous attractions, including the 12-angled rock. This luxury hotel is also part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, as a global association, the fellowship represents gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels around the world.
Relais & Chateaux: Inkaterra La Casona
The architecture of the Inkaterra La Casona hotel dates back to the 16th century, when the Spanish first landed in Cusco. In fact, this building was one of the first buildings the Spanish built in Cusco. Once the exclusive haunt of the conquistadors, the property has now been transformed into one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the city.
Naturally, the hotel has undergone extensive restoration, but it has maintained its colonial charm. A great deal of attention has gone into preserving the heritage of the property and this can be seen in the way the old colonial style has been combined with modern comfort. The décor will transport you back in time without making you sacrifice an iota of luxury.
The suites in the hotel are situated around the hotel, facing in towards a lovely little courtyard. This courtyard is filled with all kinds of intriguing Inca antiques and artefacts. The rooms are spacious and feature regal embellishments, including rich, colourful fabrics and rugs, and plush wooden furnishings. Each room also has its own marble en-suite, which comes with complementary handmade toiletries as well as a robe and slippers.
When guests aren't busy soaking up their opulent bedroom surroundings, they can indulge in some gourmet cuisine in La Casona’s restaurant. The chef here uses zero carbon, organic products, harvested from a nearby farm. The resulting dishes are as delicious as they are sustainable. The menu consists of a range of Peruvian staples as well as some international dishes, all served with a contemporary twist.
But, Inkaterra La Casona is more than just a beauty queen with good food. This hotel is taking an active role in helping protect the environment of the Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. In addition to the organic, local ingredients it uses in its restaurant, the hotel also supports sustainable cocoa production and scientific research into sustainability. It also favours farms that have a proven record of low greenhouse gas emissions.
For those in need of a bit of pampering during their holiday, La Casona has its very own spa with a plethora of treatments for guests to choose from. After a day exploring the city or hiking through the Andes, this is the perfect way to feel rejuvenated in time to do it all over again the following day.
During the days, guests can leave the hotel and find adventure virtually on their doorstep. The incredible Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun) can be found just a stone’s throw from the hotel, as can the main Cusco cathedral in the Plaza de Armas. If you're lucky enough to be at the cathedral when the doors are open, check out the lavish decorations on the walls and ceiling inside. If you get hungry or want to pick up souvenirs then a trip to San Pedro market is a must.
There is a reason why Cusco is one of South America’s most popular cities. Travellers flock here in hordes to see the marvel of Machu Picchu and city’s other numerous attractions. With the Inkaterra La Casona hotel as your home, you’re bound to have the perfect vacation. For more information about booking a Cusco and Sacred Valley tour or a stay at the Inkaterra La Casona, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.