I decided to make my first blog post on my trip to Peru about where I stayed when I visited Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Finding the right lodging for this portion of the trip was probably what took the most time while doing my research, but I’m glad I took the extra time to find the right resort, because when I did, everything else fell into place.
You have probably heard of the two most popular location options: Cusco and Aguascalientes. The latter is the town at the base of Machu Picchu. This is probably the closest point to Machu Picchu, besides a lodge located right by the Machu Picchu entrance. There are also some inexpensive options for lodging in Aguascalientes; however, that town felt a little crowded and most of what came up in my search were hostels…not exactly what I was looking for. Cusco, on the other hand, had several hotel and hostel options, but it was rather far from Machu Picchu (three hour train ride).
The happy medium turned out to be Urubamba, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. My recommendation is to make your trip extra special and memorable by staying at Tambo del Inka (to be clear, this is not an ad or sponsored post). The property is an SPG Luxury Collection resort. While it’s not cheap, you get what you pay for. Besides, you’ve already made it this far in your planning and booking a tour to Machu Picchu, which isn’t exactly cheap either, so pamper yourself with an unforgettable experience.
Three reasons why you need to stay at Tambo del Inka:
If you don’t want a guide and want to venture out on your own, you can also reserve a driver. This is what I did to visit Pisaq (the Inka terraces in the town’s archeological park and its market) and Chinchero, a little town dedicated to the production of crafts and textiles in Alpaca, llama, and sheep wool. It’s also worth it to point out that Tambo delInka has its own Peru Rail train station. By booking your Machu Picchu excursion through Venturia, your package will include the ride on the resort-exclusive train. You will get a snack and drinks on board and a fun surprise on your ride back.
It’s also worth it to point out that Tambo del Inka has its own Peru Rail train station. By booking your Machu Picchu excursion through Venturia, your package will include the ride on the resort-exclusive train.