Best Areas to Stay in Machu Picchu, Peru

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Where to Stay in Machu Picchu – A Guide to This Historical Sanctuary

Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the world, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru.

Machu Picchu is an ancient town on the sacred valley of the Inca, located in the Cusco region.

The altitude, history, landscape, ruins, and stairways are just some of the reasons why you should visit Machu Picchu, Peru.

Among the things to see in this wonder of the world are the Main Square, where rituals were held, and the Intihuatana, which resembles the Inca sundial.

Machu Picchu can be visited throughout the year, however, the best time is from May to July, when the days are sunny and bright.

Alejandro Velasco International Airport, the gateway to the city of Cusco, is the closest air terminal to Machu Picchu.

To enter the archaeological complex, tourists can navigate trails such as the Inca Trail, Salkantay, and the Inka Jungle trek.

It is also possible to get there by bus or train that departs from Ollantaytambo or Poroy, in Cusco, to the closest town to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes.

The best area to stay to visit Machu Picchu is Aguas Calientes, for its varied hotels and restaurants. (See accommodation in Aguas Calientes).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Machu Picchu, Peru.

The Best Areas to Stay in Machu Picchu, Peru

1. Our Favorite Area: Machu Picchu Town or Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu Town or Aguas Calientes is the best area to stay in Machu Picchu because it is one step away from the historic sanctuary.

It is a town in the Urubamba river valley that stands out for its variety of restaurants with typical Peruvian food.

Another advantage of staying in Aguas Calientes is that it houses the Ollantaytambo Train Station and the bus terminal.

Aguas Calientes also stands out for its shops and for hosting a craft market.

Other attractions in Aguas Calientes are the Mandor Gardens, which invite you to enjoy its waterfalls and swimming wells, and the Butterfly House.

After visiting the archaeological refuge, it is recommended is to immerse yourself in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes is the best area to stay to visit Machu Picchu for its many hotels, and for being mostly pedestrian.

Where to stay near Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Where to stay near Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Alojamiento en Machu Picchu y Aguas Calientes - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Machu Picchu:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Mandor Gardens

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Waman Hotel

The Waman Hotel in Aguas Calientes has comfortable rooms. Breakfast is served daily and Wi-Fi is free. It is 3 minutes walk from the main square and 10 minutes.

from US$39
Budget

Intillaqta Machu Picchu

Inti Llaqta is a 5-minute walk from the main square and the bus station and offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu, free Wi-Fi, a bar and a service.

from US$26
Luxury

Golden Sunrise Machupicchu

Golden Sunrise Machupicchu is located in Machu Picchu, 300 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, and offers a bar, a shared lounge and river views. This 4 star hotel.

from US$91

 

 

 

2. Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is another good area to stay to visit Machu Picchu for being a quiet place, surrounded by nature and cheap hotels.

Santa Teresa is a town in the department of Cusco and is an alternate route to visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Most of Santa Teresa’s popularity is due to the Cocalmayo Thermal Baths, which are said to have healing properties.

Likewise, towards the southwest of Santa Teresa, there are spaces for relaxation and fun, including places where you can practice extreme sports such as canopy.

Santa Teresa connects with Machu Picchu through buses and vans and it is a very pedestrian-friendly area, with beautiful landscapes and some nightlife options.

 Best areas to stay to visit Machu Picchu - Santa Teresa

Best areas to stay to visit Machu Picchu – Santa Teresa

Accommodation in Santa Teresa - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Santa Teresa – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Machu Picchu:

  • Cheap area to stay to visit Machu Picchu
  • Nightlife options
  • Thermal baths

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Eco Quechua Lodge

    The Eco Quechua Lodge is an ecological lodge with private balconies with views of the river and the mountains. Guests can enjoy zipline tours and visits to the communities.

    from US$42

3. Cusco

Cusco is an excellent area where to stay to go to Machu Picchu for its many low-cost hotels, history, and culture.

Cusco has innumerable attractions and emblematic places, among which are the Plaza de Armas, considered the cultural center of the city for its festivities.

Likewise, tourists can enjoy the restaurants, bars, and cafes that are located along the square.

Another site that deserves a stop here is the Barrio San Blas or Los Artesanos, where you can get beautiful souvenirs.

Among the advantages of staying in Cusco, it is worth highlighting that the city houses the Ollantaytambo or Poroy train stations that leave directly for Aguas Calientes.

Cusco is among the best areas to stay to go to Machu Picchu for its picturesque streets and proximity to the sanctuary by train.
 

Best areas to stay to visit Machu Picchu - Cusco

Best areas to stay to visit Machu Picchu – Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Cusco – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Machu Picchu:

  • Connected to Machu Picchu by train
  • Charming streets
  • Arts and crafts

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Chaski Hotel

Located in Cusco, 1.1 km from Coricancha, Chaski Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. This Hotel.

from US$27
Budget

The Luxe Cusco Hostel

Located in Cusco, 150 meters from Cusco’s main square, The Luxe Cusco Hostel offers a terrace and free WiFi. The property is 500 meters away.

from US$11
Luxury

Union Hotel Cusco

Union Hotel Cusco, featuring a garden and terrace, is located in Cusco, 200 meters from the Central Market and 500 meters from La Merced Church. The hotel offers a restaurant, reception.

from US$60

 

 

 

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