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Machupicchu is one of the most popular archaeological sites of the world, and therefore, the most visited attraction in Peru. Meaning "Old Mountain" in Quechua language, the famous citadel is known for its amazing Inca ruins and its unusual location on a high mountain overlooking the mighty currents of the Urubamba River. 

The site was introduced to the scientific world by Hiram Bingham, an American anthropologist from Yale University, who was led to the site by the folk that lived in the area, reaching it on July 24th, 1911. Since 1981 it has been declared Historical Sanctuary as well as World Heritage Site by UNESCO , due to the importance of its archaeological legacy as well as to its vast bio-diversity.

Access is from Cusco or the Sacred Valley by train until the small town of Aguas Calientes, where most accommodations are located. Aguas Calientes is essentially a tourist town where you can also find many restaurants, shops, money exchange offices, a crafts market and also natural hot springs, which give name to the place. There is only one hotel located next to the ruins, the Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge, belonging to the Orient Express Group of Hotels.

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The Hatuchay Tower Hotel is centrally located in Aguas Calientes. Housed in a modern building with 5 floors and elevator, the hotel has 42 rooms, including 5 suites with jacuzzi. All rooms have a modern style and are very confortable, with all the amenities that you would expect in a hotel of this category.

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Centrally located in Aguas Calientes, the Inti Inn is housed in a modern building in which natural materials have been employed, giving the rooms and public areas a cozy, rustic style.

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The Presidente is one of the best moderately priced hotels in Aguas Calientes. Carpeted rooms have modern furnishings, and about half of the rooms have big windows and balconies that overlook the Rio Vilcanota. The hotel is very clean, its staff is really helpful, friendly and all rooms have a private bath and 24 hour hot water.

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Located in Aguas Calientes. Small hotel with comfortable and neat rooms, all rooms have a private bathroom and are equipped with telephone and minibar upon request. Bar & disco.

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Rupa Wasi Condor House Ecolodge is located in Aguas Calientes, just 2 blocks from the main square. This small hotel has 5 rooms (3 suites and 2 standard ones) all made of wood and decorated in a charming and cozy rustic style, with good daylight and a nice view. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot water and a private terrace.

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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge enjoys a unique position at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins, one of the world’s major heritage sites, at 8,200 feet above sea level. The unequaled location of this hotel allows you a breathtaking scenery and easy access to this mystic site.

The hotel has 29 rooms and 2 suites. The rooms are divided into Patio rooms, with a step-out private patio, Standard rooms, Mountain View rooms and Panoramic Views rooms with a private terrace. All rooms are equipped with private telephone, satellite TV with VCR, hair dryer, minibar, a bottle of water and a safety-deposit box.

Room service, laundry service, massage therapists, self-service cafeteria and indoor dining room facing the spectacular Inca ruins, serving a delicious breakfast buffet and exquisite international cuisine.

A member of the Orient Express Hotels.

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Cozy one- or two-story whitewashed cottages constructed from local materials line the stone pathways, giving this intimate 85-room hotel the look of a lovely Andean village. Colorful local crafts and authentic pre-Columbian artifacts in the public rooms bring the local culture and history to life.

Miles of trails lace the grounds, winding past waterfalls and through the forest, and wandering through gardens rich with a dazzling array of 372 native orchid species, 172 bird species, 111 species of butterflies, and other natural wonders.

Hotel rooms have been warmly and thoughtfully furnished. No televisions in rooms, except in the Villa. Heaters available on request.