The hotel is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.
After exploring the historic sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience.
The restaurant and adjacent terraces were built as a large glass house with an exceptional view of the Vilcanota River and the surrounding green mountains.
This unique boutique hotel comprises a "pueblo" of 85 luxurious whitewashed bungalows nestled into the terraced hillside. This sprawling Andean style village sits within 12 secluded acres of lush cloud forest, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms.
This is the perfect sanctuary for simple relaxation with one king or two twin beds, 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows, plus an inviting dining area for two and minibar. Decorated with local crafts and eucalyptus beams, this casita includes a room heater, a colonial style wardrobe, robes, Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials, plus a complete set of environmentally friendly toiletries and a safety box, all provided for the comfort of our travelers.
A fireplace in front of a dining area, plus a spacious newly renovated bathroom, create an ambience of informal elegance. These attractive casitas have one king or two twin beds, with 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows. Amenities include Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials, robes, a colonial style wardrobe with plasma screen with DirecTv, plus a complete set of environmentally friendly toiletries and a safety box.
Experience VIP treatment, beginning with turndown service three times a day and an array of added amenities, such as free satellite internet access, plasma screen satellite TV with DVD player, iPod speakers, minibar, safety box and cordless telephone. Personalized comfort is assured, with one king or two twin beds, 100% pima cotton sheets plus room-controlled heating, closet area, robes, Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials, outdoor shower, heated plunge pool and a day bed.
A spacious setting offers a separate area for reading and relax, plasma screen with Direct TV, with iPod speakers next to the fireplace, plus the possibility of a terrace. One king or two twin beds, 100% cotton sheets along with six posh hypoallergenic pillows, a room heater, separate sitting, minibar, dining for two and a large private bathroom with a telephone provide this casita with added comfort.
A Royal Inca retreat thoughtfully designed for discerning travelers seeking a truly authentic encounter. One Inkaterra Suite adjoining one Suite, each with a terrace and plunge pool, overlooks a lush garden with private entrance. Travelers register in the privacy of the Villa, and our extended VIP treatment includes round-the-clock butler service.
Travelers may also choose to dine privately, served by Inkaterra staff. Sleeping accommodations include Suite Inkaterra (King) and Suite (King or twin) with 100% cotton. Each Villa has an open wood-burning fireplace, plus sitting and dining areas. With tranquil views of the private garden, the expansive marble bathrooms offer an indoor and open-air shower, a tub, a separate commode area, cotton robes and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials.
Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with the possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper.
Then proceed to a productive tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found. Along the hotel’s pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the rock, the golden-headed quetzal and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds, including the booted racket-tail and the green-and white hummingbirds, which are native to the area.
Walk along the hotel’s trails, and discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals. The Nature Walk offers travelers a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna -an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house.
Walk through the orchid garden to observe some of the hotel’s 372 different native orchid species in their natural habitat, the world record according to the American Orchid Society. Discover this extraordinary plant family, which has captured the human imagination for centuries.
From the largest orchid flower in the world – the Phragmipedium caudatum, to tiny flowering specimens properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass, there are orchids to amaze both the newly inquisitive and the expert, including species new to science which have been discovered on the hotel grounds.
Visit our organic tea (Camellia sinensis) plantation and tea house to discover the wonders of the traditional tea making process. Take part as the freshly picked leaves are pressed over wooden blocks and finally seal your own tea bag.
A glass of fresh hot or iced-tea from the Tea House at the hotel lobby completes the experience.
This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area. With special attention placed on nature’s core elements like an enchanting waterfall, also sacred pre-Inca pictographs, and then the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory.
Visit the crop-rich native farm at km 108, 30-minute walk. Interpretation of the flora and fauna of the area. Detailed explanation of the various plantations; origin, properties and uses. Learn about beekeeping as well as guinea pig and rabbit breeding. Tasting of snacks made of farm products.