Published August 17, 2008
Mind Your Manor
Spanish Luxury in Incan Capital
In a rush to scramble up the famous temple at Machu Picchu, most travelers cruise right through Cusco, the
gateway city to all things Inca.
This simply leaves more luxury for you...
Cusco's first boutique hotel, La Casona Inkaterra
, takes a few lessons from the
the masters of Old World luxury in New World beauty. Just opened a few steps
from Cusco's central square, La Casona is a renovated colonial manor—one of the first Spanish
buildings on the Incan capital's soil. And while its eleven rooms wrap around an original courtyard built
more than 400 years ago, its iPod docks and heated floors are distinctly 21st-century.
From your colonial mansion, you'll explore the Sacsayhuaman
Inca fortress (putting in face time
with the Sun God), drop in on the local shaman and river-raft down the Sacred Valley, winding through the
towering peaks of the Andes. Or get up above those mountains with a visit to the adrenaline-boosting,
Indiana Jones-style Q'eswachaka
And if you just have
to get your picture taken peering down on the Lost City, you can always pop
over to Inkaterra's Machu Picchu resort
Then again, you've never been one for the beaten path.
La Casona Inkaterra
Plaza Nazarenas 113