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Machu Picchu Pueblo is a lodge of cobblestone pathways weaving through the dense cloud forest that surrounds the Vilcanota River. Nature feels intrepid here, a stay immerses you entirely in terraced hills, masses of orchids and gushing waterfalls.
The warm Andean lodge is made up of individual casitas, each with high-ceilings and intricately thatched roofs that look and feel at home in this wild environment. Although a stay here is immersed in the forest thickets, Machu Picchu Pueblo is also incredibly accessible. Neighbouring Machu Picchu Pueblo train station and a short walk from the bus stop, it’s the perfect place to beat the crowds and get to Machu Picchu at sunrise.
Arguably the most traditional way to visit Machu Picchu is by foot on the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu Pueblo is the most fitting base for this, as you can set off from the doorstep and commit to a one-day manageable trek, through the sun gate towards the towering ruins.
In the evenings, return to a comfortable low-lit lodge so close to a historic sanctuary, and nestled into nature. Visit the Unu Spa to treat ailments with aromas and rubs derived from local botanical extracts, and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. Machu Picchu Pueblo is in an extensive private reserve, so peace and solitude is easily found here, just outside of the bustling hub of Aguas Calientes.