The World's Most Remote Hotels
Mountain Lodges of Peru
How to get there: The first of these four lodges is a 90-mile drive from Cusco; the rest are four to eight miles apart and only reachable via foot, horse, or mule on a mountain trail.
The experience: Stopovers on the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu (staying here is part of the five-day trek to Machu Picchu from Mollepata), these lodges offer a mix of modern design with ancient Inca architectural techniques. The textiles and wall art are traditionally Andean in design; bathrooms are modern, featuring Spanish showerheads and stainless steel fixtures. Some lodges have views of small neighboring villages, while others look over coffee and banana plantations—but all have direct vistas of Salkantay Peak, one of the most important mountains in Inca mythology. Guests also find surprising touches in this remote region, like hot tubs, down bedding, fireplaces, and gourmet meals paired with wines.
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