Trips to Peru can cover a lot of ground. This wildly dynamic South American nation traverses a wide range of ecosystems and landscapes from the tropical Amazonian lowlands to the windswept Pacific coast, crossing the mighty Andes mountains on the way. One of Peru’s national treasures that draws adventurers from every corner of the globe is Machu Picchu, built by the historic indigenous society of the Incas. Situated at 7,972 feet above sea level near the culturally rich city of Cusco, Machu Picchu is reached via several challenging trails ranging from 12 to 40 miles that endure as many a travelers’ dream.
Trekking to the dramatic heights of the Andes to visit Peru’s Citadel of Machu Picchu has become a deservedly popular adventure. Travelers the world over convene in Cusco, the typical base of trekking operators, in search of natural beauty, iconic archaeological ruins and a deep intercultural experience. At the same time, many aren’t aware that the options for getting to Machu Picchu don’t end with the classic Inca Trail or rail lines. Other trails exist that offer a variety of lengths and accommodations, with one that uniquely blends a more in-depth trekking experience with comfortable, top-rate lodging: the Salkantay Trail.
Why We Love this Boutique Cloud Forest Getaway
Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world and getting there, may it be by train or by trail, is not an easy feat. After a full day of viewing the awe inspiring mystic Inca citadel, what better than being welcomed into a world class boutique hotel nestled into the cloud forest.
We love this boutique hotel because it offers a unique balance of local charm and authentic hospitality blended with the refined luxury one deserves after a long Machu Picchu tour. The cloud forest is a sanctuary to relax and unwind while exploring the surrounding trails, soaking in a massage experience at the UNU Spa or learning about the 372 native orchid species found here.
Yeah, we love it too. This photo got some lovin' on our #travel focused Instagram this week. Machu Picchu is one of those instant guaranteed winners for us. It evokes such a feeling of adventure, mystery, exploration, and history, that we hardly need to add a caption. The formula is pretty simple: 1) Post a picture of MaPi in the clouds. 2) People dream about travel.