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Inkaterra La Casona

Cusco, Peru

All roads led to Cusco during the colonial period, South America’s equivalent of “Rome” in historic importance during this time. Today, Cusco continues to be a rich tapestry of indigenous and Spanish culture with some of the most pristine colonial architecture in Peru, and a requisite stop en route to Machu Picchu.

Set in a 16th-century mansion on the whitewashed historic Las Nazarenas Plaza, Inkaterra’s La Casona is one of Cusco’s most luxurious places to stay. The eleven suites are framed around a grassy courtyard with stone arches, recreating the illusion of the grandeur of the period. Colonial décor and art are tastefully mixed with contemporary touches like oversized couches, and iPod docks and exquisite (new) marble bathrooms.

As a mansion, it invites hanging out in the living area where the friendly staff will prepare you a local herbal tea lika muña, perfect for your stomach, or coca, if the altitude is a bother. Only a block from the cultural heart of Cusco, the Plaza de Armas, nearly the whole city is walkable: the artists’ quarter of San Blas, the historical center, museums, and the central market.

Intimate, friendly, and lovely.

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