Machu Picchu

Location, Location, and Location!  This sums up Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.  Given it’s the only lodging up in the mountain, we got to wake up at sunrise and roll out of bed into line to enter the gate of Machu Picchu.  All other visitors have to either hike up from the Aguas valley or take 30-40  bus ride.  We entered Machu Picchu 4 times during our 2 nights stay.  After our Huayna  Picchu Hike, we were able to go back to the hotel, have a nice lunch and take a nap before heading out for the afternoon hike to the Sun Gate. 

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodgehad modest accommodations, but beautiful, tropical grounds, including a secluded outdoor jacuzzi, and a hidden oasis for couples massage. The outdoor massage area is hidden down a pathway in a secluded garden area with a small waterfall and view of the Peruvian mountain peaks. The restaurant serves afternoon tea, which includes all kinds of interesting and delicious tidbits.  They also offer Pisco tasting in the evening, which includes a lesson on mixing the famous alcoholic beverage to make different cocktails, such as the well-know Pisco Sour.  The convenience of staying at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge made our trip headache free!

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