Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, Machu Picchu

Within the Machu Picchu sanctuary – a World Heritage Site



About the place:

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel is situated at the top of a mountain, the only hotel directly opposite the gates of the fabled Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. The views here are jaw-dropping. Lunch can be taken while watching hummingbirds on the feeders in the gardens. When Bird and Dine visited, we arrived early at the Citadel, had a long, leisurely lunch in the Hotel, then revisited the Citadel in mid-afternoon, when many tourists had departed.


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Local Wildlife:

  • White-winged Black Tyrant, Streak-throated Bush Tyrant, Inca Wren, Cusco Brush Finch, Tri-coloured Brush Finch
  • Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Green and White Hummingbird, Highland Motmot


  • Mountain and cloud forest
  • Excellent views from the terrace and restricted views from the restaurant


  • Traditional Andean and International cuisine
  • Lomo Saltado and local trout
  • Peruvian speciality Pisco Sour
  • Open: All year round
  • Accommodation: yes, call to confirm


Useful Reads:

  • The best book is “Where to Watch Birds in Peru” by Thomas Valqui but this is out of print. A new edition is expected in 2017

What Customers say:

  • News: A selection of good guided tours and best for birding between 3pm and sunset and before 9am
  • Reviews: Fantastic place to spend a night and hike and good reviews

Location: Cusco, Peru

  • Carretera Hiram Bingham km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

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