Have you dreamed of going to Machu Picchu? Let's face it, who hasn't? But it always seems so remote and inaccessible. Everyone we know comes back with tales of long treks and altitude sickness. Of course, it's always worth the effort, but recently we heard of a solution – staying at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a hotel which is literally right beside the ruins.
The Sanctuary is a luxury hotel in an incredibly unlikely location. If you thought Verana was hard to get to, listen to how you get to the Sanctuary. Even from the nearest town, you have to spend three hours on a train (or thirty minutes in a helicopter) to get to the base of the hill. From there it takes half an hour to
drive up to the hotel. Adding to the remote feeling, the hotel is surrounded by a
lush orchid garden.
During the day, you can take tours through the ruins to see temples, mausoleums, royal houses and dwellings. And when night comes, visit nearby Aquas Calientes and relax in the hundred-degree waters of natural underground sulphur springs. The Sanctuary is run by Orient Express and, thanks to its remote location, isn't cheap to stay at. If you've stayed at the Sanctuary, please write and tell us what it was like. If you've been to Machu Picchu and would like to share your story, we'd love to hear from you.