Situated in southeastern Peru, Cusco was once the political and geographical center of the Inca Empire, which spanned most of South America. Consequently, this ancient city has been connected to the four corners of the Andes by pedestrian roads since the Middle Ages. Presently, avenues, centuries-old passageways, cobblestone side streets, and alleys traverse the city, each leading to the Palacio del Inka.
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Some room overlooks Cusco’s charming streets from its oversized window, while others allow unforgettable views of the Cusicancha archaeological center. Framed in the room’s dark ochre window also features handmade curtains adorned with a rainbow of tassels that recall the tradition of adorning the ears of llamas and alpacas in the high Andes with similar accessories. Original artwork, weavings, and ornate light fixtures add to the fabled décor, while a burgundy, gold, black, and brown palette recalls Cusco’s colonial days. Backed by a black leather headboard framed in scintillating gold, beds are wrapped in cotton sheets. The serene bathroom envelops guests in dark ochre wood, taupe stone, and cream tones, which outline a contemporary bathtub with a partially enclosed glass shower.
Nestled within the historic palacio, Inti Raymi Restaurant channels the hotel’s rich history in both ambiance and cuisine. Founded on Andean ingredients – ranging from quinoa to a vast array of potatoes and vegetables from in the Sacred Valley – along with regional meat and fish, the menu highlights the best of regional gastronomy. For lunch and dinner, the chef relies on local and organic options, recreating traditional dishes, such as guinea pig roasts, lamb, and trout with native stewed potatoes.