CUSCO’S BEST VIEWPOINT STAY
Staying at Palacio Manco Capac – Ananay Hotels is to enjoy the authentic luxury of relaxing in a homely atmosphere in the centre of town, perched on the hills overlooking the beauty of Cusco. Surrounded by stunning architecture, quirky hidden markets, and a quick walk from the best restaurants in Peru.
The hotel is built on an ancient republican house, found on San Cristobal hill, which is where the foundation of Manco Capac’s original residence used to be. In the property you will find an authentic Inca wall which you should definitely check out and admire.
The local shops & restaurants are a short walk downhill and you will find yourself in an energetic and lively city, oozing sunshine and unique history. The hotel is designed to the highest standard making it extremely comfortable, cosy and stress free. The rooms are brilliant, offering cosy furnishings and amenities, designed with your comfort in mind.
- Super friendly and welcoming staff
- Comfortable, modern & clean rooms
- Great views from our rooms of the city
- Good and reliable wifi
- Excellent location to most main attractions
Junior Suite Room
During our stay at Palacio Manco Capac we opted to stay in the Junior Suite View which was perfect for our needs and provided a very comfortable night’s sleep. With fantastic views, aesthetically pleasing decor, spacious and comfortable furniture we almost didn’t want to leave to explore the rest of the Cusco.
Furnished with a large windows, it was a brilliant way to wake up in the morning and look over the city slowly waking up. It comes with a king size bed that was honestly so comfortable we really did struggle to get up in the mornings. We had our own ensuite bathroom, table & chairs, plenty of power points, coat hooks and telephone.
What you get
The room comes equipped with free toiletries, Wi-Fi, fluffy pillows, clean towels, soft linens, hairdryer, bed side tables, lamps, flat screen TV, mini bar, free buffet breakfast, centralised heating, security box and plenty of space for you to relax in and store your luggage.
Plaza de Armas
Cusco’s Plaza de Armas is the cultural center of the city. Lining the plaza are restaurants, bars, and coffee shops – many with a great view of the city – perfect for spending an afternoon people-watching and acclimating to Cusco’s elevation. At the centre of the plaza lies a manicured garden and intricate statue of Incan ruler Pachacuti. The cathedral, a symbol of the Spanish conquest, contains a unique Peruvian touch in the replica of Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’: a guinea pig (cuy) appears on one of the plates.
San Pedro Market
The San Pedro Market is truly a spectacle to behold, filled with fruit, vegetable and meat stands, as well as 30 freshly-squeezed juice stalls. The lack of refrigeration means that products are displayed open-air, and that the freshest items are sold in the morning, meaning that those intending to buy anything should arrive early. For lunch, the market hosts a number of empanada and tamale vendors, as well as food stalls that serve menú – a two-course meal – for around S/.5. Those struggling with the altitude will want to pick up a bag of coca leaves to suck on.
Machu Picchu actually doesn’t belong on any list of things to do in Cusco. Most travelers come to Cusco because it is actually on their way to one of the modern Seven wonders of the world. But never even consider visiting the lost city of the Incas on a day trip (we did the 4 day Inca Trail and was well worth it!). While it actually is possible, it really makes you miss so much.
Maras Salt Mines
Anothertrue highlight in the area of Cusco is the Maras mines. They are actually a bit farther away and maybe better explored from a stay in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Still, if you don’t plan to change quarters, Maras (and close by Moray) are quite doable on a day-trip – believe me, you won’t regret it.
Trekking fans should definitely check out Rainbow Mountain. The impressive mountain of the Willkanuta mountain range holds a special place in Incan mythology. Apart from that, it is a pristine hiking location with a beautiful landscape. Two weeks before the Corpus Christi feat there will be a special festival in the region called Quyllur Rit’i – the star snow festival. Beautiful!
Altitude sickness and what you need to know
Altitude sickness can be an issue, so it’s better to get accustomed slowly and don’t rush the first few days. Actually, you might consider starting with Machu Picchu, rather than Cusco, since the lost city of the Incas is only some 2.400 meters high.
I would strongly recommend buying altitude sickness tablets, oxygen tank, coca leaves and coca sweets while you are in Cusco as these help quite a lot whilst suffering. Give yourself at least 2-3 days to become accustomed to it, even then it can sometimes take up to a week to fully get over it.
How to get here
Address: Avenida Don Bosco S/N – Quinta Lomellini / Qolqampata / San Cristobal – Cusco
Tel: +51 (084)-255770
The prices will vary depending on what time of year you stay – to check out the pricing click here.
We stayed in November 2019 and for our Junior Suite View it would cost 270 SOL (£80) per night.
- Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
- Plenty of space to relax in
- Luggage storage
- Secure front doors and rooms
- Free tea available
- Two very cozy living rooms with fireplaces
- Weddings can be held here
This hotel is a great place to stay due to its location, and the perfect place to stay while in Cusco. I am so glad that we chose to stay here for a few nights – it’s a unique place with everything you could need.
Experience unparalleled privacy and relaxation at Palacio Manco Capac, where tranquility meets impeccable guest service and modern amenities that include its unique location which really makes it stand out.
You will want to spend longer
The hotel is quite sleepy, but in a great way. It is surrounded by beautiful architecture, countryside, bountiful history, interesting locals and you will find yourself soaking them up the whole time you’re there. When you throw in the close proximity to the shops, bars, restaurants and all of the other attractions you are onto a winner!
***Thank you to Palacio Manco Capac for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.