The heart of the old Inca empire has a wealth of Inca ruins, Spanish treasures and historic architecture to explore.
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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru|www.belmond.com|
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Sitting in a beautifully-restored colonial-Spanish Carmelite monastery in the heart of old Cusco, filled with priceless antiques and with its own restored baroque chapel, the Nazarenas combines the romantically historical with the intimate and lavish.
Rooms sit in cloisters around a fountain-filled garden and a gorgeous sapphire pool. Beds are draped with luxurious Egyptian linens. Cusqueño – Spanish-indigenous art and crafts – adorn the walls.
The hotel’s restaurant, Senzo, serves a menu of modern Peruvian cooking by Peru’s top chef, Virgilio Martinez and is one of the best in the city. The Plaza de Armas is a stroll away.
Locations don’t get better. Nazarenas sits on a quiet square surrounded by the best Spanish and old Inca buildings in the city, a block from the Plaza de Armas (heart of the city) and next to the main access street for Sacsayhuamán fort.
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A land of spectacular deserts, high mountains and rainforests that teem with wildlife, Peru is also home to an array of dramatically situated pre-Colombian ruins, including Machu Picchu.