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El Mapi

Last updated: 24 December, 2023

Blending nature (the hotel sits at the base of a rainforest-covered cliff), with modern nurture, this is the Aguas Calientes hotel to base yourself at for that 5.30am bus – guaranteed to get you to Machu Picchu before the crowds. The departure point is minutes from the lobby. So are the town’s best bars and restaurants.

Rooms are decorated in modish off-whites with wall-high glass overlooking the lush surrounds. Public areas covered with living walls of moss and ferns, screened from each other by faux-Inca wattle partitions. There’s a beautiful spa with a heated indoor pool and valley views for tired post-Machu Picchu legs. The bar serves great cocktails.

Surrounding area

Machu Picchu village/Aguas Calientes sits at the base of the mountain where the Machu Picchu ruins are situated. The only way up is by bus (30 minutes) or hike (around 2 hours). The village is tiny, with only a few streets. You could walk across it in ten minutes.

El Mapi sits in the heart of Aguas Calientes. A clear-water mountain river rushes through the village a few metres from the lobby. Restaurants overlook its flow. Slopes covered in wild rainforest rise behind the hotel.

The Machu Picchu ruins bus stop – for that pre-dawn ride to the ruins is less than five minutes’ walk.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed