Peru Travel and Lodging

Peru Travel and Lodging – Machu Picchu

I have already written a detailed report about our trip to Ecuador.

This series of posts will detail our trip to Peru and ultimately one of the new seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu.

This post (part 2) will cover our airfare and lodging.

Part 2:  Planning for Peru travel and lodging

The most expensive part of a trip to Peru is your airfare.  Once in Peru, everything is relatively inexpensive.


Most major airlines fly into Lima (LIM).  Once in Peru, LATAM is the major airline.

I was fortunate to have a good stash of American Airlines miles from a Citibank credit card sign-up bonus.

I used to use my miles (35,000 round trip to Peru).  However, does not show flights to Cusco.  I found flights to Lima, Peru on  I found the award flight I wanted, and put a hold on that flight.  To find flights between Lima and Cusco, I searched for award travel on the British Airways website and found the flight I wanted.  I then had to call American Airlines (800-43307300).  I gave them the record locator for my flight to Lima, explained my situation about wanting to go to Cusco but it not showing up on, and then told them the flight I wanted between Lima and Cusco.  They put together the entire trip, and it didn’t even cost me phone surcharge since the Lima to Cusco segment doesn’t show up on


There are a number of chain hotels in both Lima and Cusco.  Prices for this type of accommodation can typically cost over $100 USD.

We used and found private rooms at local hotels for under $30 USD.

In Cusco, we wanted to stay as close to Plaza Mayor as possible (it’s too much hassle to get around otherwise) and we found a room at Hotel Incawasi, which is right in the Plaza, for an average of $26.57 USD per night.  It was a very basic room, but met our needs just fine.

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Hotel Incawasi is on the far side of Plaza Mayor
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Basic room at Hotel Incawasi in Cusco Peru

If you want a little nicer hotel, for about $100 USD, you can stay at the Best Western. It’s conveniently located less than a 5 minute walk to Plaza Mayor, and also right around the corner from Plaza San Antonio, where the colectivo from Ollantaytambo drops people off.  By the way, it has an outstanding breakfast spread.

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Best Western Los Andes de America, Cusco Peru

Sacred Valley

In the Sacred Valley, most people stay in either Urumbamba or Ollantaytambo.  I suggest Ollantaytambo for a couple reasons.  First, this is where you can pick up the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo.  Secondly, I think it has more of an Inca feel to it with the village being older.  Thirdly, there are a number of Inca ruins either in town or a short walk out of town.

In Ollantaytambo, we tried staying at a couple different places.  All were pretty cheap and all were in my favorite part of town with extremely old buildings.  We stayed at Rumi Wasi and El Tambo both for about $20  USD.

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Rumi Wasi in Ollantaytambo Peru
Hostal El Tambo in Ollantaytambo Peru

On our return from Machu Picchu we spent another night in Ollantaytambo and this time stayed at Peru Quechua Lodge for $26 USD.  It was a much nicer place, but I liked the location of the other two hotels a little better.

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Room at Peru Quechua Lodge in Ollantaytambo
Breakfast area at Peru Quechua Lodge in Ollantaytambo

All hotels in Ollantaytambo were booked via and were rated at least 8.0.

Summary: Peru Travel and Lodging

Airfare is the most expensive part of the trip.  Most flights into Peru land in Lima, but if you are going to Machu Picchu, you will probably need to fly from Lima to Cusco.

There is a wide variety of hotel choices.  You can find expensive hotels, but we wanted a more local feel.  We don’t need fancy rooms.  All we want are clean rooms with comfortable beds at an affordable price, and we were statisfied with our stays at all of these places.


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