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By now, you're probably well-acquainted with all the reasons to visit Machu Picchu—the World Heritage site was voted as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World in 2007, after all. But if you're looking for a way to experience the Incan citadel in style, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge—boasting unbeatable proximity as well as a full luxury experience—is your ticket. Read on to discover five reasons why: 

Location, Location, Location

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The Belmond is the only hotel located at the base of the mountain—most lodgings are in Aguas Calientes, which is 25 minutes away by bus excluding the queue time. So while others are buying their ponchos and squinting through the mist to get a glimpse of the citadel, you’ll be choosing your pisco sour (lime, passionfruit or ginger?) and waiting for the rain to clear.

Peace and Quiet

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This haven of tranquillity will allow you to see Machu Picchu at its best while escaping the crowds. Morning mists often spoil the view, but the Lodge will only wake you once it's clear. You can snooze on, sleepily congratulating yourself for choosing to stay so close to one of the great wonders of the world. 

Excellent Hospitality

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The staff at the Belmond are sure to make your stay a delightful one. Enjoy a relaxed private tour on the Hiram Bingham train and become an expert on the wonders of the ancient Incan ruins before heading back for a delightful afternoon tea of macarons and refreshing coca tea.

A Good Pamper

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Indulge in a little relaxation time with spectacular views—"The Machu Picchu Complete Therapy" offers you a bespoke massage followed by a facial treatment and reflexology session. Or, for a truly lavish pre-visit experience, soak in your very own Jacuzzi as a personal butler serves you breakfast mimosas on a private garden platform. 

Experience Nature

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In keeping with its rustic feel, the Lodge has a charming little garden complete with sofas and blankets to relax in the presence of these majestic mountains. There’s also an orchid walk (think Andean cloud forest in miniature) where you’ll see endemic orchids and hummingbirds feeding—bringing you closer to all the wonders of the natural world, big and small.

(Related: Life In The Slow Lane Aboard Belmond’s E&O Express)

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