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El Mercado Hotel by Mountain Lodges

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Historic property with contemporary touches
- Excellent central Cusco location
- Near main square, museums, markets, cafes
- Excursions further afield available

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Overview

Hotel Mercado is a charming and characterful property located in Peru’s vibrant city of Cusco, ancient Inca capital, and lively modern-day destination. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square known for its colonial-era buildings and bustling cafes and many of Cusco’s must-see attractions are within easy walking distance. The hotel is situated in what was once a market and has an authentic, historical feel along with some well-presented, contemporary facilities.

Bedrooms come in five different categories ranging from the Superior Single Room to the Suite. All rooms are en-suite and come with a marble bathroom and a rain shower along with other amenities such as a hairdryer and a TV with cable channels. Heating is provided and there’s plenty of space, even in the most basic room options.

The on-site restaurant is open for three meals a day, plus there’s a bar area that’s open from lunch onwards. All meals are freshly prepared and menus feature a varied line-up of local and international dishes. The hotel puts on live entertainment shows and informative classes to teach guests all about the city’s culture and traditions. Families with young children are welcome, although note that there is no babysitting service.

There’s something new to discover around every corner in Cusco thanks to its long, rich history. It’s easy to explore independently at your own pace, especially since the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s many museums, churches and monuments. There are also plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars dotted around and there’s some lively nightlife too. There are a variety of excursions that can be arranged, including two offered by the hotel itself which comes under the Mountain Lodges of Peru portfolio. The first option is the ‘Hike Inkilltambo’, a half-day trek that takes in two fascinating archaeological sites outside of the city; the other option, ‘San Pedro Market’, is a guided tour of this very popular market where all sorts of foods, crafts and local wares are sold.

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- Many attractions within walking distance
- Good mid-range budget option

Suggested Itineraries for El Mercado Hotel by Mountain Lodges

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

An 8 day private guided tour of Cusco, the Sacred Valley & the jewel in Peru's crown, Machu Pichhu.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from £1,310 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £800 per person economy class from London

10 day Peru holiday including the Inca Trail, Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Lima.

Tailor-made Adventure 11 days

Adults from £1,514 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £680 per person economy class from London

Get away from life as you know it. Trek the Inca Trail in Peru and then explore South America's highest lake.

Tailor-made Adventure 2 weeks

Adults from £1,517 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £1,000 per person economy class from London

A 2 week holiday to Peru exploring the Incan sites around Cusco, warm hospitality on Lake Titicaca and the jaw-dropping scenery of Colca Canyon.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from £1,699 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £800 per person economy class from London

21-day extensive Peruvian adventure encompassing Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Amazon. Classic level hotels and lodges, camping on Inca trail.

Tailor-made Classic 3 weeks

Adults from £1 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Families from £1 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Upmarket 18-day Peru adventure honeymoon showcasing Lima, Mancora beach and surf, Andean Sacred Valley, Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Amazon Rainforest wildlife.

Classic 18 days

Adults from £1 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Families from £1 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Comprehensive 20-day Peruvian trip encompassing Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley and Amazon. Short one-day trek to Machu Picchu. Classic level hotels and lodges.

Tailor-made Classic 1 - 1 hour

Adults from £4,121 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Compact, 13-day guided adventure showcasing Lima and Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Amazon rainforest wildlife. Includes one-day trek to Machu Picchu and classic level accommodation.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Adults from £1 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Families from £1 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

15-day Peru holiday for energetic, outdoorsy families (12yo+) with a keen sense of adventure who want to trek the Inca Trail and experience Peru's highlights. Includes the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Amazon.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Families from £2,714 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Family adventure in Peru offering perfect blend of culture, history and activity. Visit Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & stay in a remote Amazon jungle lodge.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from £2,439 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

16 day family adventure in Peru combining the highlights of Peru's Inca & Amazon areas with relaxing time on the beach.

Tailor-made Luxury 16 days

Families from £3,945 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional £1,100 per person economy class from London

Luxury 16-day Peruvian adventure including 7 days deluxe lodge-to-lodge Andean trekking culminating in Machu Picchu visit, 3 days in wildlife-rich Amazon rainforest, and private tours of Lima and Cusco.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 - 1 hour

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

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    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
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    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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