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El Mapi

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Large, reliable hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Unbeatable location for Machu Picchu
- Facilities include spa and restaurant
- Good value for money, lively and relaxed

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Overview

Hotel El Mapi is a large, bustling hotel in Peru’s Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, an unusually well-preserved ancient lost citadel perched dramatically on a mountain ledge nearly 8,000 feet high. The property belongs to the Inkaterra portfolio and is conveniently located a short walk from the town centre, easily accessible at the beginning or end of treks to Machu Picchu. It’s a lively, ‘no frills’ hotel offering good value for money and some very respectable facilities and services.

There are no fewer than 122 Superior Deluxe rooms and eight Suites, all of which come with floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light along with en-suite bathrooms with shower, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. Other amenities common to all rooms include a hair dryer, a minibar and a TV with plenty of channels. Blackout curtains for the windows are supplied for those who wish not to be woken by the morning sun.

Aguas Calientes sits at an altitude of 6,690 feet and the hotel can provide oxygen for anyone struggling with the change in elevation. La Cafeteria, the hotel’s restaurant, is open for three meals a day, with breakfast and lunch served as buffets and dinner served a la carte and packed lunches can also be pre-ordered. In addition, there’s a bar serving local and international alcoholic beverages, along with a range of light snacks. The organic Spa del Bosque is on the top floor and offers a good range of treatments and captivating views of the nearby cloud forest.

For many, this is the perfect base for trekking the Inca Trail. However, there’s a good variety of excursions to other local archaeological sites and points of interest on offer. The hotel is family friendly and there are plenty of outings in the area for all age groups.

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Suggested Itineraries for El Mapi

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.

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 $2,274 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,071 per person economy class from London

9 Day Peru Trip combining the Salkantay Trail , Cusco and The Sacred Valley.

Tailor-made Adventure 9 days

Adults from $1,773 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,071 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,689 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 $1,071 per person economy class from London

8-day Peru trip including the moderately-challenging Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, with time pre and post trek in Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Tailor-made Adventure 8 days

Adults from $2,135 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,071 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,689 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 $1,071 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 $1,472 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 $1,472 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 $3,264 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 $1,472 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 $5,279 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 $1,472 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 $5,515 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $1,472 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    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.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    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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