This Orient-Express Hotel is a refurbishment of an original 1595 Jesuit Monastery, and much of the structure remarkably has been retained. The entire building is a museum, and the chapel in particular is laden with gold and priceless paintings. The hotel is a national historical landmark and is Cuzco’s finest hotel.

The Hotel is a splendid model of Spanish colonial renaissance style, consisting of three sections in different levels. The central courtyard with its soft fountain and 300-year old Cedar tree is surrounded by gardens and the famous stone cloisters.

There are 126 rooms, each one different. About half have charming views of the Cuzco. There are two restaurants and two bars, and 24-hour room service. Several of the better deluxe rooms are experimenting with “piped-in oxygen” through the air-conditioning system. (Caution: oxygen depletion is only one of several causes of altitude nausea.)