Competition is intense in the shadow of the lost city of the Incas, but this hotel is a dreamy base from which to explore the world's most famous ruins.


Spread over 12 acres of forest in the valley, this boutique cluster of whitewashed Andean casitas, or cottages, is a wonder in itself. The rooms are chic yet cosy, and full of fabrics and art commissioned by the owners, eco-tourism pioneers José and Denise Koechlin.


Guides escort guests to the fabled citadel, and chaperone walkers on sections of the Inca Trail and other spectacular hiking routes, but there are also activities closer to home. Nature trails thread through tropical gardens alive with butterflies and birds, while the house botanist whips out her magnifying glass to help guests examine one of the finest orchid collections. Big on conservation, Inkaterra also runs a bear sanctuary, where staff rehabilitate Andean Spectacled Bears (aka Paddington Bear!) for release back into the wild.


WOW FACTOR The up-close-and-personal wildlife. Watch hypnotised from less than a metre away as tiny hummingbirds sip sugared water from feeders.

GO Journey Latin America offers a three-night honeymoon package from £1,916 per person, half board. Includes flights, train tickets and an excursion to Machu Picchu