It's rare that we recommend hotels for a one-night stand but at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, you don't want to spoil the wonder by overstaying your welcome.
It's the only hotel at the entrance to the 550-year-old site, so you can be the first to get a glimpse of the famous lost city of the Incas - sunrise is at 6.30am; the park opens at 6am.
Don't expect all bells and whistles: the rooms are simple (they are getting a cosmetic update later this year), but we would swap all the marble bathrooms in the world for this setting.
Whether you've arrived via the Inca Trail or on the Hiram Bingham train, it will be a relief to kick off your walking boots and tuck into a Pisco Sour in the bar. But don't get too carried away; that 5am wake-up call is coming.
WOW FACTOR: Head up to the Sun Gate just as all the Inca Trail arrivals are coming down, and have the views over Machu Picchu all to yourself.
FLIGHT TIME: 16 hours.
GO: Cox & Kings www.coxandkings.co.uk offers seven nights in Peru, including one night at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, from £2,895 per person, B&B. Also includes flights, transfers, return tickets on the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and a guided tour of the site.