El Mercado is apart of the Mountain Lodges of Peru organization. Their core values revolve around the concept that sustainable tourism in Peru should be built around a model that empowers local communities, making them active investors in local development projects for the long-term benefit of all. Their organization believes in the power of preserving local traditions and the environment, while driving the Peruvian villages forward economically.
Mercado is the Spanish word for market, and El Mercado occupies the premises of a former market located only a couple of blocks from Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas. Formerly part of the old farmer’s market, El Mercado has been designed to incorporate some of the element of the market, both in its original decor, friendly casual atmosphere and innovative cuisine. With only 32 rooms, El Mercado provides the best of colonial and contemporary architecture, all the latest comforts and truly exceptional service. Just as the countryside’s best products are brought to a market, El Mercado brings the magic of the Apus—the spirits of the mountains—to the city.