El Mercado

in Cusco, Peru

A hotel in the heart of Cusco, occupying the premises of a former market located only a couple of blocks from Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas--showing their combination of traditional and contemporary Peruvian style. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and history of Peru while you make your way to Machu Picchu.

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Mid-range and Luxury



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Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends El Mercado


Social Enterprise | Local/Foreign Owned

A Unique Story

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.

Community Connection

Staying at El Mercado supports the work of the Mountain Lodges of Peru network. Their model empowers local communities, making them active investors in local development projects for the long-term benefit of all.
In 2006 Mountain Lodges of Peru sponsored the creation of Yanapana Peru, a not-for-profit Civil Association dedicated to social and environmental responsibility. Yanapana is committed to improving the quality of life through sustainable community development, in an effort to reduce extreme poverty in the Andean Highlands. Main activities of the association include donations for the enhancement of nutrition and infrastructure at a local public school, funding and training for local entrepreneurs, and supporting local production of jam, honey, handmade textiles and organic coffee. They also support child sponsorship programs, as well as medical prevention, detection and treatment programs..


A market is an expression of a town’s culture and traditions, a space where these may be appreciated, fostered, and protected. Visiting a market is an effective way of obtaining a deep and lasting impression of a city, a place where its pulse may be felt. 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. The hallmarks of the Mountain Lodges of Peru experience—exceptional service, warm Peruvian hospitality, and attention to details—are found at El Mercado, creating a perfect beginning for any journey into the beautiful landscapes and fascinating cultures of Peru.




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