Cusco and its surrounding towns offer pretty, historic and often affordable accommodation options which make ideal bases for exploring Machu Picchu and the Urubamba Valley
High up in the picturesque artists’ quarter of San Blas, with its narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, this small and cosy guesthouse has just seven rooms. All are decorated in natural materials – including wicker furniture – and the wine-red bedspreads add a welcoming touch. There’s a small living area with a crackling fireplace and the buffet breakfast is served at the communal table in the open-plan kitchen.
• Doubles from $ 58 B&B, +51 84 248452, hostalmadretierra.com