El Mercado


Cusco, close to  Plaza de Armas

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El Mercado

Attractive small hotel with bags of character and original features just a few blocks from the main square. Cosy rooms with modern décor, delicious food, friendly staff and a lovely courtyard with a blazing fire after dark help you feel right at home.

El Mercado is an atmospheric building that once housed the farmers’ market in Cusco. Today the central courtyard is a place of quiet relaxation rather than busy bartering, where you can sink into a sofa and enjoy some sunshine. After dark it becomes a place to socialise around the fire pit, wrapped in one of the cosy blankets provided, enjoying the warm glow of the fire and live music. Indoors there’s a welcoming lounge, bar and a restaurant.

Eye-catching features such as bare stone walls, displays of traditional artefacts, and open fires add character. There’s even a fresh fruit juice stall and a street food station, as a nod to the hotel’s market heritage. The food at El Mercado is based on traditional dishes and is beautifully presented. Guest rooms are cosy and welcoming, attractively furnished and decorated. They vary in size, décor and layout.

The hotel welcomes families, and has toys, games and books for children. El Mercado’s central location is a plus, as it’s within walking distance of the main square, sites, shops and restaurants.

This is a modest, characterful hotel offering great mid-budget accommodation in the heart of the city.

Times to Go

Most people visiting the Colca Canyon tend to avoid the rainy season, so May to November would be the best time to visit.

El Mercado highlights

  • Chic and modern in historic market building
  • Welcoming staff and atmosphere
  • Enjoy night time live music round the firepit in the courtyard
  • Close to the Plaza de Armas and restaurants
  • Original features, an eclectic collection of art, furnishings and local artefacts
  • Families welcome and catered for

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El Mercado location

El Mercado


  • 32 guest rooms
  • Family friendly
  • Central city location
  • Indoor and outdoor relaxation areas
  • Delicious food


  • Restaurant, Breakfast lounge & bar
  • Reception area & Shop
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Lift
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • City sightseeing and shopping
  • Guided visit to San Pedro Market (optional)
  • Guided half day tour of archaeological sites (optional)

El Mercado rooms

El Mercado has 32 rooms. They are made up of superior rooms and suites.

There are 7 single, 10 twin and 10 double superior rooms. Each has an en suite shower room and is equipped with TV, Wi-Fi internet access, heating and a hairdryer.

Junior suites have a large fireplace, safe and radio, plus a bath as well as a shower, and can sleep up to 3 people.

The suite is the most luxurious room, with the same amenities as a junior suite plus a coffee machine, iPad and complimentary toiletries.

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“El Mercado is owned and operated by Mountain Lodges of Peru, a Peruvian company with a strong commitment to local communities, training and employing local people at their properties. The company is committed to sustainable development with effective and efficient use of energy, water and waste disposal.”

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