This friendly, eco-minded, cabin-like lodge sits on a steep hill a few blocks above the Plaza de Armas. It's up a long flight of stairs, which may deter some older travelers, but rewards the more agile ones with one of my favorite settings in town. Butting up against the natural areas of the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, visitors will come across the occasional orchid or hummingbird. The lodge, which has an alpine feel to it, is built from recycled hardwoods and uses biodegradable products when possible. Skip the rather plain downstairs rooms and upgrade to the three suites that take over the second and third floors, featuring private patios with sweeping views of the Andes. The on-site Tree House restaurant, with its farm-to-table menu, is one of the best dining options in town and gives daily cooking classes. The restaurant will also prepare a boxed lunch for a day at the ruins.