Hidden away uphill at the Rupa Wasi hotel, most tourists don't even realize that this place exists. Among foodies in the know, though, there is little debate whether this is the top restaurant in Aguas Calientes. It is. In a town dominated by hotel restaurants and identical-menu mediocre backpacker fare, The Tree House makes pastas by hand and incorporates local ingredients into the dishes, like glazing pork ribs in an elderberry and tamarind sauce, or serving alpaca anticuchos (skewers) with ají amarillo (yellow chile pepper) fettuccine. The atmosphere here is pleasantly rustic. The interior is almost entirely made of wood, aside from a stone fireplace and a few blackboards that list the daily specials. Cooking lessons ($35) are offered, and are a good value, lasting 1½ hrs. and including two dishes and a glass of wine.
Machu Picchu› Restaurant
The Tree House
Calle Huanacaure 105 (two blocks from the Plaza de Armas)
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–3pm and 6–10pm Phone 084/236-852 Prices Main courses S/30–S/55 Cuisine Type PERUVIAN Web site The Tree House