A Conquistador’s Retreat in Cusco
From housing conquistadors to conquering travellers hearts, Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco is a 16th century property with a rich and turbulent past now transformed into a literal living museum of Incan and Spanish colonial art and architecture by Denise Guislain, wife of Inkaterra founder Jose Koechlin. Located at the heart of Cusco, it perfectly encapsulates the city’s history. Denise’s expert knowledge and cultivated taste of Andean arts and history, gained over 8 years living in the high Andes, is reflected in the quality and authenticity of the hotel’s interior design.
With only 11 grand suites set around a sun-bathed central courtyard, Inkaterra La Casona exudes rustic elegance and warm Peruvian hospitality. Following a painstaking rennovation, La Casona’s historical grandeur has been given a new lease of life. Furnished with retablos, hand-woven tapestries, original pillars rescued from other historic buildings, etc. these original artefacts, and exquisite antiques hand-sourced by Denise make this Spanish colonial mansion today a treasure trove of uniquely beautiful interiors and serene, welcoming spaces.
La Casona has been home to Diego de Almagro – Spanish conquistador and rival to the great Francisco Pizzarro, it has played host to the elite Incan army and been headquarters of the santa Clara convent in the 18th century. Simon Bolivar, Venezuela’s “Libertador” chose to make the property his army headquarters after his victory in the battle of Ayacucho.
The colonial manor house of La Casona, possibly the first Spanish construction in Cusco, speaks of privilege and exclusivity, an exciting and vivid past as well as a modern take on Peruvian luxury. Take the tour below and discover the La Casona Cusco yourself…..