Peru’s Hidden Gem: Exploring the Mountain View Experience in Cusco

Peru’s Hidden Gem: Exploring the Mountain View Experience in Cusco

The Mountain View Experience is a hidden gem that seamlessly combines the beauty of nature with the enjoyment of comfort.

It is nestled in Maras, among the spectacular Andes Mountains. A visit to this place is an invitation to soak in the natural beauty, enjoy comfortable amenities and get very close to alpacas and llamas.

Find out more about the Mountain View Experience lodge and the activities that are waiting for you.

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Where Is the Mountain View Experience?

map with red circle around location of mountain view experience

The Mountain View Experience is located in the Sacred Valley, in Maras, a 1:15 hour drive from the city of Cusco. It’s around 10 minutes away from the Salt mines of Maras.

As the A-frames are located at 11,090 feet (3,380 m) above sea level, you get to enjoy picturesque views of the Andes and the surrounding valleys.


Background Information

It is important to introduce you with the Mountain View Experience’s roots in order to give you a deeper contextual understanding of it. Maria Garcia and her brother Ronny are the creative minds behind this amazing project.

Their grandmother left them a large piece of land, and it was on this blank canvas that they began their project during the COVID-19 pandemic. Within a short time, they managed to position themselves as one of the most unique accommodations in Peru.

two alpacas in front of a tipi where a traveler sits

The lodge has a strong sense of responsibility to the Maras community. Their culture is built on collaborative interaction with the local community, ensuring that every aspect of your stay makes a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of those who call this place home.

Their goal is to provide travelers a firsthand knowledge of Peruvian culture and a deep connection to the majestic Andes, which lie at the heart of their vision.


The Amenities of the Mountain View Experience

traveler sitting inside of the lodge and enjoying view on hot tub and andes

The Mountain View experience has six eco-sustainable A-frame tipis, a beautiful and unique restaurant with a picturesque view and many on-site activities as well as Andean animals around. But more about this later.

Once you arrive at the Mountain View Experience, you’ll be greeted by many llamas and alpacas that are wandering around. The main lodge’s interior is minimalistic in design, but it blends in beautifully with the surroundings.

couple sits in hot tub and is feeding alpacas

Everywhere you turn, you can see the picturesque valleys and impressive mountains. It’s just a very relaxing place that will contribute to your unique time in Peru. The best part is that some of the cabins include hot tubs from where you can feed llamas or alpacas with the Andean mountains in the back.

Besides that, the lodges are equipped with a living area for one or two travelers, a wonderful view, and a modern bathroom with a shower and a window from where you can enjoy the stars at night.


Activities at Mountain View Experience

couple sitting next to each other and looking on the impressive scenery

Get ready to fall in love with the beautiful scenery and the rich cultural tapestry that surrounds those spectacular mountains during your stay at the Mountain View Experience. The lodge offers a variety of activities that allow you to go even further into the mountainous beauty and collect unforgettable moments.

Wine and Cheese Picnic

Enjoy excellent wines and handmade cheeses while overlooking snow-capped mountains and endless horizons. This can also be combined with the painting activity mentioned below.


ATV Tour

Start an adventurous ATV tour to explore the surroundings and arrive at viewpoint spots that reveal breathtaking panoramas of the Andes.


Horseback Riding

Connect with the beautiful surroundings and enjoy a unique experience in the beautiful Andean fields of Maras while horseback riding.


Painting the Environment

The lodge provides a rare chance for every creative soul to paint the incredible environment. Let the mountains serve as a source of inspiration as you attempt to capture the essence of this breathtaking landscape.

In addition to creating lasting experiences, engaging in these activities will help the lodge fulfill its commitment to responsible tourism and cultural preservation.

You can further customize your stay by adding other customized tours that we offer.


Frequently Asked Questions

alpaca with brown and white fur

Is There a Private Bathroom/Shower at Mountain View?

Yes, the eco-friendly A-frame cabins provide contemporary comforts including private bathrooms with showers and warm water that work with solar energy.


How to Get to Mountain View Experience in Peru?

The easiest option is to take a taxi or make use of our service. The distance between the lodge and Cusco is around 1:15 h by car.


How much is the Mountain View Experience in Peru?

Staying a night in the regular A-frame costs $50 p. person (based on double or triple occupancy). The price for the A-frame with jacuzzi is $75 p. person.


Making Memories at Mountain View Experience in Cusco

woman is feeding alpaca from hot tub

The Mountain View Experience in Cusco attracts adventurers, culture lovers, and adventurous travelers equally with its many attractions.

Immerse yourself in Peru’s magic during a stay at Mountain View Lodge to start a memorable journey. We can also include this tour in any of our Peru tours, just contact us and we’ll take care of the rest.

  • 1 January, 2024 at 2:33 am

    Hi my friends and i are planning to book 2 nights with you guys March 2024 but want to check out Machu Picchu, were curious as to how transportation work from there to Machu Picchu? Thanks in advance.

    • 9 January, 2024 at 8:25 am

      Hi Samantha,
      thanks for your comment. It depends on from where your journey starts.
      Here are the two most common options:
      Option 1 from Cusco: You will get picked up from our private driver and he brings you to the Ollantaytambo train station. From there you will take the train (included in the tour price) to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)
      Optio 2 from Ollantaytambo: Many travelers discover the Sacred Valley the day before their trip to Machu Picchu. Therefore, the last site of this tour is Ollantaytambo and from there you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and stay the night there. This has the big benefit that you can enter the next day at 6am and enjoy the ruins without the big travel groups.

      Do you have any other questions?


  • 1 October, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Planning a trip there with my partner February/March..And we can’t wait.

    Would like to know the option of transportations from Cusco to Mountain View.
    Are two nights enough?
    Are there trains? taxi, what’s the cost for either or.
    Viveca & Joe

    • 5 October, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      Hey Viveca & Joe, thanks for your comment! Our travel expert Alexia will reach out to you now with more information regarding your questions. 🙂

      Best regards from Peru,

  • 14 September, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    I stayed here and loved it!!

    • 15 September, 2023 at 12:00 pm

      Hey Ana, that’s great to hear! Thanks for your positive Feedback!

  • 1 September, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    This looks amazing, thanks for sharing!! How can we book this?

    • 2 September, 2023 at 5:22 am

      Hi Jennifer,
      thanks a lot for your feedback. Glad that you like it.
      Please send us an email to: and our sales agent will support you with your unforgettable trip to Peru.


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