Machu Picchu Sanctuary are not only about excursions around the ancient empire. Today’s visitors seek an experience beyond contact with the culture; they need to feel it. For this purpose, in search of new alternatives for an unforgettable stay, the services offered at Sumaq have a mystical and spiritual orientation.
A new service has been added to the incredible experience of spending the night next to one of the new wonders of the world at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, the only five-star hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly known as Aguas Calientes). A unique ceremony called “Arac masin”, which is an Andean wedding or renewal of vows, can now be held here.
This ancient ritual consists of a spiritual affirmation that harmonizes a couple’s union with elements of nature, invoking the Apus, or spirits of the mountains; Pachamama, or Mother Earth; Mama Koka, or Mother Coca; the chaskas, or stars; the Aukis and Achachilas, or light; and Willka Nina, or sacred fire.
For such a special occasion, a setting very near the Puente Ruinas bridge is decorated with colorful blankets, cushions, floral arrangements, a flower-covered arch made of palo santo wood and a circular carpet of flowers divided in four equal parts representing the horizons of the earth: east, west, north and south.
Once all of the details are ready to begin the ritual, the bride and groom begin walking toward the site where the ceremony is to be held. They are welcomed by Shaman Willco who, saying a prayer, places his hands over their heads and guides them down a narrow trail accompanied by others dressed as typical Andean personalities.
Along the way, one of the persons wearing Andean attire blankets their path with white petals as a sign of union and happiness. With the songs of birds and the sound of river flowing by in the background, Willco starts the “Arac masin” by lighting a fire in a hand-crafted vessel.
Barefoot on the lovely carpet of flowers, the couple enters a state of meditation at the invitation of the shaman. Songs and prayers are an indispensable aspect of this event. Subsequently, the couple washes their feet in the river, exchanges rings and closes this symbolic ceremony with a kiss harmonized with the sounds of an Andean wind instrument known as pututu.
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