Sitting on top of a mountain, at about 2200 meters above see level, Machu Picchu is, for many travellers, the ultimate dream destination. Its legendary name is source of enlightment for many visitors every year. As the most famous archaeological site of the world, this gem of the Andes is truly the utmost attraction for explorers from all over the world coming to Peru.
The emblematic site of Peru, Machu Picchu was home of the Incas: a culture of warriors who’ve set their civilization in the Andes mountains. Since its re-discovery in 1911, by the historian Hiram Bingham, its popularity is continuously growing. Every year, more than 2500 visitors walk through the gate of this majestic sanctuary. In 1983, MachuPicchu was official declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for the first time in 2007, it earned a spot in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.
At the foot of the mountain, about 400 meters, is the town of Aguas Calientes. This small city has been continuously keeping up with the growth of incoming tourist traffic, catering visitors with a wide array of native and international services and products. It’s in this backdrop that SUMAQ HOTEL offers a range of activities and services in the respect of this unique destination. Its sustainable program gives you the opportunity to explore ancient Andean cultures to a different level. Here you can live an Andean wedding and be part of the “Pago a la Tierra” ceremony: a ritual consisting of offerings to the Earth Goddess, officiated in colorful and mystical demeanor. These experiences alone will give you the unique opportunity to live history first-hand, and understand the enigmatic culture of the Incas.
Your adventure starts in Cuzco, about 30 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The only way to access this spiritual sanctuary is by train or taking on of the 8 foot-trails used by the Incas. A visit to Machu Picchu will provide you with surprises all along your journey. In a matter of a few hours, your trip will take you centuries back into the past, delving into the depths of an ancient culture ready to be discovered.