The lost city of Machu Picchu has been surrounded by legend ever since it was discovered by Hiram Bingham in the early 20th century. Although there were thousands of artifacts and relics found at the site, the mystery remains of what actually was the purpose of Machu Picchu in the ancient Inca Empire. The Incas were a civilization that endured hundreds of years, and which expanded to vast territories in the North, East and West of South America. The Tahuantinsuyu was the name given to such a vast empire. The center of this civilization was Cusco, better known as the navel of the world.
The Incas in Machu Picchu are believed to have used this citadel as a sanctuary where the “selected wives” of the Inca would live. Legend says that they were kept there, to be safe from the conquerors. Other theorists suggest that Machu Picchu was the resting place of Inca Pachacutec, one of the most celebrated Inca rulers. Regardless of which was its purpose, some of the main characteristics of this site is the use of terraces for growing crops on the surrounding mountainsides. The Incas in Machu Picchu had self-sustained cities, thus no outpost was left behind. Being every major city interconnected by the Inca Trails, redoubts like Machu Picchu enjoyed communication with all the Empire.
At Sumaq Hotel, we are aware of the diverse mysteries that surround Machu Picchu, and we are ready to cater our guests with whichever whim they fancy. Our in-house experts will offer you world-class service while you delve into the enigma on how the Incas lived, without sacrificing comfort. You can take spa treatments at Sumaq Hotel, enjoying relaxation techniques that include natural occurring herbs and salts. Our dedicated staff can organize activities that will bring ancient Inca culture back to life.
Just trust in our capable service for that dream vacation you’ve been looking forward to.