Discover the spiritual side of world-acclaimed Machu Picchu that is rarely experienced by other visitors on an in-depth tour introduced by Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel and designed to reveal the legendary site’s sacred significance.
“The Mystical Machu Picchu Experience is a fascinating journey that takes our guests far beyond the culture and history of the sanctuary,” said Angie Clavijo, general manager of the luxury property located at the base of Peru’s famous ruins. “You are immersed in knowledge and insight into the mystical energy sources and magical connections of Machu Picchu with the Pachamama, or Mother Earth.”
The tour is led by a private guide and accompanied by an authentic Peruvian shaman from the Sacred Valley of the Incas who uses his natural gifts to reveal the cosmic world of Andean belief. The visit begins with a mystical “Hayway” ceremony under La Roca Sagrada (The Sacred Rock). Hayway is a Quechua word, the language of the Incas, meaning a personal or physical offering to the cosmos and Mother Earth. The ceremony evokes the powerful life forces imbued in Machu Picchu, including a cleansing session with condor feathers and floral essences to vanquish negative energy.
Next comes visits to sacred temples including Temple of the Condor, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Puma and Temple of Pachamama, where the spiritual and celestial significance of each area is discussed. Traditional tour elements are also incorporated including historic insights into the Inca culture and Machu Picchu, the theories explaining how the engineering and architectural feat of building a stone citadel atop a high mountain was achieved, the flora and fauna of the region, and discussion of other temples and structures in the area.
The eight-hour Mystical Machu Picchu Tour costs $400 per person, including transportation, entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, private guide and authentic Peruvian shaman. For further information and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free 866-682-0645. www.sumaqhotelperu.com
About Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is spectacularly located on the banks of the Vilcanota River in Aguas Calientes at the foot of spectacular Machu Picchu. The luxury property with 62 rooms and suites offers an exclusive guest experience infused with luxury amenities, services and appointments. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel was ranked #6 on the list of the 25 Top Hotels of South America in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers Choice Awards, and the #1 hotel in Aguas Calientes. A stay at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is infused with Incan and Peruvian elements and influences, including gourmet Peruvian culinary experiences at Qunuq Restaurant, indigenous mixology at Suquy Café & Bar, the regional ingredients and Inca techniques employed at Aqlla Spa, and an array of culturally themed activities and excursions. Guests of Sumaq can more fully experience dramatic Machu Picchu because, rather than visit the historic ruins on a long, exhausting day trip from Cusco, where most time is spent in transit, the hotel’s proximity to the site makes it possible to visit at a more leisurely, relaxed pace and spend more time there as well as delve deeper into it by taking advantage of special, in-depth experiences such as the Mystical Machu Picchu tour.