Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel has a wide variety of activities at your fingertips. You may absorb every bit of Peruvian culture from the moment you start your holiday, until the moment you leave. We have curated and designed the greatest selection of romance, cuisine, mystic culture and ecological explorations to ensure every moment will surprise and delight you during your stay.
MYSTICAL TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU
To really bring the mystery of Machu Picchu alive, there’s no better way than our shaman-led Mystical Tour of Machu Picchu. While scholars may debate the reason behind the building of this amazing sanctuary, the shamans know that it had deep spiritual significance to the Inca people.
On this tour, our authentic shaman, who dedicates his life to this path, will introduce you to the mystical world of the Andean cosmovision, using the ancient temples and sacred landscapes around Machu Picchu to make that world come alive for you.
This tour includes:
Tour difficulty: medium (no more difficult than any tour of Machu Picchu)
Tour length: 5 hours 30 minutes
One of the beautiful things about the Andes is the spiritual essence that is still palpable today, and can be experienced in the Andean communities. With this ceremony, we bring that ancient mysticism and spirituality to you, with a unique opportunity to formally express your love and commitment to one another for the first time, or to renew vows already taken.
The setting for this ritual is our private terrace which will be decorated with flowers, Andean cereals and coca leaves. The ceremony is performed by an authentic shaman, who will call upon the gods of the Incas to witness, bless, and guide your relationship.
The ceremony includes:
Capacity: 15 people
Duration: 1 hour
OFFERING TO PACHAMAMA (MOTHER EARTH) RITUAL
Making offerings to Pachamama is a practice that has been observed for centuries, since before the time of the Inca, and throughout the Andes. Even today, this ritual is performed in communities to give thanks to Mother Earth, for healing, for abundance, and for many other reasons. It is one of the ways of connect to the spiritual realm, a realm beyond the physical.
In this ceremony, a native Andean shaman will guide you in this practice and, together, you will create a beautiful mandala of various products, infusing your intentions into coca leaves which will then carry them to Pachamama. It’s a beautiful way to connect to this ancient culture, as well as to ask for emotional, spiritual, or physical healing; to seek clarity in your path; and to simply refocus your attention on something more profound than the day to day.
Participants: Minimum 2 guests | Maximum 15 guests
Duration: 1 hour
For a traditional cultural experience that’s delicious too, try our Pachamanca feast. The Pachamanca, or “Earth Pot”, is an ancient way of preparing a meal. You will watch as stones are placed to make an underground oven into which a variety of ingredients are positioned, such as potatoes, lamb, aromatic herbs, and fava beans. The food is then covered with leaves before the oven is sealed with earth.
As you wait for the cooking to be completed, bit by bit, the delicious aroma will fill the air, whetting your appetite. Along with this time-honored meal, you’ll get to enjoy a tasting of a variety of chichas, according to the season.
Tips on how to do a Pachamanca cookout at home
Toast with a glass of chicha or frutillada
Participants: Minimum 4 guests | Maximum 12 guests
Duration: 2 hours
TASTE THE ANDEAN CHICHAS OF THE APUS
Andean chicha, or “aswa” in the native Quechua, is a traditional fermented beverage made from corn, and the most sacred drink of the Incas. It was used in their ceremonies and rituals to honor the Apus, the gods of the mountains, as well as other revered beings.
The most traditional chicha, chicha de jora, is made from the native corn. Over time, other types have been created such as chicha made from quinoa and frutillada, chicha to which red fruits have been added. Here at Sumaq, one of the many ways we are keeping the Andean traditions alive is by offering you the opportunity to sample a variety of this ancestral beverage, in keeping with the highest quality and standards.
A tasting of a variety of chichas in ceramic keros, the traditional vessel used
Tasting of regional cheese and native potato chips
Participants: Minimum 2 persons
Duration: 40 minutes
MANDOR VALLEY TREKKING
Undertake Machu Picchu’s most fascinating trek to Mandor. Located behind the citadel, this fascinating valley shelters unique species of flora and fauna as well as a stunning waterfall.
The Journey to Mandor starts on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes town towards Santa Teresa village. From there, we hike alongside the Vilcanota River and the railroad track until the 114.4km marker.
The landscape is spectacular since the valley is inhabited by a vast variety of birds such as golden oriole, woodpeckers, blue-grey tanagers and the cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s national bird; as well as beautiful wild flowers such as orchids and impressive ferns that are more than 2,000 years old.
On the hike:
- Swimming in the river
Duration: 4 hours
MACHU PICCHU CITADEL
Climbing to the top of this mountain is a bit longer than Huayna Picchu, and is more up and down with less precarious steps and sheer drop-offs. However, you also climb higher... gaining more than 2000ft in the process. The actually height is greater as well, but the views when you achieve your goal are worth the effort. In the Inca times, ceremonies were held at the top of this peak.
There are 800 permits available daily to hike Machu Picchu Mountain and, like Huayna Picchu, the permits must be purchased along with your entrance to the citadel. However, as more are available and it’s less popular, they don’t tend to sell out as far in advance.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
TASTING MENU "FLAVORS OF THE ANDES" APUCC MIKHUNA
Our chefs Carlos Pardo Figueroa and Ribelino Alegría are great connoisseurs of the flavors that are hidden by the Apus (mountains); they have rescued many of the fruits of the land that had been forgotten by the Peruvian tables for centuries. Thanks to their work promoting crops in high Andean communities located at more than 12,139 feets and to the researching of new products that are fused with contemporary culinary techniques, they’ve given birth to our new tasting menu, Flavors of the Andes: Apucc Mikhuna (which in Quechua means the food that the mountains bring us).
From the Andes to your table...
The tasting Menu, Flavors of the Andes: Apucc Mikhuna, revels in an exquisite and rich list of native ingredients that have originality and history. It is a high level gastronomic trip in which more than 35 ingredients coming from sustainable communities located within 50 kilometers surrounding our hotel merge together.
NEW TASTING MENU ROMANTIC "MUNAYKI"
From the importance of Mother Earth for all of her abundance and love that she provides us, we want to pay homage to the stories that revolve around her and to the communities located in the heights where they provide us with corn, potatoes, vegetables, Andean cereals, traditional dishes such as Chiriuchu and the ceremonies of veneration such as those to the Goddess of Corn.
The gastronomic ceremony of love...
This is how we created the romantic tasting Menu Dinner Munayki (“I love you” in the Quechua), a harmony of dishes in 7 courses in which much more than palates will be stimulated by savoring the most exquisite creations based on Andean ingredients. In addition to loving the provenance of the fruits of Pachamama, diners will also be enchanted by the story behind each dish.
There’s so much amazing food to eat while in Peru, especially at our Qunuq Restaurant, you’re sure to miss it when you go home. One way to keep the memories with you is to learn how to make two of the country’s signature offerings: ceviche and pisco sours. Ceviche is a traditional dish made with citrus-marinated seafood, with just the right amount of chili pepper. Here at Sumaq, we make it with the freshest mountain trout. Pisco sours are made with pisco, a grape brandy that is Peru’s national liquor. Together, they are iconic representations of eating and drinking in Peru.
In this demonstration, our chefs and bartenders will show you how to make these favorites, as well as give you recipes to take home. One taste of either, no matter where you live, are sure to transport you back to the Andes.
Class time: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Included in our halfboard
Capacity: Minimum 2 guests, maximum 20
Duration: 40 minutes
MINI CHEF CLASSES
In these mini chef classes, designed especially for the budding culinary artist, we share the craft of Peruvian cooking through teaching children how to make cookies in the form of animals. Not only are these cookies delicious, but they use flours made from Andean cereals such as quinoa, corn, and maca, which have a high nutritional value.
These classes are taught by one of our pastry chefs who knows how to teach to younger bakers. Your children will have fun learning to make a special snack and you can feel good about them eating the results!
Mini chef uniform
Recipes and tasting
Capacity: 2 – 8 children max (ages 7-12)
Class time: 11:00am
Location: 3rd Floor
Activity included with stay
ANDEAN TALES STORY TIME
A vacation in Peru means a lot of time spent learning about the culture and history of the region, which is sometimes geared more toward adults. In our Andean Tales Story Time, children and adults alike can learn about Andean history through our ancient myths.
These tales are told in Spanish and English, as listeners sit comfortably on the floor with cushions and blankets, under soft lamps, creating the perfect story time atmosphere, Andean style.
Participation: All ages
Capacity: 2 – 10 people
Place: Hotel terrace
Story time: 3:00pm, Monday through Friday
At Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel we have a 55m2 terrace with comfortable furniture and large windows offering beautiful views of the surroundings. It is an ideal place to enjoy an intimate reception among friends as well as a perfect space to connect yourself in a mystical ritual, do yoga or engage in some organizational dynamics. Whatever the occasion, our terrace is ready every day for special reservations.
For more information contact us at email@example.com or 51 1 4470578