To give your legs a rest, take an outdoor cooking class using a stone oven to prepare dishes covered with leaves; or enjoy an Incan-inspired treatment at the Aqlla Spa.
Call the Incan-inspired Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel home base, as it sits at the foot of the world-renowned site, giving guests access to trails for hiking Machu Picchu Mountain, Wayna Picchu Mountain, Intipunku Mountain and more.
The “Mystical Machu Picchu”experience put on by the hotel includes an eight-hour tour of Machu Picchu with an accompanying Peruvian shaman.
Speaking of which, we went all the way to the Sumaq Hotel, a stunning luxury property just at the base of the cloud forest surrounding Machu Picchu, to talk about food with their top rated chef, Carlos Pardo Figueroa. The Sumaq takes Peruvian cuisine seriously, offering guests cooking courses and altering menus to suit vegan and vegetarian needs.
Nos limitamos a caminar por las ruinas, y sentarnos a contemplar y saborear sin prisas este mágico lugar, que no es poco. En Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu pueblo) nos alojamos en el Hotel Sumaq, el único hotel de cinco estrellas del pueblo y el mejor lugar posible para descansar después de la subida, donde además repusimos fuerzas con algunos platos típicos como el lomo de alpaca o el ceviche, como no podía ser de otra forma.
Stay At: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. This upscale hotel has some of the finest views in Aguas Caliente, looking out over the Urubamba River and valley, a place cherished by the Incas. Offering guests a variety of authentic Peruvian cooking demonstrations (from ceviche preparation to a pachamanca ritual, in which meats and veggies are cooked on hot stones under the ground), Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel's culinary program is only outshined by its unique ceremony offering, known as the "Payment to the Earth" ritual.
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