Local Tourist Attractions
All around the wonderful Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, a world of exhilarating natural beauty, majesty and activities await. Explore the natural sites of Machu Picchu or be immersed in Andean culture. Whatever your pleasure, our staff can assist in arranging local activities, adventures and excursions.
One of the most iconic historical sites in the world, and probably the most iconic archaeological site in South America, Machu Picchu Citadel is truly a world wonder. Despite being such a popular attraction, it still exudes a sense of awe and mystery, especially as historians and archaeologists still are not sure exactly what the purpose of the site was.
Many of the quintessential photos that you have seen looking down on Machu Picchu from above will have been taken from the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain. The view is indeed impressive from the top, located more than 1000ft above where you start your climb. But this is definitely a case where it’s not the distance but the journey. The peak is reached by hiking up steep Inca steps, giving you the opportunity to take a journey on a veritable Inca trail.
Along the same road that leads to the Machu Picchu Museum and the Mandor Waterfalls is the Mariposarium, or Butterfly House. While a visit here doesn’t take a very long time, it’s a great opportunity to learn about the life cycle of butterflies, especially for kids.
Officially called the Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum, named after an archaeologist, this interesting museum allows you to get more background about the famed world wonder. There’s so much to learn about Machu Picchu, that it’s well worth getting the information more than once, especially as you can be a bit overwhelmed when you’re at the site itself.
One of the nicest excursions while you’re in Aguas Calientes is hiking to the Mandor Valley. Round trip will probably take about 3 hours, depending on how much time you spend wandering around or taking time out to sit and take it all in. It’s worth it to bring a picnic and enjoy the space. Once you get to the gardens, located on the right hand side. After entering, you can spend as much time as you like, appreciating the many native plants and flowers, as well as the several waterfalls on the property.
Machu Picchu Pueblo is home to an excellent artisanal market where you can often find even better prices and selection than in Cusco. While some of the products offered are similar to what you will see elsewhere, others are quite unique. Among the many different items you will find include sweaters, scarves, blankets, rugs, jewelry, carvings, and much more. In some shops, the textiles on display are of the highest quality baby alpaca.
A contest called “Pachamama Rimac” has resulted not only in recognition for several local artists, but also in the beautifying of the town of Aguas Calientes. It also works perfectly as a method of sharing some of the ancient Andean culture and cosmovision with Peruvians and visitors alike.