Machu Picchu is a bucket-list destination for many. But, with solo female travel on the rise, the destination is attracting more women visitors seeking cultural insights, outdoor adventure and spiritual discovery. For the ladies traveling to Machu Picchu, Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers experiences female-focused experiences to satisfy every interest including opportunities to connect with a powerful female energy: the Pachamama, revered Earth Mother of the Incas.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in women guests because we offer a nurturing and relaxing hospitality experience where female travelers feel comfortable and fully at home,” says Angie Clavijo, general manager of Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel in press materials.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is located at the foot of the historic sanctuary near the beautiful Vilcanota River, and offers breathtaking views of the mountains and landscapes. Here, guests are immersed in the traditional culture with an array of inviting experiences. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers personalized luxury service, innovative Peruvian cuisine and a relaxing spa that features traditional ancestral treatments and healing therapies.
Sumaq has an array of experiences tailored to the interests of female travelers whether visiting alone or in groups. “Our hotel is a perfect complement to Machu Picchu, one of the most visited ancient sites yet also a uniquely spiritual location brimming with ancient female energy,” adds Clavijo.
Activities include at the resort include:
- Shaman-Guided Mystic Tour of Machu Picchu & Offering to Pachamama: A shaman provides insights into the spiritual significance of the world-renowned citadel, and offers a prayer to the Pachamama, helping women connect with the energy and mysticism of the ancient stone city.
- Hike/Explore Mandor Valley: Located in the shadow of Huayna Picchu Mountain, Mandor Valley is an ideal place to enjoy a walk or jog while observing flora and fauna—including beautiful orchids and colorful birds—and connecting with nature or practicing yoga near the crystal-clear waterfalls.
- Taste Andean Chichas of the “Apus” (Mountains): Discover Cusco’s typical drinks and Andean traditions with a tasting of special beverages, Chichas, long enjoyed in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Tasting of Organic Peruvian Coffees: Start the day with a tasting of exquisite flavors with a tasting of four of the best varieties of Peru’s coffee. The organic artisanal coffees from mountain and jungle communities are prepared with the most appropriate methods to enjoy the distinctive aroma, flavor, and body of each brew.
- Tasting of Spirits Distilled from Andean Sugar Cane: Sumaq’s cocktail experts take you on a journey through flavors, colors, and textures derived from distilled spirits made from sugar cane. Extracted from the Andes between Cusco and Apurimac, the diverse varieties offered in Suquy Bar include Cana Alta joven, azul and verde, Cana Reposada, herbal Cana, and Matacuy.
- Native & Therapeutic Spa Treatments: Sumaq’s Aqlla Spa offers an array of treatments ideal for women travelers who want to experience traditional healing and soothing therapies:
- Sabai Massage for Body & Face: Small “pindas”—pouches containing local healing herbs, and aromatic and medicinal seeds—are heated and placed on the body and face, activating chakras and offering anti-inflammatory, de-stressing, analgesic, moisturizing and decongestant effects.
- Massage with Andean Hot Stones: Ideal after an active day of trekking Machu Picchu, this relaxing massage stimulates blood circulation and relieves muscle tension and pain, as well as leading to restful sleep.
- Andean Facial Treatment: This deep cleansing and moisturizing facial uses two esteemed Andean products—Peruvian quinoa and honey from local Cusco fields—to experience a powerful cellular regenerator of ancestral origin.
As Peruvian cuisine continues to shine on the world stage, Sumaq has created a gastronomy program that showcases the very best Andean offerings, but also offers an array of vegan options. Chefs work with fresh and seasonal vegetables, homemade sauces without preservatives or dyes, and with extra virgin olive and olive oil. To satisfy a vegan diet, chefs might offer an Andean salad prepared with quinoa, bell peppers, white onions, tomatoes, olive oil and lemon juice, or a special Ceviche de Mushrooms.
The luxury property’s 62 guestrooms include one Imperial Suite, two Junior Suites, and 59 Sumaq Deluxe rooms, all featuring contemporary decor with modern amenities.
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