The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers high quality accommodation at the foot of the mountains that surround Machu Picchu and by the banks of Vilcanota River. The valleys, mountains, rivers and waterfalls of Machu Picchu Archaeological Park are within easy reach.
All 62 rooms are equipped with the facilities you would expect from a modern luxury hotel, including cable TV and wi-fi internet access, with the largest rooms having fireplaces, balconies and private jacuzzis. The restaurant serves exquisite Andean fusion cuisine, while there is a cafe bar and an Andean spa to relax after a day exploring the ruins. Food lovers will enjoy the chance to take part in a cookery class and pick up a few culinary tips and skills.
The service here is extremely efficient and the staff will look after you from the moment you arrive in Machu Picchu town until you board the train back to Cusco. The hotel is committed to sustainable tourism and offers the opportunity for guests to meet members of the local community, maybe attending an Andean wedding, observing local rituals or joining a Peruvian cookery class.
Open: Sumaq Hotel is open all year.
Location: Sumaq Hotel is on the lush banks of the Vilcanota River, below the world-famous site of Machu Picchu, in Machu Picchu Archaeological Park. It is a 10-minute walk from the train station at Aguas Calientes.
Rooms: There are 62 rooms in total, made up of 59 superior deluxe rooms (29sq m), 2 junior suites (41sq m) and the Imperial Suite (75sq m). All have cable TV, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi, safe, minibar, hair dryer, heating, sound-proof windows, blackout curtains, goose-down comforters, alpaca wool blankets plus an en-suite bathroom. Suites also have balconies. There is 24-hour room service and the Impeial Suite has the services of a barman.
Activities: The hotel provides a shuttle bus to Machu Picchu so you can explore the site at your leisure (permit needed). Machu Picchu Archaeological Park is ideal for hiking, climbing and bird watching. The chef conducts cooking classes, concentrating on traditional Peruvian cuisine. You can also learn how to make a perfect pisco sour with advice from the bartender. You'll be able to observe pachamanca, the preparation of a traditional Peruvian meal in an underground oven sealed with earth. While at Sumaq Hotel you may have the chance to witness the 'payment to the Earth' ritual, a ceremony led by a shaman, which includes songs and prayer.
Facilities: The restaurant is on the second floor and has amazing views of the valley. For light bites and drinks there is a cafe bar with a small terrace. Aqlla Spa offers a range of treatments including Inca techniques, hydrotherapy and various massages. There's also a sauna. The hotel offers a currency exchange and laundry service. There is an on-site boutique.
Dining: Meals, including traditional Peruvian dishes, are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Machu Picchu is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free internet access in all guest rooms and most public areas.
A pleasing combination of history, scenery, culture and cuisine, this 12-day holiday gives a real insight into life, past and present, of Peru.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel not only provides a comfortable place for guests to stay, it also helps to improve lives in the community. The hotel has paid $30,000 for cleaning and maintenance of its village and it prioritizes the hiring of local people. 80% of the hotel's employees come from the local community. In addition, the hotel sells locally made items like handicraft and jewelry. Sumaq also aims to preserve local traditions through activities offered to guests such as the 'Payment of the Earth' ritual.