This Machu Picchu Hotel Combines Ancient History with Luxe Living
The living ruins of Machu Picchu are probably familiar to most people.
Machu Picchu is an ancient estate compound and highland fort built for Incan ruler Pachacuti. It is located on a mountain that is almost 8,000 feet above sea level. It was built in the early 20th century.
In Peru the site enjoys an official sanctuary designation. Machu Picchu is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been one since the early 1980’s.
It seems as though the ruins at Machu Picchu have waited a long time to amass the acclaim and admiration it richly enjoys.
You would never think that Machu Picchu, established sometime before 1450 B.C.E., was also waiting for your reservation.
Well, maybe not Machu Picchu itself, but definitely the luxury hotel that was built at the foot of the site.
The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a 62-room luxury-artisan boutique hotel whose atmosphere and interior design is informed and inspired by thousands of years of South American and Andean culture.
The hotel’s design theme is based on the chakana, or Incan Cross, which is a symbol that represents Andean culture and spirituality. The chakana symbol resembles a stepped cross with a hole in the center. Each limb or point of the chakana is a representation of nature’s four prime elemental forces – Earth, Water, Wind and Air.
This New Age-y, spiritual, cultural and historical Andean design and symbol aesthetic is irrevocably merged with the décor of the Sumaq Machu Picchu. As you guest, you will undoubtedly see the chakana symbol on carpet tapestry, on wall paper or on some other design feature.
Incidentally, the floor-by-floor layout of the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is also thematically informed by the chakana world tree and four elements of nature philosophy. The first floor of the hotel is themed after Fire, the second is designed inspired by Earth, the third floor is representative of Air and the fourth floor is design inspired by the water force of Earth.
The interior décor of the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is thematically matched to the outsized luxe-caliber service standards of the hotel. The aesthetic theme and design of the hotel was creative spearheaded by artistic and interior design collaborators Carmine Furgione and Sandra Chavez.
The artistic developer duo even conferred with indigenous and native Peruvian master craftwork artisans to brainstorm and develop ideas for the creative interior design work of the hotel.
In addition to the multitude of luxe-caliber perks and world class service awaiting you at the hotel, there is a lot to do. You can get caught in the regular tourist traps. Or you can eat experimental, gourmet Peruvian cuisine. Or you can have your wedding vows renewed via Andean shaman officiation.
You can even go bird-watching. If that is your thing.
Room rates start at an average of USD $430 a night.
Learn more about Sumaq Machu Pichhu Hotel here.
Staying at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel may not make you officially a part of history.
However, you will be lodging in luxury accommodations that is surrounded by ancient history and ruins.
A. A. Francis