Dads are notoriously hard to buy presents for so we did some digging to come up with 7 awesome finds that he will love. This holiday season don't get him something he'll return, opt for easy gifts that he can enjoy on his travels around the globe. Everyone needs a carry on cocktail kit, right?Read More
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No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, and if it's on your travel wish list for next year, don't delay. Hotels in Machu Picchu are small, seats on trains into Aguas Calientes are limited, and the best guides book up fast. The newly renovated Sumaq Hotel, located at the quiet end of the village, offers weary hikers spacious rooms, comfortable beds, strong showers, gorgeous Peruvian decor and the kind of personalized service you only find in family-owned hotels. P.S. When you're ready to journey there, let us know and we'll hook you up with the Passported special perks and amenities you can't score on your own.
- Five minutes walk from the Aguas Calientes train station, the sixty-room Sumaq has recently completed a beautiful top-to-bottom renovation, making it one of the most special places to stay anywhere in Peru—but especially at Machu Picchu.
- Families are more than welcome, there are triple rooms with 3 full sized that technically accommodate you and two little ones; adjoining rooms will be more comfortable, though, so it’s worth spreading out a bit if you can.
- Located on the banks of the Vilcanota River, all rooms have dramatic views of the lush rainforest and rugged mountainside; there's also a spa, a restaurant and coffee bar and cooking classes for those interested in learning more about local cuisine.
- The passionate, creative and humble family that owns Sumaq is proud of their heritage and goes to great lengths to encourage a connection between their guests and Peruvian culture, from local art and Andes crafts incorporated into the décor to the excellent food and excursions.
- Request a cleansing ceremony and blessing with the in-house shaman, Willko, who believes deeply in our connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth). You’d be hard pressed to find a more chill and spiritual dude, and he helps visitors to develop a deeper understanding of why Maccu Picchu was so sacred to the Incans and to share the ancient customs that have been passed through generations.
- Passporters receive a Pisco Sour cocktail and Peruvian ceviche demonstration as part of their rate (the ceviche was the best we had the entire trip).
Sumaq Machu Picchu
Avenida Hermanos Ayar
Aguas Calientes, Peru
We could write a book about travel to Peru. And you'd probably never find time to read it. So instead of overwhelming our readers with info, we put together this mini guide to give you a sense of where to stay and how to plan an itinerary from Lima to Machu Picchu and beyond.Read More
Peru is one of the most authentic and culturally rich countries in South America, a place where ancient tradition, archeological wonders and a serious food scene come together in one itinerary. But planning a trip requires a bit of know-how, and a lot of preparation. Here’s what to know before you go.Read More