While international travel may still be months away due to ongoing global Covid-19 concerns, there are some trips that deserve a lot of planning. So, why not get started? At Mystical Living, we’re making a bucket list of the places that you definitely need to consider. One of the top places on our list:
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Talk about a mystical place.
Machu Picchu is one of the greatest historical monuments in the world–a tribute to the great Inca civilization. The Incas are believed to have built the area in the 1400s but abandoned it 100 years later. It was “discovered” (or at least made famous) in 1911 by the American historian and explorer Hiran Bingham.
And, the good news is Peru is currently open, albeit with needed precautions and restrictions for tourists.
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
The only resort actually AT the entrance to Machu Picchu is Sanctuary Lodge. It’s part of the Belmond Group, owned by LVMH, and the brand stands for luxury. If you wake up early, you enjoy a private breakfast in the hotel’s private orchid garden and watch the sun rise over the mysterious, glorious Inca citadel.
Mystical Tip: If you’re interested in a real Peruvian “foodie” experience, consider the full- board option. For an additional fee, you can create an all-inclusive package which includes accommodations, breakfast, and an a la carte lunch and dinner — as well as all beverages, except for premium brands.
Peruvian cuisine is some of the best in the world. In fact, we’d argue that best coffee we’ve ever had — in the world — was in Peru.
Explora Valle Sagrado
Another great luxury alternative in Machu Picchu is Explora’s new resort Valle Sagrado, or “sacred valley,” in English. Like Belmond, Explora is an proven luxury hotel chain. Explora properties are primarily in Chile and all have unique connections to their surroundings. The architecture of Valle Sagrado is simple and it compliments the beauty and mystery of the land.
The hotel is located in one of the region’s most remote and ancient corn plantations, close the Urquillos village. During the design and construction process, the hotel team found many Inca remains. The team changed their design multiple times so the hotel could accommodate and respect the history of this great region.
Explora is known for its thoughtful guides and gourmet localized cuisine.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is home to 214 different bird species and the world’s largest native orchid collection.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is another alternative for those seeking to experience the mystery of the ancient ruins. This hotel is located on 12 acres and known for its extraordinary spa treatments. Its home to ancient ruins, beautiful waterfalls and many other wonders.
No matter where you go, you are sure to have an incredible journey. From the food to the hiking to the beauty of the amazing ruins, a travel to Machu Picchu is one of the trips we all need to take.
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