Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
End of year rituals
Finishing the year on a high note is just as important as starting it off on the right foot. And Peru offers different destinations and plans to bid farewell to 2023 and start 2024 with the best energy.
Cusco: Ancestral Wellness
In the Inca city, the traditional concept of wellness is closely linked to ancestral wisdom. That is why contemporary treatments are imbued with the mystique of a people who live in close contact with nature. Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco, and Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Sacred Valley, offer their versions of wellness designed specifically for these extraordinary destinations. Spirit of the Andes Spirit of the Andes Considered a historical and cultural landmark in Cusco, Palacio del Inka is a five-century-old mansion located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Coricancha building, the Temple of the Sun. Here, amidst Inca walls, colonial balconies, and exquisite mansion decor, Andes Spirit Spa aims to provide a unique wellness experience at high altitudes. Their therapies are inspired by Peru's ancient cultures and are based on the richness of local ingredients, while also incorporating the best of global health and wellness knowledge. They offer classic treatments that include various types of facials (from purifying to hydrating, to protect the skin from the dry Andean climate), foot reflexology (ideal after a city walk), and therapeutic massages with different techniques. They also have options available for couples. One of their highly recommended treatments is Romance Inti & Killa: 150 intimate minutes that pay homage to the sun and the moon (translation of the Quechua words), including a thermal circuit, body exfoliation and wrap, relaxing massage, a bottle of sparkling wine, and strawberries dipped in chocolate. The spa offers a range of luxury therapies that use oils, essences, and ancestral Cusco and Peruvian products. There is the Temptation of Chocolate treatment, in which Peruvian cocoa is the protagonist and the key to revitalizing the skin and stimulating the senses. It includes a thermal circuit, body exfoliation with cocoa and bamboo, and a chocolate body wrap. Other standout treatments include Golden Sparkles: a sophisticated therapy inspired by Inca treasures, which includes a thermal circuit, body exfoliation, and a 24-carat gold body wrap; Inka Bath: a rejuvenating bath that transports you to the Sacred River thanks to the whirlpool tub with sea salts, complemented by a leg massage; and Andean Quinoa: an exfoliation using the most famous grain from the Andes, which is an intense source of protein for the skin. Andes Spirit Spa offers a series of specifically local options, with native products and techniques. Samay Inka is an energetic massage that incorporates techniques and ancestral rituals from the Andean region of Peru, promoting relaxation, harmony, and balance. Inka Mud is a vigorous treatment based on Peruvian mud that decongests, stimulates, and normalizes the skin's vital functions. Finally, Renewal in the Andes proposes a thermal circuit, hot stone massage, and body exfoliation, to remind us that the ancient peoples of Peru used to heal all their ailments with what nature provided them.
One of the destinations with the most natural energy in South America is, without a doubt, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There, amidst the mountains and accompanied by the whisper of the Vilcanota River, one of the most complete and sophisticated spas in Cusco takes place. The Kallpa Spa at Tambo del Inka includes treatments based on local plants and wisdom. Kallpa is a Quechua word that means "inner strength," which is closely related to the concept of the spa's wellness experiences, recognizing the power of the surrounding landscape in its design and menu. In addition to facials that prioritize purification, luminosity, and relaxation of the skin, it is delightful to use products such as local fruits and oils. The spa has a very complete hydrotherapy circuit and an extensive menu of massages and detox treatments. Munay Uya is a medicinal beauty treatment that invites you to immerse yourself in a holistic ritual with elements such as clay and precious gems from the Sacred Valley. There are also luxury therapies, such as the Gods' Gold treatment, which enhances luminosity and regeneration thanks to this sacred metal for the Incas. Or the Precious Stone Elixir, which uses amethyst, sapphire, ruby, and malachite to provide harmony and energetic balance through formulations with a zen concept. Among the options that stand out for appealing to all the senses are therapies with Quillabamba cocoa (a beautiful area in the Cusco Amazon), quinoa, fruit nectar with honey, and coca leaves, evoking an ancient ritual based on Andean ingredients that is complemented by muña and Maras salt, inducing an authentic Andean experience. A couple's time can become even more special with Iskay Sonq'Oy, a warm wellness therapy based on rituals of gratitude and union, which includes an Andean union ritual, a bath with aromatic salts, and a relaxing massage with aromatherapy. In summary, the healing power of nature, combined with the knowledge inherited from the ancestors of these lands, brings a wellness and grateful perspective, a journey in itself.