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In and around Cusco, you find magic valleys, sacred mountains, Koricancha, Sacsayhuamán and close-by, of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. You can experience glorious trekking on the Inca Trail, lush nature, tranquility, cleansing air, history and archaeology, alongside condors, guinea pigs, the celebration of Mother Earth and night life.
Cusco, or Cuzco, represents history, not only due to Machu Picchu, but also for its long and remarkable story and many myths. In fact, Cusco is considered to be the longest continuously inhabited city in South America, dating a continuous population since 1100 BC. We all know about Cusco being the capital of the Incas until the Spanish Conquest in 1532, but there were less famous cultures before that: the Killke, leaving Sacsayhuaman as a historical monument of their development, and before that the Huari’s, and so on in a fascinating time line of pre-Colombian cultures in Cusco, all unique and interesting to learn about.
Another great attraction to Cusco are the myths, and it is really fabulous to delve in the storytelling of how the god Pachacamac created men, and how he first mistreated and pitied his creation, fighting with the Sun and sometimes killing them. It is fascinating reading, as are the many myths of Manco Capac, the first Inca ruler. Only the great cultures give rise to great stories, myths and legends.
Hiking up mountains, meandering around ruins looking for traces of those myths and touring on cobbled streets are all wonderful parts of the Cusco experience, but they can leave some sore muscles. Here are five great spas in Cusco and the Sacred Valley that we are sure you will enjoy.
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Spa Mayu Wilka Rio Sagrado Hotel
The Mayu Wilka is a small, comfortable spa surrounded by nature, with a beautiful view of the Sacred Valley. It offers treatments with native plants and relaxing massages. The facilities include an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and Spanish showers.
Yacu Wasi Sol & Luna Hotel
Yacu Wasi is the spa of the Sol & Luna hotel, located in the Urubamba valley, and has the advantage of being surrounded by beautiful gardens and set in a beautiful space. It offers body treatments like exfoliations and wraps, as well as relaxing, anti-stress massages. There are also facial treatments.
Spa Tambo del Inka Hotel
The spa at the Tambo del Inka offers indoor and outdoor heated pools, hydro-massage pools, 12 treatment rooms, as well as rooms for VIPs and couples. Guests can choose from among a wide variety of massages, like those using Yucamani stones, and facial therapies using ingredients like cacao, mud, quinoa and 24-karat gold.
Unno Spa Aranwa Hotel
This spa is one of the most complete in South America. It has seven treatment rooms, a native therapy zone, hydrotherapy zone, heated pools, steam rooms, sauna, yoga studio and nutritional advice
Qoya Spa Casa Cartagena Hotel
This is a modern spa located in the Casa Cartagena hotel, with a view of Cusco’s San Blas neighborhood. It has a 350 square meter area, with a system of oxygen enrichment. It has a hydro-massage pool, a pebble path and Turkish baths.
As you can see, we should all celebrate Cusco for being something out of the ordinary, something magical and majestic – a small paradise on earth which everybody should visit at least once in their life time. It is like taking part of a fairy tale, and a visit is a memory for the rest of everybody’s lives.
This site has been put together by travel professionals living and working in Peru, and is full of destination ideas, things to do, places to stay and restaurant reviews! Take some time to read through our Peru Travel Guide for other ideas, and contact us should you have any questions.
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