Exotic Spas: Inca Recipes With Sophisticated Execution

Exceptional Peruvian spa choices gaining intrigue among discerning travelers.

A journey through Peru can be breathtaking – both because of the dramatic natural beauty, and because of the demanding days that go hand in hand with experiencing the sensational sites. Let’s face it; exploring Machu Picchu is no walk in the park. There is a reason the Spanish were not able to find the enigmatic citadel, and why it was not re-discovered by the outside world until 1911.

Fortunately, to follow in the footsteps of explorers like Hiram Bingham, today’s travellers no longer need to forego the first-world luxuries and treatments that a hard day’s exploring beg for. Peru boasts world-class spas, polished and refined to perfectly complement the rugged ruins and trails waiting to be discovered.

Feeling a bit chapped from your sunrise hike to Rainbow Mountain? Tambo del Inka’s mask treatment using mud from the locally revered Mount Misti will have you glowing again. Tuckered out from biking between Inca crop-experimentation stations and panoramic natural salt mines? A Firming Coca Leaf Massage will revitalize your muscles and have you ready for action again in the morning. The Kallpa Spa offers a number of unique and powerful treatments that combine local ingredients, indigenous techniques, and world-class masseuses and aestheticians to revitalize the most savvy of globetrotters.

UNU Spa, located at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, continues the refreshingly authentic treatments by obtaining 100% of its products from local botanical extracts. Try a tea-leaf wrap from the hotel’s own tea plantation on for size, or take a steam in the Andean Sauna – a traditional sauna made from eucalyptus thatching and heated by river stones. It is a truly Peruvian experience, and a perfect addition to a day spent revelling in the exotic mystique of Machu Picchu.

For the traveller who appreciates a more cosmopolitan spa experience, one must head to Lima’s sophisticated Heavenly Spa by Westin. In this palace of pampering, no luxury is spared in the quest for ultimate mind-body balance. From sea-crystal baths and anti-aging algae to mineral massages and pearl-extract wraps, the sea’s most prized treasures are expertly manipulated to achieve brilliant results.

In an era where “work hard, play hard” seems to be the mantra, the rewards of slowing down, relaxing and recovering must not be overlooked. As much as a culture can be explored through its cuisine, it is equally enlightening to examine how a culture nourishes itself. In Peru, traditions remain strong, treatment is holistic, and results are remarkable.

To discover how to incorporate luxurious spas into your unique, individually tailored Peru itinerary, contact the Peru Empire Company at or call +51-1-700-5100 or, if you are in the US, 1-347-713-7030/34.

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