Few days are as special and exciting in life as our wedding. In addition to ensuring that all the details are very well organized, many people look for a different option for performing the ceremony. Did you know that there is a ritual for the union of couples that comes from the time of the Incas? Today we want to tell you about one of the most romantic activities offered by Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel: the Andean wedding or Arac Masin.
This is a symbolic wedding ceremony presided over by a shaman and organized to the smallest detail by our hotel. In it, the elements of nature are invoked to bless the union between two people who want to promise each other eternal love by marrying or renewing their vows. The approximate duration of the event is one hour and the bride and groom and up to 12 others can participate as invited guests. Our service also includes a personal interpreter, arrangements such as a carpet of flowers and flower arch, the bride’s bouquet, a sparkling wine for toasting, a special gift for the bride and groom, and special outfits for the couple if they wish to use them.
The Arac Masin ceremony has been a widespread practice for many years among the inhabitants of the southern part of Peru: the regions of Cusco, Apurimac, and Juliaca, among others. Many native communities prefer this commemoration full of symbols and mysticism to the classic Catholic wedding. This is because they identify more with the customs and beliefs of the Inca culture. For example, during this event the shaman makes an offering to the Pachamama known as a payment to the land in which he thanks her for her blessings and asks for prosperity and health. In this case, the shaman consecrates the new couple so that the bond that is built will never break. In addition, the sound of the pututos, an instrument of Inca origin used in important events in the region such as the Inti Raymi, accompanies the beginning and end of the ritual.
As you can see, this is a very special ceremony that is directly related to the depth of Andean spirituality. If you would like to have an Andean wedding, or would like more information, please write to email@example.com and one of our specialized advisors will contact you. Let us know in the comment box what do you think about this unusual way of arriving at the altar.