From our textiles to property excursions, the Inkaterra experience is enveloped in our heritage and culture. An opportunity our guests particularly enjoy is taking part in the traditional Peruvian rituals, for example, making Chicha, a sweet South American beverage that harks back to the Incan Empire.
Chicha is produced from corn, a sacred crop of the Incas who dedicated entire desert plains and valleys to its cultivation. Due to its national prestige, Chicha played an integral role in the celebrations of the Incan Empire where they used offering cups of lavish golds with an inlay of silver and gemstones. The beverage was offered to gods and ancestors, including mummies of late kings.
Chicha’s deep rooted heritage is a cause for celebration here at Inkaterra. At Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba we continue the tradition by making the drink ourselves, and encourage our guests to take part in the process too. So, how do we make it?
Upon raising a glass we hang flowers or plastic bottles outside our Aqha Wasi “El Pisonay”, where our Inkaterra Chicha is prepared, so that passersby know to call in and take a sip of Peruvian past.