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Peru: Land of the Inca
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8 days

from $8,658 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($5,890 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Watch day break over the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and learn about National Geographic-funded excavations that helped uncover the site.
  • Join archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Peter Frost for talks on his archaeological expeditions in Peru, which have been featured in National Geographic magazine.*
  • Attend a private demonstration of traditional Andean weaving techniques by a National Geographic grantee.
  • In the Sacred Valley of the Inca, visit a private family museum filled with colonial artwork, and witness a performance of Peruvian Paso horses.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Peru: Land of the Inca

Within the mountains of Peru lies a wealth of ancient Inca temples, Spanish colonial towns, and breathtaking Andean vistas. Discover the magnificent capital of Cusco, hike to ruins in the Urubamba Valley, meet artisans and archaeologists, and examine pre-Colombian treasures at the renowned Larco Museum. Then spend the night among the enchanting ruins of Machu Picchu, excavated by Hiram Bingham with funding from National Geographic more than a century ago.

Day 1: Lima, Peru

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Arrive in Lima, Peru's largest city, founded in the 1500s by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Transfer to our hotel upon arrival and enjoy an evening to relax.

Day 2: Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca

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Fly from Lima to Cusco this morning and drive to the Inca site of Moray—believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where priests would test soils and crops. After a private lunch near the site, stop at the colorful local market in Urubamba.

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Inca

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Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic grantee Peter Frost, who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He (or occasionally a colleague, if he is in the field) joins us for a talk at the hotel and continues with us to Ollantaytambo, where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Stop at a family-owned hacienda for lunch and witness a presentation of traditional horsemanship. Later, meet National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, who has helped preserve and revive traditional Inca textiles.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

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An exhilarating morning train ride takes us along the Urubamba River, passing between steep slopes on the way to magnificent Machu Picchu. Isolated among mountain peaks, Machu Picchu is one of the world's most awe-inspiring sites. The sacred citadel was abandoned by the Inca, reclaimed by the jungle, and lost to history until it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society. Discover the mysteries of the "lost city of the Inca" on a guided walk of the citadel and then check in to our incredible lodge overlooking the ruins—the only accommodation adjacent to Machu Picchu. This afternoon, return to the site to explore with a guide and see the Inca Bridge, built on a stone path that the Inca cut into a sheer cliff face. Watch twilight descend on Machu Picchu after the crowds have disappeared, and soak up the quiet enchantment of this legendary site.

Day 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco

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At sunrise, hike up to the Sun Gate, the final checkpoint of the Inca Trail, and watch day break over the timeless ruins of Machu Picchu. Spend the rest of this morning wandering through the site on your own. After lunch, board the train back to the Sacred Valley. Continue to Cusco, a city of astonishing charm and beauty that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Our home here is an exquisite 16th-century monastery just steps from the city square. Take a stroll in the elegant arcaded courtyard and admire the 16th-century antiques and paintings decorating the halls before a special dinner with opera singers in the vaulted dining room.

Day 6: Cusco

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Delve into the legacy of the Inca and the Spanish during a full day of exploration in Cusco. Examine the massive stone boulders that make up the 15th-century Sacsayhuaman fortress, site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Spanish conquest. See the Coricancha, the “golden temple” of the Inca, built at the symbolic center of their empire. Then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to stroll around this beautiful city or relax at our historic hotel.

Day 7: Cusco/Lima

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After our flight back to Lima, visit the renowned Museo Larco to view the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. Catch the changing of the guard at the Plaza Mayor before we gather for a farewell lunch at Casa Aliaga, a lovely colonial home. Later, check in to our hotel, perched on the waterfront in the elegant Miraflores district, and take the rest of the day to relax or explore on your own.

Day 8: Lima

After breakfast, transfer to the Lima airport for the return flight home.

What to Expect

We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cusco is at an altitude of 11,200 feet and Machu Picchu, 8,000 feet. Participants should be physically fit. This expedition is not suitable for anyone who suffers from a respiratory disorder, a circulatory ailment, or a disability that limits mobility. Departures are typically 15-36 guests with a tour director and a guide for each group of 16.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located, high-end hotels with many amenities.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Oct 5-12, 2019
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  • date Feb 29-Mar 7, 2020
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  • date Mar 22-29, 2020
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  • date Mar 28-Apr 4, 2020
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  • date May 30-Jun 6, 2020
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  • date Jun 6-13, 2020
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  • date Aug 15-22, 2020
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  • date Aug 29-Sep 5, 2020
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  • date Sep 12-19, 2020
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  • date Sep 20-27, 2020
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  • date Sep 26-Oct 3, 2020
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  • date Oct 10-17, 2020
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  • date Oct 17-24, 2020
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  • date Oct 24-31, 2020
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  • date Dec 13-20, 2020
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  • date Dec 19-26, 2020
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  • date Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021
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  • date Jan 2-9, 2021
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There is an additional holiday surcharge of $730 per person on the following departures: December 22 and 28, 2019. Call for 2020 holiday dates and pricing.

Airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight within Peru is $435 (subject to change).

  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Ernesto Ore
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Born and raised in a small Peruvian village, Ernesto Ore is well-versed in the rich history, traditions, and modern-day customs of his people. He is currently president of the Fundación Apu Kuntur, a non-profit dedicated to saving the endangered Andean condor, and has served as an apprentice to a high priest and healer from the Andes. Ernesto has been introducing travelers to his native culture for more than a dozen years years, lecturing on topics ranging from local wildlife and Inca ruins to traditional Peruvian perspectives on astronomy.

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  • Oct 5-12, 2019
  • Nov 9-16, 2019
  • Dec 22-29, 2019