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Peru Private Expedition
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9 days

from $7,174 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($4,895 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
  • Enjoy an early morning at Machu Picchu, then unlock the secrets of these mysterious ruins while exploring with a private guide.
  • Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Inkaterra La Casona, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
  • Attend a private demonstration of traditional Andean wool-dying and weaving—practices recently revived in the Sacred Valley by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa.
  • Enjoy experiences exclusively reserved for National Geographic travelers, including a chicha-brewing lesson, an architectural tour of a Cusco colonial manor, and a private visit to a spectacled bear rehabilitation center.
Itinerary

Still shrouded in the mysteries of Inca civilization, Peru’s Sacred Valley is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, dramatic landscapes, and Andean villages that still cling to age-old traditions. Starting in magical Cusco, trace the legacy of the Inca all the way to their crowning achievement: the citadel of Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in this enchanting land, meeting artisans and farmers and getting acquainted with daily life in the Andes. Stay in a historic manor house, go stargazing high in the mountains, and enjoy two full days to explore Machu Picchu and its environs.

Day 1: Arrive Cusco, Peru

Fly to Cusco, the gateway to Peru's Inca heartland. Settle into Inkaterra La Casona, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Enjoy an exclusive architectural tour of this restored 16th-century manor, once home to Simón Bolívar. Take the rest of the day to relax or explore Cusco's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 2: Cusco

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Uncover the many layers of Cusco's vivid history on a private tour of the city. Visit the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and La Catedral—churches that showcase a fusion of pre-Columbian and colonial design. Get introduced to the marvels of Inca architecture at the staggering ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and absorb the vibrancy of Peruvian culture in the Plaza de Armas, the festive central square. In the afternoon, explore this fascinating city further at your leisure.

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Inca

Begin your three-day journey through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. In Awanacancha, learn about the history of llamas and other camelids that call this region home. Test your bargaining skills in the colorful stalls of Pisac's famous market and visit the studio of an artist who uses ancient Peruvian ceramic techniques. Continue to Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a Unique Lodge of the World perched on the emerald slopes of the Sacred Valley. This evening, join a naturalist in the lodge's on-site Chicha House for a hands-on lesson in brewing, chicha de jora, a popular local drink.

Days 4-5: Sacred Valley of the Inca

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Follow the Sacred Valley's most scenic roads, passing through a patchwork of verdant fields set beneath snowcapped peaks. At The Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco, learn about Andean textiles at a private weaving demonstration. Traditional weaving and wool-dying practices have been recently revived thanks to the efforts of National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, a master weaver native to the valley. See the terraced remains of impressive Inca agriculture systems at Chinchero and Moray. Then visit the white salt mines stacked on the slopes of Maras. The next day, explore the town of Ollantaytambo, where colonial buildings were erected upon the original Inca street plan. This afternoon, learn about everyday life in the Andean village of Patakancha.

Day 6: Machu Picchu

Make your way to Machu Picchu, the renowned 15th-century Inca citadel rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society. Choose to take the scenic train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes). Or disembark early for an optional trek on the Inca Trail with a private guide (this option must be reserved in advance so that permits can be secured). Hike through lesser known Inca ruins to the famous Sun Gate, where you can take in your first views of Machu Picchu. Your home for the next two nights is Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge nestled within its own private rain forest reserve just below the citadel. At twilight, stroll through the grounds with a lodge guide to hear the sounds of the cloud forest.

Day 7: Machu Picchu

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Rise early to catch the early morning light over Machu Picchu. During a tour of the ruins with a private guide, learn about the Inca's incredible construction feats and day-to-day life in the ancient city. Spend the afternoon immersed in the magic of this mysterious and awe-inspiring site.

Day 8: Machu Picchu/Cusco

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Go on a guided nature walk through the lush grounds of the lodge, where hundreds of orchid, bird, and butterfly species make their home. Join your private guide for a visit to the lodge's spectacled bear rehabilitation program before traveling back to Cusco, where you have another free afternoon to explore.

Day 9: Lima/Depart

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Depart from Cusco. If you have a layover in Lima, we can arrange a tour of the city's highlights. Discover the cathedral and other colonial buildings of the historic center, a World Heritage site, and examine pre-Columbian treasures at the Larco Herrera Museum. Then return to the airport to catch your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven or steep terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Excursions include city walking tours, visits to archaeological sites, and moderate hikes, with options for more strenuous hikes. You will be traveling at high elevations throughout the expedition: Cusco is at an altitude of 11,200 feet, the Sacred Valley is at 9,200 feet, and Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, you’ll stay in accommodations selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character, including three members of the National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World collection: Inkaterra La Casona, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Expedition Team
Top private guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and local experts will meet with you along the way as described in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATIONS
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Inkaterra La Casona - Cusco, Peru

An inconspicuous door in the heart of Cusco’s old town opens into a world of Spanish-colonial splendor at the 16th-century Inkaterra La Casona, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. This meticulously restored heritage property holds 11 hacienda-style suites opening to a traditional arcaded courtyard, a restaurant serving traditional Peruvian dishes, lounge area surrounding a stone fireplace, and spa offering treatments infused with local botanicals.

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Inkaterra La Casona - Cusco, Peru

An inconspicuous door in the heart of Cusco’s old town opens into a world of Spanish-colonial splendor at the 16th-century Inkaterra La Casona, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. This meticulously restored heritage property holds 11 hacienda-style suites opening to a traditional arcaded courtyard, a restaurant serving traditional Peruvian dishes, lounge area surrounding a stone fireplace, and spa offering treatments infused with local botanicals.

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Inkaterra La Casona - Cusco, Peru

An inconspicuous door in the heart of Cusco’s old town opens into a world of Spanish-colonial splendor at the 16th-century Inkaterra La Casona, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. This meticulously restored heritage property holds 11 hacienda-style suites opening to a traditional arcaded courtyard, a restaurant serving traditional Peruvian dishes, lounge area surrounding a stone fireplace, and spa offering treatments infused with local botanicals.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba - Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru

From their perch on an emerald Andean slope, the colonial-style estate and casitas of Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, invite you to soak up the spirit of the Sacred Valley. The lodge features a spacious lounge and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-acre organic garden, wine cave, and a terrace holding oversized chairs and cozy blankets. Accommodations incorporate elements of traditional Andean and Spanish colonial design and offer panoramic views of the surroundings mountains.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba - Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru

From their perch on an emerald Andean slope, the colonial-style estate and casitas of Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, invite you to soak up the spirit of the Sacred Valley. The lodge features a spacious lounge and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-acre organic garden, wine cave, and a terrace holding oversized chairs and cozy blankets. Accommodations incorporate elements of traditional Andean and Spanish colonial design and offer panoramic views of the surroundings mountains.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Aguas Calientes, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is surrounded by twelve acres of beautiful cloud forest and is conveniently located just minutes from the train station. It features tile-roofed casitas (bungalows), tea plantation, and an on site rain forest reserve harboring more than 100 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies. The hotel has eighty-five air-conditioned rooms—many with a fireplace and a balcony or terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, and spa.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Aguas Calientes, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is surrounded by twelve acres of beautiful cloud forest and is conveniently located just minutes from the train station. It features tile-roofed casitas (bungalows), tea plantation, and an on site rain forest reserve harboring more than 100 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies. The hotel has eighty-five air-conditioned rooms—many with a fireplace and a balcony or terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, and spa.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Aguas Calientes, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is surrounded by twelve acres of beautiful cloud forest and is conveniently located just minutes from the train station. It features tile-roofed casitas (bungalows), tea plantation, and an on site rain forest reserve harboring more than 100 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies. The hotel has eighty-five air-conditioned rooms—many with a fireplace and a balcony or terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, and spa.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Jan 1-Dec 31, 2019
  • 2 People $8,786 AUD ($5,995 USD)
  • 4 People $7,614 AUD ($5,195 USD)
  • 6 People $7,174 AUD ($4,895 USD)

  • date Jan 1-Dec 31, 2020
  • 2 People $8,786 AUD ($5,995 USD)
  • 4 People $7,614 AUD ($5,195 USD)
  • 6 People $7,174 AUD ($4,895 USD)

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination, internal flights during the expedition. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities