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Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventure

A Journey to the Legendary Lost City of the Incas, High in the Jungle-Draped Andes!
Few family travel adventures offer the intrigue and excitement of exploring the lost Incan City of Machu Picchu. High in the Peruvian Andes, this sprawl of ruins rests amid knife-edged ridges draped in emerald jungle. Follow in the footsteps of Yale historian Hiram Bingham, whose Quechua guide unveiled the hidden site to him 1911. Then, as now, the marvelous Inca city was mesmerizing. Built on a granite mountaintop close to the sun, its intricate stone architecture reveals the ingenuity of its 15th-century designers. Far below, the Urubamba River rushes through a green gorge into the Sacred Valley. Our journey into the mysteries of Incan civilization concludes at Cusco, once the gold-laden capital of the empire.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the mysteries and marvels of Machu Picchu on a fully guided family adventure that brings its wonders alive for all ages! 
  • Shop for colorful handicrafts with Quechua Indian artisans at the famed Pisac Market 
  • Interact with school children at Tikapata School, where students learn to be advocates for their communities through environmental stewardship

Your Own Private Discovery of Ancient Ruins & Living Peru!
Visiting the World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu with your family is a soul-stirring bonding experience, never to be forgotten. Add in other fascinating Inca sites, authentic encounters with modern-day Andean culture, and a private guide focused wholly on caring for and enlightening you, and you’ve got a family adventure that trumps any ordinary vacation. Read more about what makes our custom trip so exceptional:

  1. A Fully Guided Family Adventure
    Many companies advertise trips to Machu Picchu. Lots get you there, then drop you off to investigate the ruins on your own, or leave you to hire an optional local guide who may provide only scant interpretive services, possibly with limited English. With Nat Hab, we’d never short-change you like that. Our highly trained Expedition Leader offers a wealth of knowledge, insight and personal attention from the moment your trip begins till you depart for home. You wouldn’t want to come all the way to Machu Picchu without putting this wondrous engineering marvel into its full historical, cultural and environmental context!
  2. The Best Expedition Leaders in the Business
    Your private Peruvian guide is not only a font of local knowledge but skilled at meeting the varied needs of multi-generation groups. Rapport with kids is crucial, and our guide knows how to make the natural and cultural wonders of Peru come alive for all ages. Our Expedition Leaders average 15 years of experience. They also receive special training and resources from WWF, ensuring expertise on the natural environment in which you’ll be traveling. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  3. Exclusive Access to the Archaeological Complex of Yucay 
    An impressive set of Inca ruins, Yucay is not open to the general public. On your Nat Hab tour, however, you and your family will be granted exclusive access. Yucay’s agricultural terraces are the largest in the Sacred Valley and the only ones still used to grow crops. Witness centuries-old Incan engineering at work, even today!
  4. Visit a Peruvian School & Learn About Environmental Education
    When you travel with us, your family will enjoy special cultural interactions that others miss, including a visit to Tikapata School (when in session). You’ll have the opportunity to meet students, hear about their studies and share some smiles. You’ll also learn about the Association for Children and Their Environment (ANIA), a project that works to strengthen kids’ capacities to be active citizens and advocates for their communities through environmental stewardship and reforestation. ANIA encourages children to participate in the improvement of their surroundings—a lesson that will surely impress and stay with your own children. (When school is not in session, you’ll visit the ancient Inca salt mines of Moras and Moray.)
  5. Authentic Accommodations with Local Ambience
    Your lodgings have been selected to enhance your family’s experience of Peruvian culture while also assuring your comfort. A highlight is the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, located in the cloud forest just below the ruins in the small town of Aguas Calientes. The hotel sits on 12 acres of tropical gardens, with more than 300 species of orchids. Another special property is the Hotel Libertador, a grand colonial-style hotel that sits in the heart of the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top hotels in South America. 
  6. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Family Adventure
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
  7. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company and a global leader in sustainable tourism practices worldwide.
  8. Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner — a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventure travel books for this trip.

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