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Guided Machu Picchu Adventure

A Pilgrimage Through Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas to the World's Greatest Archaeological Site!
High in the Peruvian Andes, the ruins of Machu Picchu rest amid knife-edged ridges and vertical slopes draped in emerald jungle. Hidden to western explorers until 1911, when a Quechua guide led Yale historian Hiram Bingham to the site, the marvelous Inca city was mesmerizing, even in its dereliction. 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, ancient “Lost City of the Incas,” in the company of a leading private guide
  • Wander through the ruins of Inca cities and farming terraces in the Sacred Valley, stopping for cultural encounters with the traditional people of the Andes
  • Stay at historic luxury hotels and lodges replete with local character, from colonial splendor to Andean mountain ambience
An In-Depth Private Journey with the Country’s Most Outstanding Guides
Machu Picchu is an architectural and civil engineering phenomenon. No one knows exactly why the Incas chose to build this city in such a remote, hard-to-reach location or why, after all that time and trouble, it was so suddenly vacated. While we may never know these answers, on this privately guided journey you can experience a rare kind of illumination that run-of-the-mill tour providers simply cannot provide. The reason? Our professional Expedition Leaders, who’ll accompany you from arrival in Cusco through departure, offer private insight into this mystical place, offering a “backstage pass” that cannot be achieved on a common tour. So, we encourage you: don’t just “do” Machu Picchu as if to tick it off a list. This special site is way too important for that.

  1. Travel with NHA’s Expert Expedition Leader
    While most other tour companies offer either unguided trips to see the marvel of Machu Picchu or they rely on local “step-on” tour guides who provide only scant interpretive services at the ruins, on our specially designed journey you’ll benefit from the full services of one of Natural Habitat Adventures' highly trained Expedition Leaders who will be at your side from your arrival in Cusco until your departure! In Peru, these award-wining guides have an average of 15 years’ of guiding experience. In addition, our on-going education process and the exclusive training our leaders receive from WWF’s top scientists have given our world-renowned Expedition Leaders the reputation as the finest guides around the planet. In Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, they make all the difference! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders. 
  2. At Machu Picchu, Small Groups Are a Must
    Explored in the company of a small group of travelers, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley can be one of the planet’s most personal and most meaningful travel experiences. But in a big bus tour-type group, with a large number of tourists competing for the front row to hear the guide, your one-time visit to this landmark site can lose its magic. Our trips average just 6 travelers, allowing our guests plenty of personal time at the ruins and with our leaders. 
  3. Ours Trips are Run in a Custom Manner that Best Suit Your Interests
    When traveling to such an important and diverse World Heritage site as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we feel it is imperative to run our adventures in way that is focused on the abilities and the interests of each specific group. While other tours offer cookie-cutter presentations, our Expedition Leaders have the leeway—and the vast experience—to adjust each departure to suit the needs and interests of our travelers, giving them a “backstage pass” to varying elements of the region that regular tourists miss. This is especially important hiking in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley along the way to Machu Picchu because of the higher elevation. Travelers can walk, hike and explore at their own pace depending on their abilities and interests. We cannot emphasize enough how important this flexibility is to the success of an authentic travel experience in this region.
  4.  Luxury Accommodations in Natural Settings — Away from the Crowds
    On this adventure, our accommodations have been specially selected for their ability to add to your authentic Peruvian experience…away from the hordes of visitors. While at Machu Picchu, you’ll stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a private luxury property located in the thick greenery of the cloud forest in the small town of Aguas Calientes. The hotel sits on 12 acres of flower-filled tropical gardens, containing more than 300 species of orchids. Here, you’ll follow stone pathways along the terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. In addition, you’ll spend some time at a classic property that sits on the foundations of an old Inca site — and ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top hotels in South America — and a charming bungalow set in the natural oasis of Peru’s famed and remote Sacred Valley. 
  5. Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Machu Picchu 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.
  6. 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, a feature that is especially critical when considering that polar bears are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures. 
  7. 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!
Reading List
Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Machu Picchu travel books for this trip.

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