A Pilgrimage Through the 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 also includes Cusco, once the gold-laden capital of the empire.
Explore the mysteries and marvels of Machu Picchu, the ancient “Lost City of the Incas,” in the company of a leading private guide
Wander through the ruins of Incan 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 historic colonial splendor to Andean mountain ambience
An In-Depth Private Journey with Peru’s Most Outstanding Guides
Machu Picchu is an architectural and civil engineering wonder. No one knows why the Incas chose to build this city in such a remote location or why it was so suddenly vacated. While we may never know the answers, on this privately guided journey you'll experience a rare level of illumination that standard tour operators simply don't provide. Our professional Expedition Leader, who's with you for the full duration of your trip, offers expert insight not just into the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu, but perspective on its place in the overall context of Incan culture—it's a “backstage pass” you won't get on a typical tour. We encourage you not to just “do” Machu Picchu as if you're ticking it off a list—it's way too important for that. Here's why our experience is better:
Travel with an Expert NHA Expedition Leader
Most other tour companies offer either an unguided visit to Machu Picchu or they rely on local “step-on” guides who provide only scant interpretive services at the ruins. In contrast, on our immersive journey, you’ll benefit from the full services of our own highly trained Expedition Leader is at your side from your arrival in Cusco until your the moment you depart. Our award-winning guides in Peru average 15 years’ experience. And that expertise makes all the difference in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
To Get the Most Out of Machu Picchu, Small Groups Are a Must
Machu Picchu offers one of the planet’s most fascinating and meaningful travel experiences. But trying to tour it in a big group, with multitudes of tourists jostling for photos and competing to hear the guide, your one-time visit to this landmark site can lose its magic. Our scheduled Machu Picchu extensions average just six guests, allowing for plenty of personal time at the ruins and with your Expedition Leader.
Our Trips Operate in a Custom Manner to Suit Your Interests
Our adventures are focused on the interests and abilities of each specific group. While other companies typically offer standardized presentations, our Expedition Leaders have the leeway—and the experience—to adjust each departure to suit the needs of our travelers, giving them access to various elements of the region that regular tourists often miss. This is especially important while hiking and exploring in the Sacred Valley en route to Machu Picchu—we can adjust our activities for the group's capacity, especially in light of the altitude. Our groups are small and flexible enough that travelers can usually walk and explore at their own pace.
Luxury Accommodations in Natural Settings—Away from Crowds
Our accommodations are selected to enhance your experience of Peru's mountain culture in peaceful settings, away from hordes of other visitors. Near Machu Picchu we stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a luxury lodge tucked among lush cloud forest vegetation in the small town of Aguas Calientes. The hotel enjoys a private setting surrounded by 12 acres of flower gardens containing more than 300 species of orchids. In the heart of the Sacred Valley, we stay in charming bungalows, and we'll overnight at a classic property that sits atop the foundations of an old Inca site and is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top hotels in South America.
Our Quality-Value 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.
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.
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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