Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

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An In-Depth Journey into the Ancient Wonders of the Inca Civilization
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 architecture reveals the ingenuity of its 15th-century designers. Massive blocks of stone were cut to fit together so precisely that no mortar was necessary. The site also reflects the Incas' extraordinary knowledge of astronomy, with many elements aligning with heavenly events such as the solstice sunrise. Far below the ruins, the Urubamba River rushes through a green gorge into the Sacred Valley. Our journey into the mysteries of Inca civilization also includes Cusco, once the gold-laden capital of the empire.
Cusco Cathedral, Peru.
Cusco Cathedral, Peru.
Nat Hab travelers, Wiñay Wayna, Peru.
Nat Hab travelers, Wiñay Wayna, Peru.
Local woman and child, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Local woman and child, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Local weaver woman, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Local weaver woman, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru.
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru.
Nat Hab guests and Expedition Leader, Machu Picchu, Peru.
Nat Hab guests and Expedition Leader, Machu Picchu, Peru.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru.
Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru.
Pisac, Sacred Valley of Incas, Peru.
Pisac, Sacred Valley of Incas, Peru.

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Discover Machu Picchu in Depth with Expert Insight

With rich interpretation from our Expedition Leader, explore the mysteries and marvels of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” on two immersive visits

Meet the Indigenous People of the Andes

Wander through the ruins of Inca cities and farming terraces in the Sacred Valley, stopping for cultural encounters with local Quechua residents

Relax in Fine Lodgings Replete with Local Character

Stay at intimate luxury hotels and boutique inns that exude regional character, from colonial splendor to traditional Andean ambience

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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 expertly guided foray you'll experience a rare level of illumination that standard tours don't provide. Our Expedition Leader offers expert insight into the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu, plus a rich perspective on Incan culture, which we further explore on a journey through the Sacred Valley.

  1. Travel with a Top 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. On our immersive encounter, you’ll benefit from the full services of our own Expedition Leader from start to finish, plus the enhancement of a carefully vetted local guide who joins us onsite. Our award-winning guides in Peru average 15 years’ experience. And their expertise in both natural and cultural history makes all the difference when it comes to a rich understanding of the sites we explore. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders. 
  2. A Small Group Is a Must
    Machu Picchu offers one of the world's most captivating travel experiences. But it's also a world-renowned destination, and trying to tour the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists jostling for photos and competing to hear the guide, your visit to this World Heritage Site can lose its magic. Our groups are limited to just 12 guests, allowing for in-depth exploration and more intricate insight.
  3. Luxury Accommodations in Natural Settings away from Crowds
    We choose our accommodations to enhance your experience of Peru's mountain culture in peaceful settings. Near Machu Picchu we stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a luxury lodge secluded in lush cloud forest. The hotel enjoys a private setting surrounded by 12 acres of flower gardens containing more than 300 orchid species. In the Sacred Valley, we hand-pick our accommodations for atmosphere and privacy, away from crowds.
  4. 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.
  5. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  6. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF'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 Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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