Machu Picchu

Tours of Peru Machu Picchu

Inside the mountains of Peru lies a great deal of old Inca temples, Spanish colonial towns, and spectacular Andean vistas. Discover the magnificent capital of Cusco, hike to damages inside Urubamba Valley, meet artisans and archaeologists, and analyze pre-Colombian treasures within celebrated Larco Herrera Museum. After that spend the night among the list of enchanting damages of Machu Picchu, excavated by Hiram Bingham with funding from National Geographic over a century ago.

Trip Features

  • Check out day break throughout the mountaintop Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Explore cathedrals inside Inca Empire's capital city of Cusco, walk colorful markets in Sacred Valley of Inca, and find out the towering stones regarding the Sacsayhuaman Fortress.
  • Join archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Peter Frost for talks on the Inca and on his archaeological expeditions in Peru, which have been featured in National Geographic magazine.*
  • Go to an exclusive demonstration of standard Andean weaving methods by a National Geographic grantee, and hear regional performers perform indigenous devices in a 16th-century monastery.
Day 1 — U.S./Lima, Peru

Depart for Lima, Peru's biggest city, launched in the 1500s by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Transfer to your resort upon arrival and luxuriate in a night to relax. 

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Resort

Day 2 — Cusco/Sacred Valley associated with Inca

Travel from Lima to Cusco this morning and drive towards the Inca website of Moray—believed to have already been a farming laboratory where priests would test grounds and crops. Love a traditional Peruvian lunch on parador overlooking the damages. Visit a colorful local marketplace before an optional visit to the pottery studio of Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made out of ancient Peruvian strategies and designs.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B, L, D)

Day 3 — Sacred Valley for the Inca

After break fast, enjoy a talk by National Geographic grantee Peter Frost*, that has been exploring the Andes for 35 years. In 2001 and 2002, Peter led National Geographic Society-sponsored expeditions in to the remote area of Vilcabamba, Peru, choosing and exploring the formerly unknown Inca and pre-Inca web site of Qoriwayrachina (National Geographic magazine, February 2004). Travel further in to the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo and explore the huge rock fortress in which the Inca won their particular greatest victory contrary to the conquistadores. Visit the family-owned hacienda Casa Orihuela for meal, after that start to see the family members’s personal museum filled with colonial artwork, and experience the fragile party of paso ponies during a presentation of traditional horsemanship. Right back during the lodge, satisfy National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, who's helped preserve and revive standard Inca textiles. Read about the woman ancient art watching a weaving demonstration. Gather for a captivating performance of folkloric stilt dance tonight.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B, L, D)

Day 4 — Machu Picchu

An exciting morning train ride brings united states through valley and then up steep slopes to magnificent Machu Picchu. Isolated among mountain peaks, Machu Picchu is one of the earth's many awe-inspiring sites. The sacred citadel was abandoned because of the Inca, reclaimed by the forest, and lost to history until it absolutely was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with help from nationwide Geographic community. Discover the secrets regarding the "lost city of the Inca" on a guided walk associated with citadel and then look into our amazing lodge overlooking the ruins—the only accommodation right beside Machu Picchu. This afternoon, go back to the website to explore with helpful tips; head off independently to understand Inca Bridge, constructed on a stone path the Inca slashed into a sheer cliff face; or request a personal soak in the hotel’s hot tub, which can be hidden within the surrounding cloud woodland and has now spectacular views of this Andes. View twilight descend on Machu Picchu following the crowds of people have disappeared, and take in the quiet enchantment with this popular web site.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5 — Machu Picchu/Cusco

Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, the final checkpoint for the Inca Trail, watching time break on the eternal ruins of Machu Picchu. Spend the rest for this morning wandering through the site on your own. After lunch, board the train back to the Sacred Valley, after that check out Awanacancha, a farm in which llamas and alpacas are bred. Consistently Cusco, a city of astonishing charm and beauty that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Our home the following is an ideal 16th-century monastery just steps through the city square. Simply take a stroll into the elegant arcaded courtyard and admire the 16th-century collectibles and paintings decorating the halls before an unique dinner with opera vocalists within the vaulted living area.
Belmond Monasterio Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Cusco

Look into the history for the Inca while the Spanish during a complete day of exploration in Cusco. Examine the massive stone boulders that make up the 15th-century Sacsayhuaman fortress, web site of just one of the bloodiest battles in the Spanish conquest. See the Coricancha, a 17th-century cathedral and convent built atop the damages of an opulent Inca temple. Then take pleasure in the rest of the trip to leisure to walk for this stunning city or relax at our historical hotel.

Source: www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com
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