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Cusco Private Expedition

9 DAYS

FROM $ 4,795

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Still shrouded in the mysteries of Inca civilization, Cusco’s Sacred Valley is a treasure trove of ancient sites, dramatic landscapes, and Andean villages that still cling to age-old traditions. Starting in magical Cusco, trace the legacy of the Inca all the way to their crowning achievement: the citadel of Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in this enchanting land, meeting artisans and farmers and getting acquainted with daily life in the Andes. Stay in a historic manor house, go stargazing high in the mountains, and enjoy two full days to explore Machu Picchu and its environs.

ITINERARY

Arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, the gateway to Peru’s Inca heartland. Settle into your hotel, a restored 16th-century manor once home to Simón Bolívar, and enjoy an architectural tour of the manor. Take the rest of the day to relax or explore Cusco’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Hotel

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning with your Local Specialist, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the site of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. In the afternoon, explore this captivating city further at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Inkaterra La casona Hotel

Begin your three-day journey through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. In Awanacancha, learn about the history of llamas and other camelids that call this region home. Test your bargaining skills in the colorful stalls of Pisac’s famous market and visit the studio of an artist who uses ancient Peruvian ceramic techniques. Continue to your lodge, perched on the emerald slopes of the Sacred Valley. This evening, join a naturalist in the lodge’s on-site Chicha House for a hands-on lesson in brewing, chicha de jora, a popular local drink made of fermented corn.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel

Follow the Sacred Valley’s most scenic roads, passing through a patchwork of verdant fields set beneath snowcapped peaks. At a weaving center supported by The Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco, attend a private demonstration on the production of Andean textiles. Traditional weaving and wool-dying practices have been recently revived thanks to the efforts of Nilda Callañaupa, a master weaver native to the valley and her family. See the terraced remains of impressive Inca agriculture systems at Chinchero and Moray. Then visit the white salt mines stacked on the slopes of Maras.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel

The mystical Society of the Incas takes centre stage today. Explore the town of Ollantaytambo, where colonial buildings were erected upon the original Inca street plan. This afternoon, learn about everyday life in the Andean village of Patakancha.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel

Make your way to Machu Picchu, the renowned 15th-century Inca citadel rediscovered by a local Farmer, Agustín Lizárraga in 1902 and excavated by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Choose to take the scenic train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes or disembark early for an optional short trek on the Inca Trail with a private guide (at an additional cost). Hike through lesser known Inca sites to the famous Sun Gate, where you can take in your first views of Machu Picchu. Your home for the next two nights is a hotel nestled within its own private cloud forest reserve just below the citadel. At twilight, stroll through the grounds with a lodge guide to hear the sounds of the cloud forest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Choose to rise early to catch the early morning light over Machu Picchu. Delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, admiring the 15th century stone ruins of temples, palaces and terraces perched high amidst the clouds. Join your Natventure Expert for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. Spend the afternoon immersed in the magic of this mysterious and awe-inspiring place.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Go on a guided nature walk through the lush grounds of the lodge, where hundreds of orchid, bird, and butterfly species make their home. Join a naturalist for a visit to the lodge’s spectacled bear rehabilitation program before traveling back to Cusco, where you have another free afternoon to explore. This evening, gather for a regional dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes, ancestral dance performances and Pisco Sour.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Hotel

After breakfast, transfer to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and connect with your flight home or consider extending your holiday. Please note: if you have a long layover in Lima, we can arrange a tour of the city’s highlights. Discover the cathedral and other colonial buildings of the historic center, a World Heritage site, and examine pre-Columbian treasures at the Larco Herrera Museum.

Meals Included: Breakfast

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY ABOUT US

I spent six days hiking through the Andes with Vigner as my guide. His knowledge, sunny personality, and amazing photography skills made my week extra memorable.
I have known Natventure for some time now, and upon a return to the region, organized a private trip into Manu Biosphere Reserve. We could not have asked for
When you go on a vacation, most of the time you are looking to disconnect from the world, relax, recoup, and just enjoy your time. This tour provided all of the above

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• Your entire Expedition is designed around your requirements • Explore your interests at your own speed • Select your preferred style of accommodation • Create the perfect Expedition with the help of our specialists

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• All our specialists have travelled extensively or lived in Peru • The same specialist will handle your Expedition from start to finish • Make the most of your time and budget

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• Reduce food waste by 50% across all hotels and ships by 2025 • Eliminate as many unnecessary single use plastics from our operations and itineraries by 2022 • Source 50% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025.