Standing above Machu Picchu, wispy clouds floating by, the jagged Andes in the background, you'll snap the photo. But actually being there—it will forever reset your view of humanity. How did they do this? There are few places on Earth like this. And to think, it's only one moment in a week's worth of incredible moments.
1-2 Explore Cusco, once the center of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire | Visit Coricancha, a Spanish colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple | Our local guide joins us as we journey through the Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán | Shop for handicrafts in the local markets and check out the action in the Plaza de Armas | Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.
3-4 Pedal through the Sacred Valley amid a panorama of snowy peaks and traditional villages | Explore the magical ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo | Engage with Quechua culture in a community famous for its master weavers | Visit the world-renowned ceramics studio of Pablo Seminario.
5 Hike through Las Salineras, a stunningly beautiful honeycomb of tiered pools | Bike in the altiplano through ancient Inca farmland and high-altitude terraces | Enjoy a private lunch in the home of a local family | Join an exclusive cooking class with a local chef.
6-8 Be awed by Machu Picchu—the incredible Lost City of the Incas | After a train ride, hike the Gate of the Sun trail for a bird's-eye view of Machu Picchu (you may have the option to take the famed Inca Trail) | Spend a second full day exploring the Lost City | Learn about local flora and fauna during a walk with a naturalist.