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 shares deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations 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 on paved and dirt roads through the altiplano and Sacred Valley amid a panorama of snowy peaks and traditional villages Explore the ruins and admire the sweeping vistas at Pisac Discover the enigmatic site of Ollantaytambo Well off the beaten path, 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, where salt has been gathered for generations Bike in the altiplano through ancient Inca farmland and high-altitude terraces Enjoy a private lunch in the home of a local family Learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine during our 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" A local expert provides insight into the exquisite stonework and mysterious astrological designs of this sacred site Learn about local flora and fauna during a walk with a naturalist on the grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.