Machu Picchu Group Highlights
The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is embedded within a dramatic landscape at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin. It is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements in the world and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization. Recognized for outstanding cultural and natural values, this UNESCO World Heritage site covers over 80,000 acres of mountain slopes, peaks and valleys surrounding its heart, the spectacular archaeological monument of “La Ciudadela” (the Citadel) at more than 7,800 feet above sea level.
This unique expedition is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. Daily activities offer the ability to take part in a cultural activity learning about local culture or hike along seldom-traveled highland trails surrounded by exquisite snow-capped peaks, past roving herds of llamas and alpacas, around impossibly hued turquoise lakes, and through graceful waterfalls. Most importantly, the highlands don’t get many tourists and these activities take guests to hidden communities unchanged for centuries for a unique up-close visit with the local people who still wear native dress as everyday clothes.
Destinations include fascinating archaeological sites, thought-provoking agricultural and commercial Andean cooperatives, and bustling towns and markets showcasing the flavors of the region as well as the wares of its skilled artisans.
Each day guests will dine from inventive menus that provide a refreshing take on the region’s most iconic dishes. All the offerings are locally sourced, from organic coffee blends to healthy snacks.
Expert guides tailor the experience to the groups fitness level and interests with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters. At each day’s sunset, settle into deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities, to prepare for a new day of multi-activity adventure and exploration.
Guests will arrive at Cusco Airport by a short connection through Lima, which is a gateway airport with flights to US cities, including Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Washington, Houston, and Newark.
In Cusco and at the base of Machu Picchu guests will stay in Peruvian owned 5 star hotels that mix the best of modern comfort and amenities with the culture and traditions of the local area. On their lodge to lodge trek, guests will relax in the comfort of luxurious alpine lodges with soaring great rooms built by bringing together traditional Inca building techniques and sensitivity to the surrounding environment combined with all the comforts of home. Guests will find plenty of places to relax and soak in the moment, from the welcoming patio to a Jacuzzi surrounded by flowers to the balcony of their room where they will have spectacular views of the Sacred Valley and Lares Region.