Find a Trip



Find the Right Trip for You

Select your travel style--whether it's our signature expeditions, our active outdoors adventures, or our lower-priced journeys. Or choose how you want to travel: by train or small ship, on an expedition geared for photographers or for families, and more.

Small Ship Trips

Small Ship Voyages

Take to the sea aboard one of the six ships of the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet and explore the Galápagos, Alaska, and more with a team of experts.
See All »

Land Trips

Land Trips

Our land trips are designed to immerse you in fascinating cultures and draw out the uniqueness of each destination through enriching and authentic experiences.
See All »

Private Jet Trips

Private Jet Trips

Experience fascinating places as far-flung as Easter Island and Marrakech on one epic journey, traveling with a team of experts in the comfort of a VIP-configured jet.
See All »


Active Adventures

Explore by foot, by camel or kayak, or even by dogsled on an active adventure that combines spectacular places, physical challenge, and cultural interaction.
See All »



Our newest small-group trips, provided in partnership with G Adventures, blend fun, hands-on exploration with meaningful cultural encounters, as well as more free time and choices, all for an unbeatable value.
See All »



Improve your photography skills with the guidance of a National Geographic photographer— whether you’re traveling through Japan or heading out on shoots during an intensive weekend workshop in New York City.
See All »

Private Expeditions

Private Expeditions

Explore independently—with all the benefits of traveling with National Geographic—on a private trip with the travel companions and dates of your choosing.
See All »

Train Trips

Train Trips

Wind through dramatic mountain scenery or observe scenes of everyday life, experiencing the world through the nostalgic lens of train travel.
See All »

Family Trips

Family Trips

Introduce your family to the magic of travel on trips designed for travelers of all ages that combine learning, discovery, and fun.
See All »

Student Trips

Student Expeditions

Send your high school or middle school student on assignment with National Geographic to explore inspiring destinations in depth alongside our experts and trip leaders.
See All »

Expedition Details


From the luxuriant forests of the Amazon to mystical mountains steeped in Inca lore, Peru is diverse, dramatic, and laced with magic. Set out on a journey that begins in the rain forest and ends at one of the highest lakes in the world, with two days at Machu Picchu in between.

Trip Highlights

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 — Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima at any time and check in to our airport hotel.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

Days 2, 3, & 4 — Amazon Rain Forest

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and take an outboard motorized canoe to our lodge, set on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Examine fascinating flora and fauna on a walk with a naturalist, then set off on a sunset canoe cruise. Spend the next morning in Tambopata National Reserve, looking for caimans, giant river otters, and diverse birdlife while exploring Lake Sandoval in a dugout canoe. Go on an afternoon canopy walk; and after dark, take a nocturnal tour of the forest. Visit the lodge’s farm and botanical garden to learn about the cultivation and myriad uses of indigenous plants, and try your hand at making chocolate straight from the bean. Later, take canoes out on a lagoon to catch and release fish, or watch for birds.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (B,L,D daily)

Days 5 & 6 — Sacred Valley of the Inca

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Cusco. Travel into the Sacred Valley, stopping to meet llamas at Awana Kancha. Settle into our stunning lodge and enjoy a pisco sour, Peru’s national drink, with spectacular views of the valley. The next day, visit the workshop of Nilda Callañaupa, a National Geographic grantee who has revived Andean weaving traditions. See the agricultural terraces of Moray and the saltpans of Maras, and participate in an ancient Andean ceremony to honor the Earth. Return to the lodge for a talk by our expert before dinner on your own.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (B,L,D; B,L)

Days 7 & 8 — Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu

Travel to Ollantaytambo and tour its Inca fortress. Then ride the train to Machu Picchu, following the Urubamba River through dramatic scenery. Venture into the breathtaking Inca citadel with a guide, discovering the ingenuity behind its design and use. Spend a full day exploring the area, hiking to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge and discovering the orchids, birds, and hot springs in the lush cloud forests that surround our lodge.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D; B,D)

Days 9 & 10 — Machu Picchu/Cusco

Learn about the lodge’s efforts to rehabilitate native Andean bears on a visit to the Spectacled Bear Conservation Center. After lunch on your own, board the train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco. Our home here is an exquisite 16th-century manor house in the heart of the old city. The next day, take a guided tour of historic Cusco and enjoy plenty of free time to discover this charming city on your own.
Inkaterra La Casona (B,D; B)

Days 11 & 12 — Cusco/Lima

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Cusco. Then fly to Lima, where we have secured hotel rooms for the night. You may choose to depart later this evening; or the following morning, at your leisure.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (B)

Optional Extension

Related Trips

National Geographic Expert

William Saturno

William SaturnoArchaeologist William Saturno is a National Geographic Explorer specializing in early civilizations. His research in South America over the last decade has explored the complex relationships between Andean peoples and their natural environments ranging from the coastal deserts in Northern Peru to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin and from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Lake Titicaca plateau. A passionate student of more than 3,000 years of Andean civilization, he is particularly intrigued by the imperial transformations of the regional traditions under Inca overlords as well as the enduring legacy of Spanish colonial occupations and the adaptation of traditional religions to the arrival of Spanish missionaries.

William will join the following departures:

Jul 03 - 14, 2018
Aug 07 - 18, 2018



  • Aug 08 - 20, 2017 ALT (waitlist only)
  • Mar 16 - 27, 2018
  • May 07 - 18, 2018
  • Jun 05 - 16, 2018
  • Jul 03 - 14, 2018
  • Aug 07 - 18, 2018
  • Sep 04 - 15, 2018

ALT indicates a departure that has a slightly different itinerary than the one shown on this page. Click the ALT icon to see the day-to-day itinerary.

Expedition Cost

2017 (13 days)


2018 (12 days)


Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,500 in 2018 (12 day) and $2,900 in 2017 (13 day). Airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru are not included in the expedition cost. The flights within Peru are $650 (subject to change).

Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.

What To Expect

We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco and at Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Cusco is at an altitude of 11,200 feet, Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet, and Lake Titicaca is at 12,500 feet. Participants should be physically fit. This expedition is not suitable for anyone who suffers from a respiratory disorder, a circulatory ailment, or a disability that limits mobility.