Our trail winds uphill toward Llactapata Pass at 8,974 feet, where we’ll catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu far in the distance. Explore the ruins of Llactapata, a sacred Inca site that has been recently restored. Like Machu Picchu, the ruins here were rediscovered by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from National Geographic. After lunch at an observation point overlooking Machu Picchu, follow the path down to the Urubamba River, hiking through thick bamboo stands, orchards, and coffee plantations. A short, scenic train ride brings us to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Settle into our hotel, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled in the cloud forest amid orchids and colourful birds. (7 miles hiking, 5-6 hours)
Enjoy a stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is a haven of Andean charm tucked into the tropical forests just beneath the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Pueblo Hotel (B/L/D)