Inkaterra La Casona

Sample Itinerary—Heart of the Inca World

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Immerse yourself in centuries of Peruvian history and culture from your base at a storied landmark in the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Explore the handicraft markets, cobbled lanes, and impressive colonial churches of historic center on your own or with a local guide, and venture into the nearby Sacred Valley of the Inca on guided excursions.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Join the lodge manager for an architectural tour of this historic building and learn about the restoration effort that brought the colonial manor back to its original glory (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Step just outside the door to explore the heart of Cusco’s historical district on foot.
  • Journey into the nearby Sacred Valley to discover intriguing Inca ruins and traditional Andean culture.
  • Soak up the Spanish-colonial ambiance as you dine under centuries-old stone arches and relax in front of a roaring fire in the lodge’s lounge.

Day 1—Arrive Cusco, Peru

Transfer to the lodge in Cusco’s historical center, and settle in your suite, beautifully appointed with Andean textiles and period furniture. This exquisite 16th-century manor house was built directly on top of an existing Inca foundation. Look out onto the arcaded courtyard just outside your door and imagine the centuries of visitors who have convened here—from elite Inca warriors to Simón Bolívar, South America’s celebrated liberator. Join the manager for an exclusive architectural tour of the lodge. Hear tales from the manor's long and intriguing past, and learn about the restoration process that brought this colonial gem back to its original glory. Tonight, sit down to an elegant dinner of traditional Peruvian fare.

Day 2—Step into History

After breakfast, set out on a leisurely stroll along the cobblestoned streets and baroque-style, colonial-era buildings of Cusco’s old town. Walk to the Plaza de Armas—the grand square that has been at the heart of the city through Inca and colonial rule and into the present—and pop into the cathedral to see biblical paintings with a Peruvian twist. Discover the city on your own or sign up for a half-day guided sightseeing tour led by a local guide. Stop back at the lodge for teatime with other guests. Indulge in a revitalizing spa treatment, such as a restorative oxygen therapy to help your body adjust to the higher altitude.

Day 3—Sacred Valley Excursion

If you’d like, set off into the Sacred Valley on a private excursion (additional cost applies). Half- and full-day tours explore regional highlights, including Inca ruins, unique landscapes, and traditional Andean villages. Observe weavers in action in Awanacancha, peruse the colorful handicrafts market of Chinchero, ponder the intricate agricultural pits of Moray, or venture to less-visited sites such as an elaborate church known as “South America’s Sistine Chapel.” Or opt to set off on a guided Andean adventure by bicycle or horseback. Recount your day’s adventures over dinner tonight, then sip a pisco sour—Peru’s national drink—in the storied courtyard under a blanket of stars.

Day 4—Depart

Linger over one last breakfast before checking out of the lodge.

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