Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Sample Itinerary—Sacred Valley Sojourn

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Discover rich cultural heritage and the natural beauty of Peru’s Sacred Valley. Explore the lodge’s extensive network of trails, take part in local traditions, make your own batch of corn beer, and gaze up at the stars with an expert in Inca astrology.

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 a naturalist in the lodge's on-site Chicha House for a hands-on lesson in brewing the popular local drink, chicha de jora (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Hike the emerald slopes of the magnificent Andes, taking in views over the terra-cotta-colored towns of the Sacred Valley.
  • Pick your own produce from the lodge’s ecological farm and give your bounty to the chef to prepare for your evening meal.
  • Head into the Sacred Valley on a cultural excursion.

Day 1—Arrive Urubamba, Peru

Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy a welcome drink and gift. Then get settled in your room or suite, with panoramic views of the surrounding Andes. This afternoon, learn the secrets of chicha de jora, or corn beer. Join a naturalist in the lodge's on-site Chicha House for a hands-on lesson in brewing this popular local drink. Tonight, savor a gourmet meal prepared with organic ingredients from the lodge’s ten-acre carbon-free farm. Before retiring to your room for the night, settle into a cozy chair on the terrace and gaze up at the constellations of the southern hemisphere.

Day 2—The Majesty of the Valley

After breakfast, set off on foot to explore the trails around the lodge. Tackle the Huasi Challa trail and climb across an Andean hillside while taking in spectacular views over the town of Huayoccari. Visit the lodge’s farm and learn about the organic cultivation of local crops using traditional hand tools and oxen, as Sacred Valley farmers have done for centuries. Pick your own produce, ranging from giant corn to quinoa, for the kitchen to use in the preparation of your dinner tonight. Meet other guests over a pisco sour—the national drink of Peru—at the lodge’s cocktail hour.

Day 3—Andean Life Past and Present

Rise early and take to the trails with binoculars in hand to seek out the colorful bird species that live in the valley. Watch for sparkling violetears, colorful Andean and mitred parakeets, and the bearded mountaineer. Then head out on a guided cultural excursion in the Sacred Valley (additional cost applies). Meet traditional weavers in the village of Chinchero, and explore the mysterious Inca ruins at Moray. Venture into the fascinating Inkariy Museum to learn about pre-Columbian Peru. Back at the lodge, take a lantern-lit walk at sunset, winding through the foothills surrounding the lodge with an astrology expert and learning about the importance of astronomy in the Andean world.

Day 4—Depart

Enjoy one last breakfast at the lodge before your departure.

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