Custom Machu Picchu Trips
Inca Heights: 8,860-foot Huayna Picchu mountain rises above the Machu Picchu ruins. (PhotoDisc)

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This luxury-travel company delivers your wildest adventure dreams

Custom Machu Picchu Trips

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This luxury-travel company delivers your wildest adventure dreams Custom trips are hot, and leaping into the market is Exsus—a London-based luxury-travel company that got its start arranging extravagant trips for Britain’s aristocracy—which opened offices in New York in May. Not only have Exsus agents stayed at every hotel they book; they’re experts at combining brag-worthy adventure with high-end digs. Want to tour Rio de Janeiro with Gabriela Azevedo, the daughter of one of Brazil’s most famous bossa nova musicians, after dodging piranhas on an Amazon rafting trip? Done. Or take Peru, a perennial favorite adventure destination. An Exsus extravaganza might start in 11,024-foot Cuzco, which was once the wealthy capital of the Inca empire. After a stay in the Hotel Monasterio—a converted 17th-century seminary and the first hotel in the world to pump oxygen into guest rooms to assuage the effects of altitude—you’ll hit the Inca Trail through the Andes to MACHU PICCHU. Trekking too strenuous? Your private chef and masseuse will make sure you’re not hungry or sore. The pièce de résistance comes when Machu Picchu opens after-hours just for you—and a mountain-dwelling shaman who traveled three days to meet you performs a private ceremony. Before you depart, from Lima, one of the highest members of Peru’s elite society, Signora Ana Maria de Astudillo, will host lunch for you at her palatial home. The trip of a lifetime? Could be, but don’t take our word for it. Go unleash your own adventure fantasies. $6,595 per person for this 14-day sample trip in Peru; 866-397-8769,

From Outside Winter Traveler 2005
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