National Geographic Explore VR Machu Picchu

Become a National Geographic photographer and travel to Peru to explore Machu Picchu.

Once again setting off as a NatGeo explorer on an interactive expedition, you’ll discover the Inca citadel in the mountains of Peru. As you explore this incredible place, you’ll experience its history through digital reconstructions of the past. Witness mummy worship inspect an Inca home, and raise a cup of sacred chicha beer.


Equipped with a hand-held digital camera, you’ll be able to record your discoveries from every angle. Take landscape, portrait and panorama photos for Nat Geo magazine, maybe you can even capture a truly spectacular image worthy of a cover shot! Display your photos on your photo wall – or share to Facebook!

Our team spent two weeks on-site, shooting over 25,000 photos to bring an unparalleled, photo-realistic experience to Oculus Quest!

Explore multiple areas within Machu Picchu in astounding detail:

The House of the Guardian, with its iconic bird’s-eye view over the site, The Sacred Plaza, believed to be the spiritual heart of the citadel, The Ingenuity Group, where the Inca elite is believed to have resided.

3D Environments

Unlike a 360-movie experience, which only allows a single point-of-view, these are immersive, truly three-dimensional environments to explore. Navigate in room-scale and closely inspect details so real they can almost be touched.


The Inca did not have a written language so accurate historic data often does not exist. With the input of National Geographic experts, the digital reconstructions are grounded in the latest scientific and historic understanding of this lost civilization.


Meet the local wildlife! As in real Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to spot llamas, iguanas, condors and more! Some of these intriguing creatures can be hard to spot and photograph… are you up for the challenge?