Earlier this month, National Geographic announced a free upgrade to National Geographic Explore VR’s original Antarctica experience. The wait is over, and you can now set off on a thrilling adventure to discover the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu!

What’s Happening:

  • Continuing its legacy of groundbreaking storytelling, a new location for National Geographic Explore VR on Oculus Quest is launching today. This new second location of the Oculus experience for the Quest headset is a VR experience that takes viewers on a dramatic adventure through Machu Picchu.
  • Following the success of Explore VR Antarctica, Machu Picchu will take viewers on an interactive expedition where they will discover the Inca citadel in the mountains of Peru, learn about the history and culture through digital reconstructions, witness mummy worship, inspect an Inca home, and raise a cup of sacred chicha.
  • Machu Picchu was built in the 1400s and brought to international attention by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Virtually, you can now visit Machu Picchu, Peru and get immersed in amazing digital reconstructions of the ancient Inca citadel. Witness mummy worship, raise a cup of sacred chicha and encounter alpacas as you match Hiram Bingham’s photographs from when he rediscovered the Inca citadel.
  • With a mission to capture photographs for the National Geographic magazine, this interactive experience lets the entire family discover the world without ever leaving home.

What They’re Saying:

  • Matthew Piscitelli, Project Archaeologist and Digital Media Manager at SEARCH: My biggest hope is that players take away a newfound appreciation for a culture and its history. The Inca were an amazing society whose descendants still live in the Andes. I wish that everyone who experiences Machu Picchu through Explore VR comes to understand why Peru means so much to me and my colleagues who've dedicated much of their professional lives to its study.