The Amazon Rainforest and the Inca Trail
We were fortunate to come across a discussion containing high praise for a tour company called Chaska Tours (www.chaskatours.com). We worked with Pieter and Rocio Valcarcel. (Pieter is actually Dutch, but he speaks and e-mails in excellent English.) They put together an excellent itinerary (at the last minute and during high season in mid-August) with all private, selected guides during our entire trip.
A full adventure tour which includes the Amazon jungle, staying two nights in a lodge with excursions that will take you deep into the jungle and the Madre de Dios river to explore its flora and fauna - Cusco with its incredible Inca temples and palaces and colonial buidings constructed by the Spanish conquerors, the beautiful Sacred Valley with its impresive Inca ruins and home to many Andean communities and the classic four day Inca trail with its incredible sceneries, finally a walk through the fascinating lost city of Machu Picchu.
- Take a motorized boat along the Madre Dios river. Travel to the depths of the Amazonian forest - a great introduction to the vast array of wildlife and its ecosystems.
- Relax in a jungle lodge and enjoy the place and its surroundings.
- Explore the charming City of Cusco, with its cobbled streets and a surprising festive calendar all over the year.
- Walk around the handicraft market of Pisac - get an inside glimpse of the 'not-so' modern life of the Andean people.
- Hike the classic four day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. An amazing ancient path which was hidden away for centuries..
- Enjoy a guided tour in a small group with our guide at Machu Picchu.
Departures:Year round except for February, subject to Inca Trail availability permits, otherwise alternative treks can be taken.Destinations:Madre de Dios, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail, Machu PicchuReservation code:AIT4
- Arrival in Lima and transfer to your hotel or walk over to Costa del Sol Airport Hotel.
- Transfer to Lima airport or walk over when in Costa del Sol and flight to Puerto Maldonado. First day in the Amazon jungle.
- Second day of adventure in the Amazon. Overnight at Amazon Lodge
- Third day in the Amazon jungle, fly to Cusco. Transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore the city. Overnight in Cusco.
- Morning private walking tour of Cusco with your guide and visit to Sacsayhuaman. Afternoon free. Overnight in Cusco
- Pick up at your hotel for your day excursion to the Sacred Valley. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
- Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
- Inca Trail second day
- Inca Trail third day
- Last day Inca trail, guided tour of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco
- Transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. Optional Transfers to Lima center and a Lima tour or optional cooking classes.
Day 1 arrival in LimaOn your arrival to Lima, make your own way over to the Costa del Sol Hotel and check in. You will find that the hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please pick up your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers at the reception desk of the Hotel.NOTE: if you have chosen the package of Luxury Superior our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your selected hotel, and your holiday hotel vouchers will be waiting at the hotel for you.Overnight in LimaNo meals included
Day 2 Amazon Rainforest
Walk back to the airport from the Costa del Sol Hotel or transfer to the airport for your Flight to Puerto Maldonado.
We will be waiting for your arrival in Puerto Maldonado ready to start your Amazon tour. We will go by boat to the jungle lodge and on arrival you will have free time to settle in. Your lunch will be served in the main dining room and in he afternoon you will enjoy a guided walk along a special nature trail. In the evening you will have a twilight river excursion followed by cocktails and dinner on the lovely lodge grounds.
Lodging in Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 3 Amazon Rainforest
This day you can stay in bed or get up early - breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest. You will start the excursion to Sandoval lake in the Tambopata National Reserve. From there you will return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch you will take the Canopy Walk and you have the option to extend your excursion so as to appreciate the sunset from one of the high canopy towers. From there you will return to the Amazon Lodge. Cocktails are served in the main dining room or during the evening nature presentation in the Eco-Media Center. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. with the evening to relax.
Overnight in Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included
Day 4 Amazon Rainforest to Cusco
After breakfast we say goodbye to the lodge (extra days are possible under request) and we return to Puerto Maldonado, visiting the Butterfly farm along the way to the airport. We fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco and on arrival to Cusco a staff member will take you to the VIP lounge were a Chaska Tours representative will be waiting for you. Here our representative will give you a fully-personalized briefing, whilst waiting for your luggage to arrive this is a good moment to ask questions and get orientated. From the airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or if you prefer you can explore the city.
Overnight in Cusco
Note: The Amazon itinerary will vary in the included activities depending on the lodge of your selection. Please refer to your travel consultant for detailed information.
Day 5 Cusco
In the morning your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel for your private alternative city tour, including two archeological sites. We will visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the fascinating streets of Cusco, then we will visit the Cathedral in the main square and then we continue to see the famous 12 angle Inca stone. From this point our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then to Qenko shrine. Finishing back at your hotel you have the rest of the afternoon free. This is a good moment to buy souvenirs since Cusco offers some of the finest Alpaca wool garment, silver jewelry, and other fine handicrafts.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley of the Incas
This morning we start your full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit the colorful handicraft market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. At Pisac we can enjoy a small typical Andean market where people gather to exchange their products, the other part of the market,offers good opportunities to buy some handicrafts. Then we will continue to the city of Urubamba, where a buffet lunch will be served. After lunch we continue to Ollantaytambo where we visit the Archaeological site. Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is located at the bottom of spectacular Inca ruins, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. At the end of our tour we check-in to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included
Day 7 Inca Trail - first day
Sacred Valley - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba
An early start with a pick up from your hotel in The Sacred Valley for your transfer to the trail head at Km 82 on the way to Machu Picchu, we will begin our trek by hiking along the left bank of the Vilcanota river, overlooked by the summit of the Veronica mountain (5,900 mts / 19,000 ft.) We will camp this night on a terrace near the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000 mts / 9,840 ft).
15.8 km –9.8 mi / 6 hours walking.
Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at campsite.
Day 8 Inca Trail - second day
Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
We will trek upward through native forest to Pacaymayu - the highest campsite of the Inca Trail. Today will be one of the most demanding days of the trail as we will be ascend to the mountain pass of Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman´s Pass at 4,200 mts /13,750 ft). At this point we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the peaks of Huayanay to the east, and the rugged Vilcabamba range to the west. Afterwards, we will descend to our campsite at Pacaymayu (3,600 mts / 11,808 ft).
8.6 km – 5.3 mi / 6.5 hours walking.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at campsite.
Day 9 Inca Trail - Third day
Pacaymayu - Winay Wayna
Today, we will cross a second mountain pass at 4,000 mts / 13,100 ft and follow a finely-paved and well-preserved portion of the Inca trail to the restored archaeological site of Sayacmarka. This section of the Inca Trail is paved with white granite and traverses a thickly forested slope. We will camp at Wiñaywayna (2650 mts / 8692 ft) after a spectacular descent from the cloud forest and high jungle. Wiñaywayna is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and buit with finely-carved stones that were fit together with great precision.
15 km – 9.3 mi / 7 hours walking.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at campsite.
Day 10 Inca Trail - fourth day
WinayWayna - Machu Picchu
Orchids and hummingbirds are a common sight along this stretch of the Inca Trail and the Urubamba river is a constant presence far below us. From Wiñaywayna we will continue to the place known as Intipunku or The Sun Gate, from where we will see Machupicchu for the first time stretched out below on a rocky outcropping, here is where you can take the classic vista of the citadel. Overlooking the citadel, you will find the peak known as Huayna Picchu. From here, we need only to walk down the final stretch of the royal trail and enter to the last enigmatic citadel, which laid hidden for four centuries before being revealed to the world by a casual discovery.
You will have time to walk in the site accompanied by your guide, who will provide you information about the theories expalining the cosntruction of the citadel and the possible reasons of its abandoning. In the afternoon you will return to Cusco by train, arriving in the late evening.
(5 km – 3.1 mi / 2.5 hours walking)
Overnight in Cusco
Day 11: Flight Cusco/ Lima. Optional city tour of LimaIn the morning it is time to say goodbye to Cusco. You will be transferred to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.Breakfast included.End of our program.
Option 1: Transfer to Lima centre for an afternoon Lima City tour: On your arrival in Lima our representative can pick you up from the airport and you should head straight over to leave your luggage in trhe airport storage. From the airport you will be transferred to the drop off pick up point in Miraflores in front of the Marriott Hotel. You have free time for lunch. At 1.45pm you will be picked up from the front of Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service. After the tour you will be dropped back at the front of the Marriott Hotel where you will have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to return to the airport for your international departure.
Option 2: Transfer to Lima center and evening city tour with dinner: If you have time we have a guided evening city tour which includes a dinner show at a selected restaurant. We can organize a transfer returning to the airport for your international flight.
IncludedHotels included:1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Amazon, 2 nights in Cusco, 1 night in the Sacred Valley, 3 nights CampingEntrance tickets:Entrance tickets for all excursions including Machupicchu and Inca TrailExcursions:all excusrions as mentioned in programGuide:Professional English speaking guideMachupicchu:Inca Permit that includes Machu Picchu + one way bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas CalientesMeals:as per itineraryTrain:Return by Expedition train from Machupicchu to Poroy or Ollantaytambo with hotels tourist and economic / Vistadome train when staying at Hotels comfort or luxury
- International and Domestic flights
- Entrance Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
- Extra Porter for Inca Trail to carry personal belongings up to 7 kilos per person
- Sleeping Bag
- Walking Pole Set
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not mentioned in program
Eco Inn Cusco
Hotel Eco Inn in Cusco is operating since October 2007 in a big white prominent building at the end of Sol Avenue and in front of the Artesanal Market and waterfall. The entry and lobby are enormous and are flooded with natural light coming in from the impressive roof. Next to this lobby you'll find a stylish restaurant with the tables set up next to the river which was beautifully constructed through the restaurant. The suites and traditional rooms are divided among 4 floors and 3 elevators can be used to avoid climbing stairs.
In the basement of the Hotel Eco Inn you can discover the greatness of their Inca Spa. A completely different world with a unique atmosphere will make you feel fresh, clean and above all full of vitality and energy. They combine ancient Inca methods, elements and techniques during their rituals, massages and facial or body treatments.
Hotel Eco Inn is a great option for a comfortable and new hotel at an accesable price.
Hotel Encantada is far from the noisy streets, but still located in the centre and close to the Sacsayhuaman ruins. The Encantada Boutique Hotel is a marvellous place located in the higher part of Cusco's city centre.
All 15 rooms are divided among three floors in this modern styled hotel; on the upper floor there is a rooftop terracce and a spa. From both places you'll have an excellent view over the city, the surrounding mountains and the rooftops of San Blas while listening to the sound of the birds in the trees close by. The services of the Spa are exclusive guests of the hotel and must be reserved in advance.
The lobby is decorated in a very modern way with leather furniture, dark brown colours and offers a tranquil atmosphere, especially with the fire burning. The Internet, fruits and hot water for drinks are free to use and can be found in the hotel's lobby.
Plenty of natural light enters the spacious rooms because of the large windows.
Inkallpa Sacred Valley
Hotel Inkallpa in the Sacred Valley is a wonderful new hotel located in a small community called Yanahuara, about 20 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo. It took the Peruvian family, the Mayos, two years to construct this little paradise and they have operated this hotel from the beginning.
While at Hotel Inkallpa, surrounded by mountains and silence, it will certainly feel like you're very far away from the civilization, but no....with a simple 20 minute drive you're at the Ollantaytambo train station, from where your train leaves to Machupicchu.
Many people stay one night in the Sacred Valley and then start their journey onto Machupicchu. Hotel Inkallpa, however, is a place where you can spend more than a day relaxing, reading or meditating without feeling bored. At the end of July, their spa will also be ready and so you will have the opportunity to order a massage or to take a bath in their Jacuzzi.
A small river, complete with fountains and waterfalls, runs through the green fields and makes sure the flowers are showing their finest colors throughout the year. When lucky, the fruit trees are in bloom upon your check in and you can pick your own peaches, raspberries are any other fruit growing on the property.
Because of its lovely climate and beautiful scenery, the Sacred Valley is an excellent place to practice outdoor sports like horse riding, white water rafting, mountain biking, and paragliding or rock climbing. All these activities can be done in just one day with the start and end from Hotel Inkallpa. After a day full of activities and upon your return to the hotel, one suggestion would be to get a massage before going to your room to enjoy the sunset falling down over the Sacred Valley of the Inca's from your balcony with a glass of wine.
3Category: Tourist, Economic
Manhattan airport hotel
Manhattan airport hotel is convenientely located near the airport of Lima in a quiet neighbourhood. It is a 10 minute ride to the hotel.
Hotel Manhattan is a good economic option when your arrival is late in the evening and if you have a morning flight the next day.
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Prices in US$. Double room US $ 1775 US $ 1955 US $ 2885 Single room supplement US $ 1990 US $ 2170 US $ 3100
* Prices for 2019
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