From the Amazon rainforest to the Andes

11 days - 10 nights
Lima, Amazon rainforest, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Titicaca lake, Lima
Overview

Introduction Amazon, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

 
Our journey starts in the Amazon rainforest with a stay at one of our Amazon adventure jungle lodges. Your stay includes a variety of water and land based adventures introducing you to the huge variety of fauna and flora found at the Tambopata reserve. From the jungle we head up to the Andes. Once the heart of the great Inca civilization, Cusco has a fascinating and unique fusion of colonial and Inca architecture. We travel through the Sacred Valley, ringed by snowcapped peaks and studded with Inca temples and incredible constructions, we will continue towards the lost city of Machu Picchu which was hidden from the world for centuries. Finally you will head south to the Titicaca lake, with its remote islands, living culture and fascinating archaeological remains.
 
Trip Highlights: 
• Unique platform treks through the canopies of the Amazon jungle.
• See a wide range of animals including the giant otter and the black caiman.
• Visit the remains of the famous Fitzcarrald steam ship.
• Explore the splendid temples and palaces of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
• Spend the evening with a nice dinner accompanied  with some good wines at one of Cusco's many fine restaurants.
• Spend a night in the beautiful and relaxing Sacred Valley.
• Learn from our passionated guides - the history and legends of the Incas.
• Take in the breathtaking views at Machu Picchu - the lost city.
• Board the fantastic Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Titicaca Lake.
• Visit the still-surviving ancient cultures of the floating reed islands.
 
  1. Arrive in Lima. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Flight Lima/Amazon. First of three days in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
  3. Second day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
  4. Third day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Cusco. Free time. Overnight in Cusco
  5. Morning free. Afternoon city tour. Overnight in Cusco
  6. Sacred Valley excursion. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  7. Morning train to Machupicchu. Private guided tour of Machupicchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  8. Morning free. Afternoon return Vistadome train to Poroy/Cusco. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco
  9. Andean Explorer train to Puno. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Puno
  10. Visit to Titicaca Lake and the islands of Uros and Taquile. Overnight in Puno
  11. Morning flight to Lima. afternoon Lima city tour. Evening international flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Amazon rainforest, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Titicaca lake, Lima
Reservation code:
AMZ11
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival Lima

On your arrival in Lima, our representative will be lwaiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option of the four star Costa del Sol Hotel which is directly connected to the airport by a footbridge. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the Costa del Sol 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. 

Overnight in Lima

No meals

Day 2 Lima to the Amazon jungle - First day


This day we will start our adventure in the Amazon jungle. We will transfer you to Lima airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Our representative will be waiting for your arrival in Puerto Maldonado to begin your Amazon tour; first we will check-in at the Butterfly house & lounge.Then we will travel to our lodgings by motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River (approximately 25-minutes). On our arrival, it will be time to take a buffet lunch, prepared with organic ingredients and native flavours. After lunch we take a nature trail walk where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate on a canoe in a twighlight excursion. Boating on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystems, Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior and if you like gazing starts, this a great place to observe the southern constellations. Back to the main building for dinner.

Overnight - Amazon Lodge

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3 Amazon jungle - Second day


After breakfast we have a long trek through firm ground in the Tambopata National Reserve to Sandoval Lake. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of the world, we will learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. We will travel across the oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, the blue and yellow macaw, the red howler monkey and the black caiman. We head back to the lodge for lunch for the canopy walkway and anaconda walk. We ascend one of the two 98 ft (30 mts) towers and cross the seven hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 90 ft (28m) high. Here we have breathtaking views and we can watch toucans, woodpeckers, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth.  Then we walk along the 200-meter wooden bridge over some swamps and learn about the fauna and flora of these flooded ecosystems. Then we return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner.

Overnight - Amazon Lodge

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Extra nights can be arranged depending on the lodge's availability

note: The Amazon itinerary maty change depending on the lodge you select. Please consult your travel consultant if you have further questions or need guidance in choosing your lodge.

Day 4  Amazon jungle to Cusco

After breakfast we take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the Butterfly house & lounge where you can wait for your flight to Cusco. We fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco and on arrival our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize in Cusco or optional excursions.

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included

Day 5 Cusco city tour

In the morning or the afternoon (whichever you prefer) your guide will pick you up from your hotel for your private guided city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the typical streets of Cusco visiting 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 Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel. You have the evening free.

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included

Day 6 Sacred Valley of the Incas

This morning we start our day excursion to the Sacred Valley Of the Incas. We visit the colorful indigenous and handicraft market of Pisac and the ruins high up on the mountain overlooking the valley. At Pisac we can enjoy a small typical Andean market and it offers good opportunities to buy local handicraft. We continue to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is served and after lunch we continue to Ollantaytambo. 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. 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 Machupicchu Sanctuary tour.

Morning transfer to the train station to board the train for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes. On arrival to Aguas Calientes the hotel staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.  Your guide will meet you at your hotel and after dropping off your luggage you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary where you will enjoy a three hour guided tour of the sanctuary. After your tour you have free time to explore the place on your own. The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary are included.)

Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)

Breakfast included

Day 8 Machupicchu-Cusco

Today you have free time to return on your own to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site and hike to Huayna Picchu (tickets for today are not included) or you can choose to visit the waterfalls of Mandor or take the adrenaline climbing the Putucusi mountain. 
If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel you can opt to do one of the various included excursions on the hotel grounds. You can take bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides. 
Please make sure you check out of you hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and that you pick up your luggage to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure. Please disembark the train in Poroy station were our representative awaits to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included
 

 

Day 9 Journey by train or first class bus from Cusco to Puno 


Option 1

Bus to Puno

Transfer to the bus station for your First Class bus ride to Puno, You will visit four archaeological sites along the way.
Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.  

Places you will visit are:

The church of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". It is known as one of the best- preserved examples of Andean religious art.

Raqchi; the temple dedicated to the worshiping of Wirachoca God. 

La Raya:  the highest point between Cusco and Puno, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains.


Pukara : The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara 

Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight in Puno.

Option 2



Andean Explorer Train to Puno

Travel in style on the Andean Explorer train  to Titicaca Lake 
Morning transfer to the local train station of Cusco where the Andean Explorer is waiting for your spectacular rail journey to Puno, which runs on the shores of Titicaca Lake. The glass-walled observation coach provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route.
First class lunch served aboard the train completely in style is part of this journey.
A music and fashion show and also a bar tending lesson will be part of your experience aboard.

On arrival in Puno you get picked up from the train station and transferred to your hotel.
The train.

Overnight in Puno

Breakfast and a three course lunch included.


Note: upgrade to the Andean Explorer train to Cusco is available at an additional cost and on these days:
November to March = Mon, Wed, Sat.
April to October = Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Alternatively an early morning or afternoon flight from Cusco to Juliaca is possible. Please consult for these options they are not included in our offer.

Day 10 Titicaca Lake, Uros and Taquile islands

Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits you to visit one of the highest navigable lakes in the world (3800 meters / 12467.19 feet). We will explore the floating island of the Uros where you will see their typically dressed inhabitants. We continue the tour for the island of Taquile where the local people are experts in traditional weaving techniques. Return to Puno transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno,
Breakfast included.

Day 11 flight Juliaca/Lima and City tour of Lima

Morning transfer to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima leave luggage in airport storage, then 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 and at 1.45 pm you will be picked up from the drop off/ pick up point in front of Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service. After the tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer returning to the airport for your international flight.
Breakfast included

Optional: Transfer and evening city tour with dinner: If you have time we have an evening city tour which includes a dinner show at a selected restaurant. We can organize a transfer from the restaurant returning to the airport for your international flight. 

Included

Included

Hotels included:
One night in Lima, two nights in an Amazon lodge, three nights in Cusco, one night in the Sacred Valley, one night in Machu Picchu, ( Aguas Calientes), two nights in Puno
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit as mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions as mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 7
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
Train Andean Explorer:
Orient Express Cusco - Puno

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Three Domestic flights Lima/ Puerto Maldonado/Cusco and Juliaca/Lima. 
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
  • Entrance tickets & bus tickets for day 8 
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
Orient Express Cusco - Puno
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic San Blas Cusco

    The Casa Andina Classic San Blas Hotel is a hotel made for visitors looking for a relaxed, stress-free place to stay individually or with a family. With its restaurant, interior courtyard, fountain, 3 wood burning chimneys and, above all, the helpful staff; this hotel can compete with the best hotels in town.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

Sacred Valley

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.
     

Lima

  • 3
    Category: 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. 

     

Prices

 

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Prices in US$ Double room US $ 1725 US $ 2050 US $ 3040
Single room supplement  US $ 475 US $ 710 US $ 1510