Authentic Peru !
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.
Local people and indigenous communities in Peru
Our Authentic Peru program are designed for those looking for a vacation full of living experiences visiting highlights in Peru, local villages and indigenous communities. We firmly believe that participatory tourism with local people and people from indigenous communities will allow the tourist to get a much deeper knowledge of Peru’s rich cultural diversity and ancestral history.
In the mountains (Andes highlands) and in the jungle of Peru, there are many indigenous communities. These indigenous communities save the dates, of much ancient knowledge of traditional medicine, ethno-botany, ancient techniques of agriculture, textile art, carved in stone, Andean religion, food and other super experiences. We also recommend you visiting a social project where the visitor will experience another reality of life in Peru.
Highlights of Authentic Peru
- Lima’s Historical Center declared a World Heritage by Unesco
- Learn about the cameloids of Peru and it's wool in Arequipa, the world capital of alpaca wool
- the Santa Catalina Monastery and Juanita - the Ice Princess
- Spot condors in Colca Canyon, the deepest Canyon in the world
- Family stay in an Eco Lodge on Ticonata Island in Lake Titicaca
- Set sail in a traditional boat to Amantani island
- Explore Cusco by foot with a local expert guide
- Learn all about medicinal plants of the Andes at an Indigenous community on a ethnobotanical excursion
- Machu Picchu and a free day to climb Huayna Picchu, hike to Mandor or Putukusi Mountain
- Visit one of our social projects in Cusco and participate with the children.
Departures:Daily departures year roundDestinations:Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Uros/Ticonata/Amantani islands at Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu.Reservation code:ET-EXP1
- Arrive in Lima. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima
- City tour Lima, colonial and modern. Overnight in Lima
- Flight Lima/Arequipa, visit the world of Alpaca, city tour and visit of museum Santuarios Andinos. Overnight in Arequipa
- Colca Canon 2d/1n 1st Day, depart from Arequipa en route to the town of Chivay. Overnight in Chivay
- Visit to the Condor Cross. Transfer Chivay to Puno. Overnight in Puno
- Puno-Uros-Llachon-Ticonata Islands (Lake Titicaca 2 Days) Overnight with local family
- Ticonata –Amantani-Puno. Overnight in Puno
- First class bus from Puno to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Indigenous community - Ethnobotany tour. Overnight with local family
- Tour Sacred Valley, Pisac Ruins, market and Ollantaytambo. Overnight in Sacred Valley
- Early Morning transfer to the train station for your tour of Machu Picchu, afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
- Free day in Machupicchu, afternon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Free day in Cusco, optional activities, afternon transfer to the airport.
Day 1 Arrival in Lima
Arrive in Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your Hotel and check in. *Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers that will be waiting for you at the reception desk of the Hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2 Lima - City tour
Today we will visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage by Unesco in 1988, and a Cultural Patrimony in 1991. We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archibishop’s Palace. Then visit the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs.
We continue to modern section and visit the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. On our way we will pass by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped temple. We visit the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. Then return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Lima
Day 3 Arequipa
Transfer to airport. Flight Lima/Arequipa. Upon arrival transfer to Arequipa center.
Acclimatization morning. In the Afternoon, Visit the world of Alpaca (Here our visitors can appreciate the textile Museum, machinery and the process of choosing alpaca weaving and dyeing, and we can appreciate some Alpacas and llamas. After that, City tour of Arequipa, the Santa Catalina Monastery and visit of Museum Santuarios Andinos located at La Merced to visit Juanita - the Ice Princess" who was discovered in 1995 by Johan Reinhard, an American Archeologist and his Peruvian climbing partner Zarate during an expedition, just below the peak of the Ampato Mountain. Juanita had been well preserved in ice for more than 500 years before volcanic activity melted the surrounding snow.
Overnight in Arequipa
Day 4 Arequipa / Colca Canon 2d/1n
We depart from Arequipa en route to the town of Chivay, capital of Caylloma. Take in the stunning views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes before arriving at the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, where we can observe the wild native Vicuñas camels in their natural habitat. Then we proceed to Pata Wasi, an indigenous Andean community located on the reserve.
This is a great place to view the towering Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To ease the discomfort of altitude sickness, local restaurants serve the Andean “Mate de Coca” drink. From here we will head to Tocra, located at 4500 meters, where you can visit lakes filled with migrant birds and view the Antiplano, with its Llamas and Guanacos. Pata Pampa is the highest point on the tour, at 4800 meters, where the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi, and Cordillera de Chila are located. We then head to the town of Chivay to see the magnificent terraces of the Colca valley. Then we head to Coporaque town to visit the Lodge La Casa de Mamayacchi for an authentic lunch. Afterwards we'll take a guided walk at Coporaque and its surroundings. Nearby you can visit the natural hot springs for a relaxing bath. After this exciting day we will bring you to your hotel or lodge.?
Overnight in Colca
Day 5 Visit to the Condor Cross. Transfer Chivay to Puno
Enjoy an early breakfast and depart for Cruz del Condor, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the canyon and perhaps catch a glimpse of the condor. Here you can take a short-guided walk along the canyon. Afterward, visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the Antahuilque viewpoint, where 1,500 year-old pre-Inca terraces, constructed by the Collaguas, can be observed. Then we stop to visit the hanging tombs of Choquetico and visit the litomaqueta, a model of the terraces carved in a rock. From here we head to Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in 1991, and also a historic church in the village of Yanque. Enjoy a lunch in Chivay before taking the bus to Puno. Arrive in Puno and transfer to your hotel.?
Overnight in Puno
Day 6 Puno-Uros-Llachon-Ticonata Islands (Lake Titicaca 2 Days)
In the morning transfer to the harbor where we embark for a boat trip to the famous floating islands of Uros, we step on two of the 60 manmade islands, discovering the fascinating history of this ancient fishing culture, then continue navigating to Llachon, arriving about 11 am. We do a gentle walk on a pre-Inca pathway and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Depart from Llachon, after 1-hour ride we arrive at Ticonata, where we are welcomed by the community and accommodated in the eco - village, with conical houses & thatched roofs made as a remembrance of the pre Incan houses in the region the conical shape and the thatched roofs give the island a unique character. Visit the local museum to see the mummies recently found, Later on, we will take a short hike to the ancient ritual place, at the top of the hill, even today it is still used by the locals in authentic ancestral ceremonies and the sunsets from up there are simply spectacular. What makes this tourism based project a genuine sustainable project is that it involves people from the community and they all share the work and the benefits equally. We will savour a typical dinner, then sit around the bonfire. There are few places where you can breathe the essence of a culture, nevertheless Ticonata is one of these rare gems. Here, one of the wise men will tell us about their magical world and traditions, daily life and customs. All of this, while enjoying the Milky Way and other constellations make for an unforgettable night in the Andes.
Overnight in Ticonata Eco Lodge. Note : Basic facilities, outhouse toilets, only warm shower available.
( Breakfast, lunch and dinner included (Dinner prepared by your local family)
Important note: Kayak trips are available along the coast of Llachon, before continuing onto Ticonata Island.
Day 7 Ticonata –Amantani-Puno
After an early breakfast of regional cereals, we set sail for Amantani island with experienced Taft fishermen at the helm. With the west winds behind us, we will arrive at our destination about 2 or 3 hours later depending on the season. You may need to paddle the last bit if necessary, but at any rate our private escort motorboat is ready to assist us if need be. On Amantani Island visit the main village and take a pleasant gentle walk to observe the locals farming and herding. We will have lunch in a local house ( this lunch is not included ) and some time to learn about the culture and people of Amantani. Later we return to return to Puno city by motorboat, arriving at approximately 4.30pm
Overnight in Puno
*Important Note : It is posible to change the visit of Amantani Island for Taquile Island.
Day 8 Bus Puno / Cusco
Transfer to the bus station for your first class bus to Cusco.
This daylong bus ride takes you past snow-covered peaks, through high and wide Andean valleys where llamas graze on spiky grass. As you pass by villages with cobblestone streets and you'll see people making adobe bricks by hand. On our way to Cusco we will visit La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Puno (14234 feet / 3800 meters), The litho-sculptures of Pukara, Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha and Andahuaylillas. 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. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Cusco.
Breaksfast and Lunch included.
Day 9 Cusco – Walking tour
In the morning you will relax and acclimatize. In the afternoon your guide will meet you in your hotel to start your walking tour in the Capital of the Inca Empire. Stroll on the cobble stones passing narrow streets with Inca stones. We will visit the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas built on top of an Inca temple. Then continue walking passing by local shops feeling the ambiance and soul of the city. We visit Qoricancha the most important and most revered in the Inca Empire. The Spaniards tore it down and used its remains to build the Church of Santo Domingo on the site. We continue our walk to the vibrant San Pedro market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, medicinal plants and more. En route you will admire the locals selling food or handicrafts in the street. Afterwards, we continue by transportation to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman with enormous stone work, and then to Qenko believed to have been used for rituals and human sacrifice. Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco.
Day 10 Sacred Valley - Indigenous community - Ethnobotany tour (Secrets of the medicine plants of the Andes).
At 8.30 a.m. we set off from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive at Pisac situated along the Urubamba River and continue to the Indigenous community. You will enjoy a distinct cultural experience with an ethnobotany tour of traditional medicines. Learn the secrets of the traditional medicine plants of the Indigenous community. Afterwards, we will have an opportunity to share some time with the lovely Indigenous children and their families.
Peru is one of the countries with the highest use of medicinal plants in the world. Even to this day they are still revealing new plants and their uses already known in the past but forgotten in the labyrinths of history. Discover the ancient wealth of knowledge collected about these plants and how they help the daily life of local people.
Experience the healing secrets and hidden beliefs after years of tradition transmitted over the generations, and learn to provide treatment for common diseases. After learning to use plants in their most traditional form, discover how to turn them into ointments, syrups and soaps.
Program activities: Interpretation of Ethnobotany, starting the process, Harvest flowers and leaves of wild plants, preparation plasters, preparation of ointments, preparation of candy.
Afterwards, we will have a delicious typical Andean lunch. Thereafter, relax and partake in a memorable cultural exchange with this kind, beautiful Indigenous community"
Overnight with local family
Breaksfast and Lunch and dinner included.(Lunch & Dinner prepared by your local family)
Day 11 Sacred Valley - Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Breakfast and farewell to the Indigenous community.
Today we will continue to the archaeological site of Pisac for a visit of the Temple of the Sun and more.
After that, we will continue our journey along the Sacred Valley of the Incas until arriving to Urubamba where we will stop to enjoy our buffet lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo for a visit of the terraces and temples.
* Optional: Social activity in the Sacred Valley Retreat B&B (Operating alongside Ninos del Sol) or Ceramic Workshop.
Overnight in Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 12 Train to Machupicchu.
Morning transfer to the train station and board the train for the picturesque journey to Aguas Calientes. On arrival to Aguas Calientes the hotel staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. After dropping off your luggage we will take the bus up to Machupicchu Sanctuary where you will enjoy a three hour guided tour of the sanctuary. After the tour you will head back down to the town Aguas Calientes. The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary is included.)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
*From the 1st of July 2017 the new visiting regulation of Machu Picchu applies.
Day 13 Machupicchu free day.
Free morning in Machupicchu.Optional: 7:00 - 8:00am or 10:00 - 11:00am hike to Huayna Picchu (option) and time to explore Machu Picchu. Today you have free time to return on your own to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site. *** (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary plus entry for Huayna Picchu is optional and not included) or you can choose to visit the waterfalls at Mandor or take the adrenaline climb of Putucusi mountain.
***If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machupicchu Pueblo hotel you can opt to do one of the various included excursions on the hotel grounds which include 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 and are at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure. Please disembark the train in Ollantaytambo or Poroy station were our representative awaits to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco (we will confirm the train station).
Overnight in Cusco
Note: New Park Regulations state you must be accompanied by a professional guide to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak and exit with guide.
Day 14 Cusco
Free day at leisure.
Optional. Lunch in the solidarity restaurant of an association. After lunch we recommend you to visit the one of humanitarian projects at which we are participate:
• An organisation that is dedicated to young girls rescued from domestic violence and poverty.
• A shelter for deprived children, that helps troubled children with games, listening and creative activities. Many are victims of the consequences of alcoholism and abuse. Volunteers, many from western countries, support them and teach them the values needed to thrive in a modern environment.
* You will not only discover a splendid place in the heart of Cuzco, but you will also provide loving care to the children.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 15 Cusco/Lima & International flight
Transfer to airport Flight Cusco/Lima to connect with your international flight.
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IncludedHotels included:2 nights in Lima, 1 night in Arequipa, 1 night in Colca, 2 nights in Puno, 1 night with in Ticonata, 4 nights in Cusco, 01 night with local family in Indigenous community, 1 night in the Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas CalientesEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on dayMeals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Train to Machupicchu by Vista-Dome (roundtrip)
- Flights:International flights
- Flights: 02 Domestic flights Lima/ Arequipa - Cusco/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
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Double room US $ 2430 US $ 2830 US $ 3880 Single room supplement US $ 510 US $ 985 US $ 1930 Notes:
* Prices for 2018 - based on shared group tours
Contact one of our Experience Travel Consultants to tailor this trip for you or if you have any questions, we are here to help you and strive to respond the same business day.