Discover Peru

20 days - 19 nights
Lima, Paracas, The Ballestas islands, Arequipa,the Colca Canyon, Puno, Uros and Taquile islands in theTiticaca lake, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, the Amazon jungle.
Overview
when we were told our flight Paris-Amsterdam-Lima was cancelled due to the snow! We had to leave 2 days later, and so everything had to be thought through again because our schedule was already so tight. Again, everything went smoothly thanks to Pieter and his team.

A twenty day journey visiting the highlights of Peru: We start in Lima taking a cruise-bus we head south along the coast making stops at Ica, Pisco and Nazca before reaching the White City or Arequipa.  From this city we head up into the Andean mountains visiting the Colca Canyon and the Titicaca Lake on the border with Bolivia. From Puno, we take a tourist bus to Cusco and a beautiful train journey to Machu Picchu. Finally, we fly into the to the Amazon jungle before returning to Lima.

Tour highlights

  • Relax at your Oasis hotel in Ica before having some Dune-Buggie fun.
  • Visit the amazing marine and bird life at Paracas and Ballestas Islands.
  • Take a flight over the misterious Nazca Lines
  • Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, a masterpiece of colonial architecture in Arequipa
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the Colca Canyon and enjoy the spectacular flight of the condor
  • Board a cruiser bus traveling through the amazing landscapes in the Andes
  • Visit the floating reed islands of the Uros.
  • Marvel your senses at the incredible lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Spend your nights in a luxury Amazon log-cabin
  • Enjoy the jungle excursions included in your stay
  1. Arrival in Lima. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Morning free. Afternoon Lima city tour. Overnight in Lima
  3. Morning Bus service to Paracas. Afternoon dune buggy ride. Overnight in Paracas
  4. Morning visit to the Ballestas Islands. Afternoon tour to Paracas National Reserve. Overnight in Ica
  5. Ica - Winery Tour  El Catador - Bodega Tacama & Hacienda Vista Alegre - Bus to Nazca
  6. Chauchilla - Kantalloc Tour - Optional extra cost Nazca Lines Over flight - Bus to Arequipa
  7. Arequipa city Tour. Overnight in Arequipa.
  8. Colca Canyon First day. Overnight in Colca.
  9. Colca Canyon Second day. Overnight in Colca.
  10. From the Colca Canyon to Puno. Overnight in Puno.
  11. Titicaca Lake. Overnight in Puno.
  12. Morning free. Afternoon city tour and four nearby archaeological sites. Overnight in Cusco.
  13. Sacred Valley tour, Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
  14. Morning Vistadome train to Machupicchu. Guided tour of Machupicchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes Town
  15. Free morning in Aguas Calientes. Afternoon return by train to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  16. Flight to Puerto Maldonado. First day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
  17. Second day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge.
  18. Third day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge.
  19. Last day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima. Free time to relax. Overnight in Lima.
  20. Free day. Evening transfer to the airport for international flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Paracas, The Ballestas islands, Arequipa,the Colca Canyon, Puno, Uros and Taquile islands in theTiticaca lake, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, the Amazon jungle.
Reservation code:
FP20
Day by day

Day 1 Lima

On your arrival to Lima we will be waiting to take you to your hotel where you will check in. Your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers will be at the reception desk of the Hotel. 
Overnight in Lima
No meals included

Day 2 Lima City-tour

This morning is free for you to relax and maybe take a stroll in Miraflores. In the afternoon we will pick you up for your city tour of Lima. This tour offers you the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included

Day 3 Lima - Bus to Paracas - Sand boarding & Dune Buggy

This morning you will board a bus to Paracas.  Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. At 4:00 p.m. we will pick you up from your hotel and take you for your dune buggy and Sand boarding excursion.  After the tour we return to the hotel; free evening to relax and explore your hotel neighborhood and the Oasis of Huacachina.
Bus departs from Lima at 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Ica at 11:05 a.m. approximately
Bus to Paracas: estimated time 3 hours and 35 minutes approximately
Sand boarding and Dune Buggy tour: 2 hours
Overnight in Paracas
Breakfast included

Day 4 Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Tour

Transfer to Ballestas Islands known as the “Small Galapagos” because of its abundant wildlife. Tour the Islands by boat; here we can observe hundreds of sea lions and seals and a large variety of seabirds such as flamingoes, pelicans, boobies, cormorants and many others. Return to Paracas where you will have lunch.

After lunch we will visit the National Reserve of Paracas which is home to a diverse collection of marine life and birds. This tour takes us to the costal area with the never-ending tropical sand-dune desert where we will see the famous Paracas Candelabrum etched into the coastal mountainside. Return to the hotel in Ica
Ballestas Islands tour: two hours. Paracas National Reserver tour: two hours and thirty minutes
Bus departs Paracas at 17:00 hours and arrives in Ica 18:15 hours approximately.
Bus ride: One hour and fifteen minutes
Overnight in Ica
Breakfast Included

Day 5 Ica - Winery Tour  El Catador - Bodega Tacama & Hacienda Vista Alegre - Bus to Nazca

This morning we will drive and visit the "Bodega Catador", an small artisanal family Wine and Pisco Distillery, with 154 years of history. Here you will taste different kinds of wines and Pisco in an underground cellar. Then we continue to the Tacama Bodega, a larger Commercial Winery.

.  It is housed in a 16th-century farm, and uses modern technology for its wine production. Next we move onto the biggest and oldest winery in Peru, “Hacienda Vista Alegre”. After the tour we will take the bus to Nazca. Arrive and transfer to your hotel.
Winery tour - Two a nd a half hours
Bus from Ica departs at 18:20 hours arrives in Nazca at 20:40 hours approximately.
Bus ride: Estimated time: two hours nineteen minutes
Overnight in Nazca
Breakfast included

Day 6 Nazca lines, Chauchilla and Kantalloc Tour 

This morning you have the chance to take a flight over the Nazca Lines and in the afternoon we start our excursion of the Chauchilla cemetery, the amazing aqueducts of Kantalloc and on to the ceramic and gold processing ateliers. Evening bus journey to Arequipa.
Tour duration: ~ 4 hrs
Bus to Arequipa departs at 22:00 arriving at 7:30am approximately
Bus ride:estimated time 9 hours and 30 minutes
Day use Hotel
Overnight on bus
Breakfast included

Note: flight over Nazca lines is not included in package price

Day 7 Arequipa

On arrival to Arequipa around 7.30 am we will take you to your hotel where you can rest and relax.  Afternoon city tour. We will visit the Main Square, Yanahuara church and its observatory, Arequipa´s most important churches, like San Francisco, the "Compania de Jesus"’ famous cloisters, colonial houses, and a special visit to the Santa Catalina Convent and Cloisters.
Overnight Arequipa
Breakfast included
 

Day 8 Colca Canyon First day

Transfer to Colca Canyon. Driving across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of vicuñas and stopping at the Mirador de los Andes, the crater of Chucura, the Mirador de Chivay, where beautiful pre-columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas can be observed. Arrival at the town of Chivay transfer to hotel. Free time to enjoy the hot springs.
Overnight in Chivay, Colca Canyon
Breakfast included

Day 9 Colca Canyon Second day

Morning departure to the "Condor's Cross" where the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above the still farmed green pre-Hispanic terraces. On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs.
Overnight in Chivay, Colca Canyon.
Breakfast included

Day 10 From the Colca Canyon to Puno

We have the morning to relax before we take the afternoon bus to Puno departing at 1.30 pm and arriving at 6 pm. In Puno we will pick you up to take you to your hotel; the evening will be free to explore the area.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast Included

Day 11 Titicaca Lake

Today we will leave to 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 islands of the Uros, inhabited by traditional fisherman. We continue the tour to the island of Taquile where the local people are experts in traditional weaving techniques. Return to Puno and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast included

Day 12 Journey by train or first class bus from Cusco to Puno

Option 1
Bus to Cusco
Transfer to the bus station for your first class bus ride to Cusco, You will visit four archeological sites along the way.
 Upon arrival to Cusco we take you to your hotel.
Places you will visit are:
The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara.
La Raya:  the highest point between Puno and Cusco, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains.
Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha

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.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.
Breakfast and lunch included
Overnight in Cusco
 
Alternative option: Andean Explorer train to Cusco
Travel in style on the Andean Explorer train to the Titicaca Lake. 
Morning transfer to the local train station of Cusco where the Andean Explorer is waiting for your spectacular rail journey to Cusco, which runs on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The glass-walled observation coaches provide 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 is served aboard the train in style.
A music and fashion show and  a bar-tending lesson will also be part of your experience aboard.
On your arrival in Cusco we will take you to your hotel
Overnight in Cusco
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 Juliaca to Cusco is possible. Please consult for these options they are not included in our offer.
 

Day 13 City tour of Cusco

In the morning your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel for your private guided alternative city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the market of San Pedro, a vibrant, colourful Andean market giving you an inside look at the local culture of Peru; then we move to the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the traditional 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 after Qenko, a religious place here some divinities were worshipped. We finish back at your hotel .The rest of the afternoon will be free. This is a good moment to buy souvenirs since Cusco offers some fine Alpaca wool, silver jewelry, and other fine handicrafts.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 14 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we will have our day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we arrive to Pisac, we will have a short visit of the Ccochawasi Animal Rescue Sanctuary. Then, we will visit the Pisac ruins where we can catch wonderful views of the valley below. We continue to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is 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 15 Machu Picchu

Morning transfer to the train station to board the train for the scenic journey to Aquas Calientes. On your 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 all take the bus up to Machupicchu Sanctuary where you will enjoy a three hour private guided tour of the sanctuary. After your tour you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary is included).
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu Town)
Breakfast included
*From the 1st of July 2017 the new visiting regulation of Machu Picchu applies. 

Day 16 Machupicchu-Cusco

Today you have the opportunity to return on your own to Machupicchu Sanctuary and explore the site (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary, entrance to Huayna Picchu is optional for this day), you can also choose to visit the waterfalls at 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 in the hotel grounds such as 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 Ollantaytambo station where our representative awaits to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included
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 17 Cusco to Amazon rainforest - First day

Transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
We will be waiting for your arrival in Puerto Maldonado to start your Amazon rainforest tour and we check-in at the Butterfly house & lounge.Then we travel to our lodgings by motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River (approximately 25-minutes). On our arrival it will be time for a buffet lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors. 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 the southern constellations. Return to the main building for dinner.
Overnight - Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 18 Amazon rainforest - Second day

After breakfast we have a long trek through terra firma 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 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 (28 mts) high. Here we have breathtaking views and observe 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. We then return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner.
Overnight - Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

(Option: Add 1 or 2 extra days in the Amazon depending on availability of the lodge)

Day 19 Puerto Maldonado to Lima

After breakfast we will take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the Butterfly house & lounge where you can wait for your flight to Lima.  We fly from Puerto Maldonado to Lima and on arrival a staff member will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Free evening in Lima or optional excursions.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included

(The Amazon itinerary is from one of the different lodges we offer. The itineraries will change depending on which lodge you choose)

Day 20 Lima - Evening international departure.

Free day or optional excursion. Evening transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Breakfast included

Optional extra: 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. 

Included

Included

Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit 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 15
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - roundtrip (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
Train Andean Explorer:
First class bus Cusco - Puno

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Two domestic flights Cusco/Puerto Maldonado/Lima. 
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Travel insurance
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
First class bus Cusco - Puno
Hotels

Hotels

Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Category: Economic

    Andina Luxury

    Rooms at the Hotel Andina are spacious and the riverside rooms have spectacular views of the mountains and river. All rooms have a bathtub and the six luxury rooms of the hotel include a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen 32'' plasma TVs with cable. Hotel Andina Luxury has a sauna, a hot whirlpool, a massage centre and a restaurant in the basement; these new facilities are available to enjoy since a few monts.

    Hotel Andina is the perfect choice when looking for a modern, new hotel at a reasonable price.

    The hotel also has a conference room, which can be used by groups for free.

Puno

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    Category: Economic

    Eco Inn Puno

    Hotel Eco Inn Puno is situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, about a 10 minute ride from the centre of Puno.

    The rooms are large and from most of them you have a nice overview of the bay and Lake Titicaca. The staff is frindely and helpfull.

    From the breakfast room you have a view of the little alpaca corral outside.

     

     

Huacachina

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    Category: Economic

    El Huacachinero

    Hotel Huacachinero is a pleasant hotel at only steps away from the Huacachina oasis. Is has an attractive swimming pool which is the favorite place of most guests and is a great place to relax.

    The hotel is nicely decorated, the rooms

    Weather at Huacachina is warm and sunny year round so you can enjoy the pool anytime.

    The dunebuggy ride and sandboarding are activities you should definitley do if you ar into some adrenaline enhanced experience.

    For a contemporary tour we recommend an excursion to the nearby bodega´s and wineries.  Ica is the major winemaking region of Peru.

     

     

     

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    Category: Economic

    Mossone

    Hotel Mossone, a colonial inspired construction is located right at the Hucachina Lagoon, the oasis in the middle of the desert near the town of Ica.

    Mossone is a charming hotel with character and has a large courtyard. All rooms have private bathrooms. Rooms are not luxurious but provide all the neccessary amenities, satelite TV, airconditiong and safe.

    The hotel has a large and pleasant swimming pool with bar which is a great place to spend a relaxing morning or afternoon.

     

     

     

Cusco

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    Category: Economic

    Encantada

    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.

Sacred Valley

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    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.
     

Arequipa

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    Category: Economic

    La Casa de mi Abuela

    Hotel La Casa de Mi Abuela is located close to Arequipa's centre, at a quiet street.

    The hotel has a large garden with swimming pool, it is a perfect place just to relax before or after a trip to the Colca Canyon.

    Breakfast is served in the garden and with sunny days year round a pleasant start of the day.

Colca Canyon

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    Category: Economic

    Mama Yacchi

    Mama Yacchi Lodge is located in the town of Corporaque in the Colca Canyon. The friendly staff of Mama Yachi is dressed in traditional local fashion.

    The lodge is buitl with natural materials from the area and set in a lush green vallley and with spectacular views over the snow capped mountains.

    The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished and each room has its own private and modern bathroom.

    The lounge room offers great views throught the large windos and has a cosy fireplace to relax,  read a book or check your mail via Wifi.

    Breakfast and dinner are buffet style with a wide option of choices with Peruvian and International dishes. In the garden you will also find hammocks and lounge chairs to relax and enjoy the beautiful views.

     

     

     

Lima

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    Category: Economic

    Runcu

    Hotel Runcu is a modern hotel set on a relatively quiet street in a safe area of Miraflores.

    The hotel is only 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful waterfront parks of Miraflores and it is  10 minute walk to the busy area of Parque Kennedy, where you find many restaurants and shops.

    Rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is helpful and friendly. Hotel Runcu received a certicate of excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011.
     
    The hotel serves a personalized breakfast on the 8th floor of the hotel from where you have a nice view of the surroundings. 
     

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Prices in US$. Double room US $ 2935 US $ 3500 US $ 4600
Single room supplement  US $ 1195 US $ 1711 US $ 2470

* Prices for 2018 - based on shared group tours
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