Highlights of Peru

16 days - 15 nights
Overview

We start our trip with a relaxing afternoon at the beautiful beach resort in Paracas,a visit to the "small Galapagos", then we continue to the enigmatic Nazca lines, the white city of Arequipa and finally a chance to spot condors in the Colca Canyon.
In Puno we  cruise the highest navigatable lake in the world and step on on the floating reed islands of Uros and the island of Taquile with no cars and an incredible weaving tradition of Peru.

The highlight of our tour cumulates in Cusco, the Unesco's world heritage city with its Inca and colonial centre, onto the Sacred Valley and our hike to Machu Picchu.

  1. Arrival in Lima, Transfer to your hotel
  2. Vip coach to Paracas, afternoon free to relax in your hotel. Optional dunebuggy and Sandboarding Tour
  3. Excursion to Ballestas Islands and the National Reserve of Paracas
  4. Free morning to relax, afternoon VIP coach to Nazca.
  5. Morning (optional) flight over the Nazca lines. Excursion to the Aqueducts of Kantalloc, ceramic and gold processing ateliers. Evening nightbus to Arequipa
  6. Moring free to relax at the hotel's garden.Afternoon City tour of Arequipa city including the Main Square, Yanahuara church, Santa Catalina
  7. Three day excursion to Colca Canyon.
  8. Spotting condors at the Condor's Cross
  9. Trip to Puno by first class bus. Arrival early afternoon.
  10. Excursion to Titicaca lake, visiting Taquile Island and the floating islands of the Uros.
  11. Travel to Cusco by first class bus, visting four sites along the way.
  12. Morning private guided Citiy tour of Cusco.
  13. Excursion to the Sacred Valley.
  14. Two day Inca Trail lto Machu Picchu (or alternavely directly by train)
  15. Guided excursion of Machu Picchu, afternoon return to Cusco.
  16. Fly to Lima. Optional excursions in Lima.
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Reservation code:
HP16
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

On arrival to Lima, our representative will wait for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to upgrade to the four star Costa del Sol Hotel which is direclty connected to the airport. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the hotel and check in. You will find that the hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers that will be waiting for you at the reception desk of the Hotel. 

Overnight in Lima
No meals

Day 2 Lima - Paracas

Early morning transfer from your hotel to the bus station where you will board your VIP cruise-coach to Paracas. The bus departs at 7.30 a.m. taking you along the coastal road to Paracas arriving at 11.00 a.m. On your arrival to Paracas we will take you to your hotel, after your check in, after lunch you will have the afternoon to relax.
Overnight in Paracas.
Breakfast included

Day 3 Ballestas Islands and the National Reserve of Paracas

This morning at a convenient time we will pick you up at your hotel for your excursion to the Ballestas Islands. In Peru people call the Ballestas islands, the “small Galapagos” because of its abundant wildlife. It will take about 45 minutes to get to the Islands by boat; here we can observe the hundreds of sea lions and seals; they swim around our boats and lie on the small beaches of the islands. A large variety of seabirds are found here, flamingos, pelicans, boobies, cormorants and many others. After exploring the Ballestas islands we continue with an excursion to the National Reserve of Paracas we visit the "Mirador de Lobos", "The Catedral", Lagunillas and Yumaque beaches, "La Aguada" and  "El Obelisco de la Independencia".
After visiting this places we will return to our hotel in Ica where we have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Paracas.
Breakfast Included.

 

Day 4 Paracas - to Nazca

This morning will be at leisure, you can relax around your hotel pool until your evening cruiser-bus to Nazca (There are other excursions available to do in case you are interested, please consult us). The journey will take about two and a half hours passing through the desert plains to Nazca. On our arrival we will be taken to our hotel.
Overnight in Nazca.
Breakfast included.

Day 5 Nazca Lines - Chauchilla Cemetery and kantalloc - Overnight Bus to Arequipa

This morning you have the chance to take an optional tour, a flight over the Nazca Lines and in the afternoon we start our excursion to Nazca  including the amazing aqueducts of Kantalloc and the ceramic and gold processing ateliers.
Evening comfortable bus-ride on sleeper seats at 10 p.m. for our journey to Arequipa.
Hotel in Nazca for day use included.
Overnight on bus.
Breakfast included.

Day 6 Arequipa

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

Day 7 Colca Canyon first day

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

Day 8 Colca Canyon second day

Morning departure to the "Condor's Cross" from where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be seen, usually flying in circles above the canyon. On the way back to Chivay, we will visit the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs.
Overnight in Chivay, Colca Canyon.
Breakfast included

Alternative Option: A fantastic two day trek into the Canyon is also available, please consult us.

Day 9 Colca Canyon to Puno

After breakfast we have the morning free to relax before we board our afternoon bus to Puno ( Departure at 1.30 p.m. arrival around 6 p.m.). Free Evening
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast included

 

Day 10 Lake Titicaca

Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits us to visit one of the highest lakes in the world (3800 meters / 12467.19 feet). We will explore the floating island of 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 11 Puno to Cusco

Bus to Cusco
Transfer to the bus station for your first class bus ride to Cusco, You will visit four archaeological sites along the way.
Upon arrival to Cusco we will take you to your hotel.
Places you will visit are:
Pukara, wher you will find interesting litho-sculptures belonging to the civilization of the same name.
La Raya, the highest point and the limit between Puno and Cusco where we can admire beautiful snow capped mountains.
Raqchi, an incredible temple built of adobe and dedicated to worship the God Wiracocha.
The church of Andahuaylillas 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: Laketiticaca Train
Travel in style on the Laketiticaca train to Cusco. 
Morning transfer to the local train station of Puno where the train operated by Peru Rail is waiting for your spectacular rail journey to Cusco, which runs on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The glass-walled observation coach provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy 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 arrival in Cusco we take you to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and a three course lunch included.

 
Note: upgrade to Laketiticaca train to Cusco is available at an additional cost.
Train operates Puno to Cusco: Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Alternatively an early morning or afternoon flight from Juliaca to Cusco is possible. Please consult for these options as they are not included in our program.

 

Day 12 City tour of Cusco

In the morning your guide will meet you at your hotel for your private alternative city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the market of San Pedro, a vibrant, colourful market that gives 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 typical streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square and then continuing to see the famous 12 angle stone. From this point our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free. This is a good moment to buy souvenirs since Cusco offers some fine Alpaca wool garment, silver jewelry, and other fine handicrafts.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 13 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we start from your hotel our full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We visit the colorful handicraft market of Pisac. At Pisac we can enjoy a handicraft market which offers good opportunities to buy local art. 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 foot 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
 
Note: The market days in Pisac  are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on these days people from the surrounding communities gather in Pisac to exchange or to sell their products. The other days you can still do the tour but only a small souvenir market is working.

Day 14 short Inca trail or Train to Machu Picchu

This morning yu will be taken to the train station of Ollantaytambo to board the train to the starting point of the trail. We disembark at Km 104 and begin the hike through the recently discovered ancient trail to Machu Picchu. We cross the Vilcanota (Urubamba) River climbing up through abundant vegetation that is home to hundreds of bird and orchid species. We' will emerge from the cloud forest at Wiñaywayna which is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fitted together with great precision. We continue our hike to the Sun Gate where we' wil get our first views of Machu Picchu. Here, the final stretch of the royal Inca trail will take us to the citadel itself, hidden in undergrowth for four centuries and now laid out for our appreciation. From the Sanctuary we will take a bus to Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in our hotel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes town
Breakfast and box lunch included
Note:
The short Inca trail has an additional cost (see rates)
For the Inca Trail you need a trekking permit, make sure to book this tour at least three months in advance if you want to hike to Machu Picchu, see Inca Trail Regulations for more info.
 
Alternative option by train (if Inca Trail is booked or if you prefer to travel by train):
Morning transfer to the train station and board the train for the journey to Aguas Calientes. On arrival to Aguas Calientes the hotel staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.  
The rest of today is free to explore Machu Picchu by yourself and climb Huayna Picchu mountain or take a walk to the Inca bridge (Puente Inca). Or you can take the hike to the Mandor Waterfall.
If you want to visit Machu Picchu this day, you need to pay the entrance fee and a round trip bus ticket.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 15 Machu Picchu

This day, we start early, after taking breakfast with our guide we take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu on time to catch the fist rays of sunlight over the citadel. Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas,explaining some theories abut the building techniques the Incas used and recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries. After the tour you will have plenty of time to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surrounding mountains. At noon, it will be time to have lunch in town and at a convenient time you have to be at the train station to board the return train to Ollantaytambo station and then a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

 

Day 16 Fly to Lima

This is your last day in Cusco, in the morning you will be taken to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.
Breakfast included.
End of our program.
 
Option for Lima:
On arrival to Lima our representative will meet you at the exit gate to take you directly to leave your luggage at the airport luggage 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. In the afternoon 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

 

Included

Included

Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official bilingual guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on the excursion day.
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:
First class bus Puno - Cusco

Not included:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Flight taxes:National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
  • Laketiticaca Train to Cusco
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
First class bus Puno - Cusco
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Andenes Al Cielo

    Hotel Andenes al Cielo is the perfect combination of a guesthouse and a modern hotel. It has all the facilities and services of a modern hotel, but offers you the personal service of a small guesthouse. 

    Andenes al Cielo is located on Choquecheka Street, at the beginning of the San Blas district,  The hotel offers its guests many advantages. Only two blocks from the main square, the hotel is close to restaurants, bars, pubs and shops in the San Blas area.
     
    The hotel itself maintains the ancient colonial style for which Cusco is very famous. Arches, handcrafted furniture and stones combined with the andenes (terraces) and the wooden balconies give Andenes al Cielo this colonial "look".
     
    All the rooms have a flat screen television and a private bathroom. The Deluxe rooms are even more comfortable with a fireplace, sitting area and balconies.
  • 3
    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.

Puno

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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic Puno

    Casa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 3 hotels in Puno. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations.

    The most attractive aspect of Casa Andina Classic Puno is its location in a quiet section of Puno and the cozy atmosphere.

Colca Canyon

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Eco Inn Colca Canyon

    The Eco Inn is a picturesque hotel located in the beautiful village of Yanque in the Colca Valley. It has a dramatic view of the Colca River and the terraces that surround it which date back to pre-Inca times. The view will make you feel as if you have been taken back in time. (Shawn Rewrite)

     

  • 3
    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.

     

     

     

Arequipa

  • 3
    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.

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. 

     

Paracas

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Posada del Emancipador

    Posada del Emancipador in Paracas is a contemporary medium sized hotel and has 39 rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom, cable TV and terrace with sea-view.

    The hotel also has a swimming pool. The hotel is conveninetly located and it is a short walk (5 minutes) to the centre of Paracas.

     

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Prices in US$. Double room US $ 2135 US $ 2660 Please consult us.
Single room supplement US $ 425 US $ 1005
         

* Prices for 2016
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