Inca Heartland: Discover Cusco and Machu Picchu
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.
Peru is a country which embraces its long, captivating history and and incredible festive calendar along the year. With our guides we will take you on an unforgettable historical and cultural adventure. From Lima, the city of the Spanish viceroys, we fly to Cusco, the heart of the Inca civilization. Here, Inca wall foundations still hold the mansions and baroque churches of the colonial period. We pass over the hills and through the Sacred Valley, studded with the enigmatic ancient temples and inca complexes and then we take the scenic train ride to lost city of Machu Picchu.
• Visit the misterious temples and Inca complexes and around Cusco
• Learn from our passionate guides - the history and legends of the lost Inca civilization.
• Discover the flavors of the local cuisine and taste specialities at selected restaurants
• Enjoy wonderful views on the train journey to Machupicchu.
• Take in the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu - the lost city
• Tour the vibrant city of Lima and walk through the charming coastal neighborhood of Miraflores
• Experience an insight view of the richness of the Andean culture
• Relax in comfort on specially selected hotels.
• Enjoy Andean music and festivities.
Departures:Daily departures year roundDestinations:Lima , Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu PicchuReservation code:MP6
- Arrival in Lima. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lima
- Fly to Cusco. Morning free to adapt to the altitude. Afternoon private walking tour with your guide
- Day excursion to the Sacred Valley. Late afternoon train to Machu Picchu.
- On this highlight of your trip, private guided tour of the site . Three hour guided ecursion at Machu Picchu. Afternoon return to Cusco
- Free morning in Cusco. Afternoon City tour visiting the highlights and the four nearby archaeological sites of Cusco.
- Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon free in Lima to enjoy Peru´s best seafood or optional tours. Evening international flight
- Fly back to Lima. Free day to explore the city by yourself or optional City tour or cooking classes and time to enjoy the best restaurants of South America.
Day 1 Arrival Lima
On arrival to Lima, we wait for you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to upgrade to the four star Ramada Hotel which is direclty connected to the airport. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the Ramada and check in. You will find that the Ramada 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
Day 2 Cusco
Walk back to the airport for your flight from Lima to Cusco. On arrival to Cusco we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free to relax and acclimatize. In the afternoon enjoy a private walking tour visiting San Pedro market, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Regocijo, Plaza de Armas and San Blas.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 3 Sacred ValleyAt 8 am we depart from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive at Pisac on the Urubamba river and visit the colorful Pisac village market. Here you can bargain for some of the many artisan goodies on offer. then you will head up to Pisac ruins which are located high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head back down and through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we take a traditional lunch before heading on to Ollantaytambo town for our tour of the archeological site which hangs, high on the valley walls overlooking the town. Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Machu Picchu, where the road ends and we should continue by train. If you have chosen a private service tour then you will board the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes (3.37pm). If you are with shared group then, due to slower travel times, you will board the later, evening train (7.00pm) or you can opt for the IncaRail train departing at 4:40pm (this train has an additonal cost).On arrival, our representative will take you to your hotel. Our guide will visit you at your hotel to brief you about the next day's schedule..You have the evening free to relax or explore the town.Overnight in Aguas CalientesBreakfast and Lunch included
Day 4 Machu Picchu.
We start early, after breakfast with our guide we take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas, recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. After your tour you will exit Machu picchu and take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes on your own. Or you can hike one of the mountains (this needs to be booked beforehand: Huayna Picchu or Machu picchu Mountain. In the town Aguas Calientes you can have lunch on your own. After lunch it will be time to board the afternoon return train through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo or Poroy town and then a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 5 Cusco
Morning at leisure to relax and explore on your own. In the afternoon your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a Half Day city tour. First we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6 Cusco to Lima
Morning transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.
Optional - City tour of Lima and Transfers to Lima center:
If your flight departs late in the evening we recommend the Lima city tour:
On arrival to Lima our representative will collect you from the exit gate and you should head straight over to leave your luggage in the airport storage. 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 in front of Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour. After 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.
Alternative Option: Cooking classes
IncludedHotels included:One night in Lima, three nights in Cusco, one night in Aguas CalientesEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 4Meals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- Flights:International flights
- Flights: Two Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Insurance: Travel insurance
Machu Picchu Pueblo
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.
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.
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* Luxury Superior 5*+ Prices in US$ Double room US $ 910 US $ 1025 US $ 1700 Please consult us.. Single room supplement US $ 245 US $ 355 US $ 1005
Contact one of our Experienced 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.