Inca Heartland: Discover Cusco and Machu Picchu

6 days - 5 nights
Lima , Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Overview

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.
 

  1. Arrival in Lima. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Fly to Cusco. Morning free to adapt to the altitude. Afternoon private walking tour with your guide
  3. Day excursion to the Sacred Valley, visit a weaving project, a local market and the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. Late afternoon train to Machu Picchu.
  4. On this highlight of your trip, private guided tour of the site . Three hour guided ecursion at Machu Picchu or optional full day including the Inca Bridge and Huayna Picchu. Afternoon return to Cusco
  5. Morning free to explore this Unesco world heritage on your own. Afternoon City tour visiting the highlights and the four nearby archaeological sites of Cusco.
  6. Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon free in Lima to enjoy Peru´s best seafood or optional tours. Evening international flight
  7. 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.
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima , Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Reservation code:
MP6
Day by day

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
No meals

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 your guide will meet you in your hotel for a relaxing walking tour of Cusco. We will visit Plaza Nazarenas, the artisans district San Blas and its colonial church, then famous 12 angle stone and of course the main square of Cusco. We will continue to the market of San Pedro, a vibrant, colourful Andean market giving you an inside look at the local culture of Peru.
The rest of the afternoon is free. This is a good moment to do a bit of shopping. Cusco offers the best in fine Alpaca wool, silver jewelry, and other fine handicrafts.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 3 Sacred Valley

At 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 Calientes
Breakfast 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 on time to catch the magnificent sunrise. 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 have plenty of time to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surrounding mountains. After lunch it will be time to board the afternoon return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town and then a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 5 Cusco

After breakfast you will be met at your hotel for a private guided city tour, including four archeological 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 to see the famous 12 angle Inca stone. Then by car we will go to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko Pukapukara and Tambomachay. Finishing back at your hotel you have the rest of the afternoon 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 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.
Breakfast included

Alternative Option: Cooking classes

Included

Included

Hotels included:
One night in Lima, three nights in Cusco, one night in Aguas Calientes
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 4
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)

Not included:

  • 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
Hotels

Hotels

Machu Picchu Pueblo

  • 3
    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.

Cusco

  • 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.

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* Luxury Superior 5*+
Prices in US$  Double room US $ 955 US $ 1055 US $ 1740 Please consult us..
Single room supplement US $ 255 US $ 360 US $ 970
           

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.