Journey through Peru in Luxury

15 days - 14 nights
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, Amazon Rainforest of Iquitos
Overview
My mom and I traveled to Peru from June 3rd-15th and we booked our hotels, transportation, and adventures through Chaska Tours. Overall, an excellent experience at an unbeatable price.

A Luxury Tour of Peru

Discover Peru staying in heavenly hotels, feasting on gourmet dining, and being pampered throughout your journey. Timeless memories, traveling through Lima the City of Kings, to Cusco the Empire of the Incas, traveling to the magnificent Machu Picchu, and ending with a luxury river cruise in Iquitos.

  1. Arrival to Lima
  2. Lima – City Tour – Larco Herrera Museum
  3. Lima - Sacred Valley – Awanacancha
  4. Sacred Valley of the Incas
  5. Chinchero Weaving – Moray - Maras Salt Mines - Peruvian Paso Horseback riding
  6. Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo Station – Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu Tour
  7. Machupicchu -Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak - Cusco
  8. Cusco Walking Tour
  9. Free day in Cusco
  10. Cusco / Lima / Iquitos - Cruise the Amazon on the Aria Amazon luxury cruiseship
  11. Iquitos Amazon Cruise - Fundo Casual /YanayacuPucate
  12. Iquitos Amazon Cruise - Amazon Park / Jacinto Lake or NautaCaño Creek
  13. Iquitos Amazno Cruise – Iquitos / Lima
  14. Free day in Lima - explore the finest Restaurants of South America
  15. Lima - International flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, Amazon Rainforest of Iquitos
Reservation code:
LX-LUX2
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival Lima

Arrive in the Lima airport and our staff will be waiting to transfer you to your selected hotel in the exclusive district of Miraflores.

Lima was founded on January 18, 1535 by the conqueror Francisco Pizarro and was considered, for almost three centuries, as the Vice-Royal Capital of South America. This fantastic city is nowadays an immeasurable mix of cultures, ethnicities, races and bloods. A festival of colors and customs, an immense wealth of folklore and Creole, between the ancient and the modern.

Lima is one of the world’s best food city. Known for a great number of restaurants that top the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the city has been considered Latin America‘s Gastronomic Capital.

Overnight in Lima
No meals Included

Day 2 Lima – City Tour – Larco Herrera Museum

This morning we wil pick you up from your hotel for Your Lima City Tour.

This tour offers you the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.

We first visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage Site 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. Right after we 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 will visit Barranco the Bohemian suburb and stroll through its central park, the traditional bridge of Sighs, and some art galleries. Then we will enjoy a delicious lunch in one of Lima’s finest restaurants (not included).

Finishing lunch we continue to the Larco Herrera Museum, which showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview of 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It features the finest gold and silver collection from the Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.

Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included

Day 3 Lima - Sacred Valley – Awanacancha 

You will high up in the Peruvian Andes to Cusco, once the capital of the Incas Empire where you will learn more about the Andean culture as the city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture.

On your arrival in Cusco, our representative will be waiting for you with to take you to the Sacred Valley for a better acclimatization as it is located in a lower altitude. En route you will stop at Awanacancha center, a place where you will enjoy time to learn about the traditional techniques of weaving and dying the natural fibers that local people obtain from the south american camelids. You will also have a chance to feed and see the different camelids like llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos.  Then we continue to your hotel in the Sacred Valley while admiring the beautiful mountainous region.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Breakfast included

Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas

This will be a full day tour where you will enjoy the varied landscapes of the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as “Valle Sagrado de los Incas”, along the way we can see attractive colonial towns and isolated villages of indigenous communities that continue their tradition for weaving, pottery and agriculture. Main attractions will be the handicraft markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, it is definitely the perfect match between a cultural experience, the andean sunlight and delicious typical food.

We will visit first the famous Pisac Colorful Indian market to see the handicrafts and taste delicious empanadas baked in huge typical ovens. Afterwards, continue to the Pisac ruins above the town for a visit of the Sun Temple and admire the many surrounding terraces. Then we will drive to Urubamba enjoying picturesque views of the Sacred Valley.

From there we will go to the Huayoccarri Hacienda, an estate founded in the 17th Century, and belongs to the Lámbarri Orihuela family. It has an admirable collection of Peruvian art, housed in different rooms according to era: pre-Incan, Incan, Viceregal and Republican. We will enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch with fresh ingredients.

 After a wonderful day you will return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the night.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley 
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 5 Moray - Maras Salt Mines – Weaving Experience in Huilloq-Ollantaytambo

After breakfast your guide will meet you in your hotel to start your journey. Drive along the Sacred Valley taking in gorgeous vistas of the surrounding mountains and Vilcanota River. We arrive in Chinchero town where we will watch a weaving demonstration using ancient techniques, in a local’s home using natural dyes made of plants, flowers and insects.
Then visit the small chapel before continuing to the Moray agricultural circles sitting on a high plateau. It is believed that the Incas used this location to test plants at different temperatures.

Thereafter, drive down a dirt road to the town of Maras and continue to the salt mines where the salt evaporates from a side of a mountain and fills the pans. The families still gather the salt by hand without using machinery.

Enjoy a delicious Peruvian buffet lunch in the Wayra Restaurant while watching a Peruvian Paso horseshow. After a wonderful time we will continue to Huilloq Indigenous Community in the high lands of Ollantaytambo.
The indigenous Community of Huilloq are the direct native communities’ descendants of the Inka lineage, who preserve the culture, tradition and local ways of life for more than five hundred years.


The community is home for more than a hundred artisan women that are willing to share their ancient knowledge about textile art, through this activity they help to support their families economically as their husbands mainly work in agriculture and as porters in the Inca Trail.

You will learn the millenarian techniques they have used over the centuries where they will teach all the weaving process showing you how to hear the sheep's wool, wash the wool, how to use the “puska” or spin (preparation of the wool) and handling the spindle, the process of dyeing fibers with natural plants and minerals, how to twist the threads that are essential for the process, handling of the loom’s tools and preparation of the looms and their variations, according to combinations of icons and patterns.

We will return to your hotel in the sacred valley for a well-deserved rest
Overnight in the Sacred Valley 
Breakfast and lunch included 

Day 6 Transfer to Ollantaytambo– Train to Machu Picchu Town – Machu Picchu Tour

This morning you will ride on the train from Ollantaytambo with breathtaking views to Machu Picchu town. You will check into your hotel and then take the bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

In your way up to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will have spectacular views from the Mountains and the typical flora and fauna of the mysterious Cloud Forest. We will have lunch in Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant located in the entrance of the Citadel, enjoying the atmosphere of this magical place and then have a quiet guided tour after noon, with less crowds and the chance to see the amazing sunrise.

With your Official guide you will visit the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu following a specific route where you will walk through the different sectors such as the Urban and Ceremonial and other places of interest. You will also have time for taking memorable pictures. We are sure that this will be a unique experience!

The Citadel of Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO a world heritage in 1983. It is believed to have been built in the 15th century and abandoned by the Inca Empire when the Spaniards conquered them. The locals always knew about the ruins and some locals lived around it. The ruins were brought to the world’s attention in 1911. Visit the Sun Temple, the Room of the Three Windows, the Royalty sector and more.

Note:  New regulations have been stablished for the visit to Machu Picchu since 2019, according to these statements there are certain schedules for the visit, with the Machu Picchu ticket you can stay 4 hours as maximum in the Citadel. Please notice that Machu Picchu is open from 6:00 am to 5:30pm. aumentar 

Overnight in Machu Picchu town
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7 Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak - Cusco 

Your guide will meet you early in the morning for your second day visit to the mysterious Machu Picchu.

Otherwise, based on your choice you could climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain Peak. This short trek inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will make your day spectacular! You will hike up through Inca’s original paths that will lead you towards magical places within the Cloud Forest. With every step you will get fascinated by the beautiful views of the famous Andean Mountains. You can have a taste of the real Inca Trail doing this trek and appreciate the architectonic magnificence of the Incas.  You have to see it with your own eyes!

Please make sure you check out of your hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and to pick up your luggage and to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure.

Then return to town and enjoy Peruvian cuisine in one of the best Restaurants in Aguas Calientes.  After lunch relax and then board your train to Cusco*. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Note:  Tickets are subject to availability. There are schedules for the visit to one of the Mountains, with the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets you can stay inside the Park for 6 hours and with the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Peak ticket for 7 hours maximum.  The visit for one of the mountains has a moderate grading that requires a good physical condition although effort is well worth it. The Huayna Picchu hike is easier and takes less time than Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.
* Accordying to your physical condition, your Travel Consultant can recommend the best option for you, whether if it is Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

* Upgrade to the Luxury Hiram Bingham Train (it does not run on Sundays)

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 8 Cusco Walking Tour 

This morning journey through the Inca city walking on the cobble stone streets passing narrow streets and local stores.

We will walk to the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, and then on to Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple. Then we will visit the vibrant San Pedro Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and the Temple of the Moon; a mysterious site with two caves which contain alters and carvings of serpents and more.

We will continue to the house of Sulca to see the lovely textiles made by hand. After a glorious time we will return to the city to enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch on your own expenses. After lunch you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included 

Day 9 Free Day in Cusco

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco visiting museums or simply walking down the picturesque streets around the City center. You can get to know the typical neighborhoods of San Cristobal and San Blas where Artisans congregate their shops and galleries, the cheerful and energy of this walk will make you feel the real essence of the City.

It will be a great chance to do shopping as Cusco is well known for its world-famous Alpaca wood clothing not only for their quality but for their design, also you will find Silver and gold shops for fine jewelry and a great offer for handicrafts.

At the end of the afternoon, we recommend you to make a stop to drink a refreshing and delicious Pisco Sour, Peru’s National cocktail. All around Cusco’s city center you will find numerous Bars, Cafes and Restaurants to have a taste of the Peruvian cuisine within a nice atmosphere.

Today you have a free day to explore this Unesco world heritage colonial town on your own or opt for one of our tailored excursions.
For your lunch and dinner we will provide you with a listing of our recommended restaurants and will book your preferred restaurants in advance for you.  

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 10 Cusco / Lima / Iquitos - Luxury Cruise 4 Days/ 3 Nights (Delfin 1 or Aqua Expeditions)

Transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight Cusco/Lima/Iquitos.

Departs on Mondays June to October (Low Water Season) - November to May (High Water Season) Morning transfer from your hotel to the Cusco airport for your flight to Iquitos. 
 

Arrive in the airport, and transfer to Nauta, VIP reception at our private port, embarkation. You will be introduced to your exquisite and comfortable suite, with all amenities to make you feel like royalty. Delight in happy hour drinking a cocktail, liquor, Pisco, or your favorite drink.
 

Overnight in Cruiser - Master Suite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11 Cruise -  Fundo Casual / Yanayacu Pucate

We recommend early morning rising since wildlife is most abundant and active while the sun is rising.  We will walk deep into the green jungle where your guide will point out the lively wildlife and serene vegetation of the Amazon. Be ready to spot many surprises!
In the afternoon, we will cruise Yanayacu Pucate Rivers with breathtaking vistas of the lagoons and creeks. You will be in one of the most preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will show you the precious biodiversity of this region.  Then take pleasure in a stand up paddle board to soak in the waters.  Take a dip and swim in this refreshing river in the jungle with the lovable pink dolphins.
Overnight in Cruiser - Master Suite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Day 12  Cruise - Amazon Park / Jacinto Lake or Nauta Caño Creek

Morning rise and off to another adventure traveling to visit a private fishing reserve. We will walk through primary forest and paddle slowly through tranquil Tahuampa Lake, a black water lagoon with giant arapaima fishes (known locally as paiche). Be in awe with an early morning symphony of sounds that will enamor you. We will go to a network of suspension bridges hanging high up in the treetops where you can explore the canopy at your leisure. 
In the afternoon we either visit Jacinto Lake or Nauta Caño Creek to do some skill skiff exploration, kayaking, piranha fishing & night safari.
Overnight in Cruiser - Master Suite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

Day13  Cruise – Iquitos / Lima 

This morning after a delicious breakfast we will visit the San Francisco community to visit the villagers and the incredible market of arts and crafts.  
Enjoy a fabulous lunch before disembarking and visiting the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species en route to Iquitos airport for your flight to Lima. Reception at the Lima airport and transfer to Miraflores. 
Overnight in Lima - Belmond Miraflores Park
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 14 Free day in Lima

Enjoy a relaxing day in Lima exploring the different restaurants or just walking on Malecon.

Lima is one of the world’s best food city. Known for a great number of restaurants that top the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the city has been considered Latin America‘s Gastronomic Capital.  The best restaurants in town require a reservation in advance please coordinate with your Travel Consultant if you would like a reservation for lunch or dinner, we can offer a private transfer for you.

Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included

Day 15 Lima - International flight

Transfer from your hotel to the Lima airport for your international flight.
Breakfast included
End of Services

Included

Included

Hotels included:
4 nights in Lima, 3 nights in Cusco, 3 nights in the Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, 3 nights in Luxury cruise in Iquitos with Delfin or Aqua Expeditions
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 day 6 / second day entrance Huayna Picchu if available or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak + round trip bus
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train to Machupicchu by Vista-Dome (roundtrip)

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights and domestic flights
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Prices

  Occupancy Luxury 5*
Prices in US$ Double room US $ 
Single room supplement  US $ 
     

 

Prices for 2022 ( we are working on it)