Luxury Peru from the coast to the Amazon Rainforest

19 days - 18 nights
Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon
Overview
We just got back to The States after a fantastic trip to Peru. There are a lot of travel agencies in Peru to choose from and we tried a few but the most responsive and informative was Chaska and they turned out to be great. We took their 7 day package for Lima, Cusco, MAchu Picchu and Lake Titicaca and it was a great choice.

Luxury tour coast to the Amazon Rainforest

Introduction

Our Signature Luxury Tours offer the best hand picked hotels we have found, together with our expert guides and all your tours in private service to ensure the maximum attention of your guide and to make this a memorable experience you will never forget.

Tour description

We initiate our journey with a visit of the Colonial center of Lima, declared a Unesco World Heritage. Here we are welcomed at the Casa Aliaga, a unique example of colonial house with 480 years of history. From Lima we travel to Arequipa, the white city where we visit the Santa Catalina Convent, which is like a secluded city in the city. From Arequipa we journey to Colca Canyon one of the largest canyon in the america’s with breathtaking views, herds of llama’s alpaca’s, vicunas and their traditionally dressed inhabitants.

Before traveling to Puno we can spot the condor, often from close range, the largest bird of the Americas with a wingspan of 3 mtrs (~ 10 ft). In Puno we spend the night at the Titilaka boutique hotel located at a private peninsula on the shores of Late Titicaca.
Journey in style on the Orient Express train to Cusco whilst enjoying the great views of the Andes moun- tains. In Cusco our personal guide takes us on a walking tour to reveal the rich colonial and Inca construc- tions in this Unesco heritage town. In the Sacred Valley the Indigenous community of the Yachac’s take us on a field trip and learn the secrets of the medicinal plants, we further visit Chinchero a small town known for their weavings, ride a Peruvian paso horse and feel the comfort of the 4th gait. Explore Machu Picchu together with your expert personal guide and an extra day to discover the Sanctuary on your own, climb Huayna Picchu or opt for a bird-watching hike, nature - or orchid trail at the extensive Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel grounds. End your journey with an excursion into the Amazon Rainforest learning about the rich wildlife and make a canopy walk in between gigantic amazon trees.

Tour Highlights:

  • Stay at the best boutique hotels Peru has to offer, all of them carefully handpicked by us.
  • Visit Lima’s colonial center, a World Unesco heritage and the Casa Aliaga, inhabited by the Aliaga family for 17 generations.
  • The white city of Arequipa and the Santa Catalina monastery.
  • Journey to the Colca Canyon, twice a deep as the Grand Canyon at a depth of 13,650 feet and spot condors from close range.
  • Explore Taquile Island in the highest navigable lake of the world.
  • Visit Cusco, the capital of the Inca’s and a Unesco world heritage site.
  • The Andean community of Chinchero with their expert weavers.
  • Lunch at the Hacienda Huayo Ccari, one of the oldest haciendas.
  • The Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the highlight of your trip.
  • Explore the Amazon rainforest by Kayak and foot-trails observing the majestic wildlife of one of the worlds largest Eco-systems.
  1. Arrival Lima
  2. Modern and Colonial Lima and the Casa Aliaga
  3. Arequipa citytour private service
  4. Colca Canyon 1st day
  5. Spotting Condors in the Colca Canyon
  6. Colca Canyon and to Puno
  7. Lake Titicaca Full Day
  8. Lake Titicaca - the Aymara Route
  9. Orient Express Train to Cusco
  10. Walking tour Cusco
  11. Day at leisure in Cusco
  12. Sacred Valley of the Incas
  13. Chinchero, Maras, Moray and the Saltpans
  14. Machu Picchu
  15. Machupicchu and Hiram Bingham train to Cusco
  16. Amazon Rainforest
  17. Amazon Rainforest
  18. Amazon Rainforest - Gamitana Creek
  19. Amazon Rainforest, flight to Lima.
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon
Reservation code:
LX-LUX1
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.  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 Included

Day 2 Modern and Colonial Lima and the Casa Aliaga

This morning free to relax and may be take a stroll along the bay of Miraflores. In the afternoon we collect you for an exclusive exploration of Lima, presenting a combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.
Lima’s colonial center is declared world heritage site by Unesco. After the founding of Lima on January 18th, 1535, Captain Jerónimo de Aliaga y Ramírez received a colonial house in the elegant area near the house of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror, (today the Government Palace). Ever since then the Aliaga family and their descendants have lived in the house, thus making it the oldest dwelling in the Americas that has been home to the same family for 17 generations.The mansion has served for almost five centuries to Lima’s history. Its artistic value emerges from the beauty of its interior space, the poetic and evocative of their environments and the original distribution of the rooms. As you wander through the beautiful rooms of this old mansion one can enjoy both the Colonial and Republican history of the city of Lima.
At the end of this tour we will drop you off at one of Peru’s best Restaurants to enjoy the culinary delights of Peru’s capital.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast and lunch Included

Day 3:  Arequipa 

Transfer to airport for flight Lima/Arequipa. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Morning free. Afternoon city tour. We will visit the Main Square, Yanahuara church and 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 4 Colca Canyon 1st day

Transfer to Colca Canyon in private car 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 Colca Canyon.
Breakfast Included

Day 5 Spotting Condors in the Colca Canyon 

Morning departure to the "Condor's Cross" from where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above 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 Colca Canyon.
Breakfast Included

Day 6 Colca Canyon and to Puno

After breakfast journey to Puno by private car arriving in the afternoon.  Our staff will greet you and  check-in in your room.  At 3:00 pm enjoy teatime. Around 3:30 pm you can choose to do nearby activities (1/4 day) of nautical sports, cycling, constellation observation, rafting through the reeds or strolling through the reeds. Then at 6:30pm enjoy cocktails before dinner.
Overnight Puno.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included

Day 7: Lake Titicaca Full Day

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before boarding your boat at 8:30am to start Islands of Lake Titicaca Excursion. We explore the Uro-Aymara communities to grow personally acquainted with the skilled reed craftsmen and expert weavers. After a wonderful time we continue to Taquile the Quechua people. We will admire their textile weavings unique to the area and recently included in UNESCO’s Masterpieces. We will enjoy lunch outdoors in nature as you soak in the grandeur of Puno’s deep blue skies mirrored across Lake Titicaca with views of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, or Royal mountain Range, in the background. Return to our hotel at 5:30pm. Then enjoy cocktails and dinner.
Overnight Puno.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included

Day 8: Lake Titicaca - the Aymara Route

Enjoy another full day at Lake Titicaca and select your preferred excursion for today, you can choose out of a variety of half day, 1/4 day excursions and combine or take the suggested Aymara Route.
The Aymara Route excursion, spanning a whole day, entails growing acquainted with the geography, neighboring communities, nature, and privileged views of the Chucuito peninsula and Acora. Delve into pre-Incan times in the legends and stones your guide will offer and learn about Lake Tilticaca's importance in the local worldview and means of subsistence. Grow closely acquainted with the unique interconnectedness of man and nature surviving to this day. Be it by car, on a bike, or by foot, make your way through the paths meandering through open fields a. pastures. Reaching the privileged views of natural lookouts, enjoy the lake, extensive reach. As part of the excursion, guests will see the lodge, neighboring communities and locals engaging in daily labors, birds in their varying ecosystems, archeological remains, a. astonishing landscapes. Along the way, stop and enjoy your specially prepared lunch in the company of the lake's calm and maps. views.
Return to our hotel at 5:30pm. Then enjoy cocktails and dinner.
Overnight
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included

Day 9 Titicaca Train

Travel in style on the Titicaca 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 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 arrival in Cusco we take you to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and 3 course lunch included.

Note: the Laketiticaca train from Puno to Cusco operates on the following days:
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Alternatively an early morning or afternoon flight from Juliaca to Cusco is possible. 
Upgrade to the Luxury Belmond Andean Explorer from Puno to Cusco with overnight in a suite in the train. Operates only on Wednesday and is 2days/1night

Day 10 City tour of Cusco

In the morning your guide will come to collect you from your hotel for your privately guided alternative city tour, including 2 archeological 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 on to the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short stroll through the atmospheric streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square and then on to see the famous 12 angle Inca stone. From here our car will takes us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. 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 11 Free day in  Cusco

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

Day 12 Sacred Valley of the Incas, Amaru community, medicine plants of the Andes.

At 8.00 a.m. we set off from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive at Pisac situated along the Urubamba River and continue to the Amaru Indigenous community. You will enjoy a distinct cultural experience with an ethnobotany tour of traditional medicines. Learn the secrets of the traditional medicine plants of the Yachaqs, or of the wise people of the Andes. Afterwards, we will have an opportunity to share some time with the lovely Indigenous children and their families.
Peru is one of the countries with the highest use of medicinal plants in the world. Even to this day they are still revealing new plants and their uses already known in the past but forgotten in the labyrinths of history. Discover the ancient wealth of knowledge collected about these plants and how they help the daily life of local people. Experience the healing secrets and hidden beliefs after years of tradition transmitted over the generations, and learn to provide treatment for common diseases. After learning to use plants in their most traditional form, discover how to turn them into ointments, syrups and soaps. We continue to Urubamba where lunch is served.
After lunch we continue on to Ollantaytambo where we visit the Archeological 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 some 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 13 Chinchero, Maras, Moray & The Saltpans - Hacienda Huayo Ccari Afternoon horseride. 

We start the day early and you will be collected from your hotel by your personal guide for your adventure to different historical and magical places in the Sacred Valley. We first go to Chinchero high up in the green valley plains of Anta (3760m) which offers spectacular views of the Sacred Valley. The mud-brick village contains some interesting sites including an adobe-colonial church, ancient ruins and agro-terracing and the main plaza houses a huge wall built by the Incas, who used the area as a country retreat. Chinchero villagers are well known for their excellent weaving skills and will happily demonstrate the complete process starting with the llama and alpaca  wool to the beautiful end results which can take a weaver months finalize. We then visit Maras - a little adobe town situated in a beautiful secluded part of the Valley, Moray - the magnificent agricultural terraces, thought to have been an Incan laboratory in order to investigate and improve Andean farming techniques and Salineras (salt pans) - a stunning & beautiful salt farming system. We then stop for your lunch at the beautiful Hacienda Huayo Ccari. This hacienda is still owned by the descendants and one of the few family owned haciendas in the Valley.  We invite you for a private tour of the on-site museum of Colonial and pre-Columbian artwork. In the afternoon we take a Peruvian Paso horse horse-ride through the picturesque Sacred Valley, along the Vilcanta river and through the vast areas of farmland and countryside trails. En route we visit an ancient village whose origins are lost in time. After this relaxing ride we check in to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch Included 

Note: instead of the horse-ride you can also see a show of the Peruvian Paso horses

Day 14 Machu Picchu

Morning transfer to the train station and board the Belmond Hiram Bingham train for a journey in an unforgettable style and luxury to the city of the lost Inca’s. 
The Hiram Bingham was selected the best train in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller.  The carriagesd are decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman carriages, each has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs.
You will be invited to enjoy brunch and a gastronomic dinner, specially created by our onboard chef.
On arrival to Aguas Calientes your guide will escort you to your hotel which is located right next to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.  After check-in you will enjoy a three hour guided tour of the sanctuary in private service. After your tour you have free time to explore on your own, as you are staying next to the Sanctuary The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary is included.)
Overnight at Machupicchu
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included 

Day 15 Machupicchu-Cusco

Today you have free time to return with your guide to the Machupicchu Sanctuary and explore the site (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary plus entry for Huayna Picchu is optional for today) or you can choose to visit the waterfalls at Mandor or take the adrenaline climb of Putucusi mountain.
If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel you can opt to do one of the various included excursions on the hotel grounds which include bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides.
In the afternoon we board the Hiram Bingham train for a Please make sure you check out of you hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and that you pick up your luggage and are at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure. 
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included 
Note: The New Park Regulations states you must enter Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Peak with a professional guide and exit with the guide.

Day 16: Amazon Rainforest

Transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport and 35 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado
Welcome in Puerto Maldonado / Visit Inkaterra Butterfly House near the airport, convenient check-in / Land transfer to boarding wharf / Begin rainforest experience on the 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River / Arrival at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge / Short briefing. Settle into your beautiful cabaña and lunch in the dining room / Siesta - refreshing tea time / Guided walk along the Trail system in the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area / First night Twilight River excursion / Afternoon cocktails followed by dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. / Retire early or join us to talk about your first day experience of life in the rainforest / Overnight at the Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included

Day 17: Amazon Rainforest

Rest in bed or rise early / Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest; Full buffet / Visit the Sandoval Lake excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve / Return to the Inkaterra lodge for lunch / After lunch – take Inkaterra Canopy Walk / May extend your excursion to appreciate the sunset from one of the towers / Back to lodge / Cocktails in the main dining room or during the daily nature presentation in the Eco-Media Center / Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. / Overnight at the Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included

Canopy walk: A five-minute boat ride takes you to the Canopy Inkaterra Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 29 meters above the forest floor, you will walk for one and a half hours along the suspension bridges that link the eight platforms, on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and, with luck, monkeys or a three-toed sloth. Descent by the second tower and then, a 30-minute walk takes you to a nearby area of wetlands, an important rainforest ecosystem that is host to unique plants and birds.

Day 18: Amazon Rainforest - Gamitana Creek

After breakfast we board for a 35-minute motorboat ride from the lodge taking you to the magic world of Gamitana Creek. The sights, scents and sounds of the jungle will surround you as you walk for two and a half hours, rambling through the rain forest along the banks of this winding, dark-water creek that is home to piranha, caimans, turtles and an abundance of brightly colored birds.
When you reach the embarkation point, board a canoe and navigate your way back downstream, appreciating the rich plant and animal life along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm in time for a well earned picnic lunch, followed by a short guided tour to learn about the workings of this farm.
Overnight: Reserva Amazonica
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Included

Day 19: Amazon Rainforest, flight to Lima.

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure on a 45-minute return boat trip on the Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado. Transportation to the airport and flight Puerto Maldonado/Lima.Depending on your arrival time and departure time of your international flight back home you can wait at the airport or leave your luggage at the airport storage. Our representative will collect you from the exit gate and we will transfer you to Miraflores or drop you off at one of the selected restaurant s which we have reserved in advance for you for an exquisite farewell lunch. After lunch you have time for shopping together with your personal assistant. You have then free time until your transfer back to the airport. At the requested hour you will be collected in front of the designated pick-up point and together with your personal assistant you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight. 
Breakfast included.

Included

Included

Hotels included:
Lima (2 nights), Arequipa (1 night), Colca Canyon (2 nights), Puno (2 nights), Cusco ( 3 nights), Sacred Valley (2 nights), Aguas Calientes (1 night), Amazon Lodge (3 nights)
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 Machu Picchu Sanctuary day 14
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train to Machupicchu by Hiram Bingham (roundtrip) if available
Train Andean Explorer:
Orient Express Puno - Cuscu

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights and Domestic flights
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Second day entrance to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in our program
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
Orient Express Puno - Cuscu
Hotels

Hotels

Prices

Occupancy Luxury 5*
Double room US $ 9915
Single room supplement  US $ 3985
Notes:  

* Prices for 2018
Contact one of our Experience 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.