Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle

9 days - 8 nights
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Overview

Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest

Well-known as the heart of the greatest civilization ever seen in the Americas and a jewel of Spanish colonial architecture, the Inca capital of Cusco is also the gateway to the most unspoilt and biodiverse place on Earth - the Amazon rainforest. 
The Peruvian amazon covers more than 15,000 species of flowering plants and an incredible variety of endemic fauna. 

Highlights of Machu Picchu and the Amazon tour:

• Visit the splendid temples and palaces in Cusco and the Sacred Valley
• Learn from our passionate guides -the history and the legends of the lost civilization of the Incas
• Enjoy exquisite views on one of the most scenic train journeys in the world
• Take in the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
• See the best of Cusco and the Amazon rainforest
• Explore the wildlife of the Amazon rainforest with our expert guides
• Relaxation and adventure in the comfort of our Amazonian lodges
• Cruise along the crystal clear Amazon tributaries waters in motorized canoe
• Enter the jungle on foot and witness the huge array of wildlife
• Tour the vibrant colonial city of Lima and try its exquisite cuisine
 

  1. Arrive in Lima. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Flight Lima/Cusco. Afternoon private walking tour of Cusco and visit to Sacsayhuaman. Overnight in Cusco
  3. Sacred Valley tour, late afternoon Vistadome train to Machupicchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  4. Morning tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Afternoon return train to Poroy/Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  5. First day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
  6. Second day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
  7. Last day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima. Overnight in Lima
  8. Morning city tour of Lima. Afternoon international flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Reservation code:
AMZ4
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 a four-star airport Hotel which is directly 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 pick up your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers at the reception desk of the Hotel. 

Overnight in Lima
No meals

Day 2 - Lima to Cusco

This morning, make your own way to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. 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.

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.

In the afternoon we will pick you up for your 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.

Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central 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 Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we will visit the house of Sulca to see the lovely textiles made by hand.

Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Cusco.
Breaksfast included

Day 3 -  Sacred Valley - Machupicchu town

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. We will continue to Urubamba to enjoy lunch, then off to one of the original Inca towns of Ollantaytambo to be amazed by the ruins that sit in front of the quaint town. 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.

After the tour you will take the train to Aguas Calientes on your own. 
On your arrival to the town, our representative will contact you to walk you to your hotel. Our guide will visit you at your hotel to brief you about the next day activities.

Evening to relax in the town.

Note: Instead of the taking the train we can also adjust this itinerary for you and include the 2 day Inca Trail Click the link for details about the short Inca Trail

Overnight in Machu Picchu town

Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 4 - Machu Picchu –Cusco

After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus for the sunrise at Machu Picchu. The first buses start leaving at 5.30am and take 30 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. The doors to Machu Picchu open at 6am.You will have about 4 hours for your visit in the Citadel when you will be able to enjoy this magnificent place before the crowds arrive later in the morning. Our professional 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 the tour will be time to head back down to the town by bus. Here you can find many restaurants offering lunch and afterwards you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town with a transfer back to Cusco arriving at approximately 8.30pm.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 5 - Machu Picchu


Today we head to the Amazon rainforest, you will be transferred to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
 Our representative will be waiting for you in Puerto Maldonado to proceed with your Amazon rainforest tour and we will check-in at the lodge office. Then you will travel to your lodgings by motorised canoe along the Madre de Dios River (approximately 25-minutes).
On your arrival lunch will be ready, it is a buffet lunch with organic ingredients and some native flavours. After lunch you will take a nature trail walk where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate on a canoe on a twighlight excursion.

While you are on boats on the Madre de Dios River, you will have the opportunity to learn about its ecosystems, the Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior and if you are into star gazing, you can also learn about the southern constellations. You will  be back to the main building right on time for dinner.

Overnight in Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6  - The Amazon rainforest- Lake Sandoval

This morning, after breakfast you will have a long trek through terra firma in the Tambopata National Reserve to Sandoval Lake. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity's capital of the world and you will learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. You will travel across the oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, the blue and yellow macaw, the red howler monkey and the black caiman. You will take your way back to the lodge for lunch, after, you will go for the canopy walkway and anaconda walk. You will ascend one of the two 98 ft (30 m) towers and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 90 ft (28 m) high. Here you will have breathtaking views and you will be able to watch toucans, woodpeckers, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Then you will walk along the 200-meter wooden bridge over some swamps and learn about the fauna and flora of these flooded ecosystems. After this walk you will return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner.




Note: The Amazon itinerary will vary depending on the lodge of your choice, ask your travel consultant for more details.

Overnight - Amazon Lodge


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7 - The Amazon - Sandoval Lake

After breakfast, we will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado by boat.

One of our vehicles will receive you at the port. After a short stop at our office, we will drive to the local market where the local population supplies itself with foods and other products. During a short visit of around 20-minutes, you will be able to appreciate the different typical products of the area.

We will then head to the airport to check-in for your respective flights.

Breakfast included
Overnight in Lima

Optional evening tour with dinner:

Magic water fountain park
We begin our tour with a visit to the Magic Water Circuit at Parque de la Reserva. This recently remodeled park boasts 12 beautiful water fountains that literally “dance” to the music with special lighting and laser beams. This park is the pride of Lima and has been recognised by the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain park in the world. You will also see the 80-meter high largest water fountain in the world.

Dinner & Show
At the end of the tour we will stop at a well-known restaurant in Miraflores to enjoy a buffet lunch that will include a variety of dishes and desserts of one of the richest, most exquisite and original cuisines in the world, while you are entertained with a spectacular show of traditional folk dances from the Coast, Highlands and Jungle of Peru. After the show we will drive you back to your hotel.


Day 8: Lima City tour and international flight

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel for our Classic Lima tour

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.

Then we will visit the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to return to the airport for your international flight. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel.
 

Evening transfer to Lima airport for connection of your international flight.


Breakfast included.


Included

Included

Hotels included:
Two nights in Lima, Two nights in Cusco, Two nights in the Amazon Lodge and 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
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train to Machu Picchu (roundtrip)

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights
  • Flights: three Domestic flights Lima/Cusco/Puerto Maldonado/Lima
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa San Blas

    Casa San Blas Boutique is small attractive hotel in the middle of the historic artisan San Blas district and located at a quiet spot. It houses in an finely restored colonial mansion and the rooms are decorated with beautiful handmade weavings.

    The entire staff has been carefully selected and trained about exactly how to please a customer. Flexibility is a key word in their customer service style. Casa San Blas Boutique lodge offers you free Internet, spacious rooms, clean and roomy bathrooms, cable TV in every room and extra long beds. Besides these amenities it also offers visitors Tika, a small cosy restaurant where you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner in a romantic setting.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic San Blas Cusco

    The Casa Andina Classic San Blas Hotel is a hotel made for visitors looking for a relaxed, stress-free place to stay individually or with a family. With its restaurant, interior courtyard, fountain, 3 wood burning chimneys and, above all, the helpful staff; this hotel can compete with the best hotels in town.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Lima

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Runcu

    Hotel Runcu is a modern hotel set on a relatively quiet street in a safe area of Miraflores.

    The hotel is only 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful waterfront parks of Miraflores and it is  10 minute walk to the busy area of Parque Kennedy, where you find many restaurants and shops.

    Rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is helpful and friendly. Hotel Runcu received a certicate of excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011.
     
    The hotel serves a personalized breakfast on the 8th floor of the hotel from where you have a nice view of the surroundings. 
     

Prices

 

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
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* Prices for 2022 ( we are working on it)
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.