Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest

8 days - 7 nights
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Overview
when we were told our flight Paris-Amsterdam-Lima was cancelled due to the snow! We had to leave 2 days later, and so everything had to be thought through again because our schedule was already so tight. Again, everything went smoothly thanks to Pieter and his team.

Amazon Rainforest and Machu Picchu - 8 days

Cusco, the Inca capital, known as the heart of one of the greatest civilizations in the Americas and a jewel of Spanish colonial architecture, is also the gateway to the most unspoilt and biodiverse place on Earth - the Amazon rainforest, with more than 15,000 species of flowering plants and an amazing variety of endemic fauna.

Highlights of Amazon and Machu Picchu

  • Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Cusco with our expert guides
  • Cruise on one of the Amazon tributaries in a canoe and hike the jungle on foot witnessing the huge array of wildlife.
  • Ride one of the most scenic train journeys in the world to MACHU PICCHU
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu - the lost city of the Incas.
  • Tour the vibrant colonial city of Lima.
  • Savor Peru's exquisite cuisine in Lima, chosen as a culinary destination at the World Travel Awards 3 times in a row.

 

  1. Arrival in Lima
  2. Flight from Lima to Cusco. Afternoon private walking tour of Cusco and visit to Sacsayhuaman.
  3. Sacred Valley excursion, late afternoon Vistadome train to Machupicchu.
  4. Guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Return by train to Cusco.
  5. First day in the Amazon Rainforest.
  6. Second day in the Amazon Rainforest.
  7. Third day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima
  8. City tour of Colonial and modern Lima. Transfer out for your flight home.
Departures:
Daily departures all year round
Destinations:
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Reservation code:
AMZ3
Day by day

From the Amazon to Machu Picchu - 8 day tour

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

On your arrival to Lima, our representative will wait for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to stay at the Costa del Sol four star Hotel which is direclty 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 - Tour of Cusco

Walk back to the airport for your flight from Lima to Cusco. On your arrival to Cusco our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. You can check in and have the morning to relax. In the afternoon your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel for your guided city tour of Cusco. We visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then we  take a short walk through the streets of Cusco visiting the cathedral in the main square and then on to see the famous 12 angle Inca stone. Then our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. After visiting this inca sites we drive back to your hotel. 

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included

Day 3 Sacred Valley

Today, in the morning we depart from Cusco heading towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will arrive at Pisac to visit the colourful Pisac village handicraft market. Here you can try bargaining for some of the many artisan goodies on offer. Then we will continue up to Pisac ruins situated high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we drive back down and through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we take a buffet lunch before heading on to Ollantaytambo town for our tour of the archaeological site located high on the valley overlooking the town. Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Machu Picchu. Depending on the time you finish your tour you will board an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes .  
On your arrival to the town, our representative will contact you to take 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.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and Lunch included
 

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
 

Day 4 Machu Picchu

We will start our day early, after breakfast with our guide we take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu on time to catch the first rays of sunlight over the site . Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas,providing historical information about how this place was constructed, recounting myths and legends that were passed from mouth to mouth up to the present time. After touring you will have plenty of time to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surroundings of the citadel. After lunch it will be time to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to to Poroy station and then a transfer back to Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included

 

Day 5 Cusco to The Amazon Rainforest.

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 Butterfly house & lounge.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.


Lodging - Amazon Lodge


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6 The Amazon rainforest.

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.


Overnight - Amazon Lodge


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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

Day 7 The Amazon rainforest to Lima

Morning transfer for your flight to Lima. On your arrival we will take you to your hotel in Miraflores.
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 - step back in time and learn about Lima's millenary history. The tour offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. 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 the Amazon Lodge, Two nights in Cusco 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 the program
Train:
Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights Lima/Cusco/Puerto Maldonado/Lima ( referential price starts from $ 445)
  • National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Health and Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 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.
  • 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

    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

    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.

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* Luxury Superior 5*+
Prices in US$. Double room US $ 1320 US $ 1510 US $ 2135 Please consult us.
Single room supplement.  US $ 340 US $ 460 US $ 940
           

* Prices for 2017
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