Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest
We were fortunate to come across a discussion containing high praise for a tour company called Chaska Tours (www.chaskatours.com). We worked with Pieter and Rocio Valcarcel. (Pieter is actually Dutch, but he speaks and e-mails in excellent English.) They put together an excellent itinerary (at the last minute and during high season in mid-August) with all private, selected guides during our entire trip.
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.
Departures:Daily departures all year roundDestinations:Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest and LimaReservation code:AMZ3
- Arrival in Lima
- Flight from Lima to Cusco. Afternoon private walking tour of Cusco and visit to Sacsayhuaman.
- Sacred Valley excursion, late afternoon Vistadome train to Machupicchu.
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Return by train to Cusco.
- First day in the Amazon Rainforest.
- Second day in the Amazon Rainforest.
- Third day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima
- City tour of Colonial and modern Lima. Transfer out for your flight home.
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
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 pick you up from your hotel for a Half Day 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.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 3 Sacred ValleyToday we start from your hotel for our day excursion to the Sacred Valley Of the Incas. We visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. At Pisac we will first visits its archaeological site, before we go down and enjoy a small typical Andean market . We continue to Urubamba where a buffet 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 After the tour you will take the train to Aguas Calentes 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.Overnight in Aguas CalientesBreakfast 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
This day we have an early start, after breakfast, accompanied by your guide you will take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas, explaining the theories about the construction techniques the Incas used and recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries. Finishing your tour, it will be time to head back to Aguas Calientes, where you can find many restaurant options. After lunch you will board the afternoon return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station and then a transfer back to Cusco..
Overnight in Cusco
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.
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.
IncludedHotels included:Two nights in Lima, Two nights in the Amazon Lodge, Two nights in Cusco and one night in Aguas CalientesEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the SanctuaryMeals:Meals as mentioned in the programTrain:Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Luxury Superior 5*+ Prices in US$. Double room US $ 1305 US $ 1555 US $ 2140 Please consult us. Single room supplement. US $ 330 US $ 470 US $ 965
* Prices for 2018
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.