Machu Picchu and the Titicaca Lake

8 days - 7 nights
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Overview
My girlfriend and I just came back from 2 weeks in Peru. We had the most wonderful experience through Chaska tours. http://www.chaskatours.com/ They arranged everything from the flight, hotels, the trek and our visits to Arrequipa and Lima. The service provided by their guides and the office employees were exceptional.

We visit some of the Islands of lake Titicaca with communities that have successfully welcomed tourism in a way that complements and preserves their lifestyle and traditions. We start our tour in Cusco, home to a unique blend of precision Inca stonework with charming colonial churches and neighbournoods. We visit the megalithic ruins surrounding Cusco and throughout the Sacred Valley. We take the famous and picturesque Vista-dome train to the highlands of Machu Picchu Sanctuary and wake up early to catch the magnificent sunrise over the long-lost city of Machu Picchu. We then head to the beautiful blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a choice of overland tour coach or luxury train. We are welcomed by the communities on the floating island of Uros inhabited by traditional fisherman and then Taquile where the local people are experts in traditional weaving techniques.

Tour highlights:

  • Marvel at the incredible stonework of the Incas and the charming colonial mansions
  • Visit some bustling traditional Andean markets for a good idea of life in the Andes
  • Take the scenic Vista-dome train through beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Taste some great traditional Cusceñan cuisine
  • Take in breathtaking views with a sunrise at Machu Picchu
  • Wander around traditional artisan markets and pick up some interesting bargains
  • Relax in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
  • Travel through the picturesque landscapes of the Andes en-route from Cusco to Lake Titicaca
  • Experience traditional Andean ways of life and help them preserve it at the same time

 

  1. Arrive in Lima. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Flight Lima/Cusco and tansfer to the Hotel. Free time to adjust to the altitude
  3. Private walking tour of Cusco and visit to Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. Overnight Cusco
  4. Sacred Valley tour, late afternoon train to Machupicchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  5. Morning tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Afternoon return train to Poroy/Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  6. Morning free. Afternoon flight to Puno (Lake Titicaca). Overnight in Puno
  7. Lake Titicaca excursion. Evening flight to Lima. Overnight in Lima
  8. Departure international flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Reservation code:
TI8
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 of the four stars Costa del Sol Hotel which is directly connected to the airport by footbridge. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the Costa del Sol 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 

Walk back to the airport for your flight from Lima to Cusco. On arrival to Cusco we will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
After your check in you will have the day to relax and to adjust to the altitude.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 3 - Cusco private tour

In the morning your guide will come to your hotel for your private guided city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the typical streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square and then the famous 12 angle Inca stone. Our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel you have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included

Day 4 - Sacred Valley

This morning we start our day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We visit the colorful indigenous and handicraft market of Pisac and the ruins high up on the mountain overlooking the valley. At Pisac we can enjoy a small typical Andean market and it offers good opportunities to buy local handicraft. We continue to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is served, then we continue to Ollantaytambo. 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 bottom of spectacular Inca ruins, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. 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 5 - Machu Picchu


Morning transfer to the train station to board the train for the scenic journey to Aquas Calientes. On arrival to Aguas Calientes the hotel staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.  Your guide will be waiting at your hotel and after dropping off your luggage you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary where you will enjoy a three hour private guided tour of the sanctuary. After your tour you have free time to explore the site on your own. 
After your tour you will have plenty of time to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surrounding mountains. After lunch it will be time to board the afternoon return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town and then a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 6 Free day Cusco - Fly to Puno

Free morning in Cusco. After your lunch we will pick you up to transfer you to Cusco airport for your flight to Juliaca.
Upon your arrival we transfer you to your hotel on the shores of Titicaca Lake. You have the evening free to pick a restuarant to enjoy your dinner.

Overnight in Puno

Breakfast included
 
Alternative travel options:
1. First class bus to Puno

Transfer to the bus station for your first class bus ride to Puno, You will visit four archaeological sites along the way.
Upon arrival to Puno we take you to your hotel.. Places you will visit are:

The church of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". It is one of the best- preserved examples of Andean religious art.
Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha.
La Raya:  the highest point between Cusco and Puno, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains

The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara
 

Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.

Breakfast and lunch included
Overnight in Puno.
 
2. Andean Explorer train to Puno
Travel in style on the Andean Explorer from Cusco to the shores of Titicaca Lake where Puno is located. 
Morning transfer to the local train station of Cusco where the Andean Explorer is waiting for your spectacular rail journey to Puno. 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 Puno we take you to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno

Breakfast and a three course lunch included.



Note: upgrade to Orient Express train to Puno is available at an additional cost and on these days:

November to March = Mon, Wed, Sat. 
April to October = Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.

Day 7 Titicaca Lake and flight to Lima

Pick-up at 7:00 am. Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits you to visit the highest navigable lake in the world (3800 meters / 12467.19 feet). We will explore the floating island of the Uros inhabited by traditional fisherman. We continue the tour for the island of Taquile where the local people are experts in traditional weaving techniques. Return to Puno and transfer to your hotel. to pick up your luggage and transfer to Juliaca airport.
Flight Juliaca/Lima. 
Upon arrival walk to your hotel and check-in.
Overnight in Lima airport hotel.

Day 8: Departure Lima

After breakfast walk to check-in counter for your international flight.
Breakfast included

 

 

 
Included

Included

Hotels included:
One night in Lima,three3 nights in Cusco, one night in Aguas Calientes and two nights in Puno
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
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights
  • Flights: Lima/Cusco/Julica/Lima
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: 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

    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 $ 1295 US $ 1445 US $ 2230 Please consult us.
Single room supplement  US $ 370 US $ 510 US $ 1285
 

 

       

* Prices for 2018
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