Machu Picchu and the Titicaca Lake

8 days - 7 nights
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Lima
Overview

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 Cusqueñan  Andean 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. Cusco City Tour. 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 Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  6. Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno. 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 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.

Overnight in Cusco.
Breaksfast included

Day 3 - Cusco City tour

Free morning to relax and explore on your own. 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

Breakfast included

Day 4 - Sacred Valley- train to Machu Picchu 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.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes town
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 5 -  Machu Picchu guided tour- return to 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 6 Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno

Transfer to the bus station for your tourist hop-on hop-off bus to Cusco in which you will visit 4 archeological sites along the way.  This will be a very active and interesting 9 hours journey.

This day long bus ride takes you through snow-covered peaks, high and wide Andean valleys where llamas graze on spiky grass. As you pass by villages with cobblestone streets and you will see people making adobe bricks by hand.

 

On our way to Cusco we will visit the litho-sculptures of the temple of the God Wiracocha and Andahuaylillas. The church of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". It is known as one of the best- preserved examples of Andean religious art, Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha, the litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara and La Raya:  the highest point between Puno and Cusco, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains. Arrival in Puno and transfer to hotel.
 
Alternative option: Upgrade to Lake Titicaca train to Puno available at an additional cost. Train operates Cusco to Puno: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Travel in style on the Lake Titicaca train to Puno. 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 coach provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy 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.

Overnight in Puno
Breakfast and lunch Included.

Day 7 Titicaca Lake and flight to Lima

Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits us to visit one of the highest lakes in the world (3800 meters / 12467.19 feet). We will explore the floating island of Uros inhabited by traditional fisherman, stepping on the island feels very much like a water bed but it is quite safe. We see the houses, the islands and meet its friendly inhabitants. Uros people are descendants of one of the oldest South American groups. Rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged.

After we will continue navigating the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca Lake, for about 2 ½ hours enjoying the spectacular views to get to Taquile Island port, from where we will take a long path that gradually ascend until the indigenous community to know these textile experts and their weaving traditions. You will find handy craft textiles of high quality make by them at a good price. Lunch at one of the many local restaurants.

After this nice experience with the indigenous community, we depart back to Puno City, on arrival we will transfer you to your Puno hotel.

Overnight in Puno
Breakfast and typical lunch included

Day 8: Departure Lima

After breakfast transfer to the airport of Lima for your international flight

Breakfast included

 

 

 
Included

Included

Hotels included:
Lima (1 night), Cusco (3 nights), Aguas Calientes (1 night) and Puno (2 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 Sanctuary
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train Roundtrip to Machu Picchu

Not included:

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

Hotels

Cusco

  • 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* Luxury Superior 5*+
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* Prices for 2022 ( we are working on it)
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