Machupicchu and the Sacred Valley
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.
Discover the Andes at your own pace. Imagine yourself traveling with a highly knowledgeable friend and with your own transportation, avoiding the crowds and seeing some of the rarely-visited wonders of Peru. Explore the heart and soul of the Inca civilization in style and comfort as we fill out your days with the best of Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. A care-free week of adventure, history and culture in comfort as we make our way through the valley to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Returning to Cusco you will find unique treasures this marvelous city holds for the discerning traveller.
- Tour enjoying the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes.
- Indulge your appetite with the wonders of Peruvian cuisine
- Marvel with the incredible stonework of the Incas
- Take in breathtaking views at Machu Picchu
- Discover and walk through the ancient Salt pans at Maras
- Wander around traditional artisan markets in the Sacred Valley
- Take the chance to relax in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
- Explore the unique Inca and Colonial streets of Cusco with our knowledgeable guides.
- Experience the vibrant colonial city of Lima
Departures:Daily departures all year roundDestinations:Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and CuscoReservation code:MP7
- Arrival in Lima. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
- Morning flight from Lima to Cusco.Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.Visit to Pisac Ruins and market.Lunch at a Hacienda. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
- Private excursion in the Sacred Valley (Maras salt pans, Moray terraces, and Chinchero town). Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
- Morning train to Machu Picchu. Private guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Overnightin Aguas Calientes Town.
- Free morning to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
- Morning private Cusco city tour inlcuding two archaeological sites. Afternoon at leisure.
- Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon Lima city tour. Evening international flight.
Day 1 Arrival in Lima
On your arrival in Lima, Our representative will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to spend the night at the four star Costa del Sol Hotel which is direclty connected to the airport. 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 Costa del Sol hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers that will be waiting for you at the reception desk of the Hotel.
Overnight in Lima
No meals included.
Day 2: Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley
Transfer to Lima airport. Flight from Lima to Cusco. On your arrival in Cusco, our representative will be waiting for you with your guide to proceed on your tour to Pisac, a small town located in the Sacred Valley. En route you will stop at Awanacancha center, a place where you will enjoy time to learn about the traditional techniques of weaving and dying the natural fibers that local people obtain from the south american camelids. You will also have a chance to feed and see the different camelids like llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Your next stop will be Pisac, a colonial town well known for its traditional market,then you will visit the archaeological site located on top of the town, lunch will be provided in a nice colonial hacienda. After lunch you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley where you will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3 Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Today you will visit a very beautiful area of the Sacred Valley, with your private guide you will stop in Chinchero, a town well known for its efforts to keep alive the traditional weaving techniques, proud of showing it to the world,here you will have a weaving demonstration and after tyou will visit the ancient part of the town, you will continue to Maras, a little adobe town situated in a beautiful secluded part of the Valley, not far away from the town you will discover the ancient salt pans, where local people nowadays still continue extracting salt, lunch will be provided in a nice spot on the way to Moray where you will explore the magnificent agricultural terraces, a place it is said was constructed to acclimatize some species of plants brought from other areas; it was also an Incan laboratory in order to investigate and improve Andean farming techniques.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Breakfast and lunch included
Day 4 Machu Picchu
Morning transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo to board the Vistadome train for the journey to Aguas 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. The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and admission fees to the Sanctuary are included.)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)
Day 5 Machu Picchu
Today you have free time to return on your own to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary plus entry for Huayna Picchu are not included) or you can choose to visit the waterfalls at Mandor or take the adrenaline climbing the Putucusi mountain.
If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel you can opt to do one of the various included excursions on the hotel gardens such as: bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with naturalist guides.
Please make sure you check out of you hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and that you can leave your luggage in the storage room in your hotel; on your way back from your activities please collect your luggage to be at the train satation half an hour before your train’s departure. Please disembark in Ollantaytambo station were our representative awaits to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6 Cusco city tour
At 8:45 a.m. your guide will be at your hotel for your private guided alternative city tour, including two archaeological sites. You will start your exploration of Cusco visiting the impressive Qoricancha temple, where you will see the amazing stone work the Incas did, then take a short walk through the charming streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square and continue exploring the centre of the city to see the famous 12 angled Inca stone on Hatun Rumiyoc street. From this point our car will take you to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman, and impressive structure built with huge stones, then you will continue your tour to explore the inca shrine of Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel where you can have lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free. This is a good moment to buy souvenirs since Cusco offers some fine Alpaca wool, silver jewelry, and other fine handicrafts.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 7 Flight Cusco/Lima. City tour of Lima
Morning transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima leave luggage at the airport storage, then you will be transferred to the drop off / pick up point in Miraflores in front of the Marriott Hotel. You have free time for lunch and at 1.45pm you will be picked up in front of Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service. After your tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer returning to the airport for your international flight.
End of our services
Optional : Transfer and evening city 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 recognized 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 famous 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 or to the airport.
IncludedHotels included:One night in Lima, two nights in the Sacred Valley, one night in Aguas Calientes and two nights in Cusco,Entrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit as mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 4Meals:Meals as mentioned in the programTrain:Train from Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- International flights.
- Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima.
- National and international departure airport taxes
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels, restaurants and tips for guides, drivers or others.
- Entrance ticket & bus tickets for Machu Picchu on day 5
- Travel insurance
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
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.
Inkallpa Sacred Valley
Hotel Inkallpa in the Sacred Valley is a wonderful new hotel located in a small community called Yanahuara, about 20 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo. It took the Peruvian family, the Mayos, two years to construct this little paradise and they have operated this hotel from the beginning.
While at Hotel Inkallpa, surrounded by mountains and silence, it will certainly feel like you're very far away from the civilization, but no....with a simple 20 minute drive you're at the Ollantaytambo train station, from where your train leaves to Machupicchu.
Many people stay one night in the Sacred Valley and then start their journey onto Machupicchu. Hotel Inkallpa, however, is a place where you can spend more than a day relaxing, reading or meditating without feeling bored. At the end of July, their spa will also be ready and so you will have the opportunity to order a massage or to take a bath in their Jacuzzi.
A small river, complete with fountains and waterfalls, runs through the green fields and makes sure the flowers are showing their finest colors throughout the year. When lucky, the fruit trees are in bloom upon your check in and you can pick your own peaches, raspberries are any other fruit growing on the property.
Because of its lovely climate and beautiful scenery, the Sacred Valley is an excellent place to practice outdoor sports like horse riding, white water rafting, mountain biking, and paragliding or rock climbing. All these activities can be done in just one day with the start and end from Hotel Inkallpa. After a day full of activities and upon your return to the hotel, one suggestion would be to get a massage before going to your room to enjoy the sunset falling down over the Sacred Valley of the Inca's from your balcony with a glass of wine.
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 $ 1205 US $ 1355 US $ 2130 Please consult us. Single room supplement US $ 340 US $ 475 US $ 1225
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.
* Prices for 2019