From the Northern Treasures to the Andes highlights
We had a total of 11 of us going, basically my group of 7 and my friends group of 4. Pieter was great at helping us put together the package and deal with all of the changing dates that we threw at him at the last minuite. We spent two days in the rain forest, completed the Inca Trail hike, had a day in Cusco, Lima and Sacred Valley. Everything was extremely well organized and the tour guides that Chaska has on staff are amazing.
Pre-inca cultures of North Peru
The rarely-visited north of Peru is an incredible area to explore, beautiful and full of history, with archaeology dating from pre-Inca times (between 100 and 1500 AD). The pre-inca cultures of the Chachapoyas in the north made significant achievements building great cities, fortresses, tombs and temples. This tour will take you through many distinct and contrasting areas of Peru, from the dry coastal desert, the Andean mysterious cloud forest or eyebrow of the Amazon, to the high Andean valleys of Cusco surrounded by snowcapped peaks. A travel through time and the history of Peru with the awe-inspiring climax of the secret citatel of Machu Picchu.
Tour highlights Northern Peru and the Andes:
- Visit the beautiful coastal cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo
- See some of the less known but magnificent remains of the North of Peru.
- Take a chance to swim around the beautiful Gocta waterfall - the third highest in the world at 771 mts.
- Be amazed by the diverse range of plants, flowers and birds in the highland-Amazon cloud forest.
- Discover the strange and unsual burial practices of the Chachapoyas people.
- Enjoy the Inca history and its legends recounted by our passionated guides.
- Spend your nights in specially selected hotels.
- Discover some awe-inspiring megalithic Inca buildings.
- Spend time watching Andean performances whilst dining in select restaurants.
- Indulge yourself in the multi-flavored cuisine of Lima.
Departures:Departures: Daily all yearDestinations:Lima, Caral, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chachapoyas, Kuelap, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu PicchuReservation code:NP16
- Arrive in Lima. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
- Morning free. Afternoon visit Lima Museums. Overnight in Lima
- Day excursion to Caral. Overnight in Lima
- Transfer to the airport. Flight Lima/Trujillo. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon city tour Trujillo and excursion to Chan Chan. Overnight in Trujillo
- Free morning. Excursion to the temples of the Sun and the Moon. Lunch. Excursion to the Lord of Sipan Royal Tomb. Overnight in Chiclayo
- Visit the Bruning Museum in Lambayeque. Afternoon excursion to the pre-Columbian pyramids of Tucume. Overnight in Chiclayo
- Drive from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. Overnight in Tingo
- Visit the funeral buildings of Revash. Afternoon visit of the Pre-Inca mummies in the town of Leymebamba. Overnight in Tingo
- Day excursion to Kuelap. Overnight in Chachapoyas
- Return to Chiclayo. Free time. Overnight in Chiclayo
- Transfer to the airport. Flight Chiclayo/Lima/Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco
- Morning free. Afternoon walking tour of Cusco and its two most important sites: Sacsayhuaman and Qenko. Overnight in Cusco
- Day Excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
- Vistadome train to Machupicchu. Tour of the Sanctuary. Overnight in Aguas Calientes Town
- Free time to explore Machupicchu Sanctuary on your own. Afternoon return by Vistadome train. Overnight in Cusco
- Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon Lima City tour. Evening international flight.
Day 1 Arrival Lima
International flight arrival in Lima. On arrival to Lima we will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in the centre of Lima.
Overnight in Lima.
No meals included.
Day 2 Larco Herrera and National museums
Morning at leisure. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel for an afternoon tour: enjoy a visit to the Larco Herrera and National museums of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Lima.
The Larco Herrera Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview of 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It features the finest gold and silver collection from the Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
The National museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History is Peru’s biggest museum and houses the "Estela Raymondi" and the "Tello Obelisk" monuments, two important carved stone pieces dating back to the Formative period 1000 years B.C. It features the largest textile collection, with fabrics from the Pre-Ceramic period through the Inca Empire, and a major collection of Ancient Peruvian metals.
Day 3 Excursion to Caral
A full day excursion to Caral which is one of the oldest cities in the Americas dating as far back as 2600 BC. It is located 190 km (120 miles) north of Lima in a lush valley. Its stone pyramids, plazas and residential buildings spreads out over 150 acres of desert. Caral was a thriving metropolis at roughly the same time that Egypt's great pyramids were being built. Afternoon return to Lima.
Overnight in Lima.
Breakfast and box lunch included.
Day 4 Trujillo city tour and Chan Chan
Morning transfer to the airport for your Flight Lima/Trujillo. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Once checked in you will be off for your day excursion: City tour of Trujillo, which includes the Casa Urquiaga, Palacio Iturriagui, Casa de la Emancipacion and La Merced Church. Visit the grand central plaza and walk around the streets lined with colonial mansions. Then, the excursion takes you to impressive royal palace of Chan Chan, built by the Chimu culture in the pre inca period. You will have lunch in the attractive town of Huanchaco.
Overnight in Trujillo.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Note: City tour is not available on Sundays.
Day 5 Chiclayo, Temples of the Sun and the Moon and the Lord of Sipan.
In the morning, we will head south of town to visit the temples of the Sun and the Moon built by the Moche Culture around 500 AD. These 130-feet-tall pyramids are thought to be the largest adobe structures in the Americas. We will travel by private car or bus to Chiclayo where we have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit Sipan, where the tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered. The Lord ruled around 200 AD over the Moche culture, and his gold-laden tomb is considered to be the richest in the Americas.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Breakfast an lunch included.
Day 6 Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and pyramids of Tucume
In the morning we will travel to the town of Lambayeque to visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum where many of these treasures are displayed (All artifacts were transferred from their previous home, the Bruning Museum to the new Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum). After lunch, we will visit the 26 pre-Columbian pyramids of Tucume. These pyramids were excavated by Thor Heyerdahl (of Kon-tiki fame), who discovered 102 burial sites, textiles, Incan figurines and depictions of reed boats. These items, along with goods from far-flung corners of the South America, allowed Heyerdahl to prove that the ancient people of Tucume were experienced voyagers and traders.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Breakfast and lunch included.
(Note: The Museum is closed on Mondays
Day 7 Chiclayo to Chachapoyas - Tingo
In the morning you will depart from Chiclayo by private car, van or minibus. Here you will cross four different Peruvian departments: Lambayeque, the South of Piura, the North of Cajamarca and finally Amazonas. This drive starts in the coast and arrives to the cloud-forest of Chachapoyas.
Note that this is a full day trip until we reach Tingo.
Overnight in Tingo.
Breakfast, Box lunch and dinner included.
(Note: departure days: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from May to October)
Day 8 Chachapoyas - Funeral buildings of Revash - Leymebamba mummies - Tingo
After breakfast you will enjoy an excursion on horse to visit the colorful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. They overlook a valley and a tributary of the Utcubamba, near the town of Santo Tomas. The Cliff walls at Revash are decorated with geometric designs and figures of camelids. Some of the tombs are decorated with T and a cross-shaped niches. After lunch, you will continue to the town of Leymebamba to visit an amazing collection of well-preserved pre-inca mummies discovered in the "Laguna de los Condores".
Overnight in Tingo.
Breakfast, Box lunch and dinner included.
Day 9 Tingo - Kuelap - Chachapoyas
After breakfast you will visit Kuelap, a spectacular pre-Inca walled city hidden atop of a precipitous mountain. Although Kuelap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is not as well known to the outside world. Nevertheless recent amazing discoveries in the nearby areas to Kuelap have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies.
Overnight in Chachapoyas.
Breakfast, Box lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 Return from Chachapoyas to Chiclayo
After an early breakfast you will return to Chiclayo by road. Late afternoon arrival and transfer to your selected hotel.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Breakfast and Box lunch included.
Day 11 Chiclayo to Cusco
Transfer to the airport in Chiclayo for your flights Chiclayo/Lima/Cusco. On arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. Free time to get adjusted to the altitude and to acclimatize.
Overnight in Cusco.
Day 12 Cusco City tour - Sacsayhuaman - Qenko
At 8:45 am your guide will pick you up from your hotel for your private guided alternative 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. From this point our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then to Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel you have the rest of the afternoon 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 13 Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today we start our day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit the colorful indigenous and handicraft market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. 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. After lunch we continue to Ollantaytambo where we visit the Archaeological 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 bottom of 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. 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 14 Machu Picchu Sanctuary private tour
Morning transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome 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 meet you at your hotel and after dropping off your luggage you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary where you will enjoy a private three hour guided tour of the site. After your tour you have free time to explore the place on your own. The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary are included).
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)
Day 15 Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today you have free time to return with your guide to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site for a second time (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary plus entry for Huayna Picchu are included) or you can choose to visit the waterfalls of Mandor or take the adrenaline of climbing the Putucusi mountain.
If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel, you can opt to do one of the various excursions on the hotel grounds which include bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides.
Please make sure you check out of your hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and to pick up your luggage and to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure. Please disembark the train in Ollantaytambo station were our representative awaits to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Note: New Park Regulations states you must be accompanied by a professional guide to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Peak and exit with guide.
Day 16 Cusco - Lima - City tour of Lima - International flight
It is time to say goodbye to Cusco, at a scheduled time, we will transfer you to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival to Lima our representative will meet you from the exit gate, it is advisable thta you go straight over to leave your luggage in 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. In the early afternoon you will be picked up from ithe drop off/PIck up point in front of the Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to return to the airport for your international flight.
Optional: Transfer and evening city tour with dinner: If you have time we have an evening city tour which includes a dinner show at a selected restaurant. We can organize a transfer from the restaurant returning to the airport for your international flight.
IncludedEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Professional English/Spanish guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 14Meals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- International flights and Domestic flights
- Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Second day visit to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
- Insurance: Travel insurance
- Anything not mentioned in program
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.
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.
Pakaritampu Sacred Valley
Hotel Pakaritampu´s impressive gardens and professional staff, this hotel offers you everything you need during your stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas'.
The hotel has a total of 37 rooms, which are divided among 4 blocks. The newest block was finished last year and only has superior rooms. In between all the separate blocks you will find beautiful gardens with fruit trees, colourful flowers and, when lucky, even some hummingbirds.
In the garden, the hotel also has a telescope which you can use to have a closer look at the ruins; these are also visible from here.
The restaurant inside offers a great variety of meals and some days they offer a buffet lunch as well. It opens at 5:00 AM in the morning and closes at 9:30 PM. Room-service, luggage storage, internet on site, TV room, library, and a bar with fire place or some of the features this hotel has to offer for which you'll not be bored while staying at Hotel Pakaritampu.
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.
Casa Andina Chachapoyas
The hotel is an old converted hacienda with beautiful balconies and galleires. Casa Andina Chachapoyas is a 15 minute drive from the town and located in an enchanting valley on the banks of the river. This is a little paradise, welcoming and service freindly staff, spacious and spotlessly clean rooms. A great place to spend an extra day just to relax.
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Double room US $ 2795 US $ 3065 Single room supplement US $ 645 US $ 940
* Prices for 2019
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