Peru, Chile and Easter Island
Peru and Easter Island (Rapa Nui): exploring South America's most intriguing places
Discover the mysterious Easter Island, world famous for the 887 Maoi statues of which some are over 40ft (12mtr) of height. The Maoi were created by the early Maoi Rapa Nui people.
In 1995 UNESCO declared Easter Island a World Heritage site. A major part of the island is the protected Rapa Nui National Park. The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen named the island Easter Island (Isla de Pasqua) who visited the island on Easter day in 1722.
In Peru explore 3 other UNESCO World Heritage sites: the colonial centre of Lima, the city centre of Cusco and the highlight of your tour: Machu Picchu!
Highlights of the Peru and Easter Island Tour:
- The colonial centre of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- The colonial centre of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- The Inca temple Koricancha and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman
- The colorful market of Pisac and the Inca structure in Ollantaytambo on the Sacred Valley tour
- Make a 1 day hike to Machu Picchu over ancient Inca roads
- A full day to explore Machu Picchu plus a guided tour in private service of this UNESCO World Heritage site
- The Maoi statues on Easter Island - a UNESCO World Heritage site
Departures:Daily departures year roundDestinations:Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Puno, Santiago, Easter IslandReservation code:ITR-PCEI14
- Arrive to Lima.
- Lima – Cusco, City tour – Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo.
- Sacred Valley.
- Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu tour, return to Cusco.
- Journey by train or tourist bus from Cusco to Puno
- Lake Titicaca
- Flight Juliaca/Lima and Lima city tour
- Flight Santiago – Easter Island
- Easter Island – Full day
- Easter Island - Half day - Orongo
- Easter Island – Half day – Akivi - Santiago
Day 1 Lima
On arrival to Lima, we wait for you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. For customers arriving late evening we offer the option to upgrade to the 4 star Ramada Hotel which is direclty connected to the airport. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the Ramada and check in. You will find that the 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
Day 2 Lima – Cusco City Tour
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.
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
Day 3 Sacred Valley
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. After a wonderful day you will return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the night.
Overnight in Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4 Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu: Sacred Valley - Km 104 – Machupicchu
This morning you will be taken to the train station of Ollantaytambo to board the train to the starting point of the trail. We disembark at Km 104 and begin the hike through the recently discovered ancient trail to Machu Picchu.
This trek will take about 6 hours and the trek grading is considerate “easy to moderate”, we will climb up from 2,200 m (7,218 feet) to 2,350-2,650 meter (7,710- 8,694 feet).
We cross the Vilcanota (Urubamba) River climbing up through abundant vegetation that is home to hundreds of bird and orchid species. We' will emerge from the cloud forest at the spectacular “Wiñaywayna” which is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fitted together with great precision. We continue our hike passing through real Inca path to the Sun Gate where we will get our first views of Machu Picchu. Here, the final stretch of the royal Inca trail will take us to the citadel itself, hidden in undergrowth for four centuries and now laid out for our appreciation. From the Sanctuary we will take a bus that will take around 35 minutes to get to Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in our hotel.
Overnight in Machu Picchu town
Breakfast and box lunch included
Day 5 Machu Picchu 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.
Note: Our preferred train departures are subject to availability
You can extend the Inca Trail and opt for the 4-day Inca trail, which is a 3-day
hike starting at KM 82 and visit of Machu Picchu of the 4th day.
Since 2019 the new visiting regulations of Machu Picchu applies.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6 Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno or Optional Titicaca Lake
Transfer to the bus station for your tourist
hop-on hop-offbus 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 Pukara, La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Puno (14234 feet / 3800 meters), Raqchi, 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. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to hotel.
Alternative option: Upgrade to Lake Titicaca train to Cusco available at an additional cost. Train operates Puno to Cusco: Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Travel in style on the Lake Titicaca train to Cusco. 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 Cusco
Breakfast and lunch Included
Day 7 Lake Titicaca
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 Flight Juliaca / Lima and Lima city tour
Morning transfer to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima.
On arrival to Lima our representative will collect you from the exit gate andyou will be transferred to your hotel in Miraflores. You have free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will be collected from your hotel for your guided Lima city tour in shared group service.
The tour offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.
We first visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, and a Cultural Patrimony in 1991.
We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archibishop’s Palace. Right after we visit the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. We continue to modern section and visit the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. On our way we will pass by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped temple.
Then we will visit the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to yout hotel
Overnight in Lima
Day 9 Lima
Scheduled transfer to the airport for your international flight to Santiago.
Upon your arrival pick up from airport, transfer to Hotel. You will have time to explore on your own or simply relax in your hotel.
Once a sleepy capital city surrounded by mountains, today Santiago is a mixture of the old and the new, it’s home for new artists emerging with innovative creations, a place for gourmet dining and picturesque cafés made for unwinding after a day of exploring museums or soaking up the sun in one of the numerous historic parks.
Overnight in Santiago
Day 10 Santiago – Easter Island
After breakfast transfer to airport and flight to Easter Island.
Get ready to explore the magical Easter Island today. After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport to board a flight and travel some 3,800kms from Santiago before landing on this remote Polynesian island, a World Heritage site famous for its colossal moai—the mysterious legacy of a long-lost culture.
Arriving at the airport Mataveri, meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel on the island
Day 11 Easter Island – Full day
Drive to the southcoast coast and visit representative examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e, and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Proceed to Rano Raraku, quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with crater lake.
Then visit Ahu Tongariki (restored with 15 Moais), most recent and biggest restauration on the island. Drive to the eastcoast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.
Last but not least visit the beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. Back to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel on the island
Breakfast and lunch included
Day 12 Easter Island - Half day - Orongo
Drive up the extinct volcano Rano Kau, appreciate on the way a view over the whole island and see its distinct geological features, proceed to an outlook at the crater lake. Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place and you can see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture, enjoy the breathtaking view towards the 3 islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast. Drive down again to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and for some still proof of the influence of pre-inca arquitects in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with paintings. Back to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel on the island
Day 13 Easter Island – Half day – Akivi - Santiago
Drive to restored Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. The legend tells us that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Proceed to the unrestored Ahu Hanga Poukura. Then visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos were made. Back to hotel. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to Santiago. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Santiago
Day 14 Santiago
Check out . Transfer to the airport . Fly from Santiago.
IncludedHotels included:Lima (2 nights) Cusco (2 nights) Sacred Valley (1 night) Aguas Calientes (1 night) Puno (2 nights) Santiago (2 nights) Easter Island (3 nights)Entrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions mentioned in the programGuide:Professional English/Spanish guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the SanctuaryMeals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Train to Machupicchu by Vista-Dome (roundtrip)Train Andean Explorer:First class bus Cusco - Puno
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:First class bus Cusco - Puno
- Flights:International flights and Domestic flights within Peru and Chile
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Optional Train to Puno
- Insurance: Travel insurance
- Entrance: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
- Anything not mentioned in program
Occupancy Economic 3* Prices in US$ Double room US $ Single room supplement US $
Prices for 2022 ( we are working on it)