Peru, Chile and Easter Island

14 days - 13 nights
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Puno, Santiago, Easter Island
Overview
My mom and I traveled to Peru from June 3rd-15th and we booked our hotels, transportation, and adventures through Chaska Tours. Overall, an excellent experience at an unbeatable price.

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

 

 

 

  1. Arrive to Lima.
  2. Lima – Cusco, City tour – Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo.
  3. Sacred Valley.
  4. Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
  5. Machu Picchu tour, return to Cusco.
  6. Journey by train or first class bus from Cusco to Puno
  7. Lake Titicaca
  8. Flight Juliaca/Lima and Lima city tour
  9. Lima
  10. Flight Santiago – Easter Island
  11. Easter Island – Full day
  12. Easter Island - Half day - Orongo
  13. Easter Island – Half day – Akivi - Santiago
  14. Santiago
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Puno, Santiago, Easter Island
Reservation code:
ITR-PCEI14
Day by day

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
Breakfast included.

Day 2 Lima – Cusco City Tour

On arrival to Cusco we collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free to relax and acclimatize. In the afternoon your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a Half Day 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.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 3 Sacred Valley

Today we start from your hotel for our day excursion to the Sacred Valley Of the Incas. We visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. At Pisac we will first visits its archaeological site, before we go down and enjoy a small typical Andean market . We continue to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is served. After lunch we continue on to Ollantaytambo where we visit the Archeological 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 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 we will take you to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4 Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo taking the famous picturesque train journey to start of trailhead. We disembark at Km 104 and start the recently discovered ancient 1 day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We cross the Vilcanota (Urubamba) River climbing up and away through luxuriant vegetation that is home to hundreds of bird and orchid species. We'll emerge from the cloud forest at Wiñaywayna which is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fitted together with great precision. We then continue our hike to the Sun Gate where we'll get our breathtaking first views of Machu Picchu. Here, the final stretch of the royal Inca highway will take us to the citadel itself, hidden in undergrowth for four centuries and now laid out for our appreciation. From the Sanctuary we take the bus to Machupicchu town (Aguas Calientes) and to the chosen hotel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included. 

Note: for the Inca Trail you need a trekking permit, permits sell out and you should book this tour at least 3 months in advance if you want to hike the short Inca Trail. If the Inca trail is fully booked we can organize a day hike in the Sacred Valley or you can travel by train to Macchu Picchu and hike to the lesser know parts of Macchu Picchu. 

Day 5 Machu Picchu tour, return to Cusco.

This day we have an early start, after breakfast, accompanied by your guide you will take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas, explaining the theories about the construction techniques the Incas used and recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries. Finishing your tour, it will be time to head back to Aguas Calientes, where you can find many restaurant options. After lunch you will board the afternoon return train to Poroy station and then a transfer back to Cusco..
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 6 Journey by train or first class bus from Cusco to Puno

Bus to Puno option
Transfer to the bus station for your 1st class bus ride to Puno, You will visit 4 archeological sites along the way.?Upon arrival to Puno we take you to your hotel.
*Places you will visit are:
Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha?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.
Pukara: The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara ?La Raya:  the highest point between Cusco and Puno, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.
*Alternative option: Laketiticaca train
Travel in style on the Laketiticaca train to Puno. Morning transfer to the local train station of Cusco where the train is operated by Peru Rail is waiting for your spectacular rail journey to Puno, which runs on the shores of Lake Titicaca. 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.
Note: upgrade to the Titicaca Train to Puno is available at an additional cost and on these days:
Monday: Puno-Cusco
Tuesday: No train
Wednesday: Cusco-Puno
Thursday: Puno-Cusco
Friday: Cusco-Puno
Saturday: Puno-Cusco
Sunday: Cusco-Puno
* Alternatively an early morning or afternoon flight from Cusco to Juliaca is possible. Please consult for these options they are not included in our offer.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7 Lake Titicaca

Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits you to visit one of the highest lakes in the world (3800 meters / 9000 feet). We will explore the floating island of 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.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast and 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 and you should head straight over to leave your luggage in airport storage. From there 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 afternoon you will be collected from in front of Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in shared. After 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.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included.

Day 9 Lima 

Transfer to the airport. Flight to Santiago.
Pick up from airport, transfer to Hotel. 
Overnight in Santiago
Breakfast included.

Day 10 Santiago – Easter Island 

After breakfast transfer to airport and flight to Easter Island.
Arriving at the airport Mataveri , meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel on the island
Breakfast included.

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
Breakfast included.

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
Breakfast included.

Day 14 Santiago 

Check out . Transfer to the airport . Fly from Santiago.
Breakfast included.

Included

Included

Hotels 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 program
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program
Guide:
Professional English/Spanish guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train to Machupicchu by Vista-Dome (roundtrip)
Train Andean Explorer:
First class bus Cusco - Puno

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights and Domestic flights within Peru and Chile
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
  • Entrance: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
  • Anything not mentioned in program
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
First class bus Cusco - Puno
Hotels

Hotels

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3*
Prices in US$ Double room US $ 3725
Single room supplement  US $ 1025