From the Rainforest to Machu Picchu
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.
Introduction: from the Rainforest to Machu Picchu
The heart of the greatest civilization ever seen in the Americas and a jewel of Spanish colonial architecture, the Inca capital of Cusco is also the gateway to the most unspoilt and biodiverse place on Earth; the Amazon rainforest, with more than 15,000 species of flowering plants and an amazing variety of endemic fauna.
• See the best of Cusco and the Amazon rainforest.
• Explore the wildlife of the Amazon jungle with our expert guides
• Relaxation and adventure in the comfort of our Amazonian tree-house lodges.
• Cruise along the Amazon tributaries in motorized canoe.
• Enter the jungle on foot and witness the huge array of wildlife.
• Connect with Mother earth with a Shaman lead Ayahuasca ceremony.
• Visit the splendid temples, palaces and houses in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
• Learn from our passionate guides - the history, myths and legends of the Incas.
• Enjoy exquisite views on one of the most incredible train journeys in the world.
• Take in the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu - the lost city of the Incas.
Departures:Daily departures year roundDestinations:Amazon Rainforest, Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and LimaReservation code:AMZ8
- Arrival in Lima. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
- Fly to Puerto Maldonado, first day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
- Second day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
- Third day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Morning free. Afternoon Classic city tour. Overnight in Cusco
- Excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Late afternoon train to Machupicchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes Town
- Early Morning tour of Machu Picchu with private guide. Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Transfer to the airport, Morning flight to Lima. afternoon Lima city tour. Evening international flight
Day 1 arrival in Lima
On arrival to Lima, our representative will wait for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to upgrade to 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 and check in. You will find that the Ramada hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers that will be at the reception desk of the Hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2 Lima to the Amazon rainforest.
Walk back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. We will be waiting for your arrival in Puerto Maldonado to begin your Amazon rainforest tour, first we will check-in at the Butterfly house & lounge. Then, we will travel to our lodgings by motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River(approximately 25-minutes). On our arrival to the lodge it will be time for a buffet lunch that will offer us a mixture of organic ingredients and native flavors. After lunch we take a nature trail walk where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk, you will navigate on a canoe in a twighlight excursion. Boating on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystems, Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior and the southern constellations. Back to the main building for dinner.
Overnight - Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 3 Amazon Rainforest.
After breakfast we have a long trek through terra firma in the Tambopata National Reserve heading to Sandoval Lake. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of the world and we learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. We travel across the oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, the blue and yellow macaw, the red howler monkey and the black caiman. We head back to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch we will be ready for the canopy walkway and anaconda walk. We ascend one of the two 98 ft (30 mts) towers and cross the hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 90 ft (28 mts) high. Here we will have breathtaking views and we can watch toucans, woodpeckers, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. We will continue our walk along the 200-meter wooden bridge over some swamps and learn about the fauna and flora of these flooded ecosystems. At the end of the tour we will return to the lodge where we will have dinner.
Overnight - Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Note: Itineraries change depending on the lodge of your choice.Please consult us about the prices and activities included in each lodge.
Day 4 Amazon rainforest to Cusco
After breakfast we will take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the Butterfly house & lounge where you may wait for your flight to Cusco. We fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco and on arrival our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Free time to relax and acclimatize in Cusco or optional excursions.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 5 Cusco city tour
Morning free to rest and relax. In the afternoon your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel for your private guided city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the impressive Temple of the Sun known in the Inca times as the Qoricancha, then we will take a short walk through the traditional streets of Cusco downtown, visiting the Cathedral in the main square.This is probably the most interesting place to admire the religious art that was developed during the colonial period. We will continue by car to the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman and then we will visit Qenko, a shrine dedicated to worship the land. After this visit, we will drive back to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free for some axplorations on your own.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley to Machu PicchuThis morning we will leave Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will arrive at Pisac, located near the Urubamba river to visit the colorful handicraft market. Here you can bargain for some of the many artisan goodies on offer, then we will continue to visit the ruins situated high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head back down to continue driving through the valley heading to the town of Urubamba. Here we will have a buffet lunch before continuing to Ollantaytambo town for our tour of the archeological site which is located on top of the mountain that overlooks the town. Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Machu Picchu,After the tour we will go to the train station to board the train to Machupicchu.Depending on your program arrangements your departure schedule may vary.On your arrival to Aguas Calientes station, our representative will help you go to your hotel. Our guide will visit you at your hotel to brief you about the program for the next day.You will have the evening free to relax or walk in town.Overnight in Aguas CalientesBreakfast and Lunch included
Day 7 Machupicchu
We start early this morning, after breakfast with our guide we will take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu on time to catch the fisrt rays of sunlight over the site. Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas, explaining about the theories that talk about the techniques they used to build the site and the possible reason about the abandoning of the place, he will also recount myths and legends passed down over the centuries. After your tour you will have plenty of time to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surrounding mountains. After lunch it will be time to return to Aguas Calientes where at a convenient time you will board your afternoon return train to Poroy train station wehere our representative will meet you to transfer you back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 8 Lima
Morning transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.On your arrival in LIma, free time untill the connection of your international flight or optional Lima tour and transfers to Miraflores:( Please consult us if you are interested in this alternative)
IncludedHotels included:One night in Lima, two nights in the Amazon Lodge, three nights in Cusco and one night in Aguas CalientesEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the SanctuaryMeals:Meals as mentioned in programTips:Not included.Train:Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- International flights
- Three Domestic flights Lima/Puerto Maldonado/Cusco/Lima.
- Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Insurance: Travel insurance
Eco Inn Cusco
Hotel Eco Inn in Cusco is operating since October 2007 in a big white prominent building at the end of Sol Avenue and in front of the Artesanal Market and waterfall. The entry and lobby are enormous and are flooded with natural light coming in from the impressive roof. Next to this lobby you'll find a stylish restaurant with the tables set up next to the river which was beautifully constructed through the restaurant. The suites and traditional rooms are divided among 4 floors and 3 elevators can be used to avoid climbing stairs.
In the basement of the Hotel Eco Inn you can discover the greatness of their Inca Spa. A completely different world with a unique atmosphere will make you feel fresh, clean and above all full of vitality and energy. They combine ancient Inca methods, elements and techniques during their rituals, massages and facial or body treatments.
Hotel Eco Inn is a great option for a comfortable and new hotel at an accesable price.
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.
Casa Andina Classic San Blas Cusco
The Casa Andina Classic San Blas Hotel is a hotel made for visitors looking for a relaxed, stress-free place to stay individually or with a family. With its restaurant, interior courtyard, fountain, 3 wood burning chimneys and, above all, the helpful staff; this hotel can compete with the best hotels in town.
Casa Andina Classic Plaza Cusco
asa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations.
The special feature you'll notice in Casa Andina Classis Cusco Plaza hotel is the elevator which will make it a bit easier to get to the 4th floor.
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.
Casa Andina Cathedral Cusco
The Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cathedral is situated as close as possible to the main square, though it is devoid of the busy traffic and street noise, which creates an ideal accommodation in Cusco. Its location, not even 50 metres from Cusco's Cathedral, gives it many advantages and with double thick windows in the rooms on the street side you won't be bothered by the traffic below.
Several of the brightly coloured rooms have perfect views over the Plaza de Armas, the Santa Catalina Convent or the Compania de Jesus Church.
The hotel was built in a colonial building and still has the beautiful green balconies which makes it fit perfectly in the Cusco centre city style.
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.
3Category: Tourist, Economic
Manhattan airport hotel
Manhattan airport hotel is convenientely located near the airport of Lima in a quiet neighbourhood. It is a 10 minute ride to the hotel.
Hotel Manhattan is a good economic option when your arrival is late in the evening and if you have a morning flight the next day.
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Luxury Superior 5*+ Prices in US$. Double room US $ 1150 US $ 1385 US $ 2125 Please consult us. Single room supplement US $ 310 US $ 455 US $ 1120
*Prices for 2019
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.