Salkantay trek, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Titicaca Lake
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.
This is a program that combines Cusco, the Sacred Valley, The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu and the well known excursion to Titicaca Lake. We start from Cusco, a fascinating city with an exquisite mixture of amazing Inca megalithic stonework and the charming architecture from the colonial period, we visit the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting our hike.
We take the fantastic four day Salkantay trek which will lead us to the lost city of Machu Picchu. We will trek around the base of the high snow-capped Salkantay mountain (6,271 mts / 20574.14 ft). The trail offers an extraordinary variety of ecological regions, from tropical valleys to glacial steppes. We will continue our way to Puno in the south of Peru to visit the Islands on the Titicaca lake.
- Learn about the Inca myths and legends past down over the centuries.
- Visit the local traditional market in Cusco and witness what a day is like in the life of local people.
- Take a tour visiting the megalithic temples and towns of the inca times in the Sacred Valley.
- Walk through the beautiful Salkantay landscape surrounded by snow capped peaks and tropical valleys.
- Enjoy great meals out in the open landscapes of Salkantay.
- Take a tour of the awe-inspiring sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- Visit the ancient communities on the islands of Titicaca lake.
- Cruise across the waters of the Titicaca lake high in the Andean plateau.
- Taste some of the best sea food in the world available in Lima.
Departures:Daily departures from April till DecemberDestinations:Salkantay, Machupicchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and the Titicaca lakeReservation code:SLKT
- Arrive in Lima. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lima
- Flight Lima/Cusco. Afternoon city tour of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Sacred Valley tour. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
- First day Salkantay Trek. From Mollepata to Salkantay Pampa. Overnight at campsite
- Salkantay trek from Salkantay Pampa to Totora. Overnight at campsite
- Salkantay trek from Totora - La Playa. Overnight at campsite
- Salkantay trek from La Playa to Llactapata. Overnight hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Guided visit of Macchupicchu. Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Andean Explorer train form Cusco to Puno. Overnight in Puno
- Day excursion to the Uros and Taquile islands on Titicaca Lake. Overnight in Puno
- Morning flight to Lima. Evening international flight
Day 1 Arrival to Lima
On arrival to Lima, we wait for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option of the four star Costa del Sol Hotel which is directly connected to the airport by footbridge. 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 hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers at the reception desk of the Hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2 Classic City Tour of Cusco
This morning you return to the airport for your flight to Cusco. On arrival to Cusco we will be waiting to take you to your hotel. After your check in, we will give you a briefing about the upcoming activities and we will provide you with all the required documents and helpful information. In the afternoon we will meet you at your hotel for the classic city tour of Cusco, including four archaeological sites. First, we visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the typical streets of Cusco to the main square, where we visit the Cathedral of Cusco. Then we take the road to the hills overlooking Cusco where we find the megalithic sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. After the tour we will return to Cusco and drop you back to your hotel. In the evening you will have a pre Inca trail briefing at your hotel with your guide.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 3 Full Day Sacred Valley Tour
This morning we will depart from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive at Pisac to visit the colourful Pisac village market. Here you can bargain for some of the many artisan goodies on offer. then we will head up to Pisac ruins located high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head back down and through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we will have a buffet lunch before continuing to Ollantaytambo town to visit the ruins, which are located on top of the mountain overlooking the town. Then we head to Chinchero which is a small Andean village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. The village mainly comprises mud brick (adobe) houses, and locals still go about their business in traditional dresses. After the visit to Chinchero we return to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included
Day 4 Salkantay Trek
Day 1 Cusco - Mollepata – Salkantay Pampa
After an early morning pick-up from your hotel, we will go by private bus to the village of Mollepata. From the tropical valley of Mollepata with its citrus groves, we will go to Choquekiclla for our first views of the southern faces of the Salkantay (6,271 meters) and Humantay (6, 217 meters) mountains, both sacred to the people of the Andes. Our first campsite for tonight is at Salkantay Pampa
(10 km - 6.2 mi / 8 hour trek approximately).
Overnight at campsite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 5 Salkantay Trek
Day 2 Salkantay Pampa - Totora
Today we begin our ascent to the Apacheta pass (4,590 meters). We will have a magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay and Humantay mountains, as well as other interesting geological formations. After a brief time to rest, we will continue our trek downward to Huayracpampa, and on to our campsite at Totora, where we can enjoy the nearby thermal baths.
(20 km - 12.42 mi / 9 hour trek approximately)
Overnight at campsite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 6 Salkantay Trek
Day 3 Totora - La Playa
We will go on an easy hike into the cloud forest or "Ceja de Selva". Once downhill, during the relaxed hike along the river we will be able to observe a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna and even take time for a sprinkle under a waterfall. Finally, we arrive to our last campsite at La Playa (2,350 meters).
(14 km - 8.7 mi / 7 hour trek approximately)
Overnight at campsite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 7 Salkantay Trek
Day 4 La Playa – Llactapata - Aguas Calientes
In approximately one and a half hours we arrive to the pass of Lucmabamba traversing the dense cloud forest, where we have our first possibility of sighting Machu Picchu lying in front of us. After a relaxing break, we now descend to the Urubamba valley, passing a footbridge and arriving at the hydroelectric plant with its small railway station early in the afternoon. Here we will take a short train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel.
(8 km - 5 mi / 7 hour trek approximately)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes Town
Breakfast & lunch included
Day 8 Tour of Machu Picchu - Cusco
We start early, taking breakfast and then with our guide we take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu on time to catch the magnificent sunrise. Our 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 your tour you will have plenty of time to look around maybe do some other treks, available in the surrounding mountains. After lunch it will be time to board the afternoon return train to Poroy town and then a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 9 Cusco - Tourist Bus to Puno
Bus to Puno option included
Transfer to the bus station for your First class bus ride to Puno, You will visit four archaeological sites along the way. Upon arrival to Puno we take you to your hotel.
Places you will visit are:
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.
Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha.
La Raya: the highest point between Cusco and Puno, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains.
Pukara: The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara
Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.
Breakfast and lunch included
Overnight in Puno
Alternative option: Laketiticaca Train
Travel in style on the Laketiticaca train. Morning transfer to the local train station of Cusco where we start the 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.
Overnight in Puno
Breakfast and a three course lunch included.
Note: upgrade to the Laketiticaca train to Puno is available at an additional cost and on these days:
Departures from Cusco to Puno: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
You can opt to fly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno. Consult your travel consultant.
Alternative: an early morning or afternoon flight from Cusco to Juliaca is possible. Please consult for these options as they are not included in our offer.
Day 10 Lake Titicaca
Today we will pick you up from your hotel to the port where a boat awaits you to visit one of the highest lakes in the world (3800 meters / 12467.19 feet). We will explore the floating islands of the Uros, inhabited by traditional fisherman and their families. We continue the tour for the island of Taquile where the local people are experts in traditional weaving techniques. On finishing your tour you will be dropped back to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno,
Breakfast and lunch included.
You can extend your stay by one night staying with a local family or at a lodge on the island of Amantani. Please request more information from our travel consultants.
Day 11: Transfer to Juliaca airport
Today we meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in Juliaca for your flight to Lima.
Optional: Lima extension
On arrival to Lima airport we will pick you up from the exit gate and help you to store your luggage at the airport storage office. Then, we will take you to the center of Lima, to the drop-off / pick-up point- The Marriott Hotel. Depending on your flight times you will have free time for lunch. At 2 pm you will need to be in front of the Marriott hotel to start the City Tour of Lima. (Please ask us for variations of the Lima City Tour). In the evening we will meet you at the same drop-off / pick-up and take you to the airport for your international flight back home.
IncludedHotels included:1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cusco, 3 nights Camping, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, 2 nights in PunoEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Professional English speaking guidesMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the SanctuaryMeals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Tourist train to Poroy Station (upgrade extra cost to the Vistadome train)Train Andean Explorer:First class bus Cusco - Puno
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:First class bus Cusco - Puno
- 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.
- Sleeping bag
- Walking pole set
- Entrance: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
- Laketiticaca Train to Puno
- Insurance: Travel insurance
Andenes Al Cielo
Hotel Andenes al Cielo is the perfect combination of a guesthouse and a modern hotel. It has all the facilities and services of a modern hotel, but offers you the personal service of a small guesthouse.Andenes al Cielo is located on Choquecheka Street, at the beginning of the San Blas district, The hotel offers its guests many advantages. Only two blocks from the main square, the hotel is close to restaurants, bars, pubs and shops in the San Blas area.The hotel itself maintains the ancient colonial style for which Cusco is very famous. Arches, handcrafted furniture and stones combined with the andenes (terraces) and the wooden balconies give Andenes al Cielo this colonial "look".All the rooms have a flat screen television and a private bathroom. The Deluxe rooms are even more comfortable with a fireplace, sitting area and balconies.
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.
Casa Andina Classic Koricancha Cusco
Casa 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.
Casa Andina Classic Koricancha is the largest of the Casa Andina chain in Cusco with 54 rooms. With the two interior patios it can offer its clients a peaceful and comfortable stay in the busy city of Cusco.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Casa Andina Classic Puno
Casa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 3 hotels in Puno. 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 most attractive aspect of Casa Andina Classic Puno is its location in a quiet section of Puno and the cozy atmosphere.
Eco Inn Puno
Hotel Eco Inn Puno is situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, about a 10 minute ride from the centre of Puno.
The rooms are large and from most of them you have a nice overview of the bay and Lake Titicaca. The staff is frindely and helpfull.
From the breakfast room you have a view of the little alpaca corral outside.
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.
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* Prices in US$ Double room US $ 1870 US $ 2070 US $ 2785 Single room supplement. US $ 330 US $ 505 US $ 1150
* Prices for 2019