Treasures of Southern Peru
We start our voyage from The White City of Arequipa, famous for its beautiful colonial buildings constructed using the white volcanic rock from the Misti Volcano. which overlooks the city. Arequipa is home to some of the tastiest food in Peru and also produces quality leather and alpaca goods. Close by travel to Colca Canyon where we will witness the flight of the condor then going through picturesque landscapes we arrive to Titicaca Lake at 3800 mts, home to the floating reed islands of the Uros and the culture rich people of Taquile island. We continue with a beautiful bus journey across the steppes of the high Andean mountains until Cusco where we visit the amazing megalithic temples and palaces of the Incas, then we will take the scenic train journey to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Afterwards we head into the jungle for some wildlife adventure and a stay at a specially selected jungle lodge. We end the tour in the bustling capital of Lima where we can sample some of the best sea food in the world.• Taste the splendid Arequipa speciality Adobo - a delicious pork stew• Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, a masterpiece of colonial architecture in Arequipa• Take in the breathtaking views of Colca Canyon and catch a glimpse of the flight of the condor• Board a cruiser bus passing through the beautiful landscapes of the Andes• Explore the Uros where river reeds are not only used for making the island itself but also interesting goodies to buy• Visit the unique people of Taquile whose culture, lifestyle and clothing will leave a strong impression• Discover the unique and charming blend of Inca and colonial architecture of Cusco• Get awe-struck at the incredible city of Machu Picchu• Spend your nights in a luxury Amazon Log-Cabin
Departures:Daily departures year roundDestinations:Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Puno, Titicaca Lake, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu,the Amazon rainforest.Reservation code:AQ15
- Arrival Lima. Overnight in Lima
- Fly to Arequipa. Afternoon City tour. Overnight in Arequipa
- Start your Three day excursion to the Colca Canyon. Overnight in the Colca Canyon
- Excursion in the Colca Canyon, Cruz del Condor to observe the condors. Overnight in the Colca Canyon
- Drive to Puno. Afternoon arrival. Overnight in Puno.
- Excursion to the Titicaca Lake, the islands of the Uros and Taquile. Overnight in Puno.
- Bus journey from Puno to Cusco. visiting four sights of interest along the way. Overnight in Cusco
- Morning free. Afternoon Cusco city tour. Overnight in Cusco
- Sacred Valley tour. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
- Morning train to Machupicchu. Guided tour of Machupicchu Sanctuary. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
- Free morning in Aguas Calientes. Optional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak. Afternoon return train to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
- Flight 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.
- Last day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
- City tour of Lima. Evening transfer to the airport for your international flight
Day 1 Arrival Lima
On arrival to Lima, we wait for you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to upgrade to a four-star airport Hotel which is directly connected to the airport. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the Costa del Sol Ramada and check in. You will find that the hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge.
Please pick up your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers at the reception desk of the Hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2 Flight Lima/Arequipa and City tour of Arequipa
Transfer to the airport for flight from Lima to Arequipa. Arrival and transfer to your hotel and you will have the morning for free.
Well known as the “White City” due to the color of its buildings made from sillar (white volcanic stone), and a picturesque colonial structure, this city has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO; it is surrendered with an impressive snowy mountains and volcanoes (Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu) and the Colca Canyon one of the world’s deepest canyons.
The department of Arequipa is also geographically varied with Andean valleys a several nature reserves and beautifully natural landscapes which became in an interesting place to visit.
Afternoon city tour. We will visit the Main Square, Yanahuara, its church and observatory, Arequipa´s most important churches, like San Francisco, the "Compania de Jesus"’ famous cloisters, colonial houses, and a special visit to the Santa Catalina Convent and Cloisters.
Overnight in Arequipa.
Day 3 Colca Canyon 1st day
Transfer to the Colca Canyon. Driving across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of vicuñas and stopping at the Mirador de los Andes, the crater of Chucura, the Mirador de Chivay, where beautiful pre-columbian terraces are still being cultivated by the native Collaguas. Arrival to the town of Chivay transfer to the hotel. Free time to enjoy the hot springs.
Overnight in the Colca Canyon.
Day 4 Colca Canyon Second day
Morning departure to the "Condor's Cross" where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above the still farmed green pre-Hispanic terraces. On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs.
Overnight in the Colca Canyon.
Day 5 Colca Canyon and Puno
After breakfast journey to Puno, arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.Free time.
Overnight in Puno.
Day 6 Titicaca Lake, Uros and Taquile islands
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 7 Journey to Cusco
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the bus station for your tourist hop-on hop-off bus 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 8 City tour of Cusco
Cusco was 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.
Today you will have a free morning to acclimatize to the altitude and in the afternoon your guide will meet you to visit the Inca city delegated by UNESCO as a world heritage in 1983.
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 sill visit the Textile Art Museum of Sulca to see their lovely textile made by hand.
Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 9 Sacred Valley of the Incas
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 10 Machu Picchu Sanctuary
This morning you will ride on the train from Ollantaytambo with breathtaking views to Aguas Calientes. You will check into your hotel and then take the bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
In your way up to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will have spectacular views from the Mountains and the typical flora and fauna of the mysterious Cloud Forest. It is highly recommended to have lunch in Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant located in the entrance of the Citadel, enjoying the atmosphere of this magical place and then have a quiet guided tour after noon, with less crowds and the chance to see the amazing sunrise.
With your Official guide you will visit the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu following a specific route where you will walk through the different sectors such as the Urban and Ceremonial and other places of interest. You will also have time for taking memorable pictures. We are sure that this will be a unique experience!
The Citadel of Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO a world heritage in 1983. It is believed to have been built in the 15th century and abandoned by the Inca Empire when the Spaniards conquered them. The locals always knew about the ruins and some locals lived around it. The ruins were brought to the world’s attention in 1911. Visit the Sun Temple, the Room of the Three Windows, the Royalty sector and more.
Note: New regulations have been stablished for the visit to Machu Picchu since 2019, according to these statements there are certain schedules for the visit, with the Machu Picchu ticket you can stay 4 hours as maximum in the Citadel. Please notice that Machu Picchu is open from 6:00 am to 5:30pm. aumentar
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 11 Free Day in Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Today you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own pace.
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.
Otherwise, based on your choice you could climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain Peak. This short trek inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will make your day spectacular! You will hike up through Inca’s original paths that will lead you towards magical places within the Cloud Forest. With every step you will get fascinated by the beautiful views of the famous Andean Mountains. You can have a taste of the real Inca Trail doing this trek and appreciate the architectonic magnificence of the Incas. You have to see it with your own eyes!
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.
Return to Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch on your own. Then board your train to the Poroy or station. Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Note: Tickets are subject to availability. There are schedules for the visit to one of the Mountains, with the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets you can stay inside the Park for 6 hours and with the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Peak ticket for 7 hours maximum. The visit for one of the mountains has a moderate grading that requires a good physical condition although effort is well worth it. The Huayna Picchu hike is easier and takes less time than Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 12 Cusco to Amazon Rainforest
Transfer to the airport for Flight to Puerto Maldonado. We will be waiting for your arrival in Puerto Maldonado to start your Amazon tour, we check-in at the lodge office.
Then we travel to our lodgings by motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River (approximately 25-minutes). On our arrival we will have a buffet lunch with 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 navigate on a canoe in a twig light excursion. Boating on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystems, Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior and the southern constellations. Return to the main building for dinner.
Overnight in an amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 13 Amazon Rainforest
After breakfast we have a long trek through terra firma in the Tambopata National Reserve to Sandoval Lake. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of the world, we will 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 for the canopy walkway and anaconda walk. We ascend one of the two 98 ft (30 m) towers and cross the seven hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 90 ft (28m) high. Here we have breathtaking views and we can observe toucans, woodpeckers, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. We then walk along the 200-meter wooden bridge over some swamps and learn about the fauna and flora of these flooded ecosystems.Return to the lodge for a nice dinner.
Overnight - Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
(The Amazon itinerary is from one of the different lodges we offer; the itineraries may change depending on which lodge you choose)
Day 14 Amazon Rainforest - flight to Lima
After breakfast we take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the Butterfly house & lounge where you can wait for your flight to Lima. Once you arrive we will take you to your hotel in Lima. Evening free.
Optional: Evening tour Magic water fountain park
We begin our tour with a visit to the Magic Water Circuit at Parque de la Reserva. This recently remodeled park boasts 12 beautiful water fountains that literally “dance” to the music with special lighting and laser beams. This park is the pride of Lima and has been recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain park in the world. You will also see the 80-meter high largest water fountain in the world.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 15 Lima City tour
Morning pick up at your hotel for your Lima city tour. The tour offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.
We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’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 your hotel. You will have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Option: hotel for day-use, normal check out is usually at 13:00pm, luggage can be left at hotel storage.
IncludedHotels included:Lima two nights, Arequipa one night, Colca two nights, Puno two nights, Cusco three nights, Sacred Valley one night, Aguas Calientes one night, the Amazon rainforest two nightsEntrance 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 Sanctuary on day 10Meals:Meals as mentioned in programTips:Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personalTrain:Round trip train from Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes -Poroy Station
- Flights:International flights and Domestic flights
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Insurance: Travel insurance
- Second day entrance to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
- Roundtrip Bus tickets to Machu Picchu on day 11
- Titicaca Train to Cusco
- 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.
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 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.
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.
La Casa de mi Abuela
Hotel La Casa de Mi Abuela is located close to Arequipa's centre, at a quiet street.
The hotel has a large garden with swimming pool, it is a perfect place just to relax before or after a trip to the Colca Canyon.
Breakfast is served in the garden and with sunny days year round a pleasant start of the day.
Eco Inn Colca Canyon
The Eco Inn is a picturesque hotel located in the beautiful village of Yanque in the Colca Valley. It has a dramatic view of the Colca River and the terraces that surround it which date back to pre-Inca times. The view will make you feel as if you have been taken back in time. (Shawn Rewrite)
Mama Yacchi Lodge is located in the town of Corporaque in the Colca Canyon. The friendly staff of Mama Yachi is dressed in traditional local fashion.
The lodge is buitl with natural materials from the area and set in a lush green vallley and with spectacular views over the snow capped mountains.
The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished and each room has its own private and modern bathroom.
The lounge room offers great views throught the large windos and has a cosy fireplace to relax, read a book or check your mail via Wifi.
Breakfast and dinner are buffet style with a wide option of choices with Peruvian and International dishes. In the garden you will also find hammocks and lounge chairs to relax and enjoy the beautiful views.
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* Prices in US$. Double room US $ 2200 US $ 2660 US $ 3790 Single room supplement US $ 650 US $ 1020 US $ 2005
* Prices for 2019
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