Treasures of Southern Peru

15 days - 14 nights
Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Puno, Titicaca Lake, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu,the Amazon rainforest.
Overview

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
 
  1. Arrival Lima. Overnight in Lima
  2. Fly to Arequipa. Afternoon private city tour. Overnight in Arequipa
  3. Three day excursion to the Colca Canyon. Overnight in the Colca Canyon
  4. Excursion in the Colca Canyon, Cruz del Condor to observe the condors. Overnight in the Colca Canyon
  5. Drive to Puno. Afternoon arrival. Overnight in Puno.
  6. Excursion to the Titicaca Lake, the islands of the Uros and Taquile. Overnight in Puno.
  7. First class bus to Cusco. visiting four sights of interest along the way. Arrival in Cusco
  8. Morning free. Afternoon Cusco city tour. Overnight in Cusco
  9. Sacred Valley tour. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  10. Morning Vistadome train to Machupicchu. Guided tour of Machupicchu Sanctuary. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  11. Free morning in Aguas Calientes. Afternoon return train to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  12. Flight to Puerto Maldonado. First day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge
  13. Second day in the Amazon Rainforest. Overnight in a Jungle Lodge.
  14. Last day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
  15. Morning free. Afternoon City tour of Lima. Evening transfer to the airport for your international flight
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Puno, Titicaca Lake, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu,the Amazon rainforest.
Reservation code:
AQ15
Day by day

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 of the four 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 pick up your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers at the reception desk of the Hotel. 
Overnight in Lima
No meals

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. Morning free. 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.
Breakfast included.

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.
Breakfast included.

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.
Breakfast included.

Day 5 Colca Canyon and Puno

After breakfast journey to Puno arriving in the afternoon. Free time.
Overnight in Puno.
Breakfast Included.

Day 6 Titicaca Lake, Uros and Taquile islands

Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits you to visit the highest navigable lake in the world (3800 meters / 12465.63 feet). We will explore the floating island of the Uros where you will see the inhabitants typically dressed . 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 included.

Day 7 Journey to Cusco

Transfer to the bus station for your first class bus to Cusco.
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.
Overnight in Cusco.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Note: You may upgrade this journey and take the Laketiticaca train. Train departures from Puno to Cusco on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Day 8 City tour of Cusco

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel for your private guided city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the typical streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square and then the famous 12 angle Inca stone. our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel; you have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight in Cusco

Breakfast included

Day 9 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we start our day excursion to the Sacred Valley Of the Incas. We visit the colorful indigenous and handicraft market of Pisac and in the afternoon the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. At Pisac we can enjoy a small typical Andean market and it offers good opportunities to buy local handicrafts. We continue to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is served. After lunch we will visit Ollantaytambo town and its 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 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. At the end of our tour we check-in to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 10 Machu Picchu Sanctuary

Morning transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome train for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes. On arrival to Aguas Calientes the hotel staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.  Your guide will meet you at your hotel and after dropping off your luggage you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary where you will enjoy a three hour guided tour of the sanctuary. After your tour you have free time to explore on your own. The rest of the day is free. (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary is included.)
Lodging in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)
Breakfast included

Day 11 Free Day in Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Today you have free time to return with your guide to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site (Round trip bus tickets and entrance into the Sanctuary plus entry for Huayna Picchu is not included) or you can choose to visit the waterfalls at Mandor or take the adrenaline climb of Putucusi mountain.

If you have chosen the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel you can opt to do one of the various included excursions in the hotel grounds which include bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides.

Please make sure you check out of you hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and that you pick up your luggage to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure. Please disembark the train in Poroy station were our representative awaits to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Note: New Park Regulations states you must be accompanied by a professional guide to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Peak and exit with guide.

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 Butterfly house & lounge. 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 twighlight 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 - 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.
Overnight in Lima.
Breakfast included.

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. Evening transfer to Lima 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.
Breakfast included.

Optional : Evening city tour with dinner:
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.

Dinner & Show
At the end of the tour we will stop at a famous restaurant in Miraflores to enjoy a buffet lunch that will include a variety of dishes and desserts of one of the richest, most exquisite and original cuisines in the world, while you are entertained with a spectacular show of traditional folk dances from the Coast, Highlands and Jungle of Peru. After the show we will drive you back to your hotel or to the airport.


 

Included

Included

Hotels included:
Lima three nights, Ica two nights, Nazca one night, Bus one night, Arequipa one night, Colca two nights, Puno two nights, Cusco three nights, Sacred Valley one night, Aguas Calientes one night, the Amazon rainforest two nights.
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions as mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 10
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Tips:
Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal
Train:
Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)

Not included:

  • Flights: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.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
  • Second day entrance to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
  • Anything not mentioned in program.
Hotels

Hotels

Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Category: Economic

    Andina Luxury

    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.

Puno

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    Category: Economic

    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.

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    Category: Economic

    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.

     

     

Cusco

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    Category: Economic

    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.

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    Category: Economic

    Encantada

    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.

Colca Canyon

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    Category: Economic

    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)

     

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    Category: Economic

    Mama Yacchi

    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.

     

     

     

Sacred Valley

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    Category: Economic

    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.
     

Arequipa

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    Category: Economic

    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.

Lima

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    Category: 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. 

     

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Prices in US$. Double room US $ 2180 US $ 2695 US $ 3805
Single room supplement US $ 645 US $ 1050 US $ 1970
         

* Prices for 2018
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