Cusco, the Inca capital, known as the heart of one of the greatest civilizations in the Americas and a jewel of Spanish colonial architecture, 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.
Highlights of Amazon and Machu Picchu
– Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Cusco with our expert guides
– Cruise on one of the Amazon tributaries in a canoe and hike the jungle on foot witnessing the huge array of wildlife.
– Ride one of the most scenic train journeys in the world to MACHU PICCHU
– Take in the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas.
– Tour the vibrant colonial city of Lima.
– Savor Peru’s exquisite cuisine in Lima, chosen as a culinary destination at the World Travel Awards 3 times in a row.
8 days – 7 nights
Arrive to Lima
Flight from Lima to Cusco. Afternoon private walking tour of Cusco and visit to Sacsayhuaman.
Sacred Valley excursion, late afternoon Vistadome train to Machupicchu.
Guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Return by train to Cusco.
First day in the Amazon Rainforest.
Second day in the Amazon Rainforest.
Third day in the Amazon Rainforest. Flight to Lima
City tour of Colonial and modern Lima. Transfer out for your flight home.
On your arrival to Lima, our representative will 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 to stay at the Costa del Sol four star Hotel which is direclty connected to the airport. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the hotel 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
Walk back to the airport for your flight from Lima to Cusco. On your arrival to Cusco our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. You can check in and have the morning to relax. 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
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 you will take the train to Aguas Calentes on your own.
On your arrival to the town, our representative will contact you to walk you to your hotel. Our guide will visit you at your hotel to brief you about the next day activities.
Evening to relax in the town.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and Lunch included
Note: Instead of the taking the train we can also adjust this itinerary for you and include the 2 day Inca Trail Click the link for details about the short Inca Trail
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 Ollantaytambo or Poroy station and then a transfer back to Cusco..
Overnight in Cusco
Today we head to the Amazon rainforest, you will be transferred to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Our representative will be waiting for you in Puerto Maldonado to proceed with your Amazon rainforest tour and we will check-in at the Butterfly house & lounge.Then you will travel to your lodgings by motorised canoe along the Madre de Dios River (approximately 25-minutes). On your arrival lunch will be ready, it is a buffet lunch with organic ingredients and some native flavours. After lunch you will 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 on a twighlight excursion.While you are on boats on the Madre de Dios River, you will have the opportunity to learn about its ecosystems, the Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior and if you are into star gazing, you can also learn about the southern constellations.You will be back to the main building right on time for dinner.
Lodging – Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
This morning, after breakfast you will 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’s capital of the world and you will learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. You will 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. You will take your way back to the lodge for lunch, after, you will go for the canopy walkway and anaconda walk. You will ascend one of the two 98 ft (30 m) towers and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 90 ft (28 m) high. Here you will have breathtaking views and you will be able to watch toucans, woodpeckers, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Then you will walk along the 200-meter wooden bridge over some swamps and learn about the fauna and flora of these flooded ecosystems.After this walk you will return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner.
Overnight – Amazon Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Note: The Amazon itinerary will vary depending on the lodge of your choice, ask your travel consultant for more details.
Morning transfer for your flight to Lima. On your arrival we will take you to your hotel in Miraflores.
Overnight in Lima
Optional evening 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 recognised 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 well known 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.
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel for our Classic Lima tour – step back in time and learn about Lima’s millenary history. The tour offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel. Evening transfer to Lima airport for connection of your international flight.
Two nights in Lima, Two nights in the Amazon Lodge, Two nights in Cusco and one night in Aguas Calientes
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
All excursions mentioned in the program
Official guides during excursions
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary
Meals as mentioned in the program
Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
Domestic flights Lima/Cusco/Puerto Maldonado/Lima ( referential price starts from $ 445)
National and international departure airport taxes
Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
Health and Travel insurance