Enjoy the friendly locals and vibrant culture of Peru and Cuba on this fantastic itinerary. From the Incan sites of the sacred valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu we move on to colorful Cuba, and have a fascinating insight into a country that has changed very little since the late 1950’s. Enjoy the sounds of the salsa, Cuba’s friendly musicians love an audience. A perfect 12 day itinerary balances the best of both countries, and a tour that will linger in your memory for ever. This tour is a suggested itinerary designed by our specialist team! Choose this itinerary or alter it to design your own Journey.
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Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.
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The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.
Conde de Villanueva - Havana
Standard RoomLocated in the centre of Havana's Old Town, on the corner of Mercaderes and Lamparilla Street, the colonial Conde de Villanueva Hotel provides an advantageous location from which to explore Havana's many sites, museums and restaurants. The nine en-suite rooms, which surround a picturesque courtyard, are large and comfortable and come equipped with air-conditioning. The hotel has two restaurants, which serve exquisite Cuban cuisine, and two bars. The hotel is also home to one of the best and most respected cigar shops in town, 'La Casa del Habano'.
El Mapi - Machu Picchu
Superior HB RoomThe recently renovated 48 room El Mapi Hotel is a modern, stylish hotel close to Aguas Calientes train station, boasting beautifully landscaped gardens featuring a hot tub where guests can relax with a drink after dinner. The hotel's design creates a smart but casual atmosphere featuring all the essential comforts. Rooms are equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal toiletries, 32 inch flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and laundry service.
El Mercado Tunqui - Cusco
Superior RoomEl Mercado Tunqui is a brand new chic hotel located in the heart of Cusco. Celebrated for its customer service, El Mercado Tunqui brings the magic of the mountains to the city. It is built on the site of a former market and is located just a couple of blocks from the main Plaza de Armas where you can purchase the countries most loved Peruvian products. The rooms (26 superior, 3 junior suites and 2 suites) are charming and well equipped, boasting original decor and homely comforts. Junior suites have fireplaces and stand-alone bathtubs. Main suites are ideal for small families or for those seeking extra space and feature a terrace or a private dining/living room. If you don't want to escape the warm Peruvian atmosphere you can relax in the courtyard beside the fire pit. The restaurant, La Taberna is open for lunch, dinner and drinks. You can sample fresh, locally sourced market food and it is the perfect place to try exotic foods and delicious wines. The separate breakfast room has a stand preparing fresh juices and smoothies made to order with a vast menu of breakfast foods.
Casa Andina Private Collection Puno - Puno
Superior RoomCasa Andina Premium Collection Puno has a spectacular location on the shores of Lake Titicaca with stunning views of the highest navigable lake in the world. Hotel facilities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi and internet centre. The rooms feature private bathrooms and balconies.
Hotel Estelar - Lima
Standard RoomHotel Estelar in Lima's Miraflores district, offers 5-star accommodation, a 30-minute drive from Jorge Chavez International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Lima. All of the spacious rooms have panoramic city and ocean views. They are fully equipped with modern facilities including LCD TVs, minibar, safe, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and marble bathrooms. On the 21st floor there is a restaurant overlooking the city and the sea. Both the restaurant and the lobby bar open daily, serving traditional and international cuisine and breakfast. Other hotel facilities include business centre, concierge and laundry service.
Florida Hotel - Havana
Superior RoomBuilt at the beginning of the 19th Century, the Hotel Florida oozes elegance and charm. The hotel stands just a few metres from the Weapon's Square in Havana's Old Town and is close to art galleries and museums. All of the hotel's en-suite rooms have been decorated with vintage furnishings but are equipped with modern facilities such as air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar and in-room safe. Many of the rooms also have French windows, which lead to a balcony overlooking the street. The jewel in the crown of the hotel, however, is the on-site Floridana Restaurant, which serves delicious Cuban and International cuisine.
Casa Andina Classic Mapi - Machu Picchu
Traditional RoomCasa Andina Standard Machu Picchu is a friendly and cosy hotel in a strategic location in Aguas Calientes, the nearest access point to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This hotel has 54 new and comfortable rooms in a 5-storey building, where you can relax after your visit to Machu Picchu. The traditional rooms have mountain views and the hotel offers Wi-Fi and has a restaurant with a spectacular view of the Vilcanota River.
Casa Andina Korikancha - Cusco
Standard RoomCasa Andina Korikancha is removed from the traffic, hustle and bustle of the centre but still just 3 blocks from Cusco Plaza de Armas. An atmosphere of spaciousness and serenity, spread across 2 sprawling, connected 18th-century manor houses and 2 peaceful interior colonial patios. The hotel is just steps from Koricancha (the Inca Temple of the Sun) and Santo Domingo church.
Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani - Puno
Standard RoomCasa Andina Standard Puno Tikarani is a medium-sized, quiet hotel with several spacious common areas, including a living room with fireplace and a patio. The hotel is in an excellent location close to Puno's restaurant and bar scene. The rooms are spacious and feature private shower, TV and safety deposit box. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi, internet service and laundry service.
Casa Andina San Antonio - Lima
Standard RoomCasa Andina San Antonio was the first hotel opened by the Casa Andina group in 2003. It is a 5-storey building located in the safe, tranquil residential neighbourhood of Miraflores, close to Larcomar. Miraflores has become the most fashionable and upmarket district of Peru's cosmopolitan capital and is renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene. The rooms were remodelled in 2011 and feature air-conditioning, heating, cable TV and safety deposit box. The hotel has a spacious lobby, interior patio and offers Wi-Fi, internet and laundry service.
Los Frailes Hotel - Havana
Standard RoomThe peaceful and relaxing Los Frailes Hotel stands in the heart of Old Havana, just one block from the San Francisco de Asis Square. The building was once the mansion of the fourth Marquis and Captain of the French Navy, Don Pedro Claudio Duquesne. All of the en-suite rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with an in-room safe, phone, satellite TV and mini-bar. The hotel itself has a cosy lobby-bar and a quiet courtyard, where guests can relax and reflect on their day. The hotel is also near a number of excellent restaurants and Cuban bars with live music.
Imperio Machu Picchu - Machu Picchu
Classic RoomFeaturing a restaurant, Flower's House offers accommodations in Machu Picchu. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here features a safety deposit box, a private bathroom and cable TV. A daily breakfast is included. At Flower's House guests will find free shuttle service, a 24-hour front desk and a bar. The property is a 5-minute walk from the train station and a 7-minute walk from the bus station where guests can take a bus to Machu Picchu.
Inkarri Hostal - Cusco
Standard RoomLocated in San Blas, 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Inkarri is a renovated 18th century colonial house. There is an outdoor patio where Wi-Fi is free. Bright and spacious, rooms at Inkarri Hostal are decorated with wooden furnishings and open out onto balconies. They all come equipped with cable TV and private bathrooms with either bath or shower. Guests can enjoy a selection of neo-Andean dishes, with ingredients known from the Inca times combined with modern cooking techniques. A hot breakfast buffet is served daily at the in-house cafe overlooking the courtyard.
Hacienda Plaza de Armas Puno - Puno
Standard RoomSet in the heart of Puno, the Hotel Hacienda Plaza de Armas is a great 3 star hotel that can cater to a variety of needs. Puno, considered the capital of the Peru folkloric region, has many great sites and activities that make it a great tourist attraction. The hotel is situated in one of the more historical districts of the area and provides comfort to the highest standards.
Hotel Buenavista - Lima
Standard RoomIn the heart of Lima's Miraflores area, this hostel is close to many shops and local attractions and features an outdoor area, free Wi-Fi and full kitchen. Rooms include private bathroom and cable TV. All of the 19 rooms at Hostal Buena Vista Lima are equipped with telephone and traditional decor. Room service and 24-hour front desk are available. Guests can enjoy a varied buffet breakfast in a cosy internal patio area. Buena Vista Lima also offers a lounge with TV and DVD, tour desk and transportation services. The hotel is 3 blocks from Kennedy Park and a 30-minute drive from downtown Lima. The airport is a 45 minute drive away.