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Panoramic View of Lares Trek

Lares Trekking & Machu Picchu 4 Days

$1,087.00

Trekking to Machu Picchu citadel through Lares Valley.

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: LTM4D02
TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Lares Trekking, Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu citadel through Lares Valley
The beautiful but lesser known Lares trek starts from Incas’ Sacred Valley and takes an incredible route adorned by mountainous landscape, glacier ponds and genuine textile Quechua communities. Our route takes us through many small village communities that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life. Finally we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes and continue on to Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas.
This trekking is open for everyone and is a popular alternative to the trek of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • The Ultimate Hiking Adventure to a Legendary Lost City.
  • Trekking to Machu Picchu citadel through Lares Trek.
  • Camp high in the Andean mountains during Lares Trekking.
  • Trekking to Machu Picchu, with an overnight in Aguas Calientes.

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transport to Cuncani, Hike to Quiswarani

  • You will be picked up from your hotel at 05:00AM after which a private transport will take you on 4 hour journey to Cuncani village (3,750m/12,303ft) a small peasant community where the Lares trek actually begins. Your horses will be prepared as they will accompany us from this point forward as we start our soft ascend along the mountain.
  • Day 1 will have you walking for roughly 3 hours and a climb to Huillcaccasa Pass (4,200m/13,779ft) a hill in the valley.
  • Then you can descend throw the valley till Quiswarani village (3,700m/12,139ft) for the first campsite, as we make camp you can familiarize with the locals and their way of life.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Note: On this trek visit the hot springs of Lares not our main goal, time catches up with us otherwise we will pass.

Approximate distance: 10 km (6, 83 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200m/13,779ft
Campsite altitude: 3,700m/12,139ft

Day 2 – Hike from Quiswarani to Cancha cancha

  • Once we’re done with the 2nd day’s breakfast the Lares Trek begins, leaving Quiswarani for an hour the lake of Qoyalay by a gentle uphill.
  • The way to the high pass starting here for about 3 hours until the Pachacuteq Pass (4,400m/14,436ft), where we can take a nice pictures of the snow pick of Pitusiray and Chicon.
  • After, we take downhill until Accopata for our lunch 4100m/13,451ft. on the base of Pitusiray snow mountain.
  • Our next trek is approximately 2 hours downhill by the trail we should take a nice meeting time with the local people, who are they offering for us their textile handicrafts.
  • We will arrive Cancha cancha (3,800m/12,467ft) a small peasant community, as we make camp you can familiarize with the locals and their way of life.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 11 km (6, 83 miles)
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,400 m (12,467ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (12,467ft)

Day 3 – Hike to Huaran| Train to Aguas Calientes

  • The Lares Trekking continues on the 3rd day after breakfast, this is our minimum trek downhill from Cancha cancha, seeing some small thatched stone houses along the way.
  • Almost to the tropical forest we continue by an ancestral trail with lush plant life, and biodiversity of bird.
  • The rout take us untill Huaran village (2,850m/9,350ft) situated between Pisaq and Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.
  • Here, we will eat our final lunch with our horsemen and tell them goodbye.
  • After lunch we take our private transportation to Ollantaytambo train station. The overland journey will take about 45 minutes then we catch the train to Aguas Calientes (2,000m/6,561ft). At the Aguas Calientes Hotel, dinner and a comfortable bed will await us.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (4, 35 miles)
Estimated time: 3-4 hours

Day 4 – Visit to Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

PRICES PER PERSON

  • 1 person = US$ 1,762
  • 2 people = US$ 1,087
  • 3 people = US$ 944
  • 4 people = US$ 860
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 803
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 733
  • More than 9 people = US$ 712

* Prices are based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Discounts Available

  1. Students: US$ 20 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (isic.org).
  2. Children: US$ 20 (Children under 17 years of ages old will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 34 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Single room in the hotel (if you don’t want to share room) US$ 30 per person.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 109 (days 1 to 3).

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Cuncani (starting point of the trek).
  • Transfer from Huaran village to Ollantaytambo train station in private transport.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Campsite fees; in every place we camp must be paid to local community.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3.
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 people – days 1 to 3.
  • Horsemen – days 1 to 3.
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and horsemen).
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch on the last day is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee (day 4).
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Tourist Class hotel Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 30). This will be a clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes (day 4).
  • Train ticket from the Ollantaytambo town to Aguas Calientes (day 3).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco Hotel.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.
HOTELS FOR THIS TREK
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.
City Tourist
Aguas Calientes

Flower´s House

Hatun Samay

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL CATEGORY

TOURIST

  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.

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