7 DAY LARES TREK

DAY 01: Arrival in Cusco + City tour
After your arrival in Cusco, our representative is waiting at the airport for you and picks you up in our private transport to take you to your hotel where you spend the night. Then you have all day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings.

Check in time 12:00 pm/check out 10:00 am

(early check-in has an extra cost, but this depends on the hotel availability).

HALF DAY CITY TOUR
Additional Price: USD 45 per person).

We pick you up at 13:00 pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places:

– The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.

– Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

– Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

– Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

– Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

 

DAY 02: Full day with free time

OPTIONAL: Full day Sacred Valley Tour
Additional Price: USD 45 per person ).

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You will be able to test your bartending skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.

Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at the Tunupa restaurant. Then, we continue to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town due to the beautiful ruins on the terraces. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have been well-preserved from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a taste of what it would have been like living in this time.

The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its main attraction is the colorful Sunday market which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we bring you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at 6:30 pm approximately.

PS: This night, you have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00 p.m. at the hotel lobby.

 

DAY 03: Time to start our adventure, on the way to Lares!

We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the township of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Then, will cross the Sacred Valley after 4 hours of driving. We will arrive to Patakancha, a Quechua community, where people live very much like their Incan ancestors, in stone and adobe homes with thatch roofs. The locals weave much of their clothing, work the land with foot ploughs and live off their llamas and alpacas supplementing their income working as porters. We will visit the community and school. After the community visit, you will meet your trekking crew, your kit will be loaded and you will start your hike. As you leave the village, you will enjoy views of alpaca and llama herds grazing along the trail. The scenery is typical of the high Andes with ichu or high altitude grass as well as some polylepis trees. After about an hour and a half of ascent, the trail flattens and you reach Lake Ipsaycocha, a beautiful small lagoon. This afternoon, we cross our first high pass of Ipsaycocha pass at (4,600m / 15,456ft) , the rest of your hike will be downhill towards the campsite (4,200m/13,780ft).

Lunch and dinner are included.

 

DAY 04: Huacahuasi – Lares Hot Springs

After breakfast, you begin to descend for about three hours until you reach the community of Huacahuasi. Today, the scenery will be different from yesterday filled with fields of potato, barley, quinoa and corn that are abundant here.

Many of the houses that we see in the small village of Huacahuasi, are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colorful textiles. In the morning, we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high-quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments.

A further walk of 2 to 3 hours will take you to the hot springs near the colonial village of Lares at 3400m, where we will set up camp. For those of you, who remembered to bring your swimwear, we will take a relaxing dip in the warm waters which are famous for their healing powers. Feeling fully refreshed, we will have dinner and spend the night.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

 

DAY 05: Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning, the bus will pick us up to the head of a short trail by the Totora canyon for 2 hours. Our transportation will be waiting to take us down the valley to the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where we will rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as nearing Aguas Calientes. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We’ll spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Where you’ll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak in the hot springs!! We will call it an early night to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit, the following morning.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

 

DAY 06: Machu Picchu in its glory – BIG DAY!

You will have breakfast in your hotel and then your guide will pick you up at 5:40am. You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and begin your walking tour (two hours) with your guide. After this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will then meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (by bus or on foot) to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.

Please, leave enough time to catch your train. It is a 20-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and buses leave when they are full. Make sure you’re at the train station in good time (20 minutes before scheduled train departure).

PS: If you booked Waynapicchu, we climb up this mountain after the guided tour in Machu Picchu. This is usually at 10:00 am.

DAY 7: Transfer out, bye Cusco!

You will have breakfast in the hotel and will have the whole day to enjoy in Cusco before being transferred to the airport to take your flight back to Lima.

– All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa – All accommodations (Casa Andina Cusco classic *** OR similar standard) – All breakfast included in the accommodations – Free walking tour (we recommend to tip the guide as it’s free)pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa

Lares valley trail 4 days includes the below:

– Professional, bilingual tour guide.
– Pick up from your hotel.
– Private transportation to the trail head, along the sacred valley with nice views. – Round trip transportation by Train. – Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu. – Entrance fee to Machu Picchu. – Entrance fee to Lares valley. – 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day – Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you with hot or cold boiled water). – Dining tent with table and chairs. – Professional chef. – Horses to carry, sleeping bags and personal belongings up to 5 kilos.trail head, along the sacred valley with nice views.

valley.

– Horsemen and mules (to carry the camping gear and food).
– 4 men tent size for 2 people only.
– Foam mattress pad
– Oxygen bottle.
– First Aid kit.

Single supplement fee : US $ 400 (for travelers only or the odd numbered in your travel group).
– Sleeping bags
– Inflatable mattress
– Walking sticks
– For the Lares trek – first breakfast and last lunch are not included
– Meals where not stated
– Gratuity, (tip)
Optional tours : (City tour and sacred valley).

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE AND CAN BE HIRED FROM US. – Sleeping bags (25 USD) – Inflatable mattress (20 USD) – Pair of walking sticks (USD 15 USD) – Rain Poncho (USD 10) – Extra horse (USD 70)

USD $ 1300 – pp minium 2 people