7 DAY LARES TREK ItineraryIncludedNot IncludedPrice DAY 1: ARRIVE TO CUSCO After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings. Check in time 12:00pm/Check out 10:00am (Early check in has an extra cost but depends on the hotel availability). OPTION 1: HALF DAY CITY TOUR (Additional Price: USD 30 per person). We will pick you up at 1:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places: – The Koricancha: Temple of the sun – The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art – 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 Include: – Transportation – Professional English speaking guide. Not include: – Tourist ticket (extra PEN 105) – Dinner – Gratuity OPTION 2: FREE WALKING TOUR AT 3:00PM We will be visiting the places below: – Main square of Cusco – Wall of 12 angles stone – San Pedro market The tour will be for about 2 hours approx. This tour is optional; you are not forced to do it if you do not want to! For this tour, we recommend to tip the guide and the amount you tip is a personal decision and not an obligation. DAY 2: OPEN DAY AT LEISURE OPTION 3: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Additional Price: USD 45 per person). After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/ 19mi from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/ 9,700 ft. Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm. Include: – Transportation – Professional English speaking guide. Not include: – Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70) – Meals – Gratuity P.S: This night we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby. DAY 3: TIME TO START OUR ADVENTURE, ON THE WAY TO LARES We depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca this ride takes 2 hours. Afterwards, we will drive for 30 more minutes to the trek starting point named Patakancha, a Quechua community, where people live very much like their Inca 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 at 4,600m / 15,456ft , the rest of your hike will be downhill towards the campsite 4,200m/13,780ft. Overnight at the campsite DAY 4: 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 the one of yesterday filled with potato, barley, quinoa and corn fields that are abundant here. Many of the houses that we see in the small village of Huacahuasi are made of stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colourful 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 go to sleep. Overnight at the campsite DAY 5: LARES – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES! Early in the morning, the bus will pick us up and bring us to the head of a short trail of 2 hours by the Totora canyon. 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, which 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 will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Where you’ll enjoy without a doubt 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. DAY 6: 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 return by bus to Agus Calientes where you will meet your guide to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. Please make sure to have enough time to catch your train. It is a 25-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and the buses leave when they are full. Make sure you are at the train station in advance (20 minutes before scheduled train departure). P.S: If you booked Waynapicchu, we will climb up this mountain after the guided tour in Machupicchu. This is usually at 10:00am. DAY 7: TRANSFER OUT, BYE CUSCO! After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary. – All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa – All hotel 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) 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 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. – 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 solo travelers 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 $799,- p.p.