Immerse yourself in the culture and truly experience how the traditional weavers and farmers live in the Lares Valley during this exciting trek. Higher than the Inca Trail and less traveled, this trek is one of the alternatives to the busy Inca Trail. This trek is more quiet than the Inca Trail since it is less known and slightly easier. Transverse the Andes mountains and part of the Sacred Valley on your way to Machu Picchu.
Lares Trek and Machu Picchu TOUR
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4 days and 3 nights
High Season: April to November
This first day will begin with us picking you up at your hotel at approximately 6am for a drive to where the trek will begin. On our way to the hot springs of Lares, we will stop after an hour drive at the village of Calca to visit the local market for breakfast or shop for things you may want or need. From here, we will drive another 2hrs and 30mins to the hot springs of Lares. Once we arrive, we will relax and enjoy the hot baths and after a couple of hours, lunch. After the delicious lunch, we are going to start walking in the direction to Huacawasi. The gradual uphill hike, that we like to call “Peruvian flats” for fun, will take us onto a small Inca trail that will take us 3800m or 12,467ft up to Huacawasi. We will now set camp and have delicious drinks and dinner before bedtime.
After a nice breakfast, we are to start our walk in the direction of Pucara where we will eventually camp. To begin this day’s activities, we will start with a 3hrs and 30min uphill trek through the mountains and observe the natural beauty and animal life such as lamas and alpacas in their natural habitat as well as local potato farms. At some points during the journey, we will be as high up as 4600m or 15,091ft. From this vantage point, we will have a spectacular view of Aurorachcha lake. After spending some time of relaxation there, we will begin our decent to Mantanay. We will walk for 1hr and 30mins before stopping and enjoying lunch. After lunch, we will continue on another 3hrs until dawn at which time we should reach the Sacred Valley of Pucara where we will camp around 6pm. At 3300m or 10,826ft, we are going to enjoy hot drinks and dinner; not to many have bragging rights to that! Bedtime.
This day we will get started at an early 7am for our walk down to Yanahuara. It will take us about 1h and 30mins to pass through the farmlands and reach the car that will be waiting for us to take us to Ollantaytambo town. Once there, we will have lunch and catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is the fascinating little town at a lower altitude of 2000m or 6,561ft essentially at the base of Machu Picchu where we will have a nice dinner around 7pm and make our plan for Machu Picchu the next day. After you explore the town at your leisure, settle into your hotel and rest for the next day’s wonderful activities at Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Cusco
After we’ve had a specially prepared breakfast, we will leave our hotel at an early 530am to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The ride takes roughly half an hour. From the bus, you will probably be astonished by the amazing view of the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Our guide will offer you a guided visit of about 2 hours after which you will be free to explore the ruins at your own pace. You can choose to brave the high challenging climb of Wayna Picchu (also called Machu Picchu mountain). If you survive this tough climb, you will be rewarded by the amazing view over Machu Picchu. If you would like to try the Machu Picchu mountain climb, please let us know as a response to our booking confirmation email so that we can purchase that tickets early for you. Only a limited number are allowed up that part of Machu Picchu each day so it would be best to let us know of your desire to try that hike as early as possible. Once you have enjoyed your time at Machu Picchu, tour buses will offer you a descent back to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will take the train to Ollantaytambo where our bus awaits you to continue on to Cusco.
- Private transport from the hotel to Valle de Lares
- Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valles de Lares
- Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish or English with French upon special request)
- High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite, Cime 4, extra light, mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
- Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks/option vegetarian)
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Horseman and mules for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7kg)
- Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons)
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping bag (if you do not have, you may rent one)
- Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for $10 dollars or option to walk down which takes about 1 hour
What customer should bring (equipment):
- Backpack with rain shelter
- Sleeping bag
- Clothing from warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
- Rain pants and lightweight pants
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers or sandals for showers in hot springs
- Woolen or synthetic socks and sweater
- Long and short sleeved polo’s /T-shirts
- Rain poncho and a hat
- Bathing suit for hot springs
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, toiletries, toilet paper
- Camera (waterproof and if not protected)
- Extra money in soles
- Visit to Huayna Picchu – Please let us know if you’d like to visit. We’ll buy $15 ticket for you ahead of time to guarantee your visit to the mountain.
Price: $959 from $1,399
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