This trek takes us into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and high passes with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising up at 6,000 meters. Our route will take us through many fascinating small village communities.
|All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa (and other transfers)||Entrance fees|
|All hotel accommodations||Entrance fee to Machu Picchu|
|All breakfasts included in the accommodations||Camping Equipment (Tents)|
|Professional, bilingual tour guide||3 meals a day (during the camping)|
|Dining tent with professional chef||Horses and horsemen to carry the equipment|
|International and local airfare||Tips for the guide|
|Optional: walking sticks, sleeping bags / inflatable matress / rainponchos||Optional tours|
|Meals where not otherwise stated|
7 DAYS ITINERARY
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be brought to your hotel where you will spend the first night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings. You have several options:
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 visit 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.
– Professional English speaking guide.
– Tourist ticket (extra PEN 105)
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 take about 2 hours
Open day at Leisure
OPTION: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
(Additional Price: USD 45 per person).
After breakfast, we will pick you up from 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 away 31km/19mi from Cusco, and located 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 inhabited 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 epoch. 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.
– Professional English speaking guide.
– Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70)
P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00pm in the hotel lobby.
The way to Lares
We depart from Cusco early in the morning and travel to the village of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. This ride takes 2 hours. Then, we will drive for 30 more minutes to the trek start point named 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).
Overnight at the campsite
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 to yesterday’s 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 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 spend the night there.
Overnight at the campsite
Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning, the bus will bring 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, 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 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.
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 to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.
Please, leave 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 good time (20 minutes before scheduled train departure).
After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary.