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Lares Valley Hike and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days/5 Nights

The Lares trek is a great alternative to the popular Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which has limited spaces which can be sold out quickly. The Lares Valley route is known for going through parts of Peru where the local people still preserve their traditional way of life since the time of the Incas. Spanish in these areas is a second language since most speak mainly Quechua and most families who have lived in these areas for generations, dedicate much of their time to agriculture and their weaving tradition. Lares trek is sometimes called the Weavers Way or Weavers Trek for this reason.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival to Cusco you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing and the rest of the morning enjoying some leisure time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.  In the afternoon, we will pick you up at your hotel and we will start to visit the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. We then continue our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), as well as the Ancient Inca Palace and the Main Worship Centre of the Sun God.  We proceed to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman which dominates the city. Finally we go to the vestiges of QenqoPucapucara andTambomachay, located in the north east of the city. Afterwards we take you back to your hotel in early evening.

  • Accomodation: Hotel

DAY 2: CUSCO – CALCA – LARES – WACAWASI

We depart early in the morning to Calca through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, enjoying the stunning scenery. Then we ascend by bus towards theHualcapunku pass (4,500m/14,847ft). There we can admire the spectacular views of snow-capped mountainsrural communities and valleys with plenty of llamas and alpacas. After, we descend to Lares for breakfast and visit the natural hot springs with temperatures between 28°c and 38°c. Here we have lunch and start our trek by a moderate climb for 3 hours through unspoiled andean valley´s up to our first campsite at Wacawasi (3,750m/12,377ft)

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,500m/14,847ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,900m/9,570ft.
  • Distance: 11kms
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

DAY 3: WACAWASI – IPSAY PASS – PATACANCHA

Today is the toughest day of the trek. After an early breakfast, we start trekking by a moderate uphill climb to reach the highest point of our trek,Ipsay Pass (4,550m/15,017ft). From there we enjoy the gorgeous panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and lakes. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend to Ipsay Lagoon for lunch. Then we continue downhill interacting with the real descendants of the Incas. Finally we arrive to our camp at Patacancha (3,750m/12,377ft) where we have our high tea and dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,550m/15,017ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,750m/12,377ft.
  • Distance: 14kms
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

DAY 4: PATACANCHA – WILLOQ – PUMAMARCA – OLLANTAYTAMBO

We begin our trip through the Patacancha Valley and different native communities such as Willoq (3,600m/11,877ft). Then we continue further downhill to Pallata and head uphill to explore the archaeological complex of Pumamarca, an amazing Inca site. The route then follows the course of an original old Inca roadway through farming terraces and an ancient cemetery. Finally we arrive to Ollantaytambo for lunch. Ollantaytambo is one of the oldest, largest and most magnificent ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch, we explore this living Inca city and some ancient Inca store houses located on the hillside. Here we spend the night in a Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Box Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Private hotel
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,600mts/11,877ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,500m/7500ft
  • Distance: 6kms
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

NOTE: On this day; we offer a Mountain Bike Tour (42kms all downhill) instead  of  trekking. Do not miss out….!

DAY 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – 104KMS– MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

Early in the morning we take our train for two hours 104kms (2,100m/6,927ft) Cusco-Machu Picchu way and we start our trek passing the first check point. Then we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana (2,650m/8747ft). Once here we may enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba canyon, a few Inca sites and  connect with the traditional four day Inca Trail. Then we continue our hike towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft) from where we will have the first view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Afterwards we walk downhill for one hour to the citadel and take our bus to Aguas Calientes spending the night in our hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Box Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Private hotel
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,730mts/9,007ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040m/6727ft
  • Distance: 13kms
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 6: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

After a very early breakfast we leave our hotel to take the bus up to the Machu Picchu vestiges. We will visit one of the most important mystic centers of the worldMachu Picchu. A 3 hour guided tour will take us into the history around this mysterious and charming place. After we haveplenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain. Then we head back to Aguas Calientes and take the return train to Ollantaytambo with a private bus connection to Cusco.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty:  Easy

INCLUDES

  • Transportation from your hotel to Lares
  • English speaking professional mountain guide with degree in Archaeology
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu–Aguas Calientes
  • Admission fees to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and all archaeological sites
  • Hotel with private room and bathroom in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
  • Trekking poles
  • Delicious meals during the trek as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, it will be carried by our mules)
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles

NOT INCLUDES

  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) – US$ 20
  • Wayna Picchu mountain – US$25
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel or train
  • VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$57 per person
  • Tips for your crew:  guide, cook, horseman (SAM TRAVEL PERU staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip; tips are optional but of great appreciation for them)

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC – can be rented at SAM TRAVEL PERU office for US$20 )
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants, not jeans
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves
  •  Scarf and woollen hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho: a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets (optional)
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs drinks and tips
  • Trekking poles

 

RESERVATIONS

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