→ 8-Day Lares tour to Machu Picchu is amazing way to explore the land of the Incas and we invite to hike with locally owned travel agency; in order to enjoy the real adventure in the Peruvian Andes
Cusco – The old Inca capital is the main destination of everyone’s trip. Sat at 3300m / 10,827ft. above sea level, Cusco has a unique charm and provides an interesting mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Filled with ancient Inca sites and colonial buildings sat alongside modern restaurants and upmarket cafes, Cusco has a little something for everyone.
Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas is a short train journey from Cusco. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery and with some of the most impressive Inca buildings ever constructed, Machu Picchu is the highlight of Peru.
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – one of the most famous treks in the world, 4 days of trekking through beautiful mountain scenery with visits to Inca site, lakes and a wide variety of flora and fauna. On the final day you arrive to Machu Picchu.
Tour the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
Meet local people along the hike
Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
Visit the ancient Inca Ruins of Ollantaytambo
Discover the ancient City of Pisac
Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
Explore the Imperial City of Cusco
Stay in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town
Enjoy after 3 days of hiking The hot springs in Lares
Visit ancient Inca monuments
Enjoy the impressive Inca site of Saqsaywaman
► If you are having short of time but still want to have a taste of Peru, this is the trip for you. This Lares tour will take you to the capital of the Incas and allow an encounter with their Gods (Apus/mountains and Pachamama/Mother Earth). Come and see the majesty of the Andes and the passion of its people.
Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel located in Miraflores or San Isidro.
Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima
After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport (Alejandro Velasco Astete) and taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this colonial and beautiful city at your own pace.
This tour is one of the most traditional tours in Cusco. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire and it functioned as both an agricultural, spiritual and political center for them. Throughout its length there are many Inca and Pre-Inca ruins that can be found and the sacred valley tour visits the three main sites, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Lasting a full day you will get to appreciate the fine works of craftsmanship that the Incas produced and see the beautiful scenery of the Urubamba valley. Many tourists pick out to do this tour just before their visit to Machu Picchu as you can choose to finish in Urubamba from where you take the bus to Pumahuanca.
Overnight: San Agustín – Urubamba Sacred valley
We depart Cusco or Urubamba early in the morning and travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and our first day of the trek starts off in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14 km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373 ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.
This particular route for the Lares expedition is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings, without any distractions or disturbances. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbit like Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it’s quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
After breakfast you begin to ascend for about three hours until you reach the highest point of Lares Trek Siclla Qasa pass. Today the scenery will be dramatically different from yesterday where you get to see fields of potato, small lakes, etc. Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday as well. From our campsite it’s about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill and on a rocky path.
As we make our way to Cuncani we’ll pass by snow capped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha –Black Water lake) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You’ll also get to learn a few Quechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
Our staff will wake you up with a hot drink at your bedside, you will have some time to pack your backpacks and duffle bags, enjoy breakfast, and get to take in the lush green mountains that surround you. We focus today to meet the local people. Then we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them – hopefully by now you’ll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyone’s delight and amusement). After the visit you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.
Leaving Cuncani it’s just a short distance (6 km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we’ll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinoa and Tarwi, we’ll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they’re easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we’ll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we’ll catch our train to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the Citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
After breakfast, enjoy some more leisure time before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Lima and Home.
Standard Package: 3 Star Hotels ()
|Number of People||Price – Based on Number of Travellers|
|1 people||US$2410 for Solo traveller|
|2 people||US$2110 per person|
|3 people||US$2025per person|
|4 people||US$1970 per person|
|5 people||US$1910 per person|
|6+ people||US$1830 per person|
► Student Discount: US$60 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
► Under 18’s Discount: US$90
Wayna Picchu ticket US$30
Machu Picchu montaña ticket US$30
Vistadome 45 USD Per Person (Round trip 90 USD P/p)
Pick up from the airport to the hotel
All hotel accommodations of 3 stars
All breakfast in accommodations
Professional bilingual tour guide
Pick up from your hotel
Private transportation to the start of the trail, along the sacred valley with nice views
One night accommodation at Machu Picchu Pueblo
Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Machu Picchu
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
Transportation by train back to Ollantaytambo train station
Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station back to Cusco
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
→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
Porters to carry personal belongings up to 8 kilos
Horsemen and mules (to carry camping gear and food)
4 man tent (per 2 participants)
Foam mattress (carried by the horses)
First Aid kit
Single tent Supplement $40USD
Excess baggage charges
Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Sleeping bag (can be rented)
Walking stick (can be rented)
Entrance ticket to the hot springs (10 soles)
First breakfast and last lunch at Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Meals that are not stated otherwise
Sacred valley tour and entrance fees
Gratitude for your crew (cooks, horsemen, guides, etc)
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Hat and gloves