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The classic Lares trek 4 days to Machu Picchu → Hike this stunning route to Machu Picchu – Lares Trekking with less crowded ☺, which is a great alternative to the famous Inca Trail hike, and rightfully so. The expedition goes through the golden Polylepis in the valleys to the snow-dusted peaks, an autumn walk along the North of Pumahuanca canyon; where the Sacred Valley of the Inca is? Overwhelms with sheer beauty and the largeness of the landscape with full of Llamas and Alpacas with locals in colorful usages.
The Lares Tour is spectacular alternative to the Inca Trail trek. Taking you off the beaten track with visit to authentic Andean villages, whilst being surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, lakes and sacred valley of the Incas. This fabulous trek offers a real insight into the lives of the people of Cusco, as it once was.
The tour offers starting in Pumahuanca, sacred valley passing through the hot springs of Lares Valley and finishes in the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu. The last day in the afternoon, you get back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo by train and 2 hour bus to Cusco.
→ Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic food.
Good For: Moderate physical fitness
→ Difficulty: Moderate.
Starting Altitude: 3000 m – 9186 ft.
Highest Altitude: 4850m – 15,682 ft.
Hiking Distance: 36 km – 22.5 miles
Accommodation: 2 nights in tents and 1 night hotel
Coldest Night: Day 1 around 0º celsius
▬ Recommendation: We recommend you to arrive in Cusco 48 hours before your trek departure in order to acclimate at high elevation.
We leave early in the morning to Sacred Valley of the Incas (Pumahuanca) where you start hiking all the way up the valley to get the first lunch place, covering approx 14 km in total, along the way there is a small Inca site to explore, native plants, spectacular rocky sharpy mountains and a small crystalline stream along the hike to get the campsite Puyoc
After breakfast, we start ascending for three hours to reach the highest point of the expedition Siclla Qasa pass at 4850m – 15,682 ft. After the summit you start going down to the lunch spot Yanacocha lake. Today you see beautiful sceneries, landscapes, andean lakes, potato fields and local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. The campsite is going to be close to a small Quechua village Cuncani.
After organic breakfast, you only hike in the morning focusing to meet local Quechua people, see typical andean huts and Llamas on the way to the hot springs that takes you in 2 hours. After enjoying the hot springs comes the lunch, therefore since the hot springs the trip is easier because you take bus to Ollantaytambo, then train to Aguas Calientes to spend the last night in a hotel before to visit Machu Picchu
The tours starts very early in the morning to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to visit the citadel. The guided tour in Machu Picchu lasts 2 hour, during this tour you will explore the most important temples of the citadel. After the guided tour you have free time to walk around the site by yourself. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where you will carry on by bus to Cusco city.
→ Minimum of participants 02 persons – Max 16 people
|US$665 per person|
|Number of People||Price – Based on Number of Travellers|
|1 people||US$1230 for Solo traveller|
|2 people||US$820 per person|
|3 people||US$770per person|
|4 people||US$720 per person|
|5 people||US$670 per person|
|6+ people||US$620 per person|
→ Student Discount: US$30 (Requires student Card to qualify)
→ Under 18’s Discount: US$30
Sleeping Bag US$35
Walking Pole US$10
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35
Extra 8kg of personal items US$80
Huayna Picchu permit US$30
Machu Picchu montaña permit US$20. Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu Montaña (walk to the top without a guide, the trail is well marked) If Wayna Picchu tickets are sold out we offer Machu Picchu montaña walk instead. Both of them are amazing!
Note 1: The train included is the Expedition (to Ollantaytambo or Poroy). Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you can take is the 1pm and latest is the 9:20pm. Lares Trip will organize your transport back to Cusco
Note 2: Train schedules are subject to change depending on the Inca Rail and Peru Rail timetable and availability If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the Expeditions train) for an extra charge. Meals as specified in the itinerary
Professional English speaking tour guide
Assistant tour guide for groups of 9 to 18
Horses to carry all camping equipments and 8kgs of your personal items
Pick up from your hotel/hostel
Private bus to Pumahuanca village
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town (Round-trip)
Return transportation by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
Drinkable water bring your own water for the first morning
→ 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian, vegan, etc please let us know at the moment of booking)
Dining tent with chairs and table
4 men tent for only 2 trekkers
*** star hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 3
Oxygen bottle tank
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
Sleeping bags, inflatable mattress and walking poles
The first breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 4 (You can have in Aguas Calientes town)
Tips for guide, cook and porters
Travel and health insurance (You are highly recommended to take out travel/health insurance for the duration of your trip)
Sun cream (recommended 35 better if is higher)
Toiletries and hand sanitizer
Camera and films
Torch with spare batteries
☺ Waterproof jacket and rain poncho
Hat and gloves
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