Unlike all popular treks around Cusco, the Lares Trek will truly take you to remote zones, unknown valleys where few visitors have ventured so far. This journey takes you off the beaten track in the Andes, crossing gorgeous lush valleys, passing nice villages where the natives still employ traditional ways of life. A trek to Lares is like going back in time, a different world where Spanish is a second language, and where native still live in harmony with the Mother Nature. On our third day we take a fantastic train journey descending to the cloud forest where is situated one of the wonders of our Planet " The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu". Join us on these great adventure and experience a unique trek in Peru.

Program 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1º: Cusco (3,350m) – Lares (3,100m) – Quishuarani (3,700m)

Early morning rise. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and we drive through the Sacred Valley turning off at the town of Calca to head to Lares village – the drive takes around 3 hours. Once we arrive into the town we go up to the Hot Springs where we can relax and enjoy these beautiful outdoor hot springs. Lunch is provided here. Our bus awaits us during this time and we then continue our journey for around 20mins to the start of the trail known as PASCANA. From here we start our hike to Quishaurani. Here we meet up with our horseman and pack the horses. The trek will take us around 2.5hrs. When we arrive our campsite would have been set up for us. In the free time that we have we can meet some of the locals "campesinos" and see some weaving techniques. This is a lovely day filled with great landscapes and the opportunity to visit several Andean villages. Upon our arrival we will take a good rest in our tents, and then we will join our guide for dinner at the dinning tent. Finally we will go to rest in our tends.(Lunch, Dinner).


Day 2º: Quishuarani - Cancha Cancha (3,800m)

This morning we depart early as this is going to be our longest day on the trail. We will hike approx. 7 hours today with a midday lunch break. We start our ascent to the highest point of the trek, Pachacutec Pass (4,450m). From the pass you will be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon. The path then continues down hill for about 2.5hrs to the village of Cancha Cancha where we have our campsite waiting for us. Today you have a chance to see an abundance of wildlife, fauna and flora. Finally we will arrive at the Cancha Cancha campsite where we will pitch up the tents and then will have dinner with the group at our dinning tent. Overnight at the Cancha Cancha campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 3º: Cancha Cancha – Huaran(2,800m) – Ollantaytambo(2,700m) – Aguas Calientes

After a delicious breakfast we start our easy hike today. We will walk down hill for approx. 5 hours hiking to the village of Huaran. From there we take local transport to the town of Ollantaytambo – a beautiful well preserved Andean town. Depending on your train time, you will have some time to explore before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. We overnight in a hostal here tonight. You can upgrade if you prefer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 4º: Guided visit in Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco by train in the afternoon

At around 5:30 am, soon after breakfast we will take the local bus that will take us up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In a matter of 20 minutes we will have arrived in Machu Picchu. (It is a good idea to come to the ruins early, as there are no many people, only a few groups, the ruins get very busy at around 11:00 am, when the local train arrive with more visitors). Once here, our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the Intiwatana (Solar Clock), the Sun Temple, The urban sector, the agricultural sector, among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco. At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village; visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 4:00 pm, we take the train to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the designated hotel in Cusco. End of the tour.


Included

What is included?

  • Guía Profesional Meals (except Breakfast on 1st Day and Lunch on Last Day)
  • Boleto Turistico Transportation by bus to start of Trek (Private)
  • Guía Profesional Transportation between Huaran and Ollantaytambo (Private)
  • Guía Profesional Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Boleto Turistico 7 kg Personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Guía Profesional Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return
  • Boleto Turistico Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Boleto Turistico Spacious tents & Sleeping mats
  • Boleto Turistico Dining tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs for the group
  • Boleto Turistico Cook and cooking equipment
  • Boleto Turistico Professional English speaking Guide
  • Primeros Auxilios Tickets de tren en Backpacker de regreso a Cusco
  • Boleto Turistico Hostel accommodation on the 3rd night of the Trek
  • Guía Profesional Return transportation in Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco/Ollaytatambo dependent on train availability
  • Primeros Auxilios Upon your arrival transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • El almuerzo Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit

Not Included

What is not included?

  • Boleto Turistico Sleeping Bag - can be hired from our office for $20
  • Guía Profesional Extra horse in case you want to ride – $60 per horse (from 4 passengers upwards we include an extra horse)
  • El almuerzo Extras & Gratuites
  • Guía Profesional Meals (except Breakfast on 1st Day and Lunch on Last Day)

Recommendations

  • Your original passport.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for 5 days.
  • Rain jacket (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Camera, films and batteries.
  • Strong footwear.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to visit the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and US.
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold.
  • Insect repellent, toilet paper, small towel & sun bloc

Additional information

  • All your personal information is required at the moment of your booking.
  • Confirmation of the excursion will be received at time of booking.
  • All tours are operated in English unless otherwise stated.

Travel voucher

  • For every confirmed booking you will be required to print your electronic voucher for presentation at the moment we start the excursion. The electronic voucher acts as a confirmation for all the services you request.

Local Operator Information

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NOTE: Please note that prices are indicated for a minimum of 2 persons.

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