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7 Day Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu (Land Only)

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Rene Hurtado Valencia

Valencia Travel Cusco

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7 Day Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu (Land Only)

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 takes us through many fascinating small village communities...

DAY 1

Arrival in Cusco

After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings. 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. Included: • Transportation • Professional English speaking guide. Not included: • Tourist ticket for entrance to attractions (extra USD 35) • Dinner • Gratuity Read more

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DAY 2

Open Day at leisure

OPTION 2: 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 (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we will have a lunch break to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch (not included) then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied 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 time. 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. Included: • Transportation • Professional English speaking guide. Not included: • Tourist ticket (extra USD 25) • Meals • Gratuity Read more

Cusco
DAY 3

Starting the Adventure at Lares

We depart at 5:00am from Cusco and travel to the township of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca this ride takes 2 hours. Then, will drive for 30 more minutes to the trek start pint 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 Read more

Lares
DAY 4

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 from yesterday 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 built from 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 a dinner and spend the night. Overnight at: The campsite Read more

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DAY 5

Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning, the bus will pick 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 no doubt 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. Read more

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DAY 6

Machu Picchu in its Glory!

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. Wayna Picchu Mountain, which translated from quechua means Young Mountain. Located at 2,693 meters as part of the Andean foothills. Wayna Picchu is well known for being part of the most panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. However, it can also be seen archaeological sites such as the Temple of the Moon, built in a natural cave. At the top of Wayna Picchu are small terraces and some buildings that were part of an astronomical observatory in addition to being a point of guardianship of the City. From where you can see the entire City of Machu Picchu including accesses and roads that surround it. To ascend to the top you have to go a narrow, winding and steep road. The path includes sections with steps and stairs carved in live rock, the hike takes about 1 and a half hour, time that can vary according to the physical state of the person. Please, leave enough time to catch your train. It is a 25-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and buses leave when they are full. Make sure you are at the train station in good time (20 minutes before scheduled train departure). Read more

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DAY 7

Transfer out, Bye Cusco!

After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary. Goodbye Peru!

Departure
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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Cusco
Day 5
Location Aguas Calientes
Day 6
Location Cusco

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Price Includes:
  • All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • All hotel accommodations (3 star Casa Andina Cusco classic or similar standard)
  • All breakfast in the accommodation
  • Lares valley trail 4 days includes the below:
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.<
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Private transportation to the start of the trail.
  • Round trip transportation by train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Lares valley.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
  • Water (Only for the first morning, then we will provide you with hot or cold previously boiled water).
  • Dining tent with table and chairs.
  • Professional chef.
  • Porters to carry personal belongings up to 5 kilos.
  • Mules (to carry the camping gear and food).
  • 3-man tent (per 2 people).

Package excludes

  • Not Included:
  • International and local flights.
  • Single supplement fee: $400 USD
  • Additional nights during the trip due to any flight cancellations.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Laundry services.
  • Sleeping bag (available to be hired from us).
  • Walking stick (available to be hired from us).
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs (15 soles).
  • First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals that are not stated otherwise.
  • Entrance fees for the city tour in Cusco.
  • Optional Tour - Full Day Sacred Valley Tour
  • Entrance fees for Full Day Sacred Valley Tour
  • Tips for your crew: Cooks, horsemen, and guides. Note: that tips are optional but a much-appreciated gesture of your gratitude.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Jennifer Camp, United States

I had an absolutely wonderful time. I loved how willing the guides were to changing plans to accommodate us. Loved the authentic food and the great service. I fell so spoiled that don’t know if i can go back to regular backpacking!

Erin Milash, United States

Excellent service! amazing guides, beautiful scenery...very well organized.

Mican Lanezford, United States

One of the best experience of my life ,the guides were knowledge patient and encouraging, the food was excellent and satisfying, the porters were respected and seemed happy. They had a good shoes and clothing as new. We will definitely be booking more adventures thought Valencia in the future.

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