Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 Days / 3 Nights

4 Days / 3 Nights

Cusco

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Trek

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Overview

If you are looking for a complete experience of beautiful scenery, history and culture, then the 4D/3N Lares trek with DESTINY PERÚ TOURS is for you. This trek allows you to spend time with local people while trekking through the amazing Andean mountains ending with a tour at Machu Picchu.

Our route passes through two villages: Kiswarani and Cancha Cancha – both still practice the Incan lifestyle. These visits are authentic and beautiful experiences and your guide will be at your side helping you to communicate since Quechua is spoken here, the language of the Inca. The wildlife and scenery each day will not disappoint and we have added a visit to the amazing Salinas of Maras, salt mines, before you head to Aguas Calientes.

Day 1: CUSCO – LARES HOT SPRINGS– HUACAWASI

Pickup from your hotel

Breakfast in Pisaq

Private transfer to the trailhead

Visit optional hot spring bath (10 soles)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking distance: 12 km

Starting Elevation: 3207 m.a.s.l. (Lares Valley)

Campsite Elevation: 3900 m.a.s.l.

Weather: Cold

Trail Conditions: rocky, dusty and slippery (trekking shoes required)

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: Magnificent views of Mounts Sawasiray and Pitusiray – Hot springs – incredibly beautiful Andean scenery – learn a bit more about the High-Andean culture.

Day 2: HUACAWASI – PATA CANCHA

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 13km

Starting Elevation: 3900 m.a.s.l. (Lares Valley)

Highest Elevation: 4490 m.a.s.l. (Ipsay Pass)

Campsite Elevation: 3600 m.a.s.l.

Trail Condition:  rocky and slippery

Weather: Cold

Considered: Dificult

Highlights: Highest pass of the trek – see alpacas, llamas, vizcachas (Peruvian hares) – Ipsaycocha Laguna – opportunity to pass through truly indigenous Andean towns – learn about the lifestyle of the locals.

Day 3: PATACANCHA – OLLANTA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Transfer Ollantaytambo – Aguas calientes

Tourist class Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas calientes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 12km

Starting Elevation. 3600 m.a.s.l. (Lares Valley)

Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Watch out for mosquitos today.

Aguas Calientes Village Elevation: 2000 meters

Trail Conditions: Rocky

Highlights: learn about the traditional hand-woven textiles made of llama and alpaca wool, just as the Incas used to do.

Day 4: MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO:

Early wake up, breakfast

Bus up to Machu Picchu

Enjoy the sunrise (weather permitting)

2 hour Private Guided Tour in Machu Picchu

Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Train times are at 2.55 pm, 4.45 pm, and 6.45 pm depending on train availability

End of the tour

Meals: Breakfast

Considered: Easy

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Highlights: Sunrise over Machu Picchu – Private guided visit of Machu Picchu – Ascent of Huayna Picchu or Mountain (optional)

Itinerary

 DAY 01: CUSCO – LARES HOT SPRINGS– HUACAWASI

You will be picked up at your hotel at 5.00 a.m. from where we will travel straight to Lares (4 hours by bus). Along the way you will be passing the highest point of 4265 m.a.s.l. where you get to see a few glaciers such as Sawasiray and Pitusiray. After 4 hours of driving you will have lunch in the valley of Lares (3207 m.a.s.l.). At Lares you will have the opportunity to visit the medicinal thermal baths to enjoy some relaxation time. After a good rest, we will begin uphill a long walk of approximately 4 hours to the campsite of Huacawasi (3,900 meters above sea level) awaits us. On the way, we will pass through incredibly beautiful Andean scenery and a few small towns where we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the High-Andean culture. Once we arrive at the campsite, we will eat dinner and receive an informational about ancestral knowledge related to Incan astronomy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking distance: 12 km

Starting Elevation: 3207 m.a.s.l. (Lares Valley)

Campsite Elevation: 3900 m.a.s.l.

Weather: Cold

Trail Conditions: rocky, dusty and slippery (trekking shoes required)

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: Magnificent views of Mounts Sawasiray and Pitusiray – Hot springs – incredibly beautiful Andean scenery – learn a bit more about the High-Andean culture.

DAY 02:  HUACAWASI – PATA CANCHA

 After breakfast, we begin our longest and most difficult day of the entire trip with a hike lasting 7-8 hours. The first 3 hours will be a continuous ascent to the highest point of our journey – the Ipsay Pass at 4,490 meters above sea level. During the entire ascent, you will have the opportunity to pass through truly indigenous Andean towns, learn about their culture and traditions, as well as see alpacas, llamas, vizcachas (Peruvian hares) and if we have luck, the occasional condor that passes through the area. At the top of the pass, our guide will explain you a bit more about the region and the importance that those mountains held within Incan religious practices. After descending from the pass for the following 40 minutes, we will arrive at the Ipsaycocha Laguna and eat lunch. After lunch and a well-deserved break, we will continue our walk to the second campsite. This part of the trek will be completely downhill. At the campsite, we will have the option to visit a house belonging to a local family where we will have the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the locals. You can see how they raise their guinea pigs, and you will learn about the traditional hand-woven textiles made of llama and alpaca wool, just as the Incas used to do. This is the best day of your hike. In the evening you will enjoy hot drinks and dinner.

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 13km

Starting Elevation: 3900 m.a.s.l. (Lares Valley)

Highest Elevation: 4490 m.a.s.l. (Ipsay Pass)

Campsite Elevation: 3600 m.a.s.l.

Trail Condition:  rocky and slippery

Weather: Cold

Considered: Dificult

Highlights: Highest pass of the trek – see alpacas, llamas, vizcachas (Peruvian hares) – Ipsaycocha Laguna – opportunity to pass through truly indigenous Andean towns – learn about the lifestyle of the locals.

 DAY 03: PATACANCHA – OLLANTA – AGUAS CALIENTES

 After breakfast, we will begin to walk to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This day will be much easier than the two days before, primarily because the entire trek is downhill. Throughout the journey, we will pass through Willoq and Pumamarca – two communities that are very well known for their textile work and colorful dress that  originate from ancestral traditions. Once we arrive in Ollantaytambo, we will spend some time familiarizing ourselves with the small city that is so famous for maintaining its ancient Incan structures and using them currently as homes for the local population. We will also lunch in Ollantaytambo and later take a train from the local station to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. On your arrival to Aguas Calientes you will check-in to your hotel (with private rooms and at last you will enjoy a hot shower). There will be an option to visit the hot springs or have a cold beer in one of the bars in the village. In the evening we will meet in a local restaurant for dinner, where our guide will give you a report on plans for the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 12km

Starting Elevation. 3600 m.a.s.l. (Lares Valley)

Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Watch out for mosquitos today.

Aguas Calientes Village Elevation: 2000 meters

Trail Conditions: Rocky

Highlights: learn about the traditional hand-woven textiles made of llama and alpaca wool, just as the Incas used to do.

DAY 04: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

Today is the most important day in your expedition. Our last day of the tour begins very early in the morning in order to be able to watch the sun rise over the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Breakfast at 5.00 am at hotel, then we will take one of the first buses which takes 25 minutes up a switchback road to get to Machu Picchu. If you don’t care to take the bus and prefer to hike along the Inca trail just let your guide know so that he can show you the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which will take about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Once in Machu Picchu Park, you will have a 2 hour guided tour. Where you will visit the different main places of this Inca city such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial (Intihuatana “Place where the sun is tied”), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. At the end of the tour you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can get panoramic views of the entire Inca city of Machu Picchu. That will be your next adventure. Also you can opt to visit The Sun Gate is a 1 hour climb (and is free and available to all) which is also great to get those postcard pictures of the ruins from way above. More later you can take your lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, Another option is return to Aguas Calientes for take your lunch at one of the local restaurants. (Lunch is on your own).

The usual train departure time is in the afternoon to return to Ollantaytambo (present oneself at the station 30 minutes before departure time of your train chosen), where we will be waiting to take you to Cusco and then to your hotel in our private transport.

Meals: Breakfast

Considered: Easy

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Highlights: Sunrise over Machu Picchu – Private guided visit of Machu Picchu – Ascent of Huayna Picchu or Mountain (optional)

IMPORTANT NOTES

If you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know in advance. We can adjust your train tickets and arrange a hotel if you would like for us to help

Rangers DO NOT allow people to carry large backpacks, day packs only are allowed

No trekking poles are allowed to be used in Machu Picchu

Snacks and water are allowed but they must be INSIDE your backpack (not in outer pockets)

Includes

INCLUDED:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private transportation to the trailhead, along the Sacred Valley with amazing views
  • First breakfast
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Foam mat
  • 4-person tent that is used by only 2 people (very spacious, large and comfortable)
  • Excellent buffet-style meals plus snacks
  • Kitchen and dining tents plus table and chairs
  • Drinking water for each meal and for hiking days
  • Chef, porters and horsemen
  • Horses to carry the camping gear and food
  • Bus transportation from trail end to Ollantaytambo
  • Expedition Tourist class train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel at Aguas Calientes with private room, private bathroom, hot shower, Wi-Fi and storage (where you can leave your luggage while you visit Machu Picchu)
  • Bus ticket to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, then private van back to your hotel in Cusco (totals 4 hours )
  • Private portable camp toilets
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank
  • Warm water at camps to wash your hands and feet with organic soap
  • Small sleeping pillows
  • Transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Visit to local family’s house where you will learn about the lifestyle of the Andean people
  • Social interaction with local kids at the local village & share a hot chocolate happy hour with a local family
  • We educate local kids and families about responsibility & sustainability (education, respect the enviroment, and respect for others)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from us $20 for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Climb ($25 per person)
  • Optional Machupicchu Mountain Climb ($15 per person)
  • Ticket to the Hot springs (10 Soles).
  • Optional upgrades (train and hotel) – Add $50 for the Vistadome train
  • Extra Horse to ride 90.00 USD
  • Extra Horse to carry bags or personal items 50.00 USD
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every DESTINY PERU staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end the trip. Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them – according to your wish)

TREKKING CHECKLIST:

  • Original passport and valid student ISIC card (if applicable -you must send us a copy at time of booking)
  • Good back pack
  • Good sleeping bag
  • Warm clothes plus some layers for variable temperatures (especially at night)
  • Hiking boots
  • About 4 t-shirts
  • Walking sticks
  • Headlamps
  • Camera
  • Sun protection (sunblock, sunhat, sunglasses)
  • Thermals including wool hat and wool socks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain jacket plus rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra Money for souvenirs, drinks and tips (tips are optional)

Price

Group Service

USD 560.00

* Servicio compartido mayor a 10 personas.

If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.

 HOTEL INCLUDED IN AGUAS CALIENTES:

We include 3 stars Hotel at Aguas Calientes (all based on double occupancy). It could be either: Hotel Casa Andina, Hotel la Cabaña, Hotel Flower’s House, Hotel Muyurina or Royal Inti Inn, which will depend of their availability. They all include private rooms, hot showers, private bathrooms, TV cable, towels, soaps, breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and storage. Of course these hotels can be upgraded to another hotel like Inka Terra, Hotel Hatun Inti classic, Sumaq Machupicchu, or Santury logde. We will send an e-mail you the hotel name with your confirmation.

 DISCOUNTS:

Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $20. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.

Under 18 Discount – $20. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

Under 7 Discount – $30. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

 Huayna Picchu Permit: US $25 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Machu Picchu Mountain Permit:  US $15 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Vistadome train Upgrade: which is an extra $50 per person round-trip.

Single room in Aguas Calientes $ 20

Additional night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes $ 80

* If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person.

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR RENTING:

 Sleeping bags: $ 20

Walking sticks:  $ 15

Inflatable mattress: $ 25

Extra Horse to ride: $ 90

Extra Horse to carry bags or personal items: $ 50

Single tent supplement: $ 50

*****IMPORTANT NOTES *****

 STUDENTS: If you booked your tour with your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) you must have this card and it must be valid for you to enter Machu Picchu.  If you purchased a permit with the student discount and you do not bring your ISIC card or it is not valid at the time of your entrance, they will not allow you in this is National Park rules.

HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance.

MACHU PICCHU + MONTAIN: You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $15 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option.

EXTRA NIGHT:  If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75.

RETURN TRAIN TO CUSCO: The return train is the Expedition train or the Executive or Economy class train which departs either at 2:55, 4:12, 4:42 or 6:20 PM. The train that is booked depends on availability and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $50 per person round-trip. Please tell us of your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco, they only run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy but in either case we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel (2 hours from Ollantaytambo and 25 minutes from Poroy).

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