Lares trek to Machu Picchu (includes Pisac ruins), 3 days

Code: 02LARE03
3 DAYS - 2 NIGHTS
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  • Lares Trek. Image author: McKay Savage
  • Lares Trek. Image author: McKay Savage
  • Lares Trek. Image author: McKay Savage
  • Lares Trek. Image author: McKay Savage
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Lares trek to Machupicchu is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places we have in Cusco.

If you don’t want to reserve the “Classical Inca Trail”, this is the best alternative due to geographical and historical region (Snow, in the Native Quechua language means: “Apus gods who preserved the vital liquid water, by making offerings, so that they never lack water their fields of cultivation). Also, we can see lagoons (that in Quechua is translated to “qochas” a place of the origin of the Incas – natives from this area still make special ceremonies to those lagoons.

You can also see many South American Camelids typical of Peru, Chile and Argentina, especially many alpacas, llamas, guanacos, whom where especially sacred to the Incas (Llamas played a very important role in transportation and some were used in sacrifices as a form of sanctification for a good yield in crop production.

Along the hike from Lares to Machu Picchu, you’ll meet traditional communal folk who are cheerful and still use the traditional attire (bright and colorful) of the original natives from the area.

This trek is definitely for those individuals who like to walk, attain more historical knowledge, and meet people seeing their everyday contact with the Pachamama (“Mother Earth”). This trek towards Machu Picchu also allows you to fully enjoy the microclimates and unique landscapes, along with old-fashioned cuisines and fresh natural products. We have a very experienced cook who will surprise.

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel
DEPARTURE TIME 5 a.m.

 

What is included in the Lares Trek

  • Private transportation from the hotel to Pisac Inca ruins and then Huaran (Trailhead)
  • Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide (2 guides for more than 8 people)
  • Entrance tickets for Pisac Inca Ruins
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours. 
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 4 person tent
  • Delicious gourmet meals during the 2 days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency – In case of illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Rain poncho
  • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
  • Bus ticket from aguas calientes to Machupicchu (round trips)

What is not included in the lares trek
• Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
• Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
• Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
• Personal tent: US $30 – (Please request when you book your Trek)
• Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco)
• Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
• Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
• Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
• Tips for the guide,cook and porters

What you need to take
• Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
• Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
• Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
• Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
• Water storage: 2-3 litre Camelbaks are encouraged.
• Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
• Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
• Headlamp: essential
• Toiletpaper
• 2 t-shirts
• 2 hiking pants at least
• 4 sets of undergarments
• 3 sets of hiking socks
• Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
• Couple Fleece/ Thermals
• Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcious.
• Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
• Comfortable shoes for camp
• Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
• Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
• Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
• Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
• Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us
• Face moisturizer
• Hand Sanitizer
• Wet wipes
• Toothbrush and paste
• Personal medications
• First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
• Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
• Sun Hat
• Sunscreen
• Headlamp: essential
• Wool Hat
• Rain gear
• Fleece
• Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
• Coca leaves.
• Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
• Gloves
• Camera
• Hand sanitiser
• Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
• Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

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Day 1: Cusco – Hurana – Cancha

“Ready for the adventure”; Pick-up at 5:00 a.m. at your hotel.  Then heading towards the City of Pisac (1 hour approx.) there we will have a historical account of the ruins in Pisac, while enjoying the sun rise and the breathtaking view of the Valley of Pisac.  Afterwards, we travel to Calca (30 min.) and have a delicious breakfast.  It’s here that we will begin our adventure towards Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

Here you’ll link up and meet our porters and staff, which will be like your extended family.

First day trekking; as your adventure begins, it’s a smooth and easy day where you’ll see the natural way of life of the inhabitants of this region and observing maize “corn” and potato fields.  You’ll continue for Approx. 3 hours, on a gravel road until having lunch.  Afterward lunch, we recommend a “siesta”.  Then we will walk approx. 1 hour until arriving to camp of “Cancha field” with an impressive view of the snow covered mountain and the main road that we are going to follow for the next 2 days.  In the afternoon we’ll visit a traditional adobe house and learn about their way of life. As per Peruvian tradition, we definitely recommend taking presents like (clothing, toys, especially books and pencils).  After this interaction with the local kinsman and women, we’ll return to the camp for Dinner and rest for the day.

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Day 2: Cancha – Quishuarani

We awake at 5:30 a.m. with a refreshing “coca tea” (helps with the altitude sickness), then taken to a 5 star hotel where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before departing for our “Second Day: Lares trek to Machu Picchu”.

This day will not only be full of activities, it will also be a bit challenging as we ascend to the top of the trek (Approx. 4 hrs.) called “Pachacutec”.  Then we’ll enter into a tiny town called “Acopata”  to enjoy a delicious cup of coca tea, while sightseeing the crystalline lagoons and observing part of the sacred valley.  The trek will have its ups and downs (1 hr. Approx.) till we reach our lunch area near a lagoon with abundant “trout”.  Later, we’ll walk to the community of Quishurani where we will await our bus that will take us to “Ollantaytambo” (2 hrs. Approx.), then aboard our train to Machu Picchu (1:40 train ride).  After arriving you’ll rest at a hotel.

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Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco

After a delicious early breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”.   The trek leader will impart the history of this mystical place.  We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”.  Here, we promise an unforgettable experience.  After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your own exploring.

If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do.  These activities are optional (not included with package) for example: The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different view point.

In the afternoon, we catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

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