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Lares Huaran to Machu Picchu Tour
Lares Trek
Machu Picchu
Trek Tour Duration 04 Days

Lares Trek Huaran to Machu Picchu Tour

DESCRIPTION

This unforgettable and less-travelled hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, cloud forest, valleys, and authentic Quechua textile communities as well as a visit to the Lares hot springs. This is a wonderful hike offering a unique view into the lifestyles and traditions of the Andean people.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco | Calca - Lares Hot Springs – Huacawasi

Our private bus leaves Cusco at around 6:00 AM (hour to be confirmed). It is a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Pisac and stopping for breakfast in the provincial town of Calca. Departing Calca around 8:00 AM, we head off for the 3 hours drive to the town of Lares (3100 MASL – 10107 FASL) which is the starting point for the trek. Along the way, you will be able to observe small Andean communities and spectacular mountain landscapes spotted with herds of llamas and alpacas.

Before we start the trek, we will visit the hot springs which are located in meadows just out of town. 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 begin a leisurely walk up the Trapiche River Valley. After about 2½ hours, we will arrive at Vilcabamba village where we will stop and have lunch. We will then continue up the valley for another 1½ hours to the small village of Huacawasi (3700 MASL – 12139 FASL) where we will set up camp and spend the night. Walking distance approx 12 km/7.45 miles (4-5 hours).

DAY 2: Huacawasi | Abra Ipsay – Patacancha

Many of the houses that we see in this small village of Huacawasi are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colorful 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. After lunch, we will climb for approximately 2 hours to the top of the Ipsayccasa Pass which, at 4500 MASL/14763 FASL, is the highest pass on our trek. From here we get stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We will descend gently for about 1 hour until we reach the site of our second night's camp beside the beautiful Ipsaycocha Lake. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis, and other wetland birds. Walking distance approximately 9 km/5.6 miles (6-7 hours).

DAY 3: Patacancha | Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today is a much easier day. After an early breakfast, we will walk gently downhill through a wide-open valley for about 2½ hours until we arrive at the village of Patacancha. The people from this area are known locally as "Huayruros" - the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the color of their ponchos.

We will have a chance to view some textiles made by the people of this community - the high quality weavings are famous for their intricate designs reflecting aspects of their everyday lives and culture. We will walk slowly down the valley to Willoq, another Quechua village where the locals still wear their traditional dress and are proud to maintain their cultural identity.

Our transport will be waiting for us to take us further down the valley to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have lunch. In the early afternoon we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We will spend the night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes where you will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak in the hot showers! We will make it an early night to bed to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning. Walking distance approximately 12 km/7.45 miles (5-6 hours).

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning (or taking the bus) through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers (if you hike)!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge (without extra tickets).
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hotel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!


 After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes (or taking the bus).

Most people are ready to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included). While waiting for the train, you can visit a museum, more hot springs, cafes, etc. in the town. You need to be at the train station 30 minutes before your train departs at 9:30 PM. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco - estimated arrival time 1:30 AM. If you prefer to be back in Cusco earlier, you can select the 16:22 PM (US $12) or the 18:45 PM (US $7) return train. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Included

What is Included?

  • Van transportation from Cusco to the trailhead and Willoq to Ollantaytambo
  • Professional and licensed, experienced, bilingual guide (English and Spanish) Horseman
  • Chef
  • All camping equipment
  • All meals during the trek
  • Pack horses or mules
  • Round trip train tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Transportation to Cusco from Ollantaytambo train station
  • Drinkable water included


Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent from us)
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Food on the 4th day
  • Bus ticket round trip Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu


We recommend that you bring:

  • Backpack or daypack in case you booked a personal porterage
  • A good, warm, quality sleeping bag; You can rent one from our company for US $5.00 per day. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothing layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries if necessary
  • Camera & Extra Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for valleys and Machupicchu
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, ziploc bag for toilet paper used on the trail, small towel
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle, water purification tablets
  • Personal medications
  • Original passport and ISIC student card, if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips to your staff
  • OPTIONAL: Little presents for kids of communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, toys, etc.


Thank you for choosing Salkantay Trekking! We will do everything in our power to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!

 

Price

TRIP LENGTH 4 DAYS
2017 LAND COST FROM $600.00 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$300
Balance:
$300
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tour guides Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Our Cooks

our cooks After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.

Meals: What to Expect

Meals on the hike All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and Horses Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites. 
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area. 
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.

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Please complete the form below to request a reservation. One of our Trip Coordinators will contact you, often within two business hours, to confirm availability of the trip and/or provide you with other options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 84 635 038 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

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