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Lares Trek Quiswarani - Yanahuara
Lares Trek
Machu Picchu
Trek Tour Duration 04 Days

Lares Trek Mantanay - Machu Picchu Trek

DESCRIPTION

The Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque in the southern part of Cusco and home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The people live day to day, growing and knitting what they eat and wear, respectively. Each day is reasonably paced with ample time to enjoy the incredible scenery. The walk is hard, but this is incredibly rewarded with the landscape, lunch alongside cascading waterfalls, and appreciation of the life of the Andean farmer. We can share time with them to hear about their activities with help of our guide.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco | Lares – Huacawasi (L, D)

After breakfast in your hotel, we will pick you up and head out in the morning from Cusco city through the Sacred Valley to the town of Calca where we will make a 25 minute stop to stretch our legs and make last minute purchases needed for the trek.

We then continue travelling to the highest point of our day at an altitude of 4265 meters above sea level (13992 FASL); from this point it is possible to see the mountain peaks of Sawasiray and Pitusiray. Later, we descend to the warmer valley of Lares to an altitude of 3207 MASL/10521 FASL. Lares is a typical colonial town with a Catholic church, main square, and narrow cobbled streets.  In this town, we will also be meeting with our horsemen and mules, having time to enjoy the medicinal hot springs while the horsemen pack and the cook prepares lunch. After lunch, we start our hiking adventure of the Lares Trek. The path ascends gradually as we hike a few short hours to the community of Huacawasi (3600 MASL – 11811 FASL) where we will make camp for the night.  Huacawasi is a charming and picturesque little village with small adobe homes made of mud and straw brick. Llamas and alpacas can be seen all along the way.

DAY 2: Huacawasi | Arurayoq – Mantanay (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we depart our campground ascending slowly in the direction of Aruraycocha (at 4500 MASL/14763 FASL), the highest point of the trek.  This point offers a rewarding view of the valleys below and the pristine Aruraycocha Lake, which we will then head down towards.  This is where we enter the conservation area of Mantanay, which provides a whole new array of vegetation to be seen.  We will get to see a specific type of tree from the Incas known as Q’euñas, that are found along the way from the Yuraccocha Lake.  These lakes were formed in part by the glaciers from the Pumahuanca and Kiswarani mountains.  Close to one of these lakes we will enjoy a hearty, delicious lunch.

If luck will have it, you just might glimpse one of the famous Condor birds in this area, but there are also varieties of other birds to be seen here, some on the verge of extinction (the Royal Churrete, Red flanked Blue tails, and Quenuales Bird are just some of the bird species specific to this area). We then continue in descent through a forested area on to the second campsite on the outskirts of Mantanay village, located 3800 MASL/12467 FASL.

DAY 3: Mantanay | Yanahuara - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

After a good sleep and breakfast, we prepare for the last part of the hike taking a route towards the town of Yanahuara, located at 2950 MASL/9678 FASL. It’s a pretty village with a comfortably warm climate located in the Urubumba valley, part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is an important area with its large fields of corn produced for the Cusco area. This is where the large-grained white corn is mostly grown.  Upon arriving to Yanahuara, we will enjoy one last meal as a group, prepared by our chef.  Here we will say good bye to the staff (cook and horsemen).

We will continue in a van to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. The group takes the train from there to Aguas Calientes and spends the night there in a comfortable hostel.

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 Machu Picchu (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 (2 hours) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3 hours) (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). 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 plenty of time 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 scheduled train departure time. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come! 

** Campsites will be determined according to the guide's criteria

Included

What is Included?

  • Pick-up from hotels from5.25 to 05:45am or meet in our depart point Plaza Cusipata
  • Transfer in SAS bus to Lares, Quiswarani (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 person per tent Igloo tents (new, spacious and confortable)
  • A roll pad mattress
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Excellent recommended tour Guide (2 guides for groups over 12)
  • Full board meals: 3 Meals per day,Tea time each afternoon
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Horses/mules to transport (tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning
  • Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train return from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple accommodation
  • Porterage for 6 Kg per person.


Not Included:

  • Dinner on the last day
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Bus ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$7 pp.
  • Optional Up-grade Vistadome train return to Cusco instead Expedition train US$ 36 extra per person.
  • Tips for your crew :cooks, horse herders, guides US$20-25 approx (Every SAS`s staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional also are a great gesture of esteem to them)


We recommend that you bring:

  • Backpack or a daypack in case you booked a personal porterage
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at SAS office)
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & 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, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport
  • 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!

 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK


Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

IS IT FOR ME?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

THE BRIEFING

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 7 PM (in 2017) or at 6 PM (starting in 2018) at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of ventas@salkantaytrekking.com

DUFFEL BAG FOR Lares Trek Mantanay 4 days

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.

HOW TO BOOK THE Lares Trek Mantanay 4 days

FIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from: All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Lares Trek Mantanay 4 days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$300 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares Trek Mantanay 4 days. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL.

Price

TRIP LENGTH 4 DAYS
2017 LAND COST FROM $600.00 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
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OUR HIKING TEAM


Our Tour Guides

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 Tour Leaders....

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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