Cusco Peru and Amazon Tour

4 Days (3 nights tour)

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

This trek is an excellent alternative (one of the best in our opinion) for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ and have an insight into authentic communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountain, lake and valley landscapes. It begins from a small village in the Sacred Valley and ascends to 2 passes over 4000 metres (13123 feet) passing through traditional, colourful villages relaxing hot springs in Lares and to finish with a visit of Machupicchu on the Final day!


Day 1: Traditional villages and Andean forest.
Today we pick you up at 5:00 am and travel by local bus for the 1 hour ride to the village of Pumahuanca (2840m) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran is the start of the trail. We will meet up with the horsemen and pack the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small Cancha Cancha River. It is a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village also named Cancha Cancha (3800m) where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Challenging.
Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After an hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2 hour trek to the highest pass, called Pachacutec Pass (4758m). From the pass you will be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrowridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes (Lunch). The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani (3700m) about 1 hours walking from the corrie. We will camp here for the night.

Day3: Beautiful Hot springs.
The trail follows now the river valley downhill for about 3 1/2 hours to the town of Lares (3100m). 1 hour before arriving in Lares town you will have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). At about 1pm (after lunch) the bus will pick us up and leave for Ollantaytambo, there you will have some time to rest and see this amazing town before going to Aguas Calientes by Train (20:30).

Day 4: Machu Picchu.
We will have breakfast at 5.45am then catch the first bus to Machu Picchu (15-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.

A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 18:30pm or at 21:00 pm and we will arrive back in Cusco after 4 hours ride (there's a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo).

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged.

Please Note, train times are subject to change depending on Peru Rail (Monopoly) timetables and avaialbility.

IMPORTANT: Pre-trek talk (briefing) is held at our office the night before your trek (exact time to be confirmed).

• Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
• Collection from hotel
• Return transportation Bus and Train*
• Entrance fee to Machupicchu (one of the new 7 wonders of the world!).
• 2 bus ticket to/from Machu Picchu.
• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 are not included)
• Dining tent with table and chairs.
• Cook and the porters
• Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
• 4 man tents are provided for 2 people only.
• Sleeping mattress
• Oxygen bottle
• First Aid kit

What you need to take:
• Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
• Walking boots
• Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
• Warm jacket, hat and gloves
• T-shirts
• Comfortable trousers
• Sun hat
• Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
• Insect repellent
• Hand santizer
• Toiletries
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch with spare batteries
• Bathing suit for hot springs (not included in price)

Optional items to take
• Shorts
• Walking stick (with rubber tip)
• Plasters and bandages
• Sandals
• Extra Money.

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