Lares Trek, MachuPicchu 4Day /3Night -Group Service.
Our Lares trail the nicest and the challenging trek -the one not crowded yet, start near Urubamba on the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Pumahuanca valley, Puma Pass, Cuncani, Lares hot spring.) takes you into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing throught small villages that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes, turquoise color lagoons, an...
Our Lares trail the nicest and the challenging trek -the one not crowded yet, start near Urubamba on the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Pumahuanca valley, Puma Pass, Cuncani, Lares hot spring.) takes you into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing throught small villages that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes, turquoise color lagoons, an ancient inka trail, colorful dressed local people and impressive flocks of llamas and alpacas, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters, see the ancestral farm customs, andean traditions and amazing textiles. Finally afternoon on Day 3 we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes town and continue on to Machu-Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore this well known and fascinating wonder, climb to Huayna Picchu,
Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05.40am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chincheros and stopping in the town of Urubamba, (2,700 masl) for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc, Small packed breakfast is served here. Departing Urubamba around 07:15, we have a further 20 minutes drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, land of the famous white corn crops, coca plantation and the Chicha, the Inca´s favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses and handlers, (arrieros), and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. We commence our hike through this beautiful polylepis qeuñas Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2,800 mt...
Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05.40am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chincheros and stopping in the town of Urubamba, (2,700 masl) for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc, Small packed breakfast is served here. Departing Urubamba around 07:15, we have a further 20 minutes drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, land of the famous white corn crops, coca plantation and the Chicha, the Inca´s favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses and handlers, (arrieros), and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. We commence our hike through this beautiful polylepis qeuñas Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2,800 mt to 3,600 mt with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. 4 hours walk to the Inca complex of Inca–Kancha for a guided visit, and where we stop for our first lunch. Our expert cook will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes. Time to relax or a little nap, Continuing afterward along the way you will be able to observe native trees of qeuñas, eucaliptus, then we reach a small Andean community of P´accha, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps and goats. Then final 2 hours further we will reach a series of small waterfalls and beautiful campsite named Cuyoc, .. our first campsite at 4,000 masl.
Meals:B,L,D - Snacks
Distance Travelled:approx 14km
Approximate Walking Time:7 hours
Day 2: Cuyoc – Pumahuanca Pass – Cuncani Campsite
Early wake up at 06:00 am with a cup of coca leaf tea, then a good breakfast with quinua panqueques. At 07:00 am we recommence our trek with scenic views of Chicon, San Juan and Veronica mountains. Surrounded by a native forest for a challenging 5 hours climb along a dirt road with some stone steps, in some parts there are zig zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass located at 4,580 masl (A sacred Apacheta is a series of piled stones, made by pilgrims as a symbol of gratitude and respect to the Apus), Once we get to the pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local customs. Enjoy the amazing views of part of Moray, Maras and Salineras. Then we are ready to descend for an hour along a stone road with a nice view on both sides, arriving to enjoy lunch near impressive lakes by which we rest. After our lunch we walk for 2 more hours mainly dowhill and enroute we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local village) in colorful costumes as is traditional with all villages around Lares. Impressive landscape views, mountains, flocks of llamas and alpacas. Cuncani is the major district in the area. Campsite at Cuncani community, located at 3,750 masl where we enjoy Dinner and Camp. Cuncani is also very famous for their textiles produced with ancestral weaving techniques; weavers will offer their work
Maximum Altitude:4580m /15682ft
Distance Travelled:approx 13km
Approximate Walking Time:7-8 hours
Day 3: Cuncani Campsite – Lares Hot Springs- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Morning to relax, before our final leg of our trek, so you can sleep until late 7:00 am. Breakfast. At this little village we have the chance to visit the house of our arriero who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants etc. Then 4 hours of easy downhill walk to reach the Lares village, once we arrive to the pools, we can soak in the springs. The village is known for its medicinal hot springs, After our lunch, 3.5 to 4 hours drive in our private transport to Ollantaytambo town, 2-hours train to the town of Aguas Calientes Overnight, Dinner.
Accommodation:Hotel in Aguas Calientes or upgrade option as requested
Minimum Altitude:2750m /9022ft
Distance Travelled:approx 6km
Approximate Walking Time:3-4 hours
Day 4: Aguas Calientes 2100 masl – Machupicchu 2400 masl – Ollantaytambo – Cusco 3400 masl.
Early breakfast (05.00am) before taking the 5.30am bus directly to Machupicchu arriving around 06.00am. **Optional for those still able/wanting to walk!: leave 04.30am and walk up to Machupicchu arriving approx 06.00am but only if you really want to hike in the dark so have torches but remember you do not get into Machu Picchu earlier than people who take the bus as they also arrive around 6am to the entrance with the guide.
In Machupicchu it is still a 15 minute walk from the drop-off point to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy the early tour of Machupicchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it! Your guide will spend about 2 hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machupicchu should finish between 10 and 10:30am then you have free time to take your photos before the 10:30 crowds arrive.
At approx 10.45am the guide leaves you at the trail head to to climb Huayna Picchu or if your booking was done too late then for the Machu Picchu mountain permit . so best to book well in advance .
Also the Inca bridge or Sun´s gate are other good walks in that order!. We provide a Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes after the walk down from Machupicchu. (If you prefer a box lunch to have in Machupicchu you must sign up for it in the office before your trek)
Most people walk or take the bus to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where lunch will be provided at “Viajeros hostel" down in the town of Aguas Calientes. There you will also be able to store your backpack, take a shower and/or look around the town a bit before catching the train back to Cuzco. Arrival to Cusco is generally around 8-8.30pm.
Approximate Walking Time:5 -6hours exploring
What is Included:
Collection from your hotel from 05:30 to 05:45 am or meet at Hotel Marqueses.
Private bus to Pumahuanca-Urubamba (starting of our trek.)
2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
(6-8 ppl with1 guide) 2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants.
6 kilos porterage service for your personal items eg: extra clothes, sleeping bag, toiletteries to be carried by mules, A duffle bag is lend for each passenger. (so you just need to carry your small daypack with bottle of water and everything you will need during the day). A duffle bag is lent to you.
Full board meals 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners. (Buffet Style Peruvian Gourmet Cuisine).(Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
Dining tent and cooking tents with tables and chairs.
Experienced Chef, assistants and cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Mules to carry tents, mattress, food, cooking equipment.
Hot water for washing purposes.
Boiled water to fill in your bottles each morning.
Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Private rooms) Double Accommodation. Dinner.
Early on Day 4th Bus ticket to Machuppicchu from Aguas Calientes.
PeruRail 1st Class train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or (train to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco).
Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex.
Complete guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own,
Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (walk to the top without a guide, trail is well marked) If Huaynapicchu tickets are sold out we offer Machupicchu montaña walk instead.
Free storage in Cusco
What is not Included:
Water to drink on Day 1
Dinner on Day 4th.
Tips for your crew: Cooks, horse herders, guides are at your discretion... well appreciated.
plaza des armas
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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