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lares trek to machu picchu

LARES TREK   + SHORT INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS

Lares Trek and short inca trail to machu picchu  is designed for all tourists who want to know, the most important attractions, the impressive Sacred Valley. During the tour of Lares trekking, you will visit the high Andean communities of Cusco, which still preserve their textile traditions, ecological farming systems, and beautiful snow mountains such as Sawasiray, San Juan, Pitusiray. We will also visit the short Inca trail of two days, with a beautiful path full of orchids, waterfalls and Inca palaces, which were of the Inca emperors in their maximum splendor.

Basic Tour Information

Tour duration: 5 days

Travel Difficulty: moderate

Maximum altitude: 4700 m

Trek distance: 49 km

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Reservation from $920

LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS

DAY 1: CUSCO-VALLEY OF LARES-QUISWARANI VILLAGE

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Highest point: 3,900 meters / 12,795ft
  • Lowest elevation: 2,800 m/9,186 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold

DAY 2: HIKE TO THE PACHAQUTEQ PASS-VILLAGE OF CANCHA CANCHA

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch –Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16 km /9.9 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,500 m / 11,482 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold/Snowy

DAY 3: VALLEY OF HUARAN-INKARRY MUSEUM-OLLANTYATAMBO

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Distance: 8 km /4,9 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 3 hours
  • Highest Elevation: 3,500 m / 11,482 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,700 m/ 8,858 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Windy

DAY 4: HIKING THE SHORT INCA TRAIL – SUN GATE –  AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Meals: Breakfast – Box Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Lodging or similars)
  • Distance: 11 km /6.8 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 5 – 6  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet

DAY 5: TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU  – RETURN TO CUSCO

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Estimated walking time: 3  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet
Day 1

CUSCO-VALLEY OF LARES-QUISWARANI VILLAGE

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 11 km

Altitude: 3900 m

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am to start our expeditions to the best Trek to Lares, then we will drive for 1 hour to the city of Calca during the trip we will stop at the taray viewpoint, from see the highest mountains of the Sacred Valley, this day we will have our breakfast in the middle of the road, in the ruins of Ancashmarca, which in Inca times was a bigger place for the deposit of food, clothing, weapons, metals, etc. We continue with the trip to Lares for 1 more hours, there we meet our muleteers and horses, who will take the whole team for three days. Then we descend to the thermo medicinal baths of Lares, there you can enjoy for 2 hours, since afterwards we will make our trek to the community of Quiswarani, about an hour; there we will have our fresh and delicious lunch prepared by our chef, after a good nap, we explored the community very famous for its weavers who still maintain the textile traditions of the Incas. In the afternoon we make our walk of the last section that will last 2 hours, through the beautiful landscape of the Andes, we will arrive to our camp that is next to the Yanacocha lagoon, at 4:00 pm.

hiken Lares
Day 2

HIKE TO THE PACHAQUTEQ PASS-VILLAGE OF CANCHA CANCHA

Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 14 km

Altitude: 4700 m

After a delicious breakfast, we will start our trek to about 4 hours to reach the highest point of our trek, during the journey we will meet the villagers who also take care of their llamas, Alpacas, others go to their agricultural tasks, of native potato crops. Today we are going to learn in situ about the agricultural technologies of the Incas, from sowing to harvesting, taking into account that Peru is one of the countries with the largest amount of potatoes, also exotic tubers such as Añu, Oca, Smooth At noon we will reach the highest place in our trek, the Pachacuteq Pass (4700 meters), once there, we will enjoy incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of the Sawasiray, Pitusiray, San Juan, Veronica, glacial lakes, after a time to enjoy the 360-degree angle view, the descent begins towards the lunch spot, just about 1 hour downhill and will be located in the glacial lake, with stunning views of the Sacred Valley. After a short nap we start a downhill hike for 2 more hours to our camp located by the community of Canchacancha (3700 meters), in the way down we use a part of the Inca trails paved, around the lakes large number of Andean birds like Puna Ibis, Andean Goose, perhaps a Condor flying near of the mountain cliffs. Today we end at 5:00 p.m.

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Day 3

VALLEY OF HUARAN-INKARRY MUSEUM-OLLANTYATAMBO

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 7 km

Altitude: 3500 m

After a very nutritious breakfast we will go to the valley of Huaran, which is surrounded by high Andean forests, with native tree species such as Chachacomo, Queuña, Kiswar, etc. The descent is very pleasant since we will enter the valley floor, this place was very respected by the Incas, for its climate and abundance of water. At 9:00 am we will arrive at the town of Huaran, where we say goodbye to our incredible cook and muleteer. Then we take our van to visit the Archaeological Museum of Inkarry, one of the best in the representation of the experiences and beliefs of all the cultures of Peru, such as Caral, Chavin, Nazca, Mochica, Wari, Inca. At noon we go to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have our lunch, and you can also walk through one of the most beautiful Inca cities, which still maintains the layout and construction of the Inca architects. In the afternoon you can explore the town Ollantaytambo and the beutiful and original inca town. This day we will sleep in Ollantaytambo in one nice Hostel.

unu urco inca site , this palce is located on the lares trek
Day 4

HIKING THE SHORT INCA TRAIL - AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 11 km

Altitude: 2700 m

By this stage on your trek, you will have really gotten into the swing of things. Fully motivated and rearing to go, early in the morning we take our train  to 104 kms (2,100m/6,927ft).  At 8:00 am we begin our trek, passing the first checkpoint. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna. (2,650m/8747ft). Once there, we notice the weights lift off our shoulders, as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail.  We continue onward  towards the Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we  take flight with excitement as we get our first spectacular view of Machupicchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. Your destiny awaits you, just one more hour downward, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu,where we can take some pictures, then we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town, where we will spend our last night in hotel.

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Day 5

TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU- RETURN TO CUSCO

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 6 km

Altitude: 2400 m

Full of excitement on our last day, after a short breakfast at the hotel, we will take the first bus to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, at 6:00 am we pass the main checkpoint where you must show your original passport, Once inside with our guide we will have a guided tour for 2 hours. Then you can walk a little further on your own, remember that the visit of Machupicchu is very restricted, so you are advised to leave the place at 11:00 am, at this time you can descend to the town of Aguas Calientes On foot or by bus. Since the return train is at 14:30 p.m., the same will be arriving at the Ollantaytambo station where you will pick up our private transport, the final point will be at your hotel in Cusco, we will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL:

  • All transfers
  • City Tour
  • Entrances to the different archeological Inca ruins
  • Transportation from your hotel to Huaran
  • English speaking professional mountain guide
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Admission fees to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and all archaeological sites
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • 2 night hotel ( 1 in Ollantaytambo and 1 night in Aguas Calientes)
  • Delicious meals during the trek ( 3 Lunch, 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfast )
  • Cook and cooking equipmentHorseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (5 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, it will be carried by our mules)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles during the treks

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) – US$20
  • Air Mattress – US$20
  • Walking Poles – US$15
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain – US$ 80
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE LARES TREK:

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

ALTERNATIVE TREKS IN CUSCO

Inca Trail Expeditions has developed a great diversity of Treks in the city of Cusco. This is how we offer the alternative treks to Machupicchu, if in case you could not get a space for the classic Inca trail of 2020. In the same way we organize the best treks in the Vilcanota mountain range like the Lares trek. Hiking to the Ausangate mountain, Choquequirao. All our activities are guaranteed, because we work with small groups and guides well trained in safety, and quality of service. Our chefs prepare the best gourmet food in Peru, with the freshest ingredients in the region. And the camping equipment are of the best outdoor brands.

CUSCO DAY TOURS

The Cusco has the best options in 1 day tours. We present the adventure tours as the hill of colors, lagoon humantay. And also the traditional tours of the Sacred Valley.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU

The Inca trail tours one of the most famous worldwide. Come and enjoy its scenic and cultural beauty. Our company works with this trek for more than 10 years. Our services are highly specialized in the quality of services. That is why we work with small groups. All the camping equipment we use has the best quality standard. All our chefs are very well trained to provide you with the best gourmet service on the Inca Trail 2020. This year we are taking reservations for the 2020 Inca Trail. Book early and do not miss this great adventure, in the land of the Incas. The Inca trail tours to Machu Picchu is one of the best walks in the world. Our company is highly recommended by all our hikers who made the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. All our staff is very well trained on the Inca trail hike.

MANU JUNGLE TOURS

Manu Jungle Tours: The majesty of the biosphere of the Manu National Park has no comparison with another. This beautiful wildlife refuge is very close to the City of Cusco. Inca Trail Expeditions offers you the best experience of visits to the Amazon jungle. We work with the best local guides, who teach them all the secrets of this jungle, so we work with small groups. Our accommodations have private rooms with all basic services. They are built inside the jungle. During the different walks in the jungle you can learn medicinal plants workers, observe some species of mammals, such as monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and a variety of butterflies and reptiles. Our company works sustainably with the environment, leaving no trace of pollution.  

TOURS TO MACHU PICCHU

Machu Pichu Tours: You plan to visit the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu. We offer the best service and attention on your trip to Machu Picchu, our company works with the best staff to create an unforgettable experience. We work in small groups and in the best hotels in Aguas Calientes. Come and discover Peru's past. For two days you can discover two of the most magical places on the planet, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. You will visit the incredible archaeological park of Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes, which crosses a unique landscape. The next day, you can see the sunrise in Machu Picchu, which is considered one of the most fascinating scenes in Peru, and then we will take a guided tour of the citadel. Machu Picchu Tours Inca trail expeditions Peru.

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