Explore the Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days
This tour combines the best of the Andean traditions and original indigenous villages, and the exotic inca trail hidden by an lush cloud forest, that looks like lost in the time. Embark on an incredible Cusco Andean exploration through Lares trek with a taste of the iconic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu in 5 Days. Take a guided tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping at a women’s weaving in Calca, before beginning your hike. The Lares Trek might not be as touristy but it’s no less breathtaking with scenic views of lagoons, the snow-capped mountains of Chicon,Sawasiray, Pitusiray, andean flora, and opportunities to meet local Quechua people along the way.
The Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu includes many Inca ruins, such as, Ancashmarca, Unu Urqo, Ollantaytambo, Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna and of course the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. On day fourth you will hike a ancient inca trail to Machu Picchu surrounded of beautiful orchids, pristine waterfalls, and exuberant cloud forest and breathtaking scenery.
- Visit one of the most iconic routes, where the last descendants of the Incas still live, who are expert weavers and still practice their ancestral rites and customs.
- Explore the path that goes to the Amazon jungle from the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- You get the best of Inca history and local culture,It’s a great chance to live (and learn) local
- Delight your senses with the sacred snow mountains and its waterfalls, which will revitalize your energies, and free you from stress.
- Contemplate the most spectacular landscapes of Peru, in just two days a substantial change is made from the Andes to the cloud forest of Machu Picchu.
- Enrich your knowledge about the history and culture of one of the most powerful empires in South America, the Incas.
- Enjoy the best buffet dishes of Peruvian food prepared with fresh ingredients.
- Visit one of the seven modern wonders of the Machu Picchu World.
Inclusions of this tour
CUSCO-VALLEY OF LARES-QUISWARANI VILLAGE
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.
HIKE TO THE PACHAQUTEQ PASS-VILLAGE OF CANCHA CANCHA
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.
VALLEY OF HUARAN-INKARRY MUSEUM-OLLANTYATAMBO
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 Hotel.
HIKING THE SHORT INCA TRAIL
By this stage on your trek, you will have really gotten into the swing of things. Fully motivated and raring 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 Machu Picchu 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.
Retama Machu Picchu
TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU- RETURN TO CUSCO
This day the tour in Machu Picchu will take place early in the morning, after getting ready at the hotel, we will take the bus at 5:30 am. After a trip along the road surrounded by vegetation and impressive views of the Putukusi mountain, we will arrive at the access point for the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
First, before passing the control, those who wish to use the toilets will be able to do so. Since there are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu, if you are going to go outside once inside, unfortunately you will not be able to re-enter.
Our visit to the wonder of Machu Picchu will be through circuit number 2, since it is one of the most complete. On this tour you will be able to go up to the famous guardian’s house from where the postcard photo of Machu Picchu will be taken, then you will pass through the main gate, the ceremonial plaza, the Inca’s house, the ceremonial fountains, you will see the temple of the sun, but not up close; You can also access the pyramid where the sundial is located.
Continuing with the circuit you will arrive at the sector of the sacred rock, and finally you will visit the urban area where the royal houses of the Inca nobles were, and also the room of mirrors. After 3 hours of travel we will retire with our guide, and once outside you can have a drink or food. Because inside the complex is prohibited.
Then you can take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have enough time to have your lunch. At 2:30 p.m. it will be the time of the return train to the Ollantaytambo station, where your return transportation to Cusco awaits you, arriving at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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