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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.

The incredible agricultural terraces and Inca fortresses above the village of Písac and in the town of Ollantaytambo provide a fascinating look into how farming was maximized in the empire. You will have the time  needed to truly appreciate and understand the Inca Empire’s history.

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

Trip Highlights

  • 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.

Activities

The Lares Trek is challenging, because of the level of the walk. The second day is the hardest because an ascent of the highest pass is made (4650 meters), and then descends down a steep slope. The weather is quite cold the first three days, during the winter season (May-August). On the fourth day when the route of the Inca trail is cut short to Machu Picchu there will be some heat, the maximum height will be 2700 meters. We recommend that participants do physical exercises, such as running, biking or moderate walks, and adapt to heights at least 2 days before Lares Trek.

Accommodations

Lares Trek Camping Tents: 2 nights

The overnight stays during the Lares Trek are made in double-roofed tents, which are installed by the accompanying team. The tents are equipped with thick foam mattresses that are carried by the horses. Sleeping bags can be rented on site for a fee prior to the start of the trek. On your lares trek you will have a tent with your portable toilet, in the camps, these are always clean and you can use at any time.

VERONICA View Hotel: 1 night

VERONICA View Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo and offers a bar, a garden and a terrace. The property has a restaurant, 24-hour reception, room service and free WiFi. There is free private parking and a car rental service. The rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. All rooms at the VERONICA View Hotel have a work desk and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served at the property. The VERONICA View Hotel features spa and wellness facilities with an indoor pool and sauna.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU: 1 night

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

 

LARES TREK & SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 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

LARES TREK: CUSCO - LARES VALLEY - KISWARANI

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

LARES TREK: PACHACUTEQ PASS - 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

LARES TREK: HUARAN - UNU URCO - OLLANTAYTAMBO

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

SHORT INCA TRAIL: CHACHABAMBA - WIÑAYWAYNA - AGUAS CALIENTES

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

SHORT INCA TRAIL: TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU - 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 TO MACHU PICHU

  • All transfers
  • 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$20
  • Walking Poles – US$ 20
  • 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. 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

Explore the best cusco day tours, we have all kind of day activities, you can hike a short treks such us: rainbow mountain, humantay lake, yanacocha lake, ausangate trek, pallay poncho, palcoyo rainbow mountain. Or take a local tour activities like peruvian cooking lessons, exploring the local museums in Cusco, or just wondering the best local markets, local cuisine restaurants.

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 15 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 to Machu Picchu.

PERU AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS

Explore the best Amazon Rainforest in South America. 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.

Why book with us

TOTAL QUALITY

Inca Trail Expeditions strives in the best service to all our clients. You will take the Best memories of our city of Cusco.

GOURMET

The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance, and nutritive food along the trail, most of our meals are buffet with.

ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

We are proud to contribute to the care and protection of the environment, in all our trails, we leave the environment without waste.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Our staff are very committed to their work, we are passionate about working with you and show you the rich history and tradition of the Incas.

EXCELLENT EQUIPMENT

In all the tours and walks offered by our company, we always think in your comfort, we work do best camping equipment.

EASY RESERVATIONS

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