Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
4 days / 3 nights
Daily Departures Year Round
Adult $ 750.00 / Child $ 650.00
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This trek is a high-quality alternative trek to Machu Picchu when the Ceremonial Inca Trail spaces have closed. Lares Valley is also considered the 2nd hardest of the treks, not necessarily due to the distance, but mainly because of the altitude. The trek crosses a pass of 4,400 meters (higher than the Inca Trail) but lower than the Salkantay Trek. It is important to point out it only walks for 2 full days and on the third day, you will only walk for about 3 – 4 hours until you arrive to Willoq, where you will take a bus to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will complete the journey to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu by train and spend the night in an snug hotel. A popular part of this tour is the portion where you will get to pass through some native communities and interact with the locals. Whereas the Inca Trail at times is overcrowded with long lines and huge campsites, the alternatives such as Lares are more personal and with more genuine landscape with FAR fewer hikers. Llamas and horses carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only carry a small day pack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera and personal items. Our local crew horsemen, cook and guide will look after you well for the duration of the hike. You can be sure there will be no shortage of food, and we’ll guarantee superb quality. If you do not wish to bring a sleeping bag or inflatable Thermarest mattress, they will be provided to you before the hike.
*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: Deluxe thermarest mattresses and -10 °C goose down sleeping bags are included!
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.
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camping (2 nts), hotel (1 nt)
(3B, 3L, 3D)
Private bus/van, Machu Picchu shuttle, train
Lares Valley Trek Notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip will be on an "on request" basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Lares Valley Trek, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and correct passport number for passport used to enter Machu Picch.
2. A good-strong fitness level is recommended on this tour.
Day 1 Cusco/Urubamba – Calca – Huacahuasi
Day 2 Huacahuasi – Ipsaychocha Pass – Ipsaycocha Lake
Day 3 Ipsaycocha Lake – Willoq- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu PIcchu – Cusco
Day 1 Camping
Cusco – Calca – Qeshwarani – Cuncani (L,D)
Departure from Cusco at 05:00am. We journey from Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, through Pisac to Calca for about 2hrs. From here you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ornamental terraces of Pisac. The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Inca civilization from the 14th to 15th centuries, and many people still farm in this lush, expansive valley.
Our hike begins in the village Qeshwarani, from which we begin our leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani, before the high pass of Cuncani we will eat our picnic lunch. After lunch we continue on our path to the highland village of Cuncani (3700mts), our destination for tonight. Your guide points out an abundance of local flora and Andean medicinal plants along the trail such as Molle, Retama, Muña, Marku, and Kuñuco etc. From our campsite, we will have stunning views of snow-capped Colque Cruz. Also nearby is the village of Cucani, where we’ll visit some friendly families and see how they live in harmony with mother nature.
* Included: Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 10 km
Day 2 Camping
Cucani – Ipsaychocha Pass 4,400m – Ipsaycocha Lake (B,L,D) Breakfast around 6:00am. After pausing to admire our surroundings in the early morning mist we resume our hike upstream 3-4 hours until we make Ibsaycocha pass, the second pass of the trip at 4400mtrs. After a good morning’s hike, we stop for a quick rest in a living Inca settlement, where many still farm the traditional crop of potatoes in the same way that their ancestors did. Learn about ancient customs and traditions, ancestral farming secrets, food preservation and most of all local weaving techniques. If you’ve carried gifts or school supplies for the children now is the time. From here the views are again fabulous and for the first time we have a clear view of mount Veronica standing at 5682 mtrs. We then begin the descent to Ipsaycocha Lake to make camp.
* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 11 km
Day 3 Hostel Ipsaycocha – Patacancha – Willoq – Ollantaytambo — Aguas Calientes (B,L)
Today you’ll have ample opportunities for some spectacular photos. The gentle downhill path is covered in Andean flora, and animals such as llamas and alpacas are fairly commonplace. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of Andean geese, Andean cara caras (Andean Raptor) or the famous Andean Condor. We will feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people, whose homeland we have the rare opportunity to see firsthand. After approximately 4 hours hiking we’ll arrive to the village of Patachancha where lunch will be waiting. After lunch, our private van will take us to Ollantaytambo to board the local tourist train for an incredibly scenic journey to Aguas Calientes (2 hours). We check into our hostel for the night, get a hot shower and a real bed! The willing can enjoy the local hot springs and shopping before dinner.
* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 1 nights hotel accommodation
* Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km
Day 4 Aguas Calientes — Machupicchu – Cusco (B)
Up before dawn for breakfast, then complete your journey on a 1-hour walk, or catch the bus 25 minutes up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site without the pressure of day-trippers that arrive at midday. Then take advantage, as you’ll have plenty of free time for exploring further. Optionally, climb Huayna Picchu peak (not included), providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive angle. Or hike to the Temple of the Moon, Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate. Others may choose to meditate, write in their journal or simply take it all in. Return to Aguas Calientes generally around 2:00pm for lunch and at 4:00pm we catch our return train to Cusco arriving approximately 9:00pm
* Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories
* Train departure times quoted here are not guaranteed and may vary according to season and availability.
* Included: Breakfast, Entrance fees, guided tour & round trip bus to Machu Picchu, train return to Cusco.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 5 km
Private transport from Cusco to trailhead
Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes village to Machu Picchu
Back Packer Tourist train return to Cusco.
Entrance fees to the Lares Valley Trek and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
Bilingual English speaking guide
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Excellent Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 afternoon teas
Potable boiled water for your bottle during the trek
Food options for veggies
Llamas and horses to carry camping equipment, kitchen gear, personal items and an emergency horse Camping Gear: Double waterproof tents (3 person capacity tent, to allow for top comfort and storage of your gear) + dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides and porters Accommodation: 2 nights camping, 1 night simple hotel
-10 °C goose down sleeping bag and deluxe inflatable Thermarest sleep mattress included for all treks in Peru
Hot water every morning and evening after the trek to keep clean + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunchtime if requested
Security: first aid kit, emergency oxygen bottle and emergency horse.
What’s Not Included
First breakfast (you should to have breakfast at the hotel in Cusco before departure day 1)
Lunch the 4th day after Machu Picchu
Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
Gratuities or Tips
* Original passport and copy
* Warm sleeping bag
* Thermarest mattress
* Drinking water
* Rain gear
* Toilet paper
* Garbage bag to store personal items, waterproof for stuff
* Flashlight and batteries
* Sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
* Sweater and jacket (layers, something warm)
* One complete change of clothing (t-shirt, short, long pants)
* Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs)
* Sun hat
* Snacks during hike (candies, chocolate, energy bars, etc.)
* Comfortable hiking shoes and sandals
* Walking stick (optional)
* Personal items, medications
* Some extra spending money (there is one ATM in Aguas Calientes)