Lares is a very special trek. it is the trek for people who want to get to know part of the real Peru where you can appreciate the real descendants of the Incas: genuine andean pueblos where the indigenous people still conserve the ancestral customs… the way of life, the rituals, the dues to Pachamama, and the belief in the AUQUIS… the spirits of the mountain. Also the raising of llamas and alpacas, their customs, their houses of stone with the thatched roofs, their traditional clothing and the food. All comes with a beautiful landscape surrounded by glacier mountains, lakes, thermal baths, etc. And ends at one of the new Wonders of the World, Machu picchu.
|PROGRAM||LARES VALLEY TREK & MACHU PICCHU|
|LENGTH||4 Days /3 Nights|
|AVAILABILITY||March to December|
|DIFFICULTY||EASY – MODERATE.|
DAY 1 CUSCO/QUISHUARANI/ CUNCANI.
On the first day, we leave Cusco very early in the direction of the Urubamba Valley to the Incan town of Calca, where we will stop to have breakfast, and one can buy some things in the traditional market such as fruit for the children that will be waiting on the route.
We will continue our ascent to the Cruzqasa pass (4150msnm) but not before visiting the community of Ancasmarca where we will have the opportunity to see the Andean Condor that this community keeps in capitivity to teach the people about the importance of this bird. Next we arrive at the community of Quishuarani (3850msnm) where we begin our new hike. We descend through a beautiful valley for some 2 or 3 hours to the Huchuy Qasa pass (4150msnms) where we can apreciate a group of lakes, as well as the snow of the Qolque cruz. From here we descend to our campsite, Cuncani. (3850msnm)
MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: CUNCANI/ CHULLACOCHA
On the second day, we continue climbing to the second pass of Huilloq (4100msnm. For approximately an hour and a half, we descend to the indigenous village of Huilloq (3850msnm). On this walk, as on the first day, we will see a group of lakes. We will also encounter many children looking after llamas and alpacas. In the Andes, many of which will approach tourists so they will give candies. Adult women offer different woven arts. Continuing our journey we rise to the third pass of Chaullacocha (4300msnm) from where we can appreciate our campsite, Chaullacocha (4100msnm). Here we will have the opportunity to have much more contact with the children in the area.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: CHAULLACOCHA / OLLANTAYTAMBO/ MACHUPICCHU.
On the third day, we visit the school of Chaullacocha to see how the children study. Then we continue climbing a little more for an hour to the last pass from where we descend until the areas called Pallqa where we will meet our transport which will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night there in a hostal, clean with a private bath and hot water.
DAY 4: MACHUPICHU – CUSCO.
On this day, we will leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. Later, many more people from the city of Cusco will arrive. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point.
Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel. End of our services.
MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel.
The briefing will be 2 days before the group departs, where you will first meet with your guide, and have an explanation about the tour.
The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
LARES. This is an adventure tour that we must enjoy, to the maximum with good weather or, if not, always we must have an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.
- An explanation two days before departing
- Tranport in private bus to the start of the trek
- Transfer to your hotel on return
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Meals according to the program (Vegetarian available)
- Boiled water on all days for your bottles
- Snacks before trekking
- Camping tents for 2 and 4 persons depending on the requirements
- Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
- Cook and assistent cook
- Kitchen/eating utensils
- Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment.
- Emergency horse
- Wranglers to care for the pack animals
- Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
- Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
- First aid equipment and oxygen tank
- Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant.
- Entrance into Machu Picchu
- Transport from Pallqa to Ollantaytambo.
- Bus up to and back down from Machupicchu.
- Return train ticket to Cusco
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
- Breakfast the first day
- Dinner the last day
- Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
- Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
- If you would like to rent an additional horse, it is $10 per day
WHAT TO BRING ON THE TREK
- 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
- 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
- Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
- Small flashlight and extra batteries
- 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
- Hiking boots
- Tennis shoes
- 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
- 1 Fleece Jacket
- 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
- 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
- 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
- Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
- 1 sun hat and sunglasses
- Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
- Sunscreen for your skin and lips
- Insect repellent
- Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
- Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
- Heated sleeping mat
- Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
- Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day
- Energy foods: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco.
2017 Prices. LARES VALLEY TREK & MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
|Number of People||2||3||4||5||6 or more|
|Price per person in $||$ 895||$ 850||$ 815||$ 785||$ 755|
If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group.
Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions
Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card (ISIC card)
Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport)