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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    Our first day of the Lares trek starts of in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.

    This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it’s quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campsite.


    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite it’s about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2 hour walk right at the beginning.

    As we make our way to Cuncani we’ll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha – Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You’ll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campsite.

    Day 3: CUNCANI – LARES

    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    The focus of today is to meet the local people. Waking up early we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them – hopefully by now you’ll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyones delight and amusement). After the visit you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.

    Leaving Cuncani it’s just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we’ll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we’ll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they’re easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we’ll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we’ll catch our train to Machu Picchu.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Golden Sunrise Hotel *** or similar.

    Day 4: MACHU PICCHU!

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, 08680, Peru
    Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have an extra time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain if you have the permits. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our pick up is included without any extra cost if your hotel, Airbnb, or other is located near to the historical centre of Cusco.
    Departure Time
    5:00 AM
    4 days
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Professional bilingual tour guide.
    • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+
    • Chef
    • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items
    • Pick up from your hotel and transportation from your hotel to the start of trail
    • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
    • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
    • 3 Afternoon Snacks
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
    • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 3
    • Inflatable sleeping mattress - Thermarest
    • Oxygen bottle
    • First aid kit
    • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
    • Entry/Admission - Sacred Valley of the Incas
    • Entry/Admission - Machu Picchu
    • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
    • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch on Day 4.
    • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
    • Tips
    • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Send us the following personal data for each individual traveller.
    • Full Name
    • Nationality
    • Passport Number
    • Date of Birth
    • Confirm us If you want vegetarian meals or have any special dietary requirements
    • please let us know as soon as possible. It’s easy for us to arrange and there’s no extra cost. If you have an allergy to certain types of food please ensure that this is written on your trek voucher as well as reminding both the guide and the cook on the trail. We do not accept bookings from clients with life-threatening allergies.
    • Minimum age is 6 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Important: Upon booking, please contact the email address on your voucher to advise of any specific requirements
    • What you need to bring:
    • Original Passport, ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
    • Clothes: Walking boots, Waterproof jacket / rain poncho, Warm jacket, Hat and gloves, T-shirts, comfortable trousers
    • Other items: Sunscreen (factor 35 or higher), insect repellent, toiletries and hand sanitizer, personal medication, camera and film, torch with spare batteries
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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