Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights

  • Destination: Lares Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price per person: $530
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based on 4 people.

Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person

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Lares trek, is one of the best optional 4 days trails to Machu Picchu, giving you the opportunity of enjoy the people of the area, the alpaca and llamas shepherds, the colorful traditional cloth they were, the amazing mountain that divide the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Lares Valley, enjoy a bath on the natural hot springs of Lares, be amazed by the color of the natural lagoons formed by the melt of the ice pick of the Andean Cordillera

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco Cushuarani Lares Hot Springs

Pick up is at 3:30am and departure is from Cusco is at 4:00 am in the direction of sacred Valley of the Incas passing by the colorful town of Calca and a ride up to Cordillera Alto Urubamba to the town of Qushuarani, where we have our wake up tea, afterwards we start to walk for 1.5 hours uphill where we are going to reach a viewpoint (3850 meter over the sea level) where we will have our main breakfast. With an amazing view of the lagoon of Quellacocha and the snow carpet that surrounds the lagoon, we will also spot lamas and alpacas, on the way, and if we are lucky we will also see the majestic flight of the Condor.

Then we keep going uphill for approximately 2 hours to reach the first highest pass at 4400 m. (Qolqe crus) from where you can see lagoons produced by melt water of the snow carpets. After this we will descend to Cuncani, a small local community, where we will observe a beautiful waterfall formed by cold water streams whose source originates from the melt water of the glaziers. We then reach Cuncani at noon where we will have our lunch (lunchbox).
After a little rest we get ready to continue walking down for about 3 hrs to Lares hot springs, descending to 3,400m enjoying the changing scenery and climate. We will be amazed by the view of the Lares Valley ending our hike in the relaxing hot springs of Lares where we will camp and spend the night.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4400 m./714476ft
Minimum Altitude: 3800 m./12502ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 14 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 2

Lares Hot Sprins – Mantanay

We wake up early to take our breakfast and prepare ourselves for an amazing day of the hike where we will reach the highest point 4,600 m. (higher than the death woman pass on the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu).
After our early breakfast we start to hit the road, among the Lares Valley for few hours on a slow ascending path to the highest pass (Urope Pass) stopping by some small local families on the way, to share some supplies. We will observe their day living and even be welcomed into their houses to learn about Andean life, observing the preservation of Inca costumes and traditions.

We keep ascending for a short time till the Urope pass from where we will be able to observe the lagoon of the same name and part of the sacred Valley of the Incas, a large extension of the Lares Valley.

We will have a short rest here and afterwards start our descent to the camp site at Mantanay, (3,900 m.) where we will have our diner and share a macho tea, before hitting the tent.

Meals: Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4600 m./15134ft
Minimum Altitude: 3900 m./12831ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 16 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours

Day 3

Mantanay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Early wake up, we take a breakfast and we start to descend around 4 hours to Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the way observing the flora of the area including one of the main native trees of the area Queuña, known and the Peruvian tree. We  reach the Sacred Valley around noon and have lunch,

Afterwards we will take a trasport to Ollantaytambo where we take the train to Aguas Calientes at 16:36 h,  you will have plany  of time to enjoy this last inca living city.

in Aguas Calientes you will be picked up from the train station and birng to your hotel, private room and hot shower.

make sure you charge  you camera and devices in oder to enjoy the next day machu picchu
In the afternoon you will have time to explore Aguas Calientes and enjoy a dip in the hot springs (not included).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel Margarita’s house in Aguas Calientes (Machu picchu town)
Maximum Altitude: 3900 m./12831ft
Minimum Altitude: 2700 m./8883ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 12 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours

Day 4

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Aguas Calientes -Ollantaytambo – Cusco

You will take your breakfast, very early in the morning. Then we start our last day by climbing up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3hrs, comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around.

Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca Archaeological sites, as it is recognise worldwide, even not mentioned in any of the writings or Chronicles of the Spanish Conquistadors. Experts believe that has been constructed around the mid-15th century by Inca Pacahcuteq and was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an unforgettable experience. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion, you can hike up the mountain behind Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu where you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 persons per day allowed; therefore, you must let us know in advance. This, we have to book it when we reserve your tour and has a cost of US$ 15.00 plus.

Due Huayna Picchu is very fast oversold; we are offering Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climbing. The advantage of this hike is that it has less crowed, but not lest beautiful. The cost for this climb are also US$ 15.00 per person.

Optional unguided walks include Inti Punku, the SUN GATE the traditional end of the Inca Trail, duration 1.30min both ways. and the Inca Bridge, duration 1 hr. Otherwise simply relax and take in the awe inspiring atmosphere. After your free time you can walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon, you take the train back. (At 7 pm please be there 30 minutes before the departure) and then private transport to Cusco.

A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes (included) at any time, if you do not prefer to walk down through the jungle it will take you roughly 45 minutes. The train to return to Ollantaytambo is in the late afternoon at 19:00 pm and we recommend you to do that, so you can have more time to enjoy diner. If you want to comeback early afternoon, please let us know we can book the early train at 2:30 or 4:12 pm. Therefore, we can coordinate the early transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast.

Map

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Please note:
  • Times cited in this itinerary are aproximate. Walking times depend on the group, the guide can change the lunch and camping spots depending on the group´s progress.
  • The guide can have their own preference for which route to take and this might not
    correspond exactly to the route described.
  • An extra night in Aguas Calientes can be easily arranged if you let us know in advance, so we can change the date of your your trail ticket for the following day.
  • The cost of the Hotel will be dependent according to your request.
Included:
  • Pre-departure orientation briefing
  • Local cell phone
  • 24 hour support from company owner
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and safe keeping of backpacks
  • English speaking professional official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) days 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 5 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) days 1 to 3
  • 1 emergency horse every days 1 to 3
  • Meals (04Breakfast, 03Lunch, 03Dinner + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special dietary menus are available at no extra cost, please advise when booking
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our
    environment
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day on wards
  • Bio-degradable personal handsoaps
  • Bio-degradable dish washing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1 Day Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Trainticket from Ollantaytambo -Aguas Calientes – Ollantyatambo(Expedition Service)
  • Transfer train station Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes(One Way) (day 5)
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu Picchu,
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you prefer.
We recommend that you bring the following:
  • Daypack to carry personal items
  • Sleeping bag (optional rental from us)
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures specially at night. Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera & batteries
  • Sun protection sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho and good rainjacket.
  • Toiletries
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips.
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one it’s US$ 18 less)
  • Departure date for the tour
  • 60% deposit of the tour´s price by western union, PayPal, ABN AMRO bank in Holland, the remind balance is paid at our office in Cusco.

Group price US$ 530.00  based on 4 people.

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Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person

Next departure dates, group price:

  • May:                          2017
  • June:                        2017
  • July:                          2017
  • August: 8th            2017
  • September:            2017
  • October:                  2017
  • November:             2017
  • December:              20117

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Term and Condition

Upon request, with any tour booked with Green Peru Adventures, we will include a free walking tour around the enigmatic, historic city of Cusco accompanied by one of our professional, multilingual tour guides!

We look forward to your having an unforgettable experience.