Llama Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days/ 3 Nights

  • Destination: Cusco, Lares Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price per person: $600


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The Lares Valley offers you an authentic scenery of diversity in domestic fauna culture. People of the area keep their traditions and costumes of the Andean culture, as well as their traditional colourful clothing, farming habits and religious rituals to the Apus (mountains). Especially in the Lares Valley, there are many communities with a large number of Llama and Alpaca breeders.

We offer you a recovered tradition: Travelling in the Andes as the ancient Incas did it! You will be exploring parts of the original Inca Trail as well as ancient paths of food supply from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We will hike over the Andes, being accompanied by carrier Llamas and Llama breeders. These 3 days will be an interchange of culture and traditions of the Cusco highlands while enjoying the amazing landscape, natural Andean lagoons and snow peaks and a relaxing bath in the natural hot springs.

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco – Lares Hot Springs – Cuncani

Your Llama adventure starts very early in the morning at 3:00 am in Cusco city, when we will pick you up from you hotel and then start our car ride through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pass the colourful town of Calca and then ride up to the right side to the Lares hot springs, arriving at perfect time to dip yourself in the natural hot baths.
Our team will prepare a great breakfast for you, while you will get ready to meet the Llamas which will carry the gear and food that we will need during the trek. They will be your faithful companions during the whole trek. Hiking with these cute animals and their breeders, you will get engaged with them and have a great insight into the life far away from civilization.
This first day we will start hiking around 10:00 am in direction to Cuncani, a Llama breeder community. The hike will take approximately 3 hours, and we will reach Cuncani for lunch. During the ascending hike you will see many changes of the flora, according to the different climates. Your tour guide will give you information about the area, habits and culture. We will have a few minutes of rest before continuing our hike.
We go uphill for approximately 1.5 hours, until we reach the highest point of the day at 4400 meters, where we will have a breath-taking view over 3 beautiful blue lagoons, formed by the melting water of the snow carpets. You will enjoy the scenery and return to our camp side in Cuncani. Here, you will have your Andean dinner waiting for you and enjoy your camping night.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4400 m./714476ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 15 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 2

Cuncani – Huarcahuasi – Ipsaycocha Lagoon

We wake up very early that morning to be ready to enjoy the sunrise in the middle of the Andes, which is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in South America. A cup of Peruvian coffee will help us to wake up in the meantime. That’s when our crew will prepare a delicious breakfast for you. Afterwards we get ourselves and the carrier llamas ready for an amazing day of hiking!
We will start our journey to the left upper part of the Cuncany community, passing by a beautiful lagoon on top of the mountain between Cuncany and Huarcahuasy. In this area you will meet many other Llama breeders and see large packs of llamas, alpacas and even a few sheep. The Llama shepherds dress in very colourful clothing, most of them in red colours; therefore it is easy to spot them from great distance. We will hike in a modest speed, according to your fitness. Normally our crew will go ahead to prepare our lunch.
We reach Huarcahuasi around noon and enjoy our most delicious lunch, then have a good rest and continue our hike in the afternoon. The paths lead us uphill, where we will reach the highest point of the trek, the Ipsay pass. From here you will have a stunning view over the Lares Valley and the surrounding snow peaks and take a first sight of the Ipsaycocha Lagoon and the Patacancha Valley as well. We finish our day’s hike and reach our camp for the night. We enjoy our Peruvian dinner and the beautiful evening sky, before falling asleep under the milky way.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4500 m./12134 ft.
Distance Travelled: approx. 16 km
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours

Day 3

Ipsaycocha Lagoon – Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We begin our third day with a delicious breakfast, get together the carrier Llamas, load the gear and start do descend for approximately 3 hours until Patacancha town. Here we will say goodbye to our carrier Llamas.
During our trek, we will have an awesome view over the Patacancha Valley and one the main mountains of the Inca religion, Apu Huanacaure (a legendary mountain where the Inca rulers were born). We will reach Patacancha town, say goodbye to our carrier Llamas and catch our transport to the Pumamarca archaeological site. This place is one of the first known Inca settlements, it will impress you for sure!
After visiting the site Pumamarca, we will have a quick lunch and then hike to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will continue on the original Inca Trail that connects Ollantaytambo and Pumamarca, During this short hike, we will have the great opportunity to observe one of the first Inca terraces at the side of the Patacancha Valley.
After a full day’s hike and adventure, we will take a transport to Ollantaytambo (the last living Inca town) from where we take our train to Aguas Calientes at 04:36 pm.
In Aguas Calientes, you will be picked up from the train station and brought to your hotel. Having a rest at your hotel room, make sure to recharge your camera and other devices in order to enjoy Machu Picchu at its fullest the next day! In the later afternoon, you have the oportunity to explore Aguas Calientes and enjoy a dip in the local hot springs (not included).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel New Day  (Machu Picchu town)
Maximum Altitude: 3900 m./12831ft
Distance Travelled: approx. 12 km.
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours

Day 4

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

You will take your breakfast very early in the morning. Then we start our last day, climbing up the hill to the famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3 hours, 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 all the archaeological Incas sites, as it is recognized worldwide! Experts believe that the citadel was constructed around the mid-15th century by the Inca Pachacuteq and was then rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.
The guided tour of this fascinating place will be an unforgettable experience! You will visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you are free to hike up Huayna Picchu (the mountain behind Machu Picchu), where you will enjoy stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 entrance tickets available every day; therefore you must let us know in advance if you want to do the hike so we can reserve your ticket at an extra cost of US$ 15.00. Due Huayna Picchu is very fast oversold, we offer Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climbing. The advantage of this hike is that it will be less crowed, but not less beautiful! The cost for this hike is also US$ 15.00 per person.
Having one of these two additional entrance tickets to hike one of the mountains, you can afterwards go on an unguided walk to Inti Punku, the SUN GATE, which is the traditional end of the Inca Trail (hike of 3 hours) or you can visit the beautiful Inca Bridge (hike of 1 hour). Otherwise you can simply relax and take in the awe inspiring atmosphere, as well as take many breath taking pictures.
After the time in the sanctuary, we take one of the frequent buses back down to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch. In case you don’t want to take the bus, feel free to walk down through the beautiful jungle which will take you 45 minutes. In the late afternoon at 7:00 pm, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there the tourist transport to Cusco. If you want to return to Cusco in the early afternoon, please let us know so we can book an early train at 2:30 pm or 4:12 pm. The early train has a cost of +US$ 30.

Meals: Breakfast

Please note:
  • Times cited in this itinerary are aproximate. Walking times depend on the group! The guide can change lunch and camping spots depending on the group’s progress.
  • The guide can have his own preference of which route to take – this might notcorrespond exactly to the described route.
  • An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged if you let us know in advance, so we can change the date of your train ticket for the following day.
  • According to your request, the cost of the hotel can depend.
Included:
  • Pre-departure orientation in our office
  • Local cell phone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person-capacity tent, to allow a higher comfort and safe keeping of the backpacks
  • English speaking professional official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Cargo Llamas (to carry tents and food) days 1 to 3
  • Cargo Llamas to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 5 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) days 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry cooking gear and gas and stoof days 1 to 3
  • Meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinner, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special dietary menus are available at no extra cost, please advise us when booking
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Filtered boiled water for lunch time (from 1st day onwards)
  • 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)
  • First-aid-kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1 Day Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (one way)
  • Trainticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantyatambo (Expedition Service)
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Visit of the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Backpack to carry personal items
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing layers for variable temperatures, especially at night. Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses, ..)
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Toiletries
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and student card if applicable
  • Extra money, 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 student card (if you have one, it’s US$ 18 less)
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Group price US$ 600.00  based on 4 people.

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Price for 2 people US$ 700 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 660 per person

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Terms and Conditions

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.