LARES TREK – MACHUPICCHU
This tour program in Cusco region gives you the opportunity of integrating the nature with the Inca archaeological complexes located in Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with beautiful scenery with lots of mountains, gliding Condors and Colca Canyon in the White city of Arequipa and Puno “the Folkloric Capital of Peru” with a visit to the Sacred Lake Titicaca with the UROS floating islands.
DAY 1: CUSCO - LARES - HUACA WASI
You will be picked up from your hotel around 6a.m. in order to start the beautiful trip to Lares. We will pass by the town of Calca and later visit the archaeological site of Humanmarca, which is a small pre-Inca citadel where we can observe spectacular terraces, temples and Inca streets. We then continue our journey through the valley of Lares and have breakfast at a great location that has a stony view of the Andes. After we will visit the thermal baths where you will have time to enjoy the various pools that are made up of different temperatures ranging from cold to boiling. The water is volcanic and is considered to be very good for bones, stress, muscular pains and headaches. After this activity, we will have lunch and also meet up with our horses and porters where we can leave our backpacks.
Continuing our trip, we will start with the first part of our hike, which will take about three hours. During this time our guide will explain about the different industries including: textiles, livestock, agriculture and the cultivation of many varieties of organic potatoes and medicinal plants. During the hike you will also see many alpacas, vicunas and the most impressive decorated houses of the Incas. We will then arrive at our campsite Huaca Wasi (3770 m.a.s.l.), where our guide will accompany us to the town to visit local homes and learn about their traditions and life style. If there is time, we will also visit the local school where the school children still speak Quechua, the maternal language. If you like, you are welcome to bring toys, note books or school materials for the children to donate them. You may even be able to teach them a few English words. After, we will have dinner which will be prepared by our cook and then head to our tents to rest.
DAY 2: HUACA WASI- HUACA PUNKU- MANTANAY- YANAHUARA
We will wake up early at around 6 a.m. with a hot cup of coca tea. After breakfast we will continue our hike for three hours to Huaca punku where we can observe an impressive waterfall. In this area you will also see lakes, other waterfalls, llamas and alpacas. If you get tired you are welcome to continue the journey on one of the emergency horses. From here the trail will start declining, which we will follow until our lunch point, passing by two lagoons (the first lagoon is called Auro Q’ocha where you can see birds of this zone and the second lagoon is called Yurac Q’ocha (3600 m.a.s.l) where you have time to enjoy it until lunch time. Sometimes you will even see llamas pass close by with some packs. After lunch you will have time to relax by the forest of Q’euñas that make a fantastic view of the valley and the houses that were constructed with original, ancient stone and have thatched roofs. After we continue the trail to YANAHUARA (3400 m.a.s.l.) where we set up our tents and stay the night there.
DAY 3: YANAHUARA-MIRADOR DE YANAHUARA- OLLANTAYTAMBO
This day we will wake up at approximately 7 a.m. After breakfast we will continue our hike downhill along a path where you can observe the process of making the traditional Inca drink Chicha and we are welcome to try it. As we walk through this area you will pass by fruit trees noticing a change in micro climate and the difference in cultivation from the mountain side. In this area the people of the Sacred Valley are surrounded by farms mainly corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados and other types of fruits. We continue the trail ascending to Yanahuara lookout where we can see an impressive view of the Sacred Valley. After we will descend to our lunch point that is prepared by our cook. Here we say goodbye to the team with horses and we take a bus to Ollantaytambo in order to take the train at 12.58 p.m. to Aguas Calientes, which will take around 1 hour 30 minutes to get there.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO
This day is the most magical day, as we will be visiting Machu Picchu citadel. Our wake up will be early in order to take a bus to Machu Picchu citadel around 06:00 a.m.. You will have about a two hour guided tour of the Inca citadel, followed by enough time to explore this magnificent place on your own and take photos. In the afternoon we will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station then you will be transferred to Cusco.
Exclusions in the entire itinerary:
- Professional guide
- Horses to carry food supplies
- Horses for emergencies
Recommended items to bring:
- Sleeping bags
- Inflatable mattresses
- Hiking shoes
- Backpack (25 to 40 pounds)
- Comfortable clothing for trekking
- Rain jacket or rain poncho
- Warm clothes
- Thermal clothing (for sleeping)
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking sticks
- Flashlight + extra batteries
- Sun hat
- Sun block
- Water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Extra money (soles)
- Original passport
- ISIC card (if applicable).
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
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To book the package tour, it’s required: Full names, ages, nationality and passport numbers.
About the payment:
To secure the package tour, we need 50% of the total payment, it can be wired by: bank to bank or Western Union(we will give you more details once we settle and finalize about our services), the balance will be paid once you arrive in Cusco.