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  • Trek through the Sacred Valley
  • Combine the beauty of the mountains with cultural exploration
The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the often busy Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes, and valleys, this fabulous trek offers a real insight into the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was.

The route we offer starts in the village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the hot springs of Lares, with a visit to the village of Cuncani along the way. On day 3 of the trek, you take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then carry on by train to Machu Picchu.
In the day 4 afternoon, we take the train to Ollantaytambo and from there we will take the bus to Cusco.

Please see the detailed itinerary for more information.
Camping
Today we pick you up at 5:00 am to start the Lares trek to Machupicchu. We travel an hour and a half by bus to the village of Pumahuanca (2840m)/(9317ft), located in the Sacred Valley, where we will start our trek.

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 Puyol. 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 of the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbances. 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 Puyol (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.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
Camping
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 Quechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Star Hotel
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 everyone's delight and amusement). After the visit, you'll have the opportunity to give any gifts you've brought to 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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 free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide for groups of 8+
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 7 kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up from hotel
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Transportation by bus to Pumahuanca and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks and 3 dinners
  • Chef
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel on day 3
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
what's excluded
  • Sleeping Bag (can be hired from us)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Entrance to Lares hot springs
  • Travel Insurance
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 4 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, german, portuguese & spanish
Maximum altitude 4780 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
Starts/Ends Cusco, Peru/ Cusco, Peru
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationWalking level: moderate to challenging Climate: Rather variable. Sunny, though on other days it can be cool and overcast. At high altitudes, conditions range from cool to decidedly cold in the early morning. If you have a dietary request please let us know.
Cancellation10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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