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Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 6 Days

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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    Activity Level 1Trip Length: 6 Days - 5 Nights
    Departure: Cusco
    Availability: Daily Departures
    Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
    Trip Styles: Hiking
    Max Altitude: 4780 M. / 15678 FT.
    Lodging Type: Camps & Hostel
    Activity Level 3Difficulty Moderate
    Tour Description

    The Best of the Andes 6 Days

    There are many reasons to visit Peru. With its vibrant cities, magical landscapes, archaeological sites built in inaccessible places, and brilliant living culture, visitors to the Land of the Incas simply have too many options to choose from. However, if you only have a little time in this wonderful country, what should you really visit?

    We’re pleased to present this 6-day package that will take you through the best of the Andes of Peru. We’ll visit Cusco, the cultural capital of the country, and then we’ll visit the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting a walk on the amazing Lares Route. And what better way to end this itinerary than visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

    Our tours are designed to give all visitors a true taste of the Peruvian way of life: beautiful towns that maintain ancient traditions, sacred archaeological sites that keep powerful energy, and exquisite food that seduces even the most demanding palates. All the while in the company of our expert bilingual guides who will help you understand the secrets and mysteries that surround these dazzling places.

    Tour Itinerary

    DAY 1We welcome you to Cusco, Cusco city tour Half day

    Places we will arrive
    Cusco
    Cusco city tour

    A representative of Peru Hike will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport to take you directly to your hotel. Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,399 masl / 11,151 fasl so you may need some time to acclimatize.

    After lunch, we pick you up from your hotel to explore the city on an afternoon city tour.

    Our tour begins in the fascinating Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun, probably the most important Inca place within the city of Cusco. While you marvel at the exquisite architecture of the place, our guide will share with you a bit of the history of the Incas. We’ll continue heading to the Plaza de Armas to visit the Cathedral that holds approximately 300 paintings from the famous Cusqueña School (the tour includes the entrance to the Cathedral). The Plaza de Armas itself is a wonderful place to sit and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

    Later we’ll visit the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán, located on top of a mountain above Cusco. It’s characterized by having been built with rocks of colossal sizes that weigh hundreds of tons. Ancient Inca architects cut and polished these giant rocks to build zig-zag walls that span hundreds of meters. Despite the fact that only a small portion of the original site remains, the cyclopean dimensions of Sacsayhuamán continue to inspire and surprise its visitors. We’ll continue with the Qenqo temple, carved from a single stone block. This temple has artificial tunnels, one of which forms an amphitheater. The original purpose of the amphitheater has been lost over time, but most agree that the area was used to worship the Sun, Moon, and Stars! We will also visit Puca Pucara, a site that the Incas used as a military control center.

    Our tour ends in Tambomachay, an Inca archaeological site that shows a series of aqueducts, channels, and waterfalls that run spectacularly through rock terraces. The cost of admission to the site is included in the tour.

    At the end of the day, we’ll take you to the door of your hotel to enjoy a relaxing night.

    • Accommodation:  Hotel

    DAY 2Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

    Places we will arrive
    Cusco
    Sacred Valley of the Incas

    This morning we’ll leave Cusco after breakfast to go to the Sacred Valley. We’ll quickly descend to the bottom of the valley and drive next to the banks of the Urubamba River. Our first destination is Písac and its archaeological center located at 2,972 masl / 9,750 fasl.

    Písac is a town famous for its traditional market. Take advantage of your time here to make your purchases at an incredible price. We’ll also visit its impressive archaeological site while enjoying the scenery of the Sacred Valley. Our guide will take you through temples, altars, and houses built centuries ago. The highlight of the tour will be the famous Intiwatana, a religious construction used to determine when the Winter Solstice was, one of the most important ritual dates of the Inca Empire.

    If you want to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the archaeological site you can do so. Just let our guide know to determine a meeting place and time.

    We’ll continue towards Urubamba where we will have lunch in an excellent local restaurant (price not included in the package). Then we will move on to Ollantaytambo (2,792 masl / 9,160 fasl) a beautiful town located in the heart of the Andes. Here we’ll visit the spectacular Temple of the Sun, built with huge rocks, many of which were elegantly carved to create water fountains, stairs, and terraces.

    On our way back to Cusco, we will make a final stop at the town of Chinchero. Here, we will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful colonial temple known for its mural painting above the entranceway (this temple was built on top of Inca foundations). We will also have the opportunity to see the Incan walls in the town’s plaza.

    You’ll spend the second night in Cusco. Remember to go to bed early as our excursion will start very early in the morning.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation:  Hotel

    DAY 3Cusco - Huarán Fund - Cancha Cancha - Acopata

    Places we will arrive
    Cusco
    Huarán Fund
    Cancha Cancha
    Acopata Camp

    We will pick you up very early from your hotel to transfer you to the start of our trek in Huarán (3,000 masl / 9,840 fasl) in the Sacred Valley. This will take 1.5 hours by private bus. There we will accommodate your luggage on the horses and start walking north. The trail begins to rise a bit following the course of the Cancha Cancha River towards the community of the same name (3,956 masl / 12,976 fasl). On this journey we’ll observe immense cultivation fields and mysterious forests. The type of vegetation in the area allows for a wide variety of birds. This valley is really impressive! We’ll have lunch in the middle of the trail at the indicated time. After 6 hours of walking, we’ll reach our camp in Acopata.

    • Meals: Lunch and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camp
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  7.5 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  3000 m / 9840 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  3956 m / 12976 ft

    DAY 4Acopata - Abra Pachacútec - Quishuarani

    Places we will arrive
    Acopata
    Abra Pachacútec
    Quishuarani Camp

    Today we’ll enjoy breakfast and continue our ascent. After 2.5 hours we’ll reach the highest point of our excursion: the Pachacútec Pass (4,780 masl / 15,678 fas). The views from here are overwhelming. The sacred mountains Pitusiray and Sahuasiray will show their perpetual snowy peaks right in front of you. Later, we’ll descend for 2 hours to reach the place where we’ll have lunch next to a beautiful and crystalline lake.

    After lunch, we’ll descend for 1.5 hours towards the valley. You will see several glacial lakes along the way, as well as herds of alpacas, llamas, and sheep grazing calmly. If you’re lucky, deer, vizcachas, geese, hawks and the immense Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world, can also cross your path. Tonight we’ll camp at 3,870 masl / 12,694 fasl, near the Quishuarani community, characterized by its typical houses built with stones.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camp
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  7.5 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  3870 m / 12694 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  4780 m / 15678 ft

    DAY 5Quishuarani - Hot Springs Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

    Places we will arrive
    Quishuarani
    Hot Springs Lares
    Ollantaytambo
    Aguas Calientes Hotel

    Today we’ll go through another valley and ascend for 3 hours to Willcaccasa (4,458 masl / 14,622 fasl), the second pass of the excursion. The views of the Andes mountain range, of beautiful turquoise lakes and of the adjoining valleys, are impressive.

    Later we’ll descend for 2 hours to the community of Cuncani (3,900 masl / 12,792 fasl) and then for 3 more hours to the thermal baths of Lares, where we‘ll have a well-deserved and relaxing dip. Right here we’ll enjoy our lunch.

    Now that we’re fully rested, we will board our private van that will take us for 3 hours to Ollantaytambo (2,792 masl / 9,158 fasl) where we’ll have dinner before boarding the train heading to Aguas Calientes. There you’ll stay in a comfortable and pleasant hotel.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Hostel
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Distance traveled:  8 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  2792 m / 9158 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  4458 m / 14622 ft

    DAY 6Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    Places we will arrive
    Aguas Calientes
    Machu Picchu
    Train To Ollantaytambo
    Cusco Hotel

    You’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then we’ll embark very early (5:30 a.m.) on a bus to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. You’ll discover the secrets of this mysterious place on a 2-hour guided tour.

    If you chose to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (not included in the price of the package) you must do so at 10:00 a.m. Otherwise, you’ll have free time in Machu Picchu (you can walk to Puerta del Sol or the Inca Bridge) before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

    In Aguas Calientes you’ll board the Expedition Train heading to Ollantaytambo and later you’ll travel to Cusco in a private van. We’ll drop you off at the hotel door. The time of your arrival will depend on the time of your train ticket.

    • Meals: Breakfast.
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Minimum Elevation:  2040 m / 6691 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  2440 m / 8052 ft
    Additional Trip Info
    Inclusions
    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Lares Trek 6 Days?
    Included in the City Tour Cusco
    • Guided tour
    • Transport
    • Entrances for Koricancha
    • Entrances for the 4 Inca ruins: Saqsayhuaman – Q`enqo – Puka Pukara – Tambomachay
    Included in the Sacred Valley
    • Entrance ticket to Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Archaeological complex Pisac, Ollantaytambo + (Guide + Transportations)
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • Professional and experienced guide licensed in tourism (English or Spanish)
    • Round-trip transportation
    • Buffet lunch in Urubamba
    Included in Lares Trek
    • Sleeping bag
    • trekking stick
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • One foamy sleeping pad per person
    • Inflatable Mattress
    • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
    • Private transportation from the hotel to Pisac Inca ruins and then Huaran (Trailhead)
    • Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide (2 guides for more than 8 people)
    • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to Cusco
    • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
    • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours.
    • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
    • 4 person EUREKA TIMBERLINE TENT  and a THICK COMFORTABLE MATTRESS
    • Delicious gourmet meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Chef and cooking equipment
    • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
    • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
    • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
    • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
    • Interaction with the local kids and community people
    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Original Passport
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    • Insect repellant
    • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film with extra batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Daypack

    Information Before leaving for the Lares Trek

    We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Lares Trek 6 Days in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

    Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

    Briefing or informative meeting

    All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

    Duffel bag or canvas case:

    ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

    A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

    Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

    The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

    It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

    Storing your luggage at our Office.

    Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

    Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

    Pickups:

    Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

    Return to Cusco:

    Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

    • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
    • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
    • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
    • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

    Group tours:

    Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

    Strikes and demonstrations:

    Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

    Lost objects:

    You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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    Anna E

    Group Traveller

    We enjoyed every second of the Lares trek! Our guide, JC, made an excellent job! The scenery was stunning and we learned a lot about Inca history and culture. Our camp sites were small mountain villages where we got to meet local people. Our chef, George, served us delisious peruvian food and we were never hungry! The horseman also did a great job, we are very happy with the service that the whole crew provided. The last day we explored Machu Picchu which was amazing!
    Thank you bambaexperience! we would definitely recommend this trek!

    19 May, 2021
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