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