LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS

Cusco is a region that is in the southern part of Peru, which still maintains many of the traditions and festivals since the Inca era. If you are a lover of history, culture, mountains and typical villages, this is your tour for you. Since in our trek in Lares you can meet directly the inhabitants of the Andes of Cusco, who continue to practice all the cultural heritage inherited from the Incas, its beautiful textile, its systems of agriculture and construction. The landscape is also a detail that will enchant you, after two days you descend to the majestic sacred valley, very famous for its climate. And finally you will enter the cloud forest of the Inca Trail that will lead you to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Basic Tour Information

Travel Difficulty: moderate

Maximum altitude: 2400 m

Tour duration: 5 days

Reservation from $920

LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS

DAY 1: CUSCO-VALLEY OF LARES-QUISWARANI VILLAGE

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Highest point: 3,900 meters / 12,795ft
  • Lowest elevation: 2,800 m/9,186 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold

DAY 2: HIKE TO THE PACHAQUTEQ PASS-VILLAGE OF CANCHA CANCHA

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch –Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16 km /9.9 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,500 m / 11,482 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold/Snowy

DAY 3: VALLEY OF HUARAN-INKARRY MUSEUM-OLLANTYATAMBO

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Distance: 8 km /4,9 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 3 hours
  • Highest Elevation: 3,500 m / 11,482 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,700 m/ 8,858 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Windy

DAY 4: HIKING THE SHORT INCA TRAIL – SUN GATE –  AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Meals: Breakfast – Box Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Lodging or similars)
  • Distance: 11 km /6.8 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 5 – 6  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet

DAY 5: TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU  – RETURN TO CUSCO

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Estimated walking time: 3  hours
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet

 

Day 1

CUSCO-VALLEY OF LARES-QUISWARANI VILLAGE

Dificultad: challenging

Distancia: 11

Altitude: 3900

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am to start our expeditions to the best Trek to Lares, then we will drive for 1 hour to the city of Calca during the trip we will stop at the taray viewpoint, from see the highest mountains of the Sacred Valley, this day we will have our breakfast in the middle of the road, in the ruins of Ancashmarca, which in Inca times was a bigger place for the deposit of food, clothing, weapons, metals, etc. We continue with the trip to Lares for 1 more hours, there we meet our muleteers and horses, who will take the whole team for three days. Then we descend to the thermo medicinal baths of Lares, there you can enjoy for 2 hours, since afterwards we will make our trek to the community of Quiswarani, about an hour; there we will have our fresh and delicious lunch prepared by our chef, after a good nap, we explored the community very famous for its weavers who still maintain the textile traditions of the Incas. In the afternoon we make our walk of the last section that will last 2 hours, through the beautiful landscape of the Andes, we will arrive to our camp that is next to the Yanacocha lagoon, at 4:00 pm.

Day 2

HIKE TO THE PACHAQUTEQ PASS-VILLAGE OF CANCHA CANCHA

Dificultad: challenging

Distancia: 14

Altitude: 4700

After a delicious breakfast, we will start our trek to about 4 hours to reach the highest point of our trek, during the journey we will meet the villagers who also take care of their llamas, Alpacas, others go to their agricultural tasks, of native potato crops. Today we are going to learn in situ about the agricultural technologies of the Incas, from sowing to harvesting, taking into account that Peru is one of the countries with the largest amount of potatoes, also exotic tubers such as Añu, Oca, Smooth At noon we will reach the highest place in our trek, the Pachacuteq Pass (4700 meters), once there, we will enjoy incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of the Sawasiray, Pitusiray, San Juan, Veronica, glacial lakes, after a time to enjoy the 360-degree angle view, the descent begins towards the lunch spot, just about 1 hour downhill and will be located in the glacial lake, with stunning views of the Sacred Valley. After a short nap we start a downhill hike for 2 more hours to our camp located by the community of Canchacancha (3700 meters), in the way down we use a part of the Inca trails paved, around the lakes large number of Andean birds like Puna Ibis, Andean Goose, perhaps a Condor flying near of the mountain cliffs. Today we end at 5:00 p.m.

Day 3

VALLEY OF HUARAN-INKARRY MUSEUM-OLLANTYATAMBO

Dificultad: moderate

Distancia: 7

Altitude: 3500

After a very nutritious breakfast we will go to the valley of Huaran, which is surrounded by high Andean forests, with native tree species such as Chachacomo, Queuña, Kiswar, etc. The descent is very pleasant since we will enter the valley floor, this place was very respected by the Incas, for its climate and abundance of water. At 9:00 am we will arrive at the town of Huaran, where we say goodbye to our incredible cook and muleteer. Then we take our van to visit the Archaeological Museum of Inkarry, one of the best in the representation of the experiences and beliefs of all the cultures of Peru, such as Caral, Chavin, Nazca, Mochica, Wari, Inca. At noon we go to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have our lunch, and you can also walk through one of the most beautiful Inca cities, which still maintains the layout and construction of the Inca architects. In the afternoon you can explore the town Ollantaytambo and the beutiful and original inca town. This day we will sleep in Ollantaytambo in one nice Hostel.

Day 4

SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

Dificultad: moderate

Distancia: 11

Altitude: 2700

By this stage on your trek, you will have really gotten into the swing of things. Fully motivated and rearing to go, early in the morning we take our train  to 104 kms (2,100m/6,927ft).  At 8:00 am we begin our trek, passing the first checkpoint. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna. (2,650m/8747ft). Once there, we notice the weights lift off our shoulders, as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail.  We continue onward  towards the Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we  take flight with excitement as we get our first spectacular view of Machupicchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. Your destiny awaits you, just one more hour downward, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu,where we can take some pictures, then we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town, where we will spend our last night in hotel.

Day 5

TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU - RETURN TO CUSCO

Dificultad: moderate

Distancia: 4

Altitude: 2400

This day is one of the most important as you will have the opportunity to visit the fabulous temples and sacred sites of the Incas. You should get up at 5:00 am, and then take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. Our Machu Picchu tickets are authorized to enter the first time 6:00 am; Within the citadel you will have a guided tour of the most important sites for an hour and a half, then you can stay a little longer and explore on your own. Since the Machu Picchu ticket is valid only for one use, if a person goes out to use the hygienic services for example, he will not be able to re-enter the sanctuary, we recommend going down to the town of Aguas Calientes  at 11:00 am, since that the 5 hours inside Machu Picchu are enough to know and take all the possible photos.

The return train is scheduled at 14:30 pm, bound for the Ollantaytambo station, this trip takes approximately 1h 45m. Then you will be picked up by our condutor and will be arriving at your hotel in the city of Cusco at 18:45 pm approx.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL:

  • All transfers
  • City Tour
  • Entrances to the different archeological Inca ruins
  • Transportation from your hotel to Huaran
  • English speaking professional mountain guide
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Admission fees to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and all archaeological sites
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • 2 night hotel ( 1 in Ollantaytambo and 1 night in Aguas Calientes)
  • Delicious meals during the trek ( 3 Lunch, 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfast )
  • Cook and cooking equipmentHorseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (5 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, it will be carried by our mules)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles during the treks

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) – US$20
  • Air Mattress – US$20
  • Walking Poles – US$15
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain – US$ 80
  • Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE LARES TREK:

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Original passport
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
  • Binoculars (if you have them)