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Price $580 $560 4 Days
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Lares Trek 4D/3N

$580 $560 per person

The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the 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 in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was.

SHARED TOUR: $560 USD

PRIVATE TOUR: $680 USD

( minimum 02 people) prices are based on two people or couple.

4 Days
15+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    In your briefing, we will give the information
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 5:30 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 18:00 PM.
1
Day 1: Cusco - Pumahuanca - Puyoc
Leaving Cusco early in the morning (5:30am) to enjoy a nice breakfast in Urubamba town (Sacred Valley of the Incas), after that and last minute shop, our driver will take us to the starting point, the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We will gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km/8.6 miles in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we will visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this area. This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area; there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (Chinchilla) and we may also spot an Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (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.
  • Walking Distance – 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Starting Elevation –2800 meters / 9,180 feet
  • Campsite Elevation – 4100 meters / 13,451 feet
  • Maximum Altitude: 4100 meters / 13,451 feet
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Adventure: Absolutely
2
Day 2: Puyoc - Yanacocha – Cuncani – Hot Springs – Lares Valley
Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite (after a nice breakfast) 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 1/2 hour walk at the beginning. As we make our way to Cuncani we will 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 will also get to learn a few Quechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people. 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 for 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-3.7miles) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we will pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of crops such as Quinua and Tarwi, we will 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 will enjoy a nice dinner.
  • Walking Distance – 19 km / 11.8 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 4100 meters / 13,451 feet
  • Campsite Elevation – 3200 meters / 10464 feet
  • Maximum Altitude: 4800 meters / 15750 feet
  • Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Adventure: Absolutely
3
Day 3: Lares – Totora Canyon - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes!
Early in the morning the bus will pick us up to the head of our short trail by the Totora Canyon for 2 hours. Along the way it is possible to see some Inca remains (tombs) and beautiful scenery with some native plants growing around, then we will stop for lunch. Our driver will take us further down the valley to the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes town. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes town. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We'll spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Where you will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak under the hot showers!! We will make it an early night to bed to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning.
  • Walking Distance – 5 km / 3.1 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3200 meters / 10464 feet
  • Maximum Altitude: 4800 meters / 15750 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy downhill.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel at Aguas Calientes town
  • Adventure: Absolutely
4
Day 4: Machu Picchu in its Glory!
We will have an early breakfast at the hotel or you can take it to go ( we suggest to be one of the first at the bus line). We will then catch the first bus to Machu Picchu, about a 20-minute ride, in order to appreciate the magnificent sunrise over the city. Your guide will give you a 2 hour guided tour and after this you can stay a little longer at Machupicchu before you leave it. Please note that regulations have changed and you are not able to reenter with your ticket if you have already exited. If you book the Huayna Picchu Mountain at 2720m/8890ft, it takes around 45 minutes to reach the top. Afterwards, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (which can be reached by bus or on foot) to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Ollantaytambo. This is followed by driving to Cusco for another 2 hours, arriving to Cusco after a journey of 4 hours in total.

What is Included:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 5kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up from your hotel/hostel
  • Transportation by bus to Pumahuanca
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks and 3 dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Entrance to Lares hot springs
  • 3 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Accommodation (2-3 stars) on night 3
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets Aguas Calientes - MachuPicchu - Aguas Calientes

Does Not Include:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us for $25)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • Hiking poles (can be hired from us for $20 per set)

What you need to take:

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • 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 sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flashlight with spare batteries

We recommend that you bring

  • Your Original passport (ISIC student card if you've booked as a student).
  • Comfortable back pack (There are no porters in this trek).
  • Water to drink (2 liters, no plastic bottles)
  • Camera
  • Rain jacket in rainy season -December to March
  • Change of clothes
  • Basic personal toiletries: Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, small towel, hanky, Antibacterial wet wipes.
  • Hat or cap for the sun is essential, Sunscreen with sun protection
  • Insect repellent for mosquitoes (Malaria or Yellow fever have not been reported)
  • Comfortable hiking boots, sneakers or sturdy shoes.
  • Money in soles or dollars. (ATM´s or cash machines and travellers cheques in Aguas Calientes are more expensive to change.)