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Authentic Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 5D

Authentic Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 5D
Trip name: Authentic Quechua Villages to Machu Picchu
Trip Length: 5 Days
Type service: Private Service Type itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Lares, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking/Culture and History
Difficulty / Physical Activity

**** Challenging – 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily

Comfort

** Moderate to superior-class accommodations, combined with basic accommodations or camping

Highlight: Machu Picchu, Lares Valley, amazing mountain scenery, High Mountain passes, quieter trails, local villages, women weaving, less tourists, by the trail of the Llamas and the Andean pastors

A great hike through Lares Valley, visit local Quechua native people

This 5 days itinerary offers an outstanding combination of amazing mountain and valley scenery in a remote area, the visit of authentic Quechua communities and that of the world-famous Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. Leaving from the Sacred Valley, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna, including indigenous plants used for natural dyes, ascent towards Pachacuteq Pass (4458m/14622ft) surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha.

Airport Transfer when you arrive to Cusco before trip departure

Machupicchu Kingdom of the Incas Empire services begin with a transfer to your hotel. Our representative will meet with you at Cusco Airport and escort you to your hotel.

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Transportation to Huaran – Cancha Cancha Community

Pick up from the Hotel at 6:00am, leaving Cusco by car, on the route to Pisaq until arriving at Huaran creek (2840m/93152ft). Here starting to hike up a small side valley that narrows gradually while ascending on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna. After a 3 hour hike, arrival at Cancha Cancha (3800m/12464ft), where trekkers will be received with some typical food and have the opportunity to share an insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community, camping night here.

  • Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 7 km (4, 35 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (3800m/12464ft)

Day 2 – Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani

After breakfast start slowly uphill until reaching Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha Community, we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After ½ hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2½ hour trek to the first pass, called Pachacuteq Pass (4458m/14622ft). From the pass you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Pachacuteq Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and rich in birdlife. The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700m/12136ft) camping enjoying traditional food and spending our time with children and women weavers.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (4458m/14622ft)

Day 3 – Quiswarani – Cuncani

Breakfast, heading west up a small valley you’ll arrive at a lake at the head of the valley and start a steep zig-zag climb up a narrow trail to the top of the second pass known as Abra Huillquijasa (4200m/13776ft). It’s possible to observe the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and the 7 lakes full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl. Over the high point continuing downhill and have a well deserved break beside the lakes before continuing on for the short trek to the next village of Cuncani (3750m/12300ft) in the bottom of the valley (1½ hour from the pass).

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 8 km (4, 97 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)

Day 4 – Cuncani – Lares Hot Spring – Aguas Calientes

Breakfast; start slowly downhill to Lares the trail follows the river valley downhill; on the way to Lares Town, we’ll have another opportunity to meet and spend time with local people in Huacawasi Village (where we’ll have our lunch). Then we continue for about 1 hour to the town of Lares (3100m/10168ft) where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). After having lunch, boarding a private car that will take back to Ollantaytambo town, transfer to the train station from where we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 6 km (3, 72 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 2-3 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (3100m/10168ft)

Day 5 – Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30am to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.

Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):

  1. 1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.

Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in Machu Picchu

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Cusco – Our representative will assist you and transfer to the airport and say goodbye.

Includes

Services included

  • 2 Airport Transfers
  • Machupicchu Kingdom of the Incas Empire services begin with the arrival transfer to your hotel
  • Our service end with transfer to Cusco Airport; when you leave Cusco
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Private transportation to Huaran (head of the trek) and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • One emergency horse – days 1 to 3 (each two trekkers)
  • Your personal luggage allowance to put on the horses (Max. 8 kgs / 17 lbs per person)
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • 2 bus tickets (up and down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes)
  • Vistadome train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and train back to Poroy
  • Private transfer from Poroy Train Station to your Cusco hotel
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes selected hotel Category (last night)
  • Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in Machu Picchu

Services not included

International airfares, domestic flights

Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned, Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain, Sleeping bag, Tips for the guide, cook and porters

Hotels

Hotels to use for this trek (last night)

City Tourist Class Superior Tourist Class
Aguas Calientes Hotel Hanaqpacha Inn Machu Picchu

www.hanaqpachamachupicchu.com

Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

www.lacabanamachupicchu.com

Hotel Inti Wiñaywayna Machu Picchu

www.intiwinaywayna.com

Hotel Hatun Inti Classic Machu Picchu

www.hatunintimachupicchu.com

Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu

www.casa-andina.com/machupicchu.

Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu

www.hotelferremachupicchu.com

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