Lares Valley Hike( 8 Days / 7 Night )
A classic Cusco itinerary with an alternative trek throughout the Lares Valley. The Lares trek to Machu Picchu will offer you the unique opportunity to trek ancient Inca paths and routes. Take a journey back in time as you trek through untouched and breathtaking landscapes set against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, and watch a panorama of Andean villages, lakes and valleys unfold before you, revealing the forgotten way of life of the descendants of the Incas which has remained untouched for centuries.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City Tour + Briefing for your Lares Trail + Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Free Day in Cusco + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Lares Trail (4D/3N) + Overnight camping
Day 5: Lares Trail (4D/3N) + Overnight camping
Day 6: Lares Trail (4D/3N) + Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 7: Lares Trail (4D/3N) + Back to Cusco + Overnight in Cusco
Day 8: Flight Back to Lima – Home
In an effort to preserve and protect the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian government has taken drastic measures in the past few years to limit the amount of people hiking the Trail. No more than 500 people are allowed to start the Inca Trail trek per day. This number includes all support staff (ie. porters and guides) and it is very tightly controlled. Once this limit of 500 people is reached, the Trail is effectively closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made by any agency.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Lares Valley Hike
Day 1: Arrival to Lima
Upon your arrival, our representative will meet you at the Lima airport to take you to your hotel in Lima. *An extra day in Lima can be added upon request. Please ask our agent for activities in Lima
Day 2: Fly to Cusco & Afternoon City Tour (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transported to the airport in Lima, in order to catch your short, one-hour flight to Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas (located at 11,100 feet above sea level). You will be met upon arrival, and transferred to your hotel. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Lunch is on your own today. After lunch you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice; Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox.In the evening, you will be met at your hotel by one of our representatives, where you will receive an important informational briefing regarding the Lares Trail.
Day 3: Free Day in Cusco (B)
You will have the unique experience of enjoying the wonders of Cusco at your leisure. This will be your chance to explore at your own pace, the wonderful local markets, shops and cafés, or if you prefer, use the day for rest and relaxation prior to your Lares trail adventure. *If you prefer to relax on your first day in Cuzco, you could use this day to do your city Tour.
Day 4: Lares Trail: Day 1- Cusco/ Calca/ Quiswarani/ Cuncani (B, L, D)
Early in the morning we pick you up from your hotel in our comfortable private bus and begin our exciting travel through the Sacred Valley for approximately 1½ hour until Calca town for a break to buy last minute things. Our trip by bus continues until Quiswarani village, where we meet our horsemen, cook and horses to begin the trek. We go up until the beautiful Queuña Qocha lagoon and then we arrive to Huillcapunku Pass (4400 m/14,435 ft), after this Pass we have lunch while we enjoy the beautiful scenery. Then we continue the hike until our first campsite in Cuncani Village.
Day 5: Lares Trail: Day 2- Cuncani/ Mantanay (B, L, D)
This is the difficult day and the most gratifying too. Early in the morning we wake up and have breakfast. Then our hike begins and we walk around 4 hours until Chaq chapata where we have lunch. After eating we continue the hike about 2 more hours until the Aruray Pass (4450/14,435 ft.), here we have wonderful scenery with snow-capped mountains and a nice lake. From this point we descend to walk near two lagoons and a Polylepis forest. There is a wide change in scenery before arriving at our beautiful campsite in Mantanay after approximately 2 hours.
Day 6: Lares Trail: Day 3- Mantanay/ Yanahuara/ Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
After breakfast we descend to lower altitude until Yanahuara village that is part of the Sacred Valley, where we have lunch and meet our private transport to go to Ollantaytambo train station and take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we enjoy dinner in a typical restaurant and spend the night in comfortable lodging.
Day 7: Lares Trail: Day 4– Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu/ Cusco (B)
Early in the morning after a delicious breakfast at our lodging, we take the bus to Machu Picchu; covering a distance of 8 kilometers and after 30 minutes we finally get the wonderful Sanctuary to start our guided tour for 2 hours approximately. Once we arrive, we will have free time to enjoy Machu Picchu by ourselves. At the conclusion of the day, you will start your journey back to Cusco, where once you arrive; you will be picked up and taken directly to your hotel in Cusco. *Please let us know if you prefer to add an extra day in Cusco.
Day 8: Return to Lima / Flights Home (B)
After you final breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, your journey to Peru winds to a close as we transfer you to the airport in Cusco for the flight back to Lima, and ultimately back to your point of origin. Flight time will depend on your flight time back home. *While in Lima, we highly recommend adding culinary activities such as cooking classes and tasting dinners in the best restaurants of Latin America, for more information check our Culinary site: taste-of-peru.com and ask our agents for more information. Please let us know if you like to add extra activities in Lima or a day hotel if your flight is late at night.
*Private tours, other accommodations levels and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
Participants need to be in good physical health and condition. It is good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to seven hours, with breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inca Trail. To fully enjoy an Inca Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician prior to joining an Inca Trail Expedition. Drinking lots of liquids is a must.
About What to Pack for trekking in Peru:
Remember to take your original passport on the Inca trail because without it you will not be able to do the hiking. Take only the necessary items for the 4 day trek (8-12 Kilos), the rest of your luggage can be left at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels has a storage where to keep it until your return). Bring a personal sleeping bag, warm Jacket or sweater, rain gear (specially from November to April), T-shirts, shorts, long pants, layers. Back pack, Day pack, trekking shoes, sandals, Sun hat, wool hat, sunglasses, Water bottle, flash light, Insect repellent /Sunscreen, Water Purification Tablets (optional), Hand Towel, toilet paper. Extra US$50 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the porters
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Expedition Train from Ollanta to Aguas Calientes & from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco). Other train options available upon request: Vistadome and Hiram Bingham.
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip
- Expert leadership / guides & support personnel
- Accommodations: 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights Camping, 1 night in Aguas Calientes.
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, S = Snack, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, T = Tea Time Snack). Plentiful, nutritious meals during the trail (Vegetarian option available). We can add any meals upon request
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha and MachuPicchu)
- Private Transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Calca (Start Point of the Trail), Yanahuara/Ollanta Train Station, Poroy Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Airport.
- Cook (In charge of meal preparation)
- Group porters & Horses to carry camping equipment and food
- 1 extra Horse in case of emergency
- Porters to carry your backpack (6 kilos/12 pounds) 2 people in each 3-person-capacity tent
- Mattress (sleeping pad)
- Dinner tent, special biodegradable bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local ($5-6) and International ($31) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
- Feather sleeping bag US$6 per day
- Synthetic sleeping bag US$5 per day
- 1 Extra porter (12 kilos) US$95
- 1/2 Extra porter (6 kilos) US$55
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior.- These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotel. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels.- Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites.- Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4 star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel.- What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe.- These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. For the luxurious traveler.
Expedition.- The least expensive tourist train. Recently renovated cars offer nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome.- A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham.- Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer.- Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week. Depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines.- Peruvian owned airline. Offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru.- Peruvian owned airline. It services many destinations and offers good value prices. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines.- Central American owned airline. Offers great service but few frequencies to Cuzco. Moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lan Peru.- Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cuzco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest of the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.