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Lares Inca Trail Trek

EXPERIENCE AN AUTHENTIC COMBINATION INCAS PATH

    Trip description

    A fascinating cultural journey The Lares Inca Trail Trek is an amazing trip that will let you fully experience the rich culture of the Quechua people. The scenery is typical, ranging from the Andes mountain range to the deepest valleys of the subtropical woods. Experience the perfect equilibrium between Andean man and environment and immerse yourself in the pristine landscape of the Andes, inhabited by descendants of the Quechua people, along this historic path used by the Incas.


    After finishing the Lares walk, follow the well-known short Inca route to the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After completing the Lares trek. Along the way, you will come across mysterious and spiritually charged hidden archeological sites. This is a really special event that will leave lasting memories. Come along on a five-day journey with “Lares Trek + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” and experience the thrill and wonder that awaits you.

    Overview of Lares Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

    • DURATION: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
    • TOUR TYPE: Camping, adventure, and culture.
    • ACCOMMODATION: 2 Nights Camping /2 Nights Hotel
    • MEALS: 4 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • WALKING DISTANCE: 44 km / 28 miles
    • MINIMUM HEIGHT: 2,170 meters / 7,120 feet
    • MAXIMUM HEIGHT: 4,500 meters / 14,763 feet
    • TEMPERATURE: Minimum -7 °C (19.4 °F) / max. 24 °C (76 °F).
    • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Moderate, but challenging.

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    trip itinerary

    FIRST DAY: CUSCO – CALCA- LARES HOT SPRINGS – WACAWASI

    We know how important this vacation is for you. So, we do not want you to have any doubt or any lack during your trip towards one of the wonders of the world, therefore the guide will meet at your hotel 1 to 2 days before to give you detailed and personalized information to answer your inquiries.

    Begin your journey with our private transportation, departing Cusco at 5:30 am, and prepare to marvel at the picturesque journey through the Sacred Valley. Make a 20-minute stop at the market in the provincial town of Calca and witness a range of local products from both the highlands and the subtropical jungle, such as cacao, coca leaves, bananas, and oranges, among many others. You will have time to buy last-minute items, such as water, before continuing your adventurous journey.

    We will then continue driving for about 2 hours to reach the thermal springs of Lares (3,120 meters or 10,2660 feet), where we will have the option to soak in this medicinal thermal bath and unwind our muscles before our hike begins. The trail begins to climb gradually up the Lares Valley to the lunch spot.

    Upon arrival, we will meet our rider and his horses. Today we will have lunch around 1:30 p.m., tasting a succulent lunch prepared by our adventure chef. After feeding and taking a nap, the adventure continues. Along this segment, we will see some herds of llamas and alpacas accompanied by their shepherds, who are usually children dressed in their typical costumes of their community, and later, we will arrive at our first camp located in the community of Wacawasi (12,630 ft/3,850 m). At the camp, we will have our tents ready to rest, and we will have a coffee break followed by dinner prepared by our creative chef.

    MEALS: lunch, coffee break, and dinner.
    ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities.
    Distance: 8 km/5 miles.
    HIKING TIME: 5 to 6 hours.
    TEMPERATURE: minimum of -5 °C (23 °F) or maximum of 18 °C (64 °F).
    Physical difficulty: medium 3/5.

    DAY 2 – WACAWASI – IPSAYCOCHA PASS – LAGO IPSAYCOCHA– PATACANCHA

    Today is our challenging but rewarding day. After breakfast, you will begin your ascent for approximately 3 hours to reach the Ipsaycocha pass (4,500 m/14,763 ft). This marks the highest elevation of our Lares Trek. Here we will enjoy the wildlife of the Andes and the life and herding of the Andean Quechua descendants of the Inca culture, who still live in the tranquility of these places. We will also observe the impressive mountain ranges, view the majestic mountain glaciers, and watch for condors. Below is the emerald green lake Ipsaycocha (4,200 m/13,779 ft.), where we will have a delicious lunch—truly an amazing place!

    Next, we will head to the village of Patacancha, where we will camp in the midst of welcoming local families.

    • MEALS: breakfast, coffee break, and dinner
    • ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities.
    • DISTANCE: 12 km / 7.4 miles.
    • WALKING TIME:  7 to 8 hours.
    • TEMPERATURE: minimum -7 ° C (19.4 ° F) / max. 18 ° C (64 ° F)
    • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: challenge 4/5

    DAY 3: PATACANCHA-WILLOQ-OLLANTAYTAMBO

    Today is an easier day. After breakfast, we will walk downhill through a narrower valley for about 5 hours, following the Paracancha River. On the way down, we will pass one of the oldest communities, Willoq (3,200 m/10,498 ft). It’s a Quechua village where the locals still wear traditional clothing and are proud to maintain their cultural identity. The inhabitants of this area are known locally as ‘Huayruros’, named after a red and black seed that recalls the color of their ponchos. During our journey, we will have the chance to admire some of the weavings made by the locals themselves. These high-quality weavings are renowned for their intricate designs that reflect various aspects of their daily lives and cultures.

    Our journey will continue until we reach Ollantaytambo, which is the town that we are looking for. The streets, water channels, and foundations of some of the original Inca houses can be found in this Quechua town, which is another example of the Inca construction style being preserved. The Inca city of Ollantaytambo is a place that honors our ancestors by preserving their spirit in living form. Having the opportunity to spend the night in this historic location, which will feel like a trip back in time, will be a wonderful experience.

    • MEALS: breakfast, coffee break, and dinner
    • ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities.
    • DISTANCE: 12 km / 7.4 mils
    • WALKING TIME: 5 to 6 hours.
    • TEMPERATURE: minimum -2 ° C (28.4 ° F) / max. 18 ° C (64 ° F)
    • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: easy 2/5

    DAY 4: TRAIN STATION- KM 104 – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

    After spending three days in the Andes, we entered the upper Amazon and embarked on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

    We woke up early to prepare and have breakfast before heading to the train station. This is where we began our hike. During the 1:10-hour train ride to km 104, we enjoyed the breathtaking scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Nearby is the first archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,170 m/7,120 ft), which boasts a pleasant, temperate climate.

    We then continue for three hours uphill along the well-preserved Inca trail to visit another Inca site, Wiñaywayna, also known as Nini Machu Picchu. This hidden gem is nestled among the vegetation of the cloud forest and boasts impeccable sixteenth-century architecture that has been well preserved. Hikers use a camp nearby with the same name. Our chef will prepare a boxed lunch for us to enjoy with a rewarding view.

    Then, we will continue on an easier hike through a cloud forest to the famous Sun Gate. From there, we will have our first panoramic view of the Peruvian emblem, Machu Picchu.

    After a short descent, we will continue walking until we reach the main viewpoint and fulfill our dream. After taking the classic photos of Machu Picchu, we head to the town of Aguas Calientes, boarding the bus to spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

    • MEALS: breakfast, boxed lunch, and dinner
    • ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
    • DISTANCE: 12 km / 7.4 miles
    • WALKING TIME: 6 to 7 hours
    • TEMPERATURE: minimum 5° C (41° F) / max. 22 ° C (71° F)
    • PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Medium 3/5

    FIFTH DAY: MACHUPICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – BACK TO CUSCO

    Today, we will begin our day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on an exciting sightseeing and exploration tour of Machu Picchu. We will take a private tour of this magnificent site with our guide. To reach Machu Picchu, we will drive from the hotel to the bus station and board a bus for a scenic 25-minute ride.

    Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, our guide will lead us on a captivating tour, sharing fascinating stories about its history and explaining the significance of the main sites of this wonder. We will spend two enchanting hours immersing ourselves in the last city of the Incas.

    After enjoying its mystery and creating unforgettable memories, we will board the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes. Following this, we will enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) before continuing our journey. In the afternoon, we will take the train to Ollanta Tambo station, followed by a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Cusco on our private transportation. If you wish to hike the Huayna Picchu mountain after the tour on your own, please request availability and book your ticket.

    Please note that the return trip from Aguas Calientes to Cusco takes approximately four hours, so we recommend having lunch before (not included).

    • Meals: breakfast
    • Temperature: minimum 8 ° C (46.4 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)

    map

    LARES INCA TRAIL TREK MAP MAP

    ADDITIONAL TRIP INFO

    Included

    • Professional Tour Guide
    • Entrance to the Lares thermal hot spring (optional)
    • Ticket to the Machu Picchu
    • Entrance Ticket to the whole trek
    • Hotel  (doble room accommodation)
    • Bus service Aguas calientes – Machupicchu (round-trip)
    • Train EXPEDITION service (round trip)
    • Food: 4 (lunches, dinners and breakfasts)
    • Boiled cold water along the walk (after each meal). You will only bring the first day until lunch
    • Mattress (sponge)
    • Camping Tents (accommodation for 2 people)
    • Horse team that will carry the equipment, food and your personal belongings of 8 kg’s   (17.6 pounds).
    • Transportation Cusco – Lares trek – station Ollantaytambo
    • Transportation station Ollantaytambo- Cusco
    • Oxygen tank

    Not Included

    • Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
    • 1st day breakfast, and 5th day lunch
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented from the company)
    • Inflatable mattress (can be rented from the company)
    • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
    • Pillow
    • Gratitud

    Packing List

    PACKING LIST OF LARES INCA TRAIL TREK MAP

    • Original passport (the same one that you used to make the reservation)
    • Backpack (must be very comfortable to carry all your belongings during the trek)
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping Bag Liner
    • Extra Flip flops or river shoes
    • Raingear or at least rain poncho
    • Outerwear for the nights like a warm jacket, scarf, gloves and a woolly cap
    • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • Light clothing
    • Trekking pants
    • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved) preferably quick-dry or regular cotton
    • Silicone earplugs
    • Head lamp
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Quick-Drying Travel Towel
    • Personal medication
    • Walking stick with rubber bands on the tip
    • Reusable water bottle or Camelback water bladder
    • Hand sanitizer gel
    • Toilet paper
    • Extra money
    • Note: You have included transport of horse service for your personal belongings of 8 kg/17.6 pounds

    price

    GROUP SERVICE

    • $ 710.00 USD per person
    • 02 hikers: $ 850.00 USD per person
    • 03 hikers: $ 800.00 USD per person
    • 04 hikers: $ 750.00 USD per person
    • 05 hikers: $ 730.00 USD per person
    • 06 hikers +: $ 710.00 USD per person

    PRIVATE SERVICE

    EXTRAS

    • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: $ 75.00 USD per person
    • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike:  $ 70.00 USD per person
    • Upgrade VISTADOME Train service : $35.00 UDS

    GROUP SERVICEEQUIPMENT RENTAL

    • Walking stick (1 pair): $ 15.00 USD
    • Sleeping bag               : $ 25.00 USD
    • Inflatable mattress    : $ 20.00 USD

    DISCOUNTS

    • Students aged between 18 to 24 with a valid student ID : $20 USD
    • High school students aged 11 to 17 : $30 USD

    To apply the discount, students aged 18 to 24 must provide a copy of their passport and student ID at the time of booking. For more information, contact us at Info@allynpachaperutours.com

    Lares Inca Trail Trek

    From: 720 USD Per Person
    Type of Tour
    Camping, adventure, and culture
    Duration: 5 Days
    Activity Level
    Moderate, but challenging

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