Peru Tours Packages
Cusco, Sacred Valley & Huaran-Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu
7 days / 6 nights - Pool Service
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco & Half Day City Tour
Transfer airport – Cusco hotel
Cusco city tour and nearby archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay
The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko, Puca Pucará and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca.
Overnight: In Cusco City
Day 2- Full day Sacred Valley
Breakfast at Hotel
Full day guided tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo) including lunch.
You will be driven through a scenic landscape to the Urubamba Valley, the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". Arriving at the town of Pisac, an hour drive from Cusco, you will visit the colorful Pisac Market, where the local habitants meet to sell their merchandise as they have done it for centuries. There is also a handicraft market. The tour continues to the town of Ollantaytambo from where you will climb up to its imposing Inca fortress at the top of the mountain.
Overnight: In Cusco City
Day 3 – Cusco to Cancha Cancha
Breakfast at Hotel
We leave Cusco at 7.00am in a private transport and drive for 2h towards Huaran, the starting point of our trek. On this first day, we walk for approximately 5h following an uphill path that starts in a valley with lush vegetation and that will take us to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. We will stop for lunch along the way. Once we get to Cancha Cancha, we set our camp and get to know the local people and their way of living.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Cancha Cancha to Queuñaqocha Lagoon
We leave our camp after breakfast to start walking along an ascending path that will lead us to the first mountain pass of the trek, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which we can enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the hike, we may also have spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in the area, such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani. We will have lunch after the pass, to then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community, from where we continue following an uphill path until we reach the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha, where we set up our second camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Queuñaqocha Lagoon to Lares and Aguas Calientes
Today we continue our hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h), offering impressive views of both sides of the pass, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. The trail continues along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until we arrive in Cuncani 3h later, another small peasant community from where we follow our hike down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail we may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximated 2h walk we arrive in Lares, capital of the district with the same name, a large village whose principal attraction are its pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a dip. After lunch, our private bus will drive us to Ollantaytambo, where we board an afternoon train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we are accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cusco
After an early breakfast, we board a bus to go up to Machu Picchu and then immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. We then have free time to walk around, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (if you have previously requested this entrance at the time of the booking; check with your travel advisor), where one can appreciate spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
Meals: no meals included. You will have breakfast at your selected hotel
Overnight: In Cusco City
Day 7: Transfer to Cusco´s Airport
Transfer Cusco hotel – airport
Huaran - Lares Trek Notes
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
Difficulty degree of this hike
Moderate to Challenging
NOTE: Prices are subject to changes according to the increase/decrease of suppliers costs
Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):
§ Students: USD 22.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
§ Teenagers: USD 22.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
§ Children: USD 44.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Additional discounts (that may be added to the above-mentioned):
§ SAE: 5% on full program price (valid South American Explorers Club membership card required). This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
What is included
Transfers as specified in the itinerary
Guided tours as specified in the itinerary
3 nights in Cusco City including breakfasts at hotel
1 night in Aguas Calientes including breakfast at hotel
Huaran - Lares to Machu Picchu Trek (2nights camping)
Expedition Tourist Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes and back (round trip)
All entrance fees included
Transportation as specified in the itinerary
Bilingual (English/Spanish) official guide during your itinerary
Included in the Lares Trek
Transfers and entrances fees
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Huaran, starting point of the trek
Private bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo
1D Machu Picchu entrance fee
Lares hot springs entrance fee
Lares hot springs entrance fee
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
One foamy sleeping pad per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs; Kitchen tent; Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
Chef and cooking equipment
Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
1 emergency horse every 6 persons
Accommodation for all our staff
Meals (02 breakfasts, 03lunches, 02dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Round trip Bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Transfer from the Train Station to your Hotel
What is NOT included in the Huaran - Lares Trek
§ Meals not specified in the itinerary
§ After the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too.
§ Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center. Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
§ Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
NOTE: If you would like to add an extra remarkable outing, you may climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain but please review the following important information: Wayna Picchu
Optional services to be hired
§ An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the hotel you choose. Please note that if you wish to visit Machu Picchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee is not included.
§ An extra horse to carry your personal items at an additional cost for 3 days. A horse can carry up to 20 kg.
§ Sleeping bag rent. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips
§ Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pad rent at an additional cost
§ Massage sessions at an additional cost. Our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco and offer the following treatments: relaxing massage, stress-relieving massage, spinal column massage, energizing massage, Inca massage, altitude problems, aroma therapy, therapy with honey, therapy with glass, therapy with stones, foot reflexology, shiatzu, reiki and puddle of flowering. We recommend massage sessions before and after your trekking program. Services are at the hotel and are only available in Cusco.
§ Vistadome Service train (First Class) instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost. (*) Pls note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book this extra service, you will not be accompanied by our guide.
§ Hiram Bingham Luxury Orient Express train instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost. This train departs Aguas Calientes at 6.00pm and includes a gourmet dinner on board, with an estimated arrival time to Poroy train station at 9.30pm. (*) Pls note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book this extra service, you will not be accompanied by our guide.
What we recommend that you bring
Ø A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
Ø Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Ø Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Ø Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Ø Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Ø Sleeping bag (please inform our Reservations Department if you wish to book this extra service at the moment of your booking)
Ø Sleeping pad: will be provided by us but is to be carried by you
Ø Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Ø Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Ø Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
Ø Sun block
Ø After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Ø Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Ø Toilet paper
Ø Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
Ø Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Ø Small towel
Ø Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
Ø Cash in soles and/or USD
Ø Original Passport
Ø Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Ø Optional: walking sticks or poles
Appropriate clothing along the Trek
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required along the route. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night. Along the route to Lares, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 5-15ºC during the day if not sunny and depending on the elevation. Temperatures drop at night, especially in the first two campsites, at higher elevation, reaching 0-5ºC although rarely below.
The best recommended period for this trek is April to November.
How to make a Booking
If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please go directly to the Booking Online section of this website.
1.Once you have chosen your tour, please fill out and submit the Reservation Form that you will find in the Booking Online section of this website.
2. In a maximum of two working days, you will receive an email from one of our travel advisors confirming or denying your booking.
3. In case your reservation is confirmed, a money deposit will be requested to secure your reservation.
4. Once we confirm the deposit reception, your booking is confirmed. A Voucher of Services will be sent to you including all the details of your program.
In case you have any doubts, queries or require additional information, please contact us, we will be more than pleased assisting you.