Peru Tours Packages
Sacred Valley - Lares
3 days / 2 nights - Pool (shared/group) Service
This less-known hike departs from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to enter a route where amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest and authentic textile Quechua communities are combined to finally reach the village of Lares, where you can end the trek by relaxing in its famous hot springs. From Lares we drive to Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machupicchu on day 4 of the program. A unique hike to get in touch with Andean people and to learn about their traditions and life-style. Social help is appreciated.
Day 1: Cusco to Cancha Cancha
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 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 2: 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 3: 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 back to Cusco. Arrival approximately 8:00pm.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu to Cusco
We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive 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.
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
Difficulty degree of this hike
Moderate to Challenging
Prices per person – Standard shared/group Service per Adult: ASK FOR OUR SPECIAL RATES
NOTE: Prices are subject to changes according to the increase/decrease of suppliers costs
• 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
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Soraypampa (starting point of the trail)
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
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)
One emergency horse every 6 persons
Accommodation for all our staff
Meals (02 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 02 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu is 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
Lares hot springs entrance fee
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Private bus from Lares to Cusco City, including transfer to your hotel
What is NOT included
- Meal plan not specified in the program
- Sleeping bag
- An extra horse to carry your personal items
- Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
What we recommend that you bring
A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Sleeping bag (please inform our Reservations Department if you wish to book this extra service at the moment of your booking)
Sleeping pad (will be provided by us but is to be carried by you)
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
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
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
Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or USD
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
Optional services to be hired
- Accommodation in Cusco: please let us know if you would like us to make the hotel booking and, in this case, your requested hotel category and accommodation, and the number of nights you would like to book. Our Reservation Department will provide you with a list of our selected hotels, services and prices for you to choose from. Our hotel choice is based on previous client reports and regularly updated.
- An extra horse to carry your personal items at an additional cost. A horse can carry up to 20 kg.
- Sleeping bag rent at an additional cost. Our sleeping bags are –18ÂºC-comfort (0ÂºF) and mummy form and 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 with an additional cost per 1-hour session. 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.
Appropriate clothing along the Inca Trail
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 from Lares to Ollantaytambo, temperatures range from 10-20 ºC 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. In Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.
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