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LARES TREK-SACRED VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU
PRIVATE AND POOLED SERVICE
Day 1.- Cusco - Calca - Lares village (3100 m.a.s.l.) - Hot springs - Quishuarani, (3700 m.a.s.l.)
We will leave from Cusco, by early morning. and then we will travel by bus to Calca, there we take a bus up to Lares Valley.
Once we get the town you will have the chance to enjoy the great hot springs and have a good break for about 1: 30 minutes (Aprox.) refreshing yourself. Lunch is provided there as well.
Then we will go by bus again (20 minutes travel aprox.) to the beginning of the trip know as Pascana and there we will start the hike to Quishuarani (2.30 hours hike aprox.) there we will set up, our campsite, here there is nice chance to meet the locals “campesinos” and share some time together getting weaving exhibition and lessons about its ancient techniques.
This is a beautiful day with stunning views and great landscapes and the experience to visit along the path several Andean villages, and have a chat with the local people. (L/D)
Day 2 .- From Quishuarani to Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)
Early wake Up, breakfast, and start the hike. This Second Day is going to be the largest day
(7 hours hike aprox.) with of course a midday lunch break.
We start our ascent to the highest point of the circuit, of course at your own speed and own pass, The climb is pretty hard until the pass of Pachacutec (4450 m.a.s.l.) but with an indescribable panoramic views of snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon and the surrounding snow peaks plus stunning landscapes from the summit are definitely worthwhile, after the pass we hike down hill for about 2.30 hours. Lovely day and chance to see Andean Wild Life and Flowers, Camp at Cancha Cancha. (B/L/D)
Day 3 .- From Cancha Cancha to Huaran and then Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town by train (2000 m.a.s.l.)
After a delicious breakfast we start our easy hike, down hill for about 5 hours (approx.) hiking to Huaran, there we will take a transport as far as Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train (by 2:30 p.m.) in order to get Aguas Calientes town (1:40 min. travel approx.), overnight in a hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 4 .- Machu Picchu (2400 m.a.s.l.) - Cusco (3400 m.a.s.l.) :
Early wake Up (by 05: 30 a.m.), Breakfast and after to leave our Luggage at the
Hotel, we will take the early Tourist bus Up to Machu Picchu, of Course with a guide English speaking, Usually we can get Machu Picchu by 6: 30 a.m., so from this time we will be able to visit Machu Picchu of course at this time Machu Picchu is pretty empty and we will have the best chance to enjoy the beauty and the magic Machu Picchu.
A guided tour of about 2: 30 hours, and then you will have "happy hour time", to explore by yourself the whole site for about 3 hours and there is time as well to climb Wayna Picchu mountain and get the best view over Machu Picchu it takes 1: 45 minutes round trip time, or option to go to the temple of the moon which is located behind Wayna Picchu Mountain.(Top of Wayna Picchu and Temple of the Moon Average
Round trip 3: 20 minutes)
Then We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 14:00 at the latest (assuming train departs at 15:55). Buses depart every 15 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times.
Getting Cusco city by 8:20 p.m aprox, there we will provide transfer to Your Hotel, End of the services.
-Lunch can be taken at Aguas Calientes town before to take the tourist train back to Cusco
-Optional stay 01 extra night in Aguas Calientes. Cost of Hotel: $30 - 40 per person.
What is included:
Collection from your hotel in the morning
Transportation by bus to the start of the trail (Lares - Pascana)
English speaking professional guide
Igloo tents - 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
Double thickness foam mattress
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking)
Accommodations: 2 nights camping, 1 night hotel
Cook and Cooking equipment
Meals (03B,03L,03D) - food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
We supply boiled water to fill in your water bottle all the time, if requested with enough time ahead (while hiking)
Teatime the first two days (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Horses days 1-3 (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
Accommodation for our crew
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Bus from Machu Picchu ruins up and down to the village of Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu entrance fee
Train ticket (Backpackers service) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
What is not included:
Breakfast on the first morning.
Lunch on the last day of the program.
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes US$3
Sleeping bags (4 season) can be hired in our office for US$15 for the 3 day trek.
Tips for the guide, cook and porters
What you need to bring:
Sleeping bag 4 season suitable for temperatures down to -5C (can be hired from our office for US$15 for the 3 day trek)
Sleeping mattress (we will provide you with this)
Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
Strong, comfortable footwear
One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porter, see options below)
Sweater and jacket (something warm)
Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water will be provided)
Torch / Flashlight and batteries
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
Sun block (sun protection cream)
Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, energy bars etc,
Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries, cash in soles and US$
Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
Optional: walking Poles /sticks (rubber covers necessary)
You also need to bring your original passport on the trail.
(1) Personal horse for riding while on the trek with and extra cost of US$35, you can have a personal horse to ride any time you may need.
(2) Single room at Aguas Calientes town (evening on day 3) the accommodations at Aguas Calientes on the 3th night is based on double or triple occupancy
(DWB or TWB). If a client would like to have a single room, need to add US$15.00 to the base price of the tour. You must decide if you want to have a single room in advance and let Us know when making your trek reservation since we need to purchase the hotel booking in advance as well. You cannot decide it at a later date or once you arrive in Cusco.
(3) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs.
(4) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know when you’ll make the reservation or at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(5) Sleeping bag for rent. The price is US$15 per person for the 3 day trek.
Reservation details: All trek reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance (however 15 days in advance is recommended especially during the months of June, July and August)
We can offer $15 of discount to students with a valid International Student Identity Card ISIC.
You won’t share the group with other people.
* Minimum 2 persons. Departures all year except February
Where others may join your group. Departures all year except February.