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Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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5D/4N

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Overview

The Lares Valley trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, gives the trekker the best of all worlds in 5 days.  You pass through the most isolated indigenous communities keeping the Inca culture alive, and get the privilege to interact with them. Our own unique route is incredibly picturesque, with majestic ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. On the Inca Trail hike on the original Inca trail just like in ancient times, explore the ancient Inca religious cities along the way and enter through the Sun Gate directly to Machu Picchu Citadel. You get to visit Machu Picchu 2 times. How could you want more!

  • The LARES TREK is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca trail to Machupicchu with the added bonus of visiting isolated Andean communities with long weaving traditions.
  • We offer you the best service at a great value, a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • Explore the lost city of Machupicchu early in the morning with options to see the Sunrise.
  • Visit Andean communities and learn about the traditional behaviors.
  • Learn some “Quechua” words – the official Inca language.
  • We don’t want your trek to be just hiking but we want to create a memorable trip, for that, we have spiritual ceremonies perform by local Shamans, meditation sessions
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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Lares: 3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4350 masl. / 14271 ft.
    Accommodation: 1 Day Hostel, 2 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Hotspring.
    Locations: Lares, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 22:15 PM

Itinerary

Día 1: Cusco - Calca - Aguas termales de Lares (opcional) - Wacawasi
Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel. We will then drive for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get Lares hot springs 3,200 m / 10,496 ft, on the way, we’ll stop in Calca a small town in the Sacred Valley, to visit its typical market and get some items for the trail. Upon our arrival at the hot springs, we’ll meet our muleteers and get ready our rucksacks to start the adventure. The trail starts going up the highland valley gradually. Today we’ll have our lunch at about 1:30 pm on the halfway to the first campsite. After lunch, the adventure goes on, along this section of the trail we’ll see some herds of llamas and alpacas, and we’ll reach our first campsite located in Wacawasi village 3,800 m / 12,464 ft. At the campsite after our arrival, we’ll have our tea time and dinner. Today, we’ll have an option to swim at the hot springs before our hike starts, whose cost is 10 PEN (not included), or just start hiking to the first campsite instead, as the most hikers do, this will be managed by you and your trek leader. Lunch and dinner included (except breakfast which is supplied at your hotel).

Hiking distance: 8 Km. / 4.9 mile.
Hiking time: 3½ to 4 hour approximately.
Highlight: Hiking in the Andean valleys with pretty scenic views, interact with local people (children), llama and alpaca herds along the trail, and camping in a highland village.
Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3800 masl. / 12464 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3200 masl. / 10494 ft.
Day 2: Wacawasi – Wacawasi Pass – Mantanay
Today, we’ll wake up early in the morning and a great nutritious breakfast will make us ready for the challenging day. After having breakfast, we’ll hike up to the highest point on the trail called Wacawasi pass at 4,420 m / 14,498 ft, for about 4 hours from our campsite. On this section of the trail, we’ll still see some herd of llamas and alpacas close to us, and pretty scenic views. When we arrive at the highest pass, we’ll take a deserved break while savoring great views around and a perfect time to offer some Coca leaves to the Andes spirits making an Apacheta (cairn, a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path). We’ll then hike downhill to reach our lunch spot located close to a beautiful lagoon called Aurora Qocha, where we’ll enjoy just prepared fresh meals and hot drinks. After lunch, we’ll continue descending to our second campsite located in Mantanay valley, a valley with beautiful Andean trees called Queuña (a typical tree from the highlands of Peru that grows up between 3,400m / 11,152 ft trough 4,300m/ 14,104 ft, polylepis “Rosaceae” is a genus of low trees with rugged scaly bark). In the evening we’ll take our hot drinks and dinner. All meals included.

Hiking distance: 14 Km. / 8.6 mile.
Hiking time: 7½ to 8 hour approximately.
Highlight: Llama and alpaca herds along the trail, reaching the highest point, beautiful lakes along the trail, and camping in a highland valley.
Climate: hot in the day and cold in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4400 masl / 14435 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3700 masl / 12136 ft.
Day 3: Mantanay – Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo Town
Another great day awaits us and a great breakfast makes us ready for it. After taking our breakfast, we’ll descend for about 3 hours to Yanahuara, a village located in the Sacred Valley, where we’ll have our last lunch and say goodbye to our muleteers and cook. After having lunch, we’ll take our transportation to our hotel in the picturesque Ollantaytambo town, where we stay this third night, after a deserved relaxation at hotel, we’ll go for an exploration of the authentic Incan streets in the same town. At night, We’ll have dinner at one of the many restaurants the town has (this dinner is not included). Breakfast and lunch included (except the dinner).

Hiking distance: 7 Km. / 4.3 mile
Hiking time: 2-3 hour approximately.
Highlight: Hiking through the highland forest, exploration of the original Inca streets in Ollantaytambo town
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3700 masl / 12136 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3050 masl / 10004 ft.
Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Short Inca Trail – Machu Picchu
At 6:10 am we depart Ollantaytambo train station to Km 104, which is the beginning of the trail. At Km 104 the train stops to get off and go walking to the main checkpoint for the respective registration, this place is located at an elevation of 2,150 m/ 7,052 ft, after the registration we will walk for a couple of minutes and we will reach the first Incan site called Chachabamba that consists in having temples, the main patio, sacred rock, etc. In which, our guide will deliver a great information about this site. Afterward, we will continue walking gradually uphill enjoying the spectacular sceneries until reaching the Wiñaywayna Incan temple whose meaning is “forever young”, where our guide will deliver you a great history of the site. After the exploration of Incan temple, we’ll take our snacks or packed lunch at the Checkpoint of Wiñaywayna. We’ll then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours, entering in this wonder of the world through the Gate of the Sun, from where we’ll have the first views of the famed Incan city, and take our time to make great shots from this point. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we’ll take our time to make great shots of the Incan city, as the afternoon is usually with fewer people. We’ll then take the bus to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll stay at cozy hotel Cabaña, and have dinner at the restaurant (this dinner is not included).

Hiking distance: 12 Km. / 7.4 mile
Hiking time: 6-7 hour approximately.
Highlight: Original section of Inca Trail, exploration of two Incan ruins before Machu Picchu, first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, and gaze out Machu Picchu in the late afternoon.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 2650 masl / 8692 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2150 masl / 7052 ft.
Day 5: Hiking & Explore Machu Picchu — Cusco.
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!

After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride at 18:20 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 21:30 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.

Include:

  • Transportation.- Tourist bus from Cusco to “LARES” starting point of the Trek.- Tourist train EXPEDITION CLASS round trip from “Ollantaytambo” to “Aguas Calientes town and from “Aguas Calientes” town to “Ollantaytambo”; transfer from “Ollantaytambo” to Cusco.- Bus up and down from “Aguas Calientes” town to Machu Picchu.
  • Camping equipments.- We provide four-people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for Guides and porters, kitchen gears.
  • Accommodations.- 01 night hotel accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes” based in double ocupancy. 3-stars category hotel.
  • Entrace Fees.- To Machu Picchu.
  • Meals.- 3 breakfast.- 3 hot lunches.- 3 hot dinners delicious meals prepared by professional chef 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. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles.
  • Guide.- English speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
  • Trekking Cook.- Professional trekking chef and Chef assistants.
  • Horses .- For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (6kls per person) in duffel bags that we provide. Muleteers.
  • Others.- First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag.- can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Breakfast.- on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at “Calca” town for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the “Lares trek to Machupicchu”.
  • Meals.- in “Aguas Calientes” town on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 30 in average restaurant.
  • Entrance fees to “Huaynapicchu” Mountain (US$30). Please advise at time of booking as the spaces are limited.
  • Entrance.- to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” town (optional) US$ 3.00 and “Lares” town (optional) US$ 3.00.
  • Tips.- for the staff.

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Tour Map Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How Difficult Is The Lares Trail?
This is very difficult to answer definitively, but if you are reasonably fit, then trekking is moderate but not challenge. Most treks are designed so that you walk a comfortable distance each day and still have enough power left for the next. It’s very important to acclimatized to the altitude, Lares Trail pass over an altitude of 4400m /14435ft
How Long Is The Lares Trek And How Many Hours Do We Hike Per A Day?
The entire Lares Trail is a distance of 39 kms (24.2miles); the beginning point is the Lares’s hot springs and the ending point is the town of Ollantaytambo. You’ll walk in 3 days. The first day is relatively easy and you’ll walk for 4 hours; the second day is probably the hardest day since we have to walk over the highest pass at 4400m /14435ft, the walking time is for 8 hours; the third day you’ll walk manly down for 5 hours passing waterfalls and picturesque communities; the last day we’ll explore Machu Picchu I the morning and in the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco.
What Is The Scenery Like On The Lares Trail?
Since the trekking takes you through the Andes, the Lares Trail provides stunning mountain scenery; several snow Peak Mountains, Waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, lagoons, meadows, farms, etc. What make this Trek so popular are the local Andean communities that the trail passes through. The Authentic weaving communities are one of the highlights. On this trail you also will explore Inca site where your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour.
Do I Need A Permits?
The Lares Trail does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu which once are limited.
Is Altitude Sickness Common? And How High Is The Lares Trail?
It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. One or two days spent in Cuzco (3,400m/11154FT), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough for most people; or you also can stay in other place at same altitude or higher.
The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4400m / 14435ft. You will sleep at 3600m / 11811ft for one or two nights. The trail is climbing gradually up to the highest pass and you can step in any place you want, IT IS NOT like the Inca trail with several stone step and very steep
When Do We Reach Machu Picchu And How Much Time Do We Spend There?
We’ll reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 4th; we’ll try to take the earliest bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (25 minutes); Once in Machu Picchu, Your Trekking guide will take you for an informative 2-3 hour tour, where you’ll visit the most important places of Machu Picchu and you’ll have enough time to take pictures. After the tour you will have a free time to explore along. When you finish All in Machu Picchu you’ll take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have your lunch in one of the restaurants.
Does The Porters Carry Our Luggage While On The Lares Trek?
No, llamas, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items in duffel bags that we’ll provide one night before the tour (During the briefing time). The duffel bags will be transported from camp to camp. You will still need to bring a day backpack (30lts) to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket.

The duffle bags provided for your personal belongings which will transported by Pac animal from camp to camp during the Lares Trail.
How Cold Does It Get On The Lares Trail (Will I Need To Bring Hats And Mitts)?
Yes, it will be cold spatially the second day. The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cusco.
What Type Of Accommodation Is Used On The Lares Trail?
During the Lares Trek to Machupicchu we’ll use camping tents for 2 nights and one night hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. The tents are a 4-people capacity tent which will be provided for only two people of the same-sex (if you are solo traveller). Trekkers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during morning hours.
What Type Of Food Will We Get On The Lares Trek?
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.
When is the Best Time to hike Lares Trek?
The best time to hike Lares Trek to Machupicchu is during the dry season (April to September). During these months the views are splendid, the camping sites are dry and nice, the trail is particularly quiet, and weather is often very pleasant.

Trekking the Lares Trail is the third most popular trek to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the height of the peak season the trail can be busy. That being said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel over-crowded.
However, in the last years the weather is unpredictable, instead of dry season we are having rain, and it is difficult to predict the weather spatially in the Andes, so we highly recommended being prepared all the time for sun cold and rain, we‘ll provide always the best quality equipment for your comfort and our staff always will decide the best places where to set up the camps.

Important info
For Lares Trek to Machupicchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
Is LARES TREK for me?
Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Do not miss out on adventure!!… Come and see four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote Andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek.

Where the Inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares Trek to Machu Picchu still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning lanscape from a high mountain pass. At Lares Trek to Machu Picchu will be most probably be some alpacas accompanying you during your hike. There are less Inca archaeological sites along the trail itself until you get Machu Picchu but if you like awesome scenery and the popular history then Lares trek is for you.
Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Montaña
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.

if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.

In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.

if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

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  • Buffet Lunch in Machu Picchu ⇨$35,00
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