DURATION

DIFFICULTY

4 DAYS

MODERATE

Prices 

2 Pax - $1,756

3 Pax - $1,381

4 Pax - $1,225

5 Pax - $1,132

6 Pax - $1,101

LARES TREK 4D/3N

A beautiful traditional town, colorful, and full of breath-taking landscapes can be found in the Valley of Lares. Lagoons appear suddenly from behind giant mountains capped by glaciers and llamas and alpacas graze the surrounding hills. Guided by children and sometimes accompanied by women with their colorful skirts and braids in their hair, a true taste of traditional Andean dress...  This trek will leave you with unforgettably wonderful memories. The steps are high, the nights are cold and the clear evening skies ablaze with stars. Spend a few days surrounded by the pure magic of the Andes and it’s people in the Lares Valley, a unique and spectacular cultural experience encompassed by nature.

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR


Good Morning! Rested and enthusiastic for our ultimate day we have the option to relax this the morning or have a wander round the town. Today we will lunch early in one of Aguas Calientes’ excellent restaurants in order to arrive to the Citadel in good time for our full afternoon tour. Accompanied by our guide, we take a 25 minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machupicchu (2400m / 7874ft). Our guide will lead us in a tour of exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within this enigmatic Citadel. Our guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours. Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu If you feel like you could take on another uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the famous mountain of Huayna Picchu this morning, pre afternoon tour. It is important to mention that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance. Please confirm that you want to make this climb at the time of making your booking with us. The trail consists of many steep narrow steps (not recommended for people who suffer vertigo), the height of the mountain is 2700m / 8858ft (the climb is 300 m.) We will climb Huayna Picchu at 10am. The route is around 3 hours round trip. We will then exit Machu Picchu citadel and have our lunch at Sanctuary Lodge just outside the entrance to the Citadel. After lunch we re-enter the citadel at 2pm for our guided tour of the citadel itself. As the site closes for the day at 5:30pm we bus back down to Aguas Calientes. We then have a charming train journey back to Ollantaytambo and time to reflect on, quite possibly, one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to your hotel. Meals: B, Lunch.




DAY 1 - CUSCO TO LARES


Very early, as the sun begins to shine on the roofs of Cusco, our guide will pick us up from the hotel and we will head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The Calca market will be our last stop before losing contact with big cities. This is our final chance to buy any last minute things we may need for the trip. The road that leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes pass at 4470m is a phenomenal drive which winds through arid landscapes, occasional rivers run across the road and the mountain views are breathtaking. Our final destination is the hot baths of Lares. Here, naturally occurring, relaxing thermal waters await us before our trek. From the thermal baths unfolds a small track, used by local children and community members. We pass through hand tilled fields and crops of quinoa and potato, amongst quaint stone houses. After a gradual climb of a few hours we will stop for a delicious lunch, before continuing on to the community of Cuncani, our camp for the evening. The night will be cold but charming. Start Height: 3230 masl / 10600 ft. Max Height: 3840 masl / 12600ft. Approximate Walking time: 6 hrs Day Distance: 10,88 Km / 6,8 Ml Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - CUNCANI, PUMAHUANCA MOUNTAIN PASS TO PACCHA


If the day is clear, we will wake up to the imposing view of Colque Cruz, a majestic mountain capped by a glacier, which provides water to the community. We follow the path next to an icy stream that will take us towards the pass. The ascent is challenging. We will have some hours of demanding but rewarding uphill, on rocky trails passing through incredible landscapes punctuated by high altitude lagoons. As we get closer to the pass, the trail becomes steeper and rockier. On reaching the summit a stunning view of the Pampas of Anta awaits us, followed by a descent that will be most agreeable after such a long climb. The descent is steep but beautiful, crossing a small forest of ‘Polylepis’, the endemic and endangered trees of the high Andes. Just after the forest and with an incredible view of the valley below we will stop for lunch. After which the drop continues until we reach our camp, a tranquil paradise, surrounded by trees and crossed by a small river. Start Height: 3840 masl / 12600ft. Max Height: 4730 masl / 15700 ft. Approximate Walking time: 10 hrs Day Distance: 14,4 Km / 9 Ml Meals: B, L, D. Snacks




DAY 3 - PACCHA, PISCIGRANJA TO OLLANTAYTAMBO


This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast there will be a chance to take photos with our porters, cooks and field staff. All those who made this trip possible. From here the walk becomes easier down to the piscigranja (fish farm). We will feel the climate changing, becoming warmer and more alive, with more variety in vegetation as hummingbirds accompany us on our journey. After a few short hours we will meet our private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. As the train travels along, the valley turns into a canyon and the scenery alters, as the cloud forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Calientes. Hotel staff will be waiting to help us with our luggage and escort us to the hotel. After a well-deserved shower we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town. Start Height: 4040 masl / 13400 ft. Max Height: 4040 masl / 13400 ft. Approximate Walking time: 4 hrs Day Distance: 5 Km / 3,1 Ml Meals: B, L, Snacks Accommodation: Hatun Inti or Similar





 

                     This was a fabulous trip! I would highly recommend Quechua Treks to anyone. Mayra organized the trip beautifully, customizing the trip to our group's desires and different schedules. Zac was a wonderful                              guide who made sure we were all comfortable, well taken care of and having the best possible experience. Zac's knowledge of the history, culture, flora and fauna of Peru was outstanding and added to the enjoyment of our trip. Not to mention his great sense of humor! I would not have changed a thing! I thank Mayra and Zac for an experience of a lifetime!

 

SERVICES INCLUDED


Briefing one day before the trek. Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure. 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available). Drinking water along the trek. Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers). Chef (assistant chef for larger groups). Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks. Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers. Inflatable mattresses. Sleeping liner and pillow. Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times). First aid kit and oxygen bottle. Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs. Toilet tent. Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person). These are provided by your guide at your briefing. Train tickets to Aguas Calientes. 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a quality 3* hotel. If you wish to upgrade hotel please ask for options. Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and vice versa. Dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes. Entrance to Machu Picchu (if you want to visit the mountain of Huayna Picchu add USD60, please advise at booking). Train ticket to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco.




SERVICES NOT INCLUDED


Breakfast on the first morning. Dinner on the last night. Entrance to the hot springs. Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain. (USD 60 extra) Sleeping bag. If you don’t want to bring your own, you can hire this from us. Tips for guides and field staff




DISCOUNTS


These discounts are not cumulative Students: US$ 30.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Please be aware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid). Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings) Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)




THE DIFFICULTY OF THIS TREK (MODERATE)


The maximum height can go up to 4,200 m. The average walking time is 6 – 7 hours per day. Here differences in altitude of up to 1,000 masl can occur with many ascents and descents. The daily hikes cover 10-15 kilometers. These tours are a good choice for trekkers with initial hiking experience at altitudes above 3,000 meters, and with good physical condition and health.





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QUECHUA TREKS PERU

Mayra G. Callo La Jara

Tour Guide & Travel Agent

 - General Enquiries & Information: 

    sales@quechuatreksperu.com

    Address: Calle Bolivar #108, Lamay, Calca

    Cusco, Perú.

    Cellphone Number: +51 987422809

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