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Cusco – Lares Trek and Machu Picchu

7 DAYS

Start
CUSCO -
End
 CUSCO


From
1017 USD

Trip Code: CLM7D


  • Explore Cusco's historic center
  • Wander Cusco's atmospheric streets
  • Learn about the dyeing and weaving process
  • Stroll geometrically perfect streets in Ollantaytambo
  • Conquering the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Discovering the wonders of Cusco

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. Choose to do a weaving lesson to learn the basic structure of weaving; the challenging Lares Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offering opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival to Cusco at any time

Upon arrival to Cusco, reception and transfer to your Hotel and the rest of the day you have free to acclimatize to the high altitude setting
Overnight in Cusco
Meals Included: None

This day we will visit a local community call Umasbamba  Las hormiguitas organization to learn about the dyeing and weaving process, here we will see how the local women use the natural plants, roots, seeds, leaves and insects to dye the alpaca wool, there you can choose to do a weaving lesson to learn the basic structure of weaving. After we will visit Casa de Barro restaurant for our lunch, then back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:0 a.m. safter which a private transport will take you on a 1.5 hour journey to Huaran village (9348ft) situated between Pisaq and Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Huaran is the place where the Lares trek actually begins. Your horses will be prepared as they will accompany us from this point forwards as we start our soft ascend along the small Cancha Cancha River. Day 1 will have you walking for roughly 5 hours and a climb to a hill in the valley, with lush plant life, to reach the 1st campsite in Cancha Cancha (12464ft) which is a little farming community in the midst of brilliant mountainous scenery. As we make camp you can familiarize with the locals and their way of life.
Overnight at the Campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once we’re done with the 2nd day’s breakfast Lares Trek begins, leaving Cancha Cancha behind as we head north east in the valley, seeing some small thatched stone houses along the way. After half an hour we see ourselves following a flat trail. After this we begin our 2.5 hour long steep climb to the Pachacuteq Path (13776ft). This is the first path of the trek and provides terrific views of snow-capped Pitusiray and Pachacuteq Lake. After moving on for an hour over a narrow bridge we come across a splendid valley with exotic birds and glacial lakes. You might also observe the snowy peaks of Colquecruz, Minas, Sirijuani and other mountains. After having lunch at the path we begin climbing down towards a delightful little textile community known as Quiswarani (12136ft). From there we head for our campsite in the beautiful Queuñaqocha lagoon where we will end day
Overnight at the Campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Lares Trek continues on the 3rd day after breakfast. We make for Abra Hillkiccasa (13448ft), the second mountain path. From here you can enjoy spectacular views on either side. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains are a special treat to watch from the path. We continue the trek through the Puna grasslands, agricultural sites and lakes. After 3 hours we reach Cuncani, a small peasant community. From Cuncani we head down through a lush valley with even more agricultural areas, seeing lovely native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. We reach our destination, Lares town (10168ft), after a 2 hour walk. This is the district (also called Lares) capital, adorned by delightful hot springs where you can take a dip. Once having lunch at Lares we will take our private transport to Ollantaytambo from where we catch the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will check in at our hotel/hostel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows. Optional climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant (not included in the price): In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival reception and transfer to your Hotel
Overnight in Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel, our representative will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.
Meals Included: Breakfast


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WHAT'S INCLUDE? ACCOMODATIONS Cusco – Camping EXCURSIONS Cusco – Weaving Process – Lares Trek – Machu Picchu ENTRANCE TICKETS Lares Trek – Machu Picchu TRAIN TICKET Expedition Train (Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes – Cusco) TRANSFERS All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off by English-speaking staff MEALS According mentioned in the itinerary GUIDED By quality English-speaking guides EXTRA HORSE To carry your personal gear up to a maximum 10kg per person EQUIPAMENTS Camping tent – dinning tent – cooking tent - sleeping mat WHAT'S NOT INCLUDE?  Domestic flight, travel insurance, visa, personal items, pre & post tour accommodation, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras  Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain  Sleeping bag for Lares Trek