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Lares & Machu Picchu Andean Trek – 4 Days

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4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : All Year (Best by Apr-Nov)
Cusco
Cusco
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details

Head off the beaten track into the Peruvian highlands in a 4-Day trek that combines live culture, history, and stunning sceneries all the way to Machu Picchu. You’ll soak in relaxing spring waters, walk amongst the beautiful patchwork of agricultural lands,  and climb to the highest point of the trek. Then, continue the adventure up to the impressive views from the Sun Gate. On the last day enjoy a guided tour of the Lost Citadel and lose yourself around its mighty constructions until is time to get back to Cusco.

Departure & Return Location

Your hotel in Cusco City

Cusco Centro Histórico

Departure Time

Between 7:00 – 7:30 am

Price Includes

  • Hotel pick-up and all land transportation throughout the tour
  • Transportation by train between Cusco/Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu and Lares Hot Springs
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with private bathroom in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 night Campiste accommodation and modern Camping equipment
  • Cook and meals included during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner with vegetarian option available)
  • Muleteers to carry all camping equipment and up to 6kg/10lb of personal supplies
  • Emergency horse (min 2 participants)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen supply

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bags (can be rented upon request)
  • Walking sticks (Optional)
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (optional)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and additional expenses
Know Before You Go
  • Walking sticks are optional (can be rented on Day 1)
  • We recommend to arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before the trek to adjust to the altitude and attend the pre-tour briefing
  • If you wish to add Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to the experience, please enquire our specialists as we need to check availability
  • What to Bring: Click here to see our suggested Packing List (works for this trek as well)
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancel or reschedule up to 72 hours in advance (subject to penalty fees)
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO - LARES HOT SPRINGS - HUACAWASI

This Andean journey will bring you to the village of Lares, northeast Cusco. A morning drive will take you to make a quick stop in the town of Calca for a visit to the local market. Here you’ll have breakfast and buy any last-minute supplies. Use this opportunity to buy optional supplies and gifts for the children that you will meet during your trek.

Keep on a drive across the highlands until Lares. This town is known for its healing Hot Springs, and where you’ll have a relaxing soak in at the pools while our cooks prepare a meal before the trek. After lunch, you’ll start the hike on a 3-hour uphill path giving you good training for the days ahead. The Campsite of today is at the lovely community of Huacawasi. You’ll spend the evening at a local’s house, feeling like a family member with gifts of popcorn, sweets, and some hot tea before indulging in dinner with the rural atmosphere.

Difficulty: Moderate       • Hiking time: 6 hours           • Distance covered: 6 hours

Day 2HUACAWASI – SONDOR - MISKI INU

Today’s hike consists of a challenging climb to the highest point of the trek, the pass of Sacsayllame or Huacahuasi (4400m/14435ft). This portion will take around 4 hours, assisted by our animal friends, horses to assure everybody makes it to the top. Despite the difficulty, you’ll be rewarded with glorious sights over the typical Peruvian mountainous landscapes, the surrounding peaks, and mesmerized by the beautiful patchwork of agricultural lands that can be seen in the distance.

The higher we ascend, the colder it will get. After reaching the summit, we’ll hike down to pass the beautiful blue-watered lagoon of Aruray Cocha for a nourishing lunch near the shores. Take time out to regain your energy as our cooks prepare a delicious meal. We’ll continue a 1-hour downhill walk across the Queuñas (Polyepis) forest, a typical Peruvian tree. Finally arriving at Inu Miski, this will be a wonderful place to sample hot drinks, in order to make yourself feel as comfortable as possible after your strenuous day. Before calling it a day, you will be having a wholesome dinner.

• Hiking time: 8 hours   • Hiking time: 6 hours    • Distance covered: 6 hours

Day 3MISKI UNU - QUESHUARCHALLOC - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

The trail continues on a walkthrough of typical Andean forests. With a much lower altitude, you’ll follow a 3-hour descend observing the changes in biodiversity all the way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, you will get interesting facts and stories about the Valley and the area around from your guide.

Arriving at  Queshuarchalloc you’ll enjoy the last lunch followed by a farewell to the trek crew and horses. From this point, the tour continues by bus to the famous and beautiful town of Ollantaytambo, known to be the last conquered town after the Spanish invasion. You’ll have a visit to the old town ending with dinner at a local restaurant. At around 19:00 hours, you’ll embark on the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes, located just at the bottom of  Machu Picchu. Have a  well-deserved rest in a hostel.

Day 4AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

At around 4:30 am we’ll head to the Inka citadel of Machupicchu via a 1-hour hike up amidst the forest, bringing you right to the Main Entrance to explore Machu Picchu before the crowds.

The tour starts with phenomenal views after passing the main entrance, along with the guide, you’ll learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Get some free time to explore at leisure, or use it to climb to the top of Huaynapicchu or the Machu Picchu mountains, if booked in advance they will assure you get unparallel views over the Citadel. Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail.

Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for a drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

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