LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL MACHUPICCHU 5D/4N
LARES TREK is the perfect place to enjoy more than you think because LARES TREK is not busy as others trails and takes different way, it’s so quiet, you will be visiting the most traditional villages.
Lares Valley known as the “Weavers place way” this place and people are very traditional because they are still practicing Inca traditions, so you will learn so much things from the locals, you can purchase Alpaca souvenir f you want to support the locals, and also you can participate with local activities to get the really connection and interacting in the Mountains, and get the best experience lifetime. Runas Expeditions has the best deals.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
- Distance 35km / 22 miles.
- Distance And Average time of hike per Day
- Day1 6km/3ml 5 hours.
- Day2 14km/8ml.8 hours.
- Day3 8km/5ml 3 1/2hours.
- Day4 MachuPicchu and back to Cusco.
- Type of Trek Nature and Cultural, History and tradition Adventure.
- Elevation 2000 meters / 6561ft.
- Elevation 4750 meters / 15519ft.
- Weather From May to October dry season, from November to April wet season.
- HuaynaPicchu Mountain Optinal, If you have the tickets, you can climb it.
- Hot Spring Day 1 you will have awesome moment at Hot Spring.
- Train Service Departure of your Train Ticket.
- We will confirm you at the office.
- the last night at Hotel 3***.
- Departure Dates Every Day.
- Professional Tour Guide.
- Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people).
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Transportation to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco.
- Round trip bus ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
- Private minivan to get Ollantaytambo train stations.
- Private minivan to visit the salt mine in Maras town.
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private minivan from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu.
- Entrance fee for the hot spring Lares.
- Entrance fee to visit the Salt Mines in Maras.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent.
- Chef and assistant chef.
- Drinking water (boiled and filtered).
- Hot water for washing.
- biodegradable soap.
- Hot water bottles for the night.
- 4-man tent (only 2 people enter).
- 4 breakfasts, 4 snacks, 3 lunches, 2 happy hours, and 3 dinners.
- Sleeping mattress (foam) + Pillow.
- Rain poncho.
- Duffle bag for your personal gear 8kg
- Chemical toilet.
- Rain covers for your backpacks.
- First Aid kit and oxygen bottle.
- Horses for our camping and cooking equipment.
- Horse as emergencies in case you need it.
- Hotel at Aguas Calientes 3***.
- The last lunch.
- Tips to tour guide, chef, porter and horsemen.
- Money for emergency.
CUSCO – HOT SPRING LARES – PUNTA CARRETERA – QUISHUARANI – BLUE LAKE
We will pick you up at 5:00am from your Hotel to start with our Lares Trek (we pick up from any Hotels, condo, apartment, if it is located in the sacred valley is not a problem we still coming). Afterwards we drive 2 hours and 30 minutes to the Lares Hot Spring (which are divided into various pools from freezing cold to boiling, they are all composed of pure volcanic water which is medicinal good for your bones, stress, muscles and headaches).
We will stop at Calca Town to buy more supplies (water, coca leaf, etc) and also on the way driving you will have spectacular views like llamas, alpacas, the Lares Valley and much more to see it. Once we get the Lares Hot Spring you will enjoy for around 1 hour and after that you have the first breakfast accompanied in the same place by the Hot spring with spectacular views, once we have done we will continue driving for 30 more minutes to the starting point of trek Punta Carretera (3300m/ 10500ft), and also it is the place to meet up your horses and horsemen.
we will start to hike around 9:30am from Punta Carretera, we will hike little by little to the gradual uphill for 2 hours to get lunch spot, the beginning of the trek you will see a nice forest and nice Mountains, this section of trek is considered the potatoes valley which is very organic, you will arrive at lunch place around 12:00pm called Quishuarani village(3800m/12400ft),you will enjoy the delicious lunch in the mountains, after lunch you will go to visit one of the farmer houses and see what they have as a tradition and you will learn about the lifestyle and ancient traditions of the local people. If there is still time to visit the local school where the kids still speak Quechua their native language. If you would like, you can bring some toys, notebooks or any type of school supplies to share everything is welcome to this kids.
then you will hike 2 hours and half more to get the camping place which is still up hill called BLUE LAKE(4200m/13751ft), on the way you will see llamas, alpacas and the most beautiful waterfall, you will get the camping site around 4:00pm. And our porter will be waiting for you we camp around the blue lake.
By the way the first camp, it’s the coldest camp site but the views to see star is the best.
BLUE LAKE – CONDOR PASS – CANCHA CANCHA VILLAGE
This is our challenging day; it’s the hardest and the longest day, we get up at 6:00am with our service of hot drinks to your tent. we will start to hike around 7:30am, and having the incredible views of quiswarani valley and the colorful lake, from the camping place to highest point CONDOR PASS (4700m/15419ft) takes 4 hours up hill, you will be at the top around 11:00am, a horse will go with us in case we need as an emergency, at summit our amazing porters will provide coca tea and also you will be resting and taking your pictures at top and sometimes this place is cloudy, the views are astounding, in front you will be by the incredible Mountain (PITUSIRAY 5700 m /18240 ft).
afterwards we will start going down for 2 hours in order to have lunch (4100m/13200ft), with fantastic views of many lakes, then we will trek 2 hours more to get the camping site called CANCHA CANCHA village (3800m or 12400ft this village does not have any modern technology); and also this village still practice the real traditions of the Incas their houses is very original ancient construction, made of stone with thatched roofs etc. The village does not have electricity or cars transportations; you also have some time to visit another different local family and also to provide school supplies. We invite you to join us to have this experience life time and see what it’s going go in the mountains. This is also the day where you will see more Llamas and Alpacas and you will meet local people along the way.
CANCHA CANCHA – HUARAN – MARAS SALT MINE – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today is our short day of hiking but it has several adventures. We will trek only 3 and half hours from camping place to HUARAN town located in the sacred valley of the Incas, which is downhill (2900m/ 9280ft), and also is the end of our trek. And of course we are still giving you a hot drink in you tent and have breakfast. Just right after we start to hike and this part of the trek has more vegetation and also plantations like maiz, potatoes and much more it is a good chance to learn all about Peruvian agriculture and also the Inca agriculture. At this place Huaran our chef will make the last delicious lunch and then you say goodbye to your chef, portes and horsemen.
Afterwards we take a van to go in direction to Maras Salt mine for about 1 hour of driving once you get there you will be visiting salt mine around 45 minutes and having a tour with Tour Guide this place was already used by incas there are over 3000 pools of salt, if you want to buy some salt you can do in hare, after that you go back to the van to drive 45 minutes more to Ollantaytambo train stations. Ollantayatmbo town is the only intact inca town, will be a good chance to visit the Inca town.
You will take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes for around 1 hour and 45 minutes, at Aguas Calientes your Tour Guide will take you to your Hotel.
AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Day four will be your magical day: MACHUPICCHU Inca Site. In order to catch the first bus which is at 5:30am. We will get up very early ( have breakfast at hotel), it´s the only way to see sunrise over the Inca city. The guiding tour will take for around 2 hours, to visit the most important like temples, palaces, altars, etc. And also the Tour Guide will get you the place to take the classic pictures of Machupicchu.
And after your tour, you will have free time to visit by yourself so you can do sun gate or Inca bridge or the Machupicchu Mountain or Huaynapicchu Mountain. Once you have done with Machupicchu, you will meet up your tour guide at Aguas Calientes town to provide your train ticket buy also it could be in machupicchu.
Your transportation back in Cusco, it will be by train and bus. From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town, it will be by train, which will take 1 hour and half, after that from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, it will be by our private van, which will take 2 hours. All transportation back in Cusco will be to your hotel.
This amazing alternative trek provides the best camping spots which are pretty much private. One camping night includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit and also we included pillow with Sleeping mattress (foam).