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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU, 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 

This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into traditional Andean life; a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of llama and alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they worshipped as gods. The trail is one of the Inca trails from the time of the Inca Empire. Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are Inca descendants. The trail connects the communities of Cuncani, Quisuarani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we will take the afternoon train to Machu Picchu Pueblo, and the next day will have a full day to explore the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

 

 

 

DAY 1: Cusco - Quishuarani - Cuncani

 

We make an early morning departure from Cusco to the trailhead by private transport. Once in Quisuarani, we'll start our hike toward our first mountain pass, where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the Andes adorned with glaciers and lakes. On the descent, we will have lunch, and afterwards, we will continue on to our first camp site in the high Andean community of Cuncani (6 km / 3.73 mi. / 5 hours)

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: Cuncani - Cuyoc

 

After breakfast, we start our hike and reach our second mountain pass, crossing several lakes along the way. At the pass, we have our lunch and break. Coming down from the pass, we can appreciate the view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the flat area surrounding Maras. We'll set up camp at Cuyoc beside a wild forest of Qeuña trees. (7 km / 4.35 mi / 7 hours)

 

 

 

 

DAY 3: Cuyoc - Pumahuanca - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo

(Train station to Machu Picchu)

 

We start the day walking down along the Pumahuanca Valley, crossing the community of Pacchaspata and the ruins found there. At the end of our trek, we'll see the well-developed community farm of Ahuamarca. Here we will be picked up by our transport, and driven to Ollantaytambo where, we'll take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hostel. (6 km / 3.73 mi/ 5 hours)

 

 

 

 

DAY 4: Machu Picchu Citadel Tour and Train Back to Cusco

 

We'll take the first morning bus to Machu Picchu, arriving before the crowds of tourists coming from Cusco by train. We'll take a guided tour of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and, if time allows, we can walk to the Inti Punku, the Sun gate. We then make a late afternoon descent by bus to Aguas Calientes, and return by train to Cusco. We arrive in Cusco in the evening and transfer you to your hotel of choice.

 

 

 

INCLUDED:

 

• Private transport Cusco/Quishuarani (first day)

• Professional bilingual Guide

• A Cook to prepare all meals

• Cooking equipment, mess tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, accommodation for the porters and cook

• Mountain Hardwear tents (a 3-person tent for every 2 individuals)

• Foam mattress (self-inflating mattress can be rented)

• Pack horses to carry equipment and your personal gear

• Wranglers responsible for the horses

• Meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and snacks)

• Boiled water provided at meal times to refill your water bottle

• Private transportation: Urubamba - Ollantaytambo (third day)

• Vistadome train: Ollantaytambo - Machupicchu (third day)

• Hostel at Aguas Calientes on the third day

• Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes town to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary

• Entrance fee for Machu Picchu

• Expedition train: Machu Picchu - Poroy (fourth day)

• First aid kit, emergency oxygen, radio communications

• Transfer Poroy train station to Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

• Sleeping bag

• Lunch on last day

• Dinner on third and last day

• Tips for guide, cook and wranglers

 

 

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