Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days
Don’t let them tell you….
Come and enjoy a picturesque tour located in the mountains of the Sacred Valley, where you will have the option of sharing experiences with local people.
If you are tired of the traditional, this option is for you, visiting the beautiful valley of Lares that leads you to the end. Then, we will take the train which is leading us to Machu Picchu.
- Day 1: Cusco – Pisac – Cancha Cancha.
- Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.
- Day 3: Machu Picchu Pueblo – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Sites to visit
- Archaeological Center of Pisaq.
- Community of Cancha Cancha.
- Quiswarani Community.
- Ollantaytambo archaeological center.
- Machu Picchu Town.
- Macchu Picchu.
- Minimum duration of the trip: 3 days.
- Maximum elevation: 4600 masl (15,260 feet).
- Difficulty: Moderate (3/5).
- Best season: All year.
- Overnight: Camp + Hotel.
The Lares valley is located in the district of Calca, on the slopes of the Andes and the Urubamba Cordillera. This place is made up of beautiful lagoons, subtropical streams, in addition to have a variety of Flora and Fauna. It is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of La Verónica, Sawasiray, Pitusiray and Chicón.
You can experience different traditions and culture of the people that live in this valley, and then be able to travel to Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco - Pisac - Cancha Cancha
This adventure will take you through the Lares Valley until we reach Machu Picchu and enjoy the greatness of the Sacred Valley.
We start at 6:00 am by picking up guests from their hotel, and then in our private transport we will travel until we reach the Archaeological Park of Pisaq. Together with our guide, we will visit man who will tell us the history, as well as the value it had in Inca times.
We will have the option of being able to enjoy our breakfast instead of welcoming and enjoying the environment and being able to start our walk with the necessary energy.
We will move until we reach Huaran, where our team of riders and horses are waiting for us to start our walk, we will prepare ourselves with suitable clothing for the walk, and then start ascending for 3 hours until we reach Cancha Cancha, where our chef will make us wait for a delicious lunch to recharge.
In Cancha Cancha located at 3900 masl (12800 ft), we will install our tents, to spend the night and then be able to enjoy activities with a local family and learn more about their traditions and customs. After dinner we can enjoy a beautiful sky full of stars. And learn little about Inca astronomy.
- Accommodation: Camping facilities.
- Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
- Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles.
- Time: Approximately 3.5 hours.
- Difficulty: moderate (3/5).
Day 2: Cancha Cancha-Quiswarani-Ollantaytambo-Macchu Pichu Pueblo
After a nutritious Andean breakfast, we will start our walk of approx. 7 hours, until we reach the Pachacutec pass located at 4500 meters above sea level (14800 ft), the highest point of our trek. From this place, we can enjoy a beautiful view of the landscape, surrounded by mountains, lagoons, glaciers, and flora and fauna typical of the place, such as the llama, alpaca, and falcons. On the way we will have a spectacular view of the seven waterfalls that are located near Quiswarani. When we get to Quiswaurani, our mobility will be waiting for us to transport us to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, depending on the departure time of our train, we will board the train heading to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where we can rest in a comfortable hotel.
- Accommodation: Illary Inn.
- Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
- Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles.
- Time: 7 hours approx.
- Difficulty: Challenging (4/5).
Day 3: Machu Picchu Pueblo - Machu Picchu – Cusco
Finally, this day will be the best of all. We will visit the archaeological park of Machu Picchu. After breakfast, together with our guide, we will proceed to board the bus that will transport us for 40 minutes until we reach the Inca citadel, and be able to start our guided tour. Our guide along the way will tell us the history of Machu Picchu and let us know the most important parts of Machu Picchu.
Among them, we can visit The Guardian’s House, the Agricultural Part, the Urban Part, and the Religious Area. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and a half, to 3 hours. After taking the best photos of the memory and finishing the tour, we will return to board the bus that takes us to Machu Picchu town, where we will have enough time to have lunch and visit the hot springs of Machu Picchu, and present ourselves 30 minutes before the departure of our train that will take us to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, our transfer will be waiting for you to transfer you back to the city of Cusco directly to your hotel.
- Meals included: Breakfast.
- Difficulty: easy (2/5).
- Private transportation from the hotel.
- Licensed Tour Guide with command of the English / Spanish language.
- Entrance tickets to the archaeological park of Pisaq.
- Train tickets to Machu Picchu round trip.
- Bus tickets in Machu Picchu Up and down.
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu in Private service.
- Accommodation with private bathroom in Machu Picchu.
- Sturdy camping tents.
- Matras for the sleeping bag.
- Food 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
- Trekking chef and kitchen equipment.
- Muleteer and mules to carry luggage.
- Luggage per passenger 7 kgs. (clothing, sleeping bag, personal items).
- Emergency horse.
- First aid kit with emergency oxygen.
- Rain poncho.
- Return transportation to Cusco.
- Interaction with communities.
- Sleeping Bag: $ 20 USD per person.
- Self-inflating mattress: $ 20 USD per person.
- Walking poles: $ 15 USD pair.
- Personal tent: $ 30 USD- (Tent only for solo travelers).
- Entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu Mountain: $ 25 USD per person.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain: $ 25 USD per person.
- Lunch and dinner on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters.
- Original passport (the same one used to book the trip).
- Medium backpack of 30 or 40 liters.
- Refillable water bottle or canteen.
- Comfortable hiking boots.
- Warm clothing.
- Insect repellent.
- Raincoat or waterproof poncho.
- Waterproof gloves.
- Leisure footwear for camping.
- Quick dry towel.
- Portable battery charger.
- Personal hygiene items.
How to Get
ARRIVING IN CUSCO
Cusco has an airport for local or national flights. In order to get to Cusco, all travelers must disembark in Lima and go through migration, even if their flight to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
WHICH ROUTE SHOULD I TAKE, BY AIR OR BY LAND ?
The best travel option to Cusco is by air. Currently, there are several airlines that provide the Lima-Cusco air transportation service, among which we can mention: LATAM, VIVA AIR, SKY AIRLINE, and STAR PERU. Of all of them, LATAM is the most recommended, due to the variety of schedules it handles.
The land travel option is also a good option, but you always have to look for the best options that offer adequate comfort for the trip. The trip by bus is 22 hours. If your trip is from Puno or Arequipa, you can take this option since the trip is usually cheaper and it is only about 12 hours of travel.
DEPOSIT FOR LUGGAGE.
To be able to travel on domestic flights, you have to take into account the type of service contracted since there are rates where you can only get a maximum of 8 kilos of luggage. If you travel with more, make sure to hire it in advance and avoid setbacks when boarding.
If you have luggage, it can be left safely in the accommodation, or we can also provide you with a place of deposit at the Andino Tours Peru offices, but take into account the opening and closing hours of the office.
If you arrive before the Check In Time at the hotel, you can leave it totally free in the hotel deposit to be able to go out to carry out your activities or rest in the hotel lobby.
CUSCO HAS THE HIGHEST AVERAGE ELEVATION IN THE WORLD.
That is why people who travel at a lower level suffer from altitude sickness, “Soroche”. This is because at higher altitudes, less oxygen is contained than those who are at sea level, so the body works harder to get the oxygen it needs. That is why for long walks it is recommended to stay at least two days in Cusco.
Symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, loss of appetite, trouble breathing. Most of the time, the symptoms will be mild, but if they get worse, consult a doctor or contact our offices.
Coca tea is a recommended infusion for this disease, so within the accommodation it is always offered to counteract altitude sickness.
You must remember that you come to enjoy a trip through wonderful trails with people who will always be willing to help you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment.
THE WEATHER IN CUSCO.
One of the big questions is how the weather is in Cusco. It is easy to get this information on the internet, but you also have to take into account that each season and during these times the climates are changing. The dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but there will always be a sudden rain with lightning and thunder.
It is always advisable to have the appropriate rain gear, such as rain ponchos or waterproof jackets, waterproof gloves, and suitable shoes that do not slip in the rain.
Each member of the Andino Tours Peru staff has received first aid training from a specialist doctor. Every year we carry out this mandatory training, and on each of our excursions you will have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (Traveler’s Diarrhea, scrapes, cuts, etc.) and, in fact, oxygen should not be lacking.
To protect your trip, the purchase of travel insurance is recommended. Having insurance before the trip is highly recommended. I have agreements with companies that provide this service that will make your trip more pleasant and peaceful in Peru.
For all our excursions, we have biodegradable soap, and all our garbage is returned to Cusco. Our staff is trained to take care of the environment. We use environmentally friendly chemical portable toilets.
We launched a program where for each traveler who reserves with us, we donate 10 trees that will be delivered to the communities of Mikaypata, Ninamarca, Huatoqto, and others, committing them to caring for the environment.
Why choose Andino Tours Peru
WHY ANDINO TOURS PERU?
We are a travel agency tour operator located in the city of Cusco, we have tourism professionals dedicated to quality service.
Our team is integrated by professionals with experience and responsibility to meet each of the requirements of our passengers and offer the best moments and unforgettable trips during their estimated travel time.
why travel ANDINO TOURS PERU?
Our company is legally constituted for more than 3 years in the market, we are registered in SUNARP and SUNAT, as regulatory authorities of commerce in Peru, as well as registered in the GERCETUR-CUSCO as tour operators and retail travel agency. We have also received the certification as Licensees of the PERU BRAND, and registered in PROMPERU and IPERU.
In order to provide the best service to our customers we are in constant search of certifications that endorse us as a travel agency 100% recommendable.