LARES TREK PLUS SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 5-DAYS
EXCLUSIVE: LARES TRAIL AND INCA TRAIL – ANDEAN MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOME-STAY – 2 DAYS IN MACHU PICCHU
“BEST 2019 CULTURAL TREKKING TOUR IN PERU”
✓ 5-Day Adventure ✓ Hiking on the Inca Trail and Lares Trail ✓ 2 days in Machu Picchu ✓ View pristine mountain lakes ✓Lares Hot Springs ✓Private tour of Machu Picchu ✓ Deluxe camping and hotel room included ✓ Chef-prepared meals and snacks ✓ Cultural experience at Andean Village Home Stay ✓ Start any day – Available when 4 Day Inca Trail is sold-out
Pricing: $825.00/person – (25% deposit required at time of booking)
Tips – Solo fee – Private Tent and Hotel Room – Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu climb permit – Travel Insurance Available through World Nomads –
Guiding Peru’s 5-day Lares Trek with Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour offers you the opportunity to explore one of the most rewarding and scenic trails in the world. This 5-day tour is for people who want to experience the scenic Andes and nature at its finest, yet still access the Inca Trail when the Classic 4 day permits are sold-out. When you hike this route, you visit Machu Picchu twice, once at sunset and once at sunrise. Our Andean Village home-stay is an incredible cultural opportunity to experience the “Real Peru” and is a reason why this 5-Day trek has been described as one of the Peru’s top cultural trekking tours. This is a great tour for guests looking to get “off the beaten path” and hike on the most important stretch of the Inca Trail leading into Machu Picchu through the Sun-Gate.
On this tour you can expect challenging hiking and high altitudes. Training for at least 2 months before the trek is advised. Please read our terms and conditions and follow our suggested packing guidelines. This trek is available when the Classic 4-day Inca Trail is sold-out.
Lares Trek plus short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Details
The Lares Trek is a magnificent trek into Machu Picchu and Guiding Peru refers to our Lares Trek as the “hidden trail trek”, due to it’s remote location. On this 5-Day trekking tour, we will take you through some of the most unique and remote communities of the Cusco region to see how the locals continue to live like their native ancestors, the Incas. Our combination Lares Trek with Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy the first 3 days on the remote Lares Trail, followed by 2 days on the short Inca Trail trek into Machu Picchu. You will enter Machu Picchu on the 4th day through the Sun-Gate and then re-enter Machu Picchu early on the 5th day to enjoy a privately guided 2 hour tour of the famous Machu Picchu Citadel. Enjoy the unique opportunity of spending a day learning of the Andean cultures at our porters village in Huilloc. Many guests consider this experience as the “highlight of their tour” and certainly a “once in a lifetime experience”. *One day before the trek your guide will brief you in your hotel lobby.
DAY 1: CUSCO – LARES TOWN – HOT SPRING – CUNCANI
Lodging: Deluxe Camping Meals Breakfast, Lunch and dinner Highest elevation: 4200m Distance: 12km Time: 6 hours/moderate
Your day 1 will start from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00am. From here you will be picked up in our van driven to Lares town, the commencing point of the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. This trek combines magnificent sights of local Quechua villages, picturesque lakes, deep gorges and the popular Lares hot spring. As time permits, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in its healing waters as our team prepares your lunch and gear for your trek. Following lunch your will begin the 4-Day Lares Trek with a hike that starts with a 2-hour uphill trek to Chancacacha. Following a well deserved break, we’ll continue along a hilly trail for about 5 kilometers, stopping to enjoy the magnificent vistas & interact with the local children as we enter their villages. In the late afternoon, we’ll reach our campground to spend the night. Here you will be greeted by our staff with appetizers and hot drinks. You will also have the chance to the meet and interact with the local people. You can buy some locally crafted alpaca products that the area is renowned for. You will enjoy a restful sleep under the spacious tent after relishing our chef-prepared dinner
DAY 2: CUNCANI – SICLLACASA – HUILLOC
DAY 2: CUNCANI – SICLLACASA – HUILLOC
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping Meals: Breakfast. lunch, dinner and snacks Highest elevation: 4450m Distance: 15km Time: 8 hours/moderate
Your 2nd day on the Lares Trail Tour will start with an early morning wake-up (at 530am). As soon as you wake up you will be served a cup of hot coca tea followed by a wholesome breakfast to get ready for your trekking adventure. We will start from the foot of Sicllaccasa Mountain, following upland tracks for about 3 hours. As we travel along the border of the awe-inspiring mountain trails, you’ll have incredible vistas of the snow-capped mountain summits of Chicon Mountain. Here you will get some time to rest & relish a mid-morning snack. Then we continue trekking until arriving at the Lares trek peak of the Sicllacasa Mountain, where we’ll stop to soak in the stunning sights & exceptional photo opportunities. After a brief two kilometer descent, we’ll arrive at our lunch-site at an amazing frozen cascade. After having our wholesome chef-prepared lunch, we’ll pursue the stream downhill for 3 hours until we arrive at our campsite at the Andean community of Huilloc. This village is the home of our porters and you will be greeted by their friendly families, willing to share their daily lives with our guests. Here you will enjoy a dinner before falling asleep high in the Andes.
DAY 3: HUILLOC VILLAGE (Cultural experience) - INCA TERRACES - OLLANTAYTAMBO
Accommodation: Deluxe Camping Meals: Breakfast. lunch, dinner and snacks Highest elevation: 4450m Distance: 10km Time: 4 hours/easy-moderate
On the third day of your tour, you will enjoy a wonderful chef-prepared breakfast prior to beginning your cultural experience in the village of Huilloc. This morning you will be the guest of the villagers as they invite you into their homes. You will have a hands-on opportunity to learn the techniques of ancient wool-weaving, food preparation, cuy(guinea pig) caring and feeding and tour the lands of the farmers where you will assist in the harvesting and planting of their crops based on the season. You will enjoy the music, singing and dancing of the village children and have the opportunity to wear the dress of the Andean’s joining them in a mountain celebration prior to your special Andean prepared traditional lunch. Following this morning experience and lunch you will begin a down-hill hike for 3-4 hours to the spectacular Inca Terraces. Along the route you will have wonderful views of the surrounding mountains as we walk in solitude as no others will be on this trail. After a vist and rest at the Inca Terraces you will be transported to the campsite in Ollantaytambo where after a refreshing hot shower, we will enjoy a wonderful meal, followed by a discussion on the history of the Inca ruins we will discover tomorrow on the spectacular Inca Trail leading into the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu.
DAY 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO - KM-104 – WINAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU - AGAUS CALIENTES
- Accommodation: Hotel (standard), Aguas Calientes
- Highest Elevation: 2650m
- Beginning Elevation: 2030m
- Distance to walk: 13km
- Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours
- Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch, dinner, and snacks
After an early breakfast, we will leave the campsite, along with the lead guide in a private van and take you to the train station at Ollantaytambo; where we will take the train to the starting point of the 2 Day Trek at Km 104. On arrival, we will have a light snack and meet our assistant guides while we finalize our gear. Next, we will check in at the Inca Trail entry point and begin our adventure to Machu Picchu. Chachabamba (2,050m) will be the 1st archaeological center we visit. This well-preserved Inca site is known for its beautiful construction and important location in the Sacred Valley. Next, we will slowly climb for about 3 hours to the archaeological center of Wiñaywayna (2,650m), where we will enjoy its magnificent structures and a fulfilling box lunch. After a short break, we continue hiking through the semi-tropical forest to Intipunku (Sun Gate), where we witness the first panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks, deep valleys and the Urubamba River. From Intipunku, we descend for 30 minutes to the citadel, take a rest and have plenty of opportunity to take photos. Lastly for today, we will take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,030m), where we will spend the night at our hotel. Later today we will have the option to visit the Aguas Calientes hot springs. Following this experience, you will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes, where Guiding Peru’s guide will brief you about your next day at Machu Picchu.
DAY 5: AGAUS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU – INCA BRIDGE – CUSCO
- Meals: Breakfast, box snacks
Today we begin the exciting tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. We will start by waking early and taking one of the first buses from Agaus Calientes to Machu Picchu, where we will be one of the first guests to enter, avoiding the crowds that arrive later in the day. After checking in at the main gate, you will soon have the best view point of the Citadel and our guide will start explaining the mystery of Machu Picchu. Following his discussion, your guide will lead you on a tour of the total complex for 2 hours. Following the guided tour you you will be provided a light snack and have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or take the optional Huayna Picchu Mountain climb. Following your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will transport you back to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to shop, prior to your return train departing to Cusco. You board the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, where the Guiding Peru van and driver are waiting to transport you back to your Cusco hotel, arriving at approximately 7:00 pm.
What’s Included in our Lares Trek plus Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5-Days?
• Professional local Guide with expert knowledge of the area and its customs • Assistant guide(s) based on group size • Pre trek briefing with lead guide • Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner with daily drinking water • 4 man tents shared by 2 guests • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, dining tent and chairs • Private hot shower tent • Cooks, assistants, horseman • Packhorses (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and your personal belongs 8 kilos per person) • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu • Guided tour of Machu Picchu • Return transfer to hotel • First-aid kit • Oxygen • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (round trip) • Duffel bag • Hiking poles • Sleeping bag, air mattress, blanket and pillow • Radio communications • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo • 3 nights deluxe camping • 1 night lodging in Agaus Calientes • Inca Trail Permit • Andean Village Cultural Experience
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both) • ISIC internatinal student card if applicable. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • 2 x1 litre water bottle • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
YOU SHOULD KNOW
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
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