LARES TREK & SHORT INCA TRAIL 5D/4N

Minimum

1 passenger

Operation

All Year

Location

Cusco

TREK OVERVIEW

The Lares to Machu Picchu Trek will take you through one of the many outlets of the Inca trail that have been used from the time of the Incan Empire. Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are descendants of the Inca. The Lares Trek connects the communities of Cancha Cancha, Quisuarani, Cuncani and Lares with the Sacred Valley.

This incredibly picturesque trek will take you through beautiful landscapes such as peaking ice glaciers, shockingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas and alpacas grazing in the distance and natural volcanic hot springs to soothe your tired muscles after trekking.

Highlights of this trek are:  Exploring the ancient Incan religious sites along the way, enjoying the flora and fauna, hiking along the original Inca trail just like in ancient times, visiting Machu Picchu.  In addition, you will have the unique experience of viewing Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.

TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley - Huaran – Cancha Cancha

Our day will start at 6 am, we will pick you up from your hotel and then drive towards the Pisac, where we will visit the Incan ruins there. After the guided tour, we will enjoy breakfast in front of the Pisac ruins engrossed with the amazing views of the Incan city and valleys below.

After breakfast, we take off on a 2-hour drive towards the village of Huaran (2840m/9,318ft) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran will be the starting point where we meet up with the horsemen and horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind, we maneuver northward following a gentle ascending trail along the Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach our destination, the small village named Cancha Cancha (3800m/12,477ft) where we spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, foam mattress, blankets, pillows
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Pachacutec Pass - Quishuarani

Today, we will be leaving Cancha Cancha and continue trekking up the valley. where we will pass small thatched stone houses, huge mountainous ranges, and typical Peruvian layered landscapes. After 2 hours, the path plateaus out, and we arrive at the highest point of the trek called Pachacutec Pass (4758m/15610ft). After taking in the superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy mountain peaks of Pitusiray. We continue downhill for 2 hours in time to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch, we continue downward for another 1.5 hours into the valley’s several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas, and sheep.  We will set up camp at (3,870 m/12,694ft) close to Quishuarani village, with its typical Incan stone and thatched homes.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, inflatable mattress, blankets, pillows
  • Distance: 14kms/10.3 miles
  • Time:8hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Challenge

Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo

Today, we will start at the mid-point of our trek, Hillkiccasa Pass (4200m/13779ft). As we trek, we marvel over the views of the plunging and peaked Peruvian Andes Mountains, as nature surrounds us in its purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are awe-inspiring to watch from the pass. We continue on through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sites and natural pristine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking, we reach Cuncani, a small Incan community. From Cuncani, we head down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit-bearing trees, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination,  Lares  (3100m/10170ft) where we will soak in the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour, have lunch and take a siesta.

After lunch in Lares, we take our private transportation to Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night in our hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tunupa Lodge or Isky Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
  • Time: 6 hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – 104kms – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

After an early start, we take our train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft). We begin our first leg of the Inca Trail, passing the first checkpoint. Here we repack to carry only the essentials in your backpack for the 1 day of trekking on the Inca Trail. Afterwards, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8747ft). Once there, we will take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Incan sites, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail.  We continue onward towards the long-anticipated Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft), where we finally get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu. After time to take photos, we hike for one-hour downhill, towards the citadel of Machu Picchu. We will take the bus to Aguas Calientes and find our hotel, where we spend the night.

  • Meals: Box lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Distance: 13 kms/8 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Bursting with excitement on your final day, we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we visit every nook and cranny of this world wonder and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Your guide will take you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. After the guided tour, you will be able to wander around the citadel’s squares of the world’s spiritual center of Incan wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Alternatively, you can stay still and just relax or meditate as you sit in the pure delight of the moment and the mountain’s presence.

If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):

Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above (additional cost)

You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (Free of cost)

Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs (will be an additional entrance fee).

When you are ready, we will will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch(at your own expense), and board the Expedition train at 4:22 pm for the return trip to the Ollantaytambo Station, where you will catch our private transportation back to Cusco and your hotel, arriving around 8 pm.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • First breakfast
  • Private transportation from the hotel to Huaran – Trail head.
  • Licensed guide fluent in English and Quechua.
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • Admission ticket to the Machu picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail national park
  • 2 nights Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Thick Foam Mattress
  • Delicious meals during the 4 days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kilograms of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag, these will be carried by our mules) (on Lares Trek portion only)
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency (With helmet) incase of illness, to ensure the trek can be completed by all participants (Only Lares Hike)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill your drinking bottles
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Rain poncho
  • Transfer back to Cusco for our group
  • Local interaction with the local kids and the community.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: US $30 – (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$75 per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$75 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain –  US$75 per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: Hotel
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of AMARUTREK EXPEDITIONS

TIPS

PACKING LIST

Amarutrek Expeditions wants you to enjoy your time while on our treks so we have compiled a suggested list of what you should pack or take for treks.

FUNDAMENTALS:

  • Passport (valid, up to date and if renewed- bring both old and new one)
  • Valid ISIC student card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better like camelbaks enough for about 2-3L)
  • Sturdy hiking boots (lightweight with good soles like KEEN,MERELL, ETC.)

DUFFEL ITEMS:

Porters will carry up to 7 KG or 15LBS of your personal items. This includes your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring or rent one). These two items will weigh about 3.5 KG or 7LBS.

  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 insulated waterproof jacket
  • 2 hats (one for sunny and cold weather)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking pole with rubber tips. Metal tips are not allowed
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Small bottle or bar of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap
  • Batteries and Chargers: There are no places to plug in while trekking
  •  Plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C or 14F

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen – 50 or more SPF
  • Insect Repellent – 20{09a695a951a181e383114da9027e5bc1c4678300c93575b8c1080a0d27810d37} DEET
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR DAYPACK:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you to rent a locker outside the citadel gates.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Hat for Sunny weather
  • Rain gear like ponchos, waterproof clothing, etc
  • Insulated waterproof jacket
  • Camera and phone with batteries or chargers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Snacks such as granolas or energy bars
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

FAQ

AMARUTREK EXPEDITIONS Q&A

 

Please read carefully the following as it will help answer questions about our services.

 

WILL I GET PICKED UP WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel by one of our representatives, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to your arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange board with Amarutrek Expeditions on it.  You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).  They will be waiting for you right outside the terminal, be on the lookout for our orange sign!!!

 

WHEN WILL THE BRIEFING TAKE PLACE?

The briefing will take place the night before the trek departure at 6 pm at our office, which is located at A.v Antonio Lorena A-25 Int 5 Santiago, Cusco. If you have any question regarding how to get there or any other concerns, please contact us.

 

WHERE WILL MY LUGGAGE BE STORED?

We will store your luggage while you are are on your trek or tour.  If you prefer to store it at your hotel, that is perfectly fine too.  Our luggage storage service is free of charge. Make sure to take the items you will need for your trek or tour.

 

WILL THERE BE HOTEL PICK UP?

Yes, we will pick you up from your hotel through our private transportation.  This is included within your trek or tour package.  If you are staying at a hotel in the Sacred valley, we can also pick you up as well. Please let us know where you will be staying to coordinate pick up!

 

HOW DO I BOOK PERMITS FOR THE INCA TRAIL?

To book permits for Inca Trail, we will need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW link located on our homepage.  You will need to provide all group participants information. (Full names, valid passport information, gender, date of birth, nationalities). This information is needed as each permit will be issued with each participants’ provided information. (NOTE: permits cannot be changed or transferred once issued).

We require a deposit of US$200.00 per person, in order, to purchase permit(s) for the Inca Trail. You can make your deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL links located at the top of our home page or you can click on the PAYPAL link on our booking page.

 

Once all of these steps have been met, we will send you an email confirmation of your permits and invoice.

 

CAN I PAY OFF MY REMAINING BALANCE IN CUSCO?

Of course! You can pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) before your trek or tour starts. There are many ATMs located within the historical center of Cusco.  You can also pay through PAYPAL but will have to pay their 5.5{09a695a951a181e383114da9027e5bc1c4678300c93575b8c1080a0d27810d37} service charge fee. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you will need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address amarutrekexpeditions@gmail.com.

 

 DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour(students 18 & above need valid ISIC student cards – green). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before this trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.

For children from the age of 2 to 11, the discount is $40.

For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.

All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.

Send us a copy at info@amarutrekexpeditions.com

 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Once the permits have been purchased, the Peruvian government does not allow any changes, so it is out of our hands.  Permits are not transferable or non-refundable so make sure your dates are exact and the information provided is correct. *** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable.

 

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT TO ENTER THE INCA TRAIL?

Yes, you have to bring your original passport (the one that was used to book the permit) as it is very important to be allowed entry on the Inca Trail. If you have renewed your passport, you will have to bring both the old and new one. This also applies to your train ticket also as an employee will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. If you have renewed your passport, please let us know to make the necessary changes to your train tickets.

 

 WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  You will encounter many different varieties of microclimates as you hike and it will depend on the location. We highly recommend you to bring a variety of clothing for these changes. Example: dress in layers, insulated waterproof jackets.

 

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

In general, if you exercise regularly or spend a couple of days in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley, chances are you will acclimate normally(which is about 24 hours to 2 days). Items recommended for altitude sickness are WATER, COCA TEA, and OXYGEN IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness.

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimating.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

 

WHAT DOES THE INCA TRAIL LIKE IN PEAK SEASON?

It will get crowded but with government regulations in place, there will be enough space for everyone. To improve your experience along the Inca Trail, we have the privilege of being the only tour operator camping at Llactapata. Where you have a great lookout point to Machu Picchu!  However, if crowding is a concern, we recommend that you book your permits in advance(at least 5 to 6 months) or consider one of our alternative treks!

 

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS PER GROUP?

Each group will have 1 cook. The number of porters depends on the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will be 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, and 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

 

WILL I GET A DUFFEL BAG?

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bags for you. Along with your food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as an insulated waterproof jacket, phone, camera, extra chargers/batteries, sunscreen, insect repellent, personal medications, toilet paper, snacks, water, etc. A 30L to 50L backpack is sufficient.

 

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT?

The Inca Trail is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,217m/13,907ft. On the second day of the trek, we will hike up two mountains. The Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit for this trek.

We recommend in preparation for the trek: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or exercise at a gym within the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimated to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

 

ARE THERE TOILETS ALONG THE TRAIL?

This question has been highlighted by most of our trekkers, especially by female trekkers, that require a private, clean and sanitary toilet.  Amarutrek Expeditions provides toilet facilities that have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat.  Our toilets are always set up at a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night, if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?

In this scenario, if you are unable to finish the trek due to a health reasons, Amarutrek Expeditions will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on our treks for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they may continue their journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu with their group.

 

IS THERE HOTEL DROP OFF AFTER THE TREK?

Absolutely!  It is included in your package. After your trek is over, once in Cusco, we will drop you off at your hotel with your private transportation. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there too!

 

 

AT WHAT TIME ARE THE TRAIN’S DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco. Therefore, you will take the train at 4:22 pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu! If you need to change your departure times, please contact us in advance to make the necessary changes as we cannot change tickets at the last minute.

 

HOW MUCH IS THE UPGRADE TO VISTADOME?

The upgrade to the Vistadome train, which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling are priced at US $ 65 per person. This includes the transfer from Poroy(train station) to Cusco(your hotel). You will be offered some snacks and a dance show on board.  It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by private transportation. If you upgrade to the Vistadome train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy takes 3.5 hours and then 25mins by private transportation to your hotel(Cusco).

 

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO TIP?

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you throughout during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Amarutrek Expeditions destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.  You can also split tips between group members to go towards each of the staff members that partook in the trek or tour.

 

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible touristic operator. We incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and help the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all of our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Amarutrek Expeditions wants you to enjoy your trek to the fullest and we offer these additional options to enhance your Inca Trail trek!!!

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS :

 

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu(young mountain) is a mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu (old mountain).  It is a 45-minute exhilarating hike to its top.  You will be doing this hike on your own as your guide will direct you after the guided tour of Machu Picchu where to go. This is an additional option to add on and it $75 per person. If you decide this risk-taking hike is for you, let us know in advance as tickets sell out fast.

 

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain is a newer mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top.  If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the rare spectacled bear that lives in areas (off limits to the public). This is an additional option to add on and it $75 per person. It must be booked in advance as it sells out fast.

 

Vistadome Train

All our tours include the Expedition (Tourist) Train. This train is normally booked at 4:22 p.m., leaving Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome train is an upgrade option, that offers slightly larger seats, windows, and even some entertainment. Normally, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, train station closer to Cusco. While there is an upgrade fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The price for this upgrade is $75 per person and must be booked in advance.

 

Extra Day at Machu Picchu

You will have a full day at Machu Picchu, arriving at the citadel around 6 AM and leaving no later than 2 PM in order to catch your 4:22 train. If you would like to visit Machu Picchu again the next day, this time on your own, we can arrange this.  It must be coordinated in advance and the prices are as follows:

Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu- $55 per person

PRICES

We really can do this tour any day of the week, any month of the year other than February, when the Inca Trail is closed.

 

Group Tour:

 

$855 per person

 

A group tour means that it is open for other trekkers to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you hike.

* All our tours are priced in US Dollar.

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