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The Land of the Lares (The lost way of the Incas) 6 Days 5 Nights Group Service min requirement 2 Pax

What better way to dream than a trekking in the heart of magnificent deserted valleys where your only encounters will be with the local people …? This unique experience will take you from Cusco to Machu Picchu,the famous lost city of Peru..

Before the arrival of the Europeans, thousands of kilometers of carefully paved roads connected cities, fortresses and ceremonial centers of the Inca empire. Since then, most have been destroyed. Yet they allow us to reach, off the beaten track, these jewels of Andean architecture. The valley of Lares, one of the most beautiful hiking places in the country, plunges us into a traditional Peru, a rare authenticity. We will sleep in the house of the inhabitants in the heart of the glacial valleys. The meetings with the peasants make this walk a beautiful human experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Cusco – Pisaq – Lares

PisacOur day begins with a bus route along the Urubamba River, which means «the sacred river.» We cross several cities and towns that have preserved the traces of a prosperous imperial past, to reach the impressive Inca site of Pisaq (3400m/ 11154.86 ft): terraces, fountains, neighborhoods, observatories and the largest cemetery in the region (almost 10,000 people buried). A beautiful complex from which the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. This city is embedded between the high peaks of the Urubamba mountain range. Then we go down to the town of Pisaq by car. Transfer to the valley of Lares (3500m), 3 hours by car.
Maximum altitude: 4600 m / 15091.86 ft.
Minimum altitude: 2800 m / 9186 ft. 
Level of Difficulty: Easy 
Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide
Accommodation: Local House
Meals: Lunch and dinner  

Day 2 – Lares – Rosaspata – Cochayoc

Lares - CuscoAfter a good breakfast, we load llamas and horses to start this new stage. We descend along the Lares Valley that leads to the Amazon Rainforest. The path in balcony offers a superb view of the river below. Our day continues with a climb to the village of Rosas Pata, a small village overlooking the Rio Lares valley. By a beautiful path in balcony we go back down as far as the valley of Cochayoc where is the village of the same name meaning «the village which has a lake» in Quechua language. Most of its inhabitants are shepherds. This is an opportunity for us to approach herds of llamas, alpacas and sheep. This is where we meet our guests of the day. We spend the end of the day with them to learn more about their customs

Maximum altitude: 3745m /
Minimum altitude: 2980m /
Distance covered: 16 km / 
Level of Difficulty: Moderate  
Approximate trekking time: 7 hrs.
Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Lodging: Local House 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner  

Day 3 – Cochayoc –  Challwacocha

Laguna ChallhuacochaIn the morning, weather permitting, we will have a wonderful view of the Terijuay mountain range and the Yanacocha lagoon. We walk in the pastures of Cochayoc at Cuypan Pass (4550m). We continue our way to the place called Pisaq before climbing to the pass of the same name. The climb is a little difficult but the view is worth it. We stop near a lagoon to set up the camp. From there we see several snow-capped peaks. We settle in the house of a new family for the night. The community of Challhuachoca remained very difficult for a very long time and still today, the inhabitants communicate with the valley by radio!

Maximum altitude: 4550m /
Minimum altitude: 3745m /
Distance covered:   16 km / 
Level of Difficulty: Moderate  
Approximate trekking time: 8 hrs.
Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Lodging: Local House 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 4 – Challwacocha Patacancha

Patacancha - CuscoWe continue our adventure in the Patacancha Valley. Once arrived at the village. Installation in the last of our local houses. With this family, we will finally discover the mysteries of these shepherds / master weavers who live in the Lares Valley.
Maximum altitude: 4350m /
Minimum altitude: 3540m /
Distance covered:   12 km / 
Level of Difficulty: Moderate  
Approximate trekking time: 6 hrs.
Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Lodging: Local House

Day 5 – Machu Picchu / Cusco

MachupicchuAfter an early breakfast, a Shuttlebus will take you to the Machu Picchu archeological site, where you immediately begin a 2.5-hour guided tour of the entire Incan outpost.After the guided tour, you can explore the remainder of the citadel on your own and enjoy your time at this world’s spiritual center with its carved stairways made of stone. You should take your time and enjoy the pure delight of the moment.  Additional hikes need to be booked 3 to 5 months in advance as these depend on availability! these hikes need to be paid for in advance at booking!

  • If chosen in advance you can climb (Huayna Picchu ($75US per person)) or (Machu Picchu Mountain ($75US per person)) to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu and the valleys below from a higher viewpoint.
  • Other activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or to the hot springs on your own. (entrance fees required and time permitting)

After your visit, you will descend to Aguas Calientes have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later board the Expedition train which departs at 4:22 pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo train station where our driver will be waiting for you for your return trip to Cusco. You will be back in Cusco by 20:30 approximately depending on traffic.

Accompanied by:   Local English-speaking guide
Level of Difficulty:   Easy
Meals:   Breakfast
Transportation:   Shuttlebus, train, private van.

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Important Information

PRICES:US$720 per person with 3* hotel Included (price based on double occupancy)

If you prefer a Private Service for your tours please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.

Price Includes

  • Entrances to the archeological sites 
  • Your entrance ticket into Machu Picchu
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)
  • Shuttlebus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • The logistics of the trek and of the campsites
  • Personal assistance.
  • Hotels 3 Nights / Accommodation (double or matrimonial room)

Price Excludes

  • Machu Picchu Mountain / optional
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain / optional
  • Upgrade to Vistadome: $55USD per person (Return only Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) at 4:43pm)
  • Breakfasts, lunches and Dinners which are not indicated in the program. (Figure on about $5 to $10 US per meal.) 
  • Tips for your guide

Rentals

Rentals are for the whole trek! and can be paid for at the briefing in cash in USD.

  • Sleeping Bag $20 USD per person / made specifically for the climate of Lares trek 
  • Air Mattress $20 USD per person / moisture-proof and warm mattresses for a comfortable night
  • Walking Poles $15 USD a pair / Professional extendable poles for your hiking comfort
  • Personal tent $30 USD / necessary for single trekkers only!

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