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Lares Trek Peru is a must. In this beautiful region, you will meet real Andean farmers dressed in traditional brightly-colored ponchos. Our amazing authentic 7-day tour package of exploring the famous Cusco City, hiking our specially designed Lares Valley trek off the beaten path, and the Short Inca trail will be an experience of a lifetime. Highlights of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Explore the ancient Inca religious cities along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna, hike on the original Inca trail just like in ancient times, visit Machu Picchu, In addition, upon arrival to Machu Picchu by the Sun Gate, you will have the unique experience of viewing Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.

Day 1: Cusco City Tour
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There, you will receive a short briefing and the rest of the morning enjoying some leisure time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

In the afternoon at 1pm, we will pick you up at your hotel and we will begin your tour of the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Then,we continue our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), as well as the Ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. We proceed to visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, which dominates the city. Finally, we go to the fascinating ruins of Qenqo, Puca Pucará and Tambomachay, located in the north east of the city. Afterwards we take you back to your hotel in early evening.

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4* Accommodation:
Day 2: Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha
Your adventure starts when you guide picks you up at 5:00am from your Cusco hotel. Within an hour, we will arrive at the ancient ruins of the truly awesome Pisac Inca Citadel. Visit the ruins before any other groups arrive, enjoying the tranquility of the morning. Your guide will share with you the unique history of the Pisac Inca Citadel and its importance both before and during the Inca Empire.

Breakfast is served in a comfortable and private Pisac guest house. You will be impressed with your chef’s hearty and delicious breakfast, which will be just what you need to get ready for the first day trekking! Driving onward for 40 more minutes to Huaran, we meet your horsemen and horses. Time to get ready, boots on, and begin our first 3 hours gradually ascending towards Cancha Cancha. Along the way, your lunch will be served next to the river, replenishing your energy for the trek ahead with a delicious meal prepared by your trekking chef.

Cancha Cancha (3,900m/12,800ft) is one of the most isolated and traditional communities, self-sustaining as it has been for hundreds of years. There is no road to the community and they were recently connected to electricity in December, 2019. After settling into your tents and having afternoon tea, you will have the opportunity to visit a local family. You will learn all about life in a traditional Andean village, with your guide as your interpreter. After dinner, your guide will show you the Inca’s constellations on which they depended for their agricultural guidance and still do to this day.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, blankets, pillows
Time: 6hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate
Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani
Feeling all revved up to begin our second day, after another delicious breakfast, we begin our 7 hour hike northeast. It starts out as an intense walk, accomplishing high passes on our way to the highest point of our trek at Pachacutec Pass (4,500m /14,800 ft). This is where you pat yourself on the back and embrace the satisfaction and exhilaration for making it up to the summit. Motivating you along the trail for this intense part of the trek are the views of glaciers, remote lakes, alpaca herds, rugged valleys and spectacular mountain vistas. Keep your eyes on the sky for the Caracara falcons and Andean geese.

After enjoying the summit, we descend for 3 hours until we reach our campsite located by the Quiswarani community, (3,700m/12,139ft). On the way, we will be taking an isolated trail where we will see indigenous highland people in their traditional outfits herding their llamas and alpacas. The local indigenous people will open their hearts and interact with you in the Quechua language (the Incas’ language). Your guide will act as your interpreter to translate and teach you some Quechua language. When you arrive at the spectacular seven waterfalls, you are almost to the end of the trail!

Finally we arrive to Quishuarani, where your afternoon tea is waiting for you. Enjoy a hot drink and appetizers before you settle into your tents to rest before dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, blankets, pillows
Distance: 14kms/10.3 miles
Time: 8hrs approximately
Difficulty: Challenge
Day 4: Quishuarani – Cuscani – Lares – Ollantaytambo
Your adventure continues as you begin the most memorable day yet! We begin our ascent for 3 hours until we reach the Hullkiccasa Pass, (4,200m/13,779ft) getting a bird’s eye view of the reflections of the mirror images of the glacial lakes. Time to descend for 2 hours through the high Andean farmlands and pristine lakes to the Cucani community. Connecting with the local indigenous children, we will visit their school and share in some quality time with the students. When we arrive to the SAM Travel van it’s time for our goodbyes for our remarkable chef and horsemen.

A little further, on we are welcomed at the Lares Hot Springs. Here we enjoy a relaxing soak in the mineral waters, have lunch and take a siesta. With the body relaxed, we enjoy a gourmet lunch at the hot springs, then drive to Ollantaytambo.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
2* Accommodations: Tunupa Lodge
3* Accommodation: Pakaritampu Hotel or El Alberge
There are no 4* hotels in Ollantaytambo
Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
Time: 6 hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Today you will walk in the footsteps of the Inca on the Inca Trail! Your guide will take you from your hotel to the train station at 5:30. When you arrive at the train station, your guide will give you your lunch to add to your daypack. Your train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10 and you will have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery and have breakfast (not included), Your hotel can provide you a picnic breakfast to take with you or you can pack your own breakfast.

Your guide will get off the train with you at the famous Km104, where your hike begins! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level) After crossing the Urubamba river on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site nearby. The first hour and a half are a gentle up, with several shelters along the way to pause for a bit out of the sun, or rain, depending on the season. Along the way, you will stop at several outlooks where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River. You will also pass through several micro-climates, including cloud forest, so be ready for damp or even rain at any season of the year. The next hour and a half are a slightly steeper uphill with a beautiful waterfall as your reward at the end of the hike!

Cross the bridge below the waterfall, take some time for photos and then you will find yourself gazing up at the spectacular Wiñay Wayna! (2,600m/8,500ft above sea level) These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. This close to Machu Picchu, you are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. Your guide will tell you all about the ruins, plus the incredible flora and fauna of this micro-climate and answer any questions you have before the short 5 minute walk to your lunch spot.

Your lunch spot is a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground, which is the last campground for those hiking the four day Inca Trail. Nearby are outdoor sinks to wash your hands and also restrooms. Take your time enjoying your hearty, gourmet lunch and admiring the tropical flowers around the campground. Be sure to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you book!

After lunch, you will have a mostly flat walk to the Sun Gate, from which you have your first view of Machu Picchu! Though the hour long walk is a gentle rolling up and down, it does end with a set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca. Once you reach the stairs you will know that you’re almost at the Sun Gate! It is a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, so take some time to savor the moment and take photos. The last 45 minutes down from the Sun Gate provide many opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu from this unique vantage point. There are also a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, so make sure to go slowly, enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca on the Inca Trail and ask your guide questions about these historical places on the last bit of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site. You will arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists, which gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Take your time enjoying this magical experience before you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel. Your will have a delicious dinner, then have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch & dinner
3* Accommodation: Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel or Waman Machu Picchu
4* Accommodation: El Mapi or Tierra Viva (superior room)
Distance: 13 kms/8 miles
Time: 6hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate
You will leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you the full tour, which takes about two hours. You will see all of the most important parts of Machu Picchu, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry and the House of the Inca. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs. Your train will depart at 14:55 or 15:20 for the return trip to Cusco with the Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy Station (Cusco), where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and your hotel by 7:00pm. (During the rainy season, January through April, the train only runs to Ollantaytambo station)

Meal included: Breakfast at your hotel
3* Accommodation:
4* Accommodation: 
Day 7: Departure & Transfer to Airport
Our incredible journey ends here. Airport drop-off is included and it can be done at any time.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT IS INCLUDED
Transfer in from the Cusco airport
City Tour
Entrances to the different archeological Inca sites
Transportation from your hotel to Lares
English speaking professional mountain guide
Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (In the rainy season to Ollantaytambo)
Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu–Aguas Calientes
Admission fees to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and all archaeological sites
4 person tents (large and comfortable) for 2 trekkers and a roll pad mattress
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
4 night hotel (2 night in Cusco, 1 in Ollantaytambo and 1 night in Aguas Calientes)
Delicious meals during the trek as indicated in the itinerary
Cook and cooking equipment
Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, it will be carried by our mules)
Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Boiled water to fill in your bottles
Transfer out to the Cusco airport
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Sleeping bag (-5 ºC) -$20 USD
Air Mattress -$20 USD
Walking Poles -$15 USD
Huayna Picchu Mountain -$75 USD
Machu Picchu Mountain -$75 USD
Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
Lunch and dinner on the last day
Meals on day 1 (during the City Tour)
Tips for your horsemen, guide and chef of Inca Land adventures
**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.

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