LARES VALLEY TREK - MACHU PICHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Lares Valley is one of the most picturesque in the southern part of Cusco, home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The people live day to day, growing and knitting what they eat and wear. Each day is reasonably  paced with ample time to enjoy the incredible scenery, to walk is  hard but this  is incredibly compensated with the landscape, lunch alongside cascading waterfalls, appreciate the life of the Andean farmer and why not we could share time with them to tell us about their activities, this with help of our guide.

ITINERARY
DAY 1: CUSCO – CALCA - LARES - QUISWARANI - YANACOCHA

lares treks calcaWe leave from Cusco early in the morning by bus and travel through the Sacred Valley, stopping in Calca for a break, then we continue driving for 3 more hours to Qiswarani (3700 m.a.s.l), we will pass through some communities in the way enjoying the landscapes that this area can offers us. There we will meet our arrieros (horsemen) and start with our trek, going up gradually until 4200 meters, a nice lagoon is located there, after a short break we go up little bit more until the first pass. Hualcacassa (4425 m.a.s.l), from there we have a nice view of some snow peaks and 7 lagoons, then go down to our lunch place. After recovering energy we will ascend to our second pass, Qolqecasa (4200 m.a.s.l), from there is only 30 minutes walking downhill until our campsite, called Yanacocha (3800 m.a.s.l.)
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DAY 2: YANACOCHA – HUACAWASI - MANTANAY - LARES

lares treksAfter breakfast, we will start our second day, going down for almost 2 hours we will see Andean farmers and their traditional Lares houses, products growing up, some animals from the area as the lamas, then we will start to ascend for 3 hours to the highest point of our trek, Auroracassa (4600 m.a..s.l.), after a well deserved rest, we will descend until our second campsite, Mantanay (3850 m.a.s.l)
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DAY 3: MANTANAY - YANUARA- OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

lares treksThis will be our last day of Lares hike and the easiest one as well, we will descend passing through a nice Qeuñas bush valley (native one), enjoying the change of the Lares landscapes, appreciating plantations of potatoes, corn, vegetables. Finally arrive in Yanuara, where we will have our last camping lunch. Here we will say good bye to the staff (cook, horsemen).
We will continue using our transportation to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. The group takes the train from there to Aguas Calientes and spends the night there in a comfortable hostel.
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DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICHU

lares trek  to machupicchuAfter an early breakfast, we'll take the bus to Machu Picchu, we register and start on our 2 hour guided visit. After enjoying the remains, free time to enjoy the citadel, then at your best convenience take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, some free time and then take the train to comeback to Cusco.
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** Campsites will be determined according to the guides criteria

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LARES - MACHUPICCHU 4D/3N
GROUP SERVICE

Group Size: 4 – 16 people

Price per person: USD 375.00
April
2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30
May
3,7,10,14,17,21,24,29,31
June
4,7,11,14,18,21,25,28
July
2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30
August
2,6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30
September
3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27
October
1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29
November
1,5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29
December
3,6,7,10,13,17,20,24,27,31

INCLUDES:

Transfer in – out: Hotel – Qiswarani / train station - Hotel (private bus)

Transfer: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo (3rd day)

Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 12 people

Cook:  In charge of meal preparation

Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 6 kilos/ 13 lbs per person)

Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help

Ticket: Machu picchu
Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu picchu – Aguas Calientes (4th day)

Hostel: Double accommodation in Aguas Calientes (3rd night)

Train Service: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Meals: 3 Breakfasts/3 Lunches/3 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea

Equipment:  tents ( 2 people in each 3-person-capacity ), sleeping pad, dinning tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle

DOESN’T INCLUDE:

Breakfast (day 1), usually the hotels offer this service, lunch in Aguas Calientes (day 4)
Sleeping bag

Tips ( Optional)

EXTRAS:

  US$15 Synthetic sleeping bag rental (-10°C) for the whole trek

  US$18 Metal trekking poles rental for the whole trek

US$20 single accommodation

US$15 therm-a-rest mattresse

LARES - MACHUPICCHU 4D/3N
PRIVATE SERVICE

GROUP SIZE: According to clients decision
FIXED DEPARTURES: According to clients decision

SERVICES INCLUDED

Transportation to and from: Hotel -Train station- Hotel.

Vistadome Train Service: Poroy - Km. 104 (Chachabamba) & Aguas Calientes - Poroy

Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 8 people.

Personal Porter: Carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 8 kilos/ 13 lbs per person).

Meals: 1 Box Lunch/ 1 dinner / 1 Breakfast/1 buffet lunch

Entrance Ticket: Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.

Bus ticket: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (1st day).

Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (2nd day).

Hotel: Double accommodation in Aguas Calientes.

DOESN’T INCLUDE:

Breakfast (day 1), usually the hotels offer this service
Sleeping bag

Tips ( Optional)

EXTRAS:

US$15 Synthetic sleeping bag rental (-10°C) for the whole trek

US$18 Metal trekking poles rental for the whole trek

US$20 single accommodation

** Campsites will be determined according to the guides criteria





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Testimonials

May 8, 2010

There is nothing  this group could  have done to make my trip more enjoyable
The guide  was always there  to assist me when I needed assistance which was frequently. Jorge the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the whole trip
The whole group was very friendly made me feel  home
The chef exceeded  all expectations I had about food.  I cannot describe how good Ceferino was with food  in an outdoor location- I would like to see what he could do in a restaurant

Mr. Barber

May 5, 2010

The tour guide coped excellently with a varied group . Full + clear explanations were given along the trail. Good sense of humor
Excellent punctuality. Keen to explain part of interest . Enthusiastic, cheerful and helpful
A special thank you to the porters who do an amazing job with courtesy and good humor
The food was FANTASTIC!! Amazing  food produced in very basic conditions. The food surpassed all expectations
Super tents! Dinning tent was fisrt calss

The Inca Trail has been the experience of my life

Miss Phillys Paddock

May 5, 2010

Exellent!! Exellent!! Exellent!!
Fantastic, wonderful team, beautiful surroundings, stunning hike made perfect by this caring team!!
Everything has been perfect. I am so impressed with everything !!, Ruben was friendly, knowledgeable  and considerate.
Wilmer was just so sweet ! good knowledge
Fantastic meals! Varied, tasty, beautifully presented!  Beats most  restaurants in Cusco!!

Mrs. Hilde Harrison

April 28, 2010

Alex is a fantastic guide  from the moment we started  the trek he helped us  have a great experience , always telling us: “ there’s no rush “ and “have a positive attitude” . He is very knowledgeable!
Victor is fantastic cheff. He could open his own restaurant , the food was well prepared , well presented , healthy and tasty

Mr. Simon Couled

April 23, 2010

English was amazing , very knowledgeable  as a tour guide , very accommodating to a older trekker (68), a hard working person – very courteous
Food was just  EXELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!, it was well served  - artistic – different
The whole services was equal + better than two other American services I have used

Mr. Dennis Collette

April 21, 2010

The guide was very punctual at all times, helpful and friendly, his knowledge on all parts of the trek is excellent. All the equipment was in good order and very clean, tents were already pitched and made ready for our use

Miss Mary Pemberton

April 21, 2010

Jamil was very friendly, his help on the trek was invaluable as we were rather slow, he encouraged all the way, his knowledge was great specially with flora. The food was excellent , we were all very impressed with what was produced in such a difficult  circumstances, quantity were more than enough and cleanliness was perfect

Mr. Vivianne Perry

March 3, 2010

It was a perfect tour. I enjoyed every moment , It was carefully organized. Our guide was very attentive  and experienced, the English level  was excellent  and it was a welcoming and kind host ship. We had information about local culture, plants what made tour incredible and unforgettable.
I liked food, it was sophisticated, tasteful, meal times were joyful and delicate.
The equipment was good
Everything was environmentally  sensitive , very responsible. Events were planed carefully

Mrs. Hayriye Elbi

March 3 , 2010

A memorable trip – due to the  nature, history; guide very calm and  knowledgeable , made us feel safe; told many stories and plants and nature ……. Very enjoyable!!
Wonderful trip, amazing, difficult trek with a very experienced guide, nice Peruvian people, very helpful and warm!

Mrs. Berna Uluc

March 1. 2010

Alex was an excellent tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and helpful. He made this experience even more memorable. He went out  of his way to tailor and suit the tour to our needs and our liking
Victor did an outstanding job  with all the meals . The food was delicious and even the presentation was beautiful
I was very impressed with the quality of all the equipment

Miss Alejandra Muffler