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Lares Trekking & Amazon Jungle Trip 9 days

Lares Trekking to Machu Picchu is for those who live passionately, always looking for a new experience! This is a fascinating dream to fulfill and is the most famous trek to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Because Lares Trekking is one of most fascinating trips in the southern region of Peru; this trip takes you to visit the two most beautiful regions of Peru: the Andes and the Amazon jungle. The Lares region is rich in cultural heritage and so is a great place to experience Peru’s incredible cultural diversity; it offers incredible and amazing trekking holidays such as Lares trek to Machu Picchu and explore the Amazon jungle; this is a new customize tour where you experience the history of the Incas while you are in the city of Cusco and driving through the sacred Valley of the Incas.

Enjoy amazing mountain landscapes while you are walking through the Andes. Find a relaxing place in the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu; experience exotic travel while you are exploring the deepest of Amazon jungle. During this Lares Trekking you’ll use hotel of the category of 3-stars, during the trek we’ll use camping tents, all equipment will be transported by horses and in the Amazon tour you’ll use Jangle lodges decorated with local and modern elements which makes very attractive place.

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Summary

Nine-day Lares Trekking in Peru is great trip for those interested in an authentic view of life in the highlands of Peru and the tropical views of the Amazon jungle in the deepest zone of Puerto Maldonado. The Lares Trekking begins in the mysterious city of Cusco, where you can explore the ancient buildings of the Incas and then drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you’ll see pre-Inca and Inca ruins Including the Inca ruins of Pisaq and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo; you also will visit traditional market in the town of pisaq.

On the Lares Trek, you’ll enjoy the stunning mountain scenery as well you’ll visit small communities where the inhabitants still preserve the Inca traditions and customs. Also this tour takes you to visit the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu and explore the Amazon jungle in Puerto Maldonado.  “Lares Trekking” tour offer a trek through the less-beaten path and enjoy the traditions, history and the great scenery in remote and rarely visited region; where you will meet real Andean farmers dressed in traditional brightly-coloured ponchos.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A true combination of beautiful scenery, history and culture
  • Spend time at local villages you can only visit by foot
  • Enjoy 2 nights camping under the stars and your last night in a hotel in the town directly below Machu Picchu
  • Hike the Lares Trek and visit Machu Picchu afterwards
  • Meet local people and witness an authentic rural Andean way of life
  • Learn about the Andean peoples’ textiles
  • Enjoy the famous Inca thermal baths at Lares
  • Flight one hour from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
  • Explore the Amazon jungle in the zone of Puerto Maldonado

TOUR AT A GLANCE

  • Time: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Starting Point: Cusco Airport
  • Ending point: Puerto Maldonado Airport
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu – Cultural and Trekking – Ecotourism.
  • Group Size: The minimum to open the departure is 3 people and our maximum is 14 people.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Ideal For: Adventure Seekers, Couples, Families, Nature Lovers and Intrepid People.
  • Location: The tour begins in Cusco but the trek begins at lares village located at about three hours from Cusco and ends at Machu Picchu. Then you flight 45 minutes from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and explore the amazon jngle.
  • Departure Dates: Any day with 2 people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The passengers who are not able or nor interested in the hike can spending one day in Cusco, and then travel by car to Ollantaytambo where you´ll meet the group and take the train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes”. If you decide not to do the hike, we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time; however, we must know your flight details for the reception in the airport; today there is not planet activities so enjoy the city.

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley Tour is a perfect introduction to understand the Inca culture; we´ll visit the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo as well the picturesque local market of Pisac town.

Days 3-5: Lares trek

We’ll travel for three hours to Lares hot springs in our tourist bus from where we begging the lifetime trek over the Urubamba mountain range until Ollantaytambo train station from where we’ll board the tourist train to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and the next day, we’ll explore  Machu Picchu.
PLEASE NOTE: The passengers who are not able or nor interested in the hike can spend one day in Cusco, and then travel by car to the town of Ollantaytambo where you´ll meet the group and take the train to the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes. If you decide not to hike, we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

Day 6: Machu Picchu

Full-day we’ll explore Machu Picchu. Optional Climb  Huayna Picchu Mountain, visit the Inca Bridge or explore the Sun gate before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 7-8: Amazon jungle

45-minute flight to Puerto Maldonado, then two hours by motor canoe the our jungle lodge from where you’ll start the jungle expedition.

Day 9: Transfer out

After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport to return to Cusco or to Lima; it´s subject to your itinerary.

Itinerary in detail

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

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Welcome to Cusco– the world capital of humanity. Today is your first day with “SUNRISE PERU TREK”. Therefore, we send one of our company representatives to receive you at the International Airport of Cusco, who will further escort you to the designated hotel. If possible, we also schedule a meeting at our office for the briefing regarding the tour followed by an introduction session with other team members (especially guides).

We must know your flight details for the reception in the airport; today there is not planet activities enjoy the city. If you arrive before noon, you can optionally do our city tour program where you´ll have the choice to visit the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun of the Incas or Qoricancha and four Inca temples outside of the city; this tour is 4:30 hours approximately. Or you can relax and explore by yourself the fascinating city of Cusco. We highly recommended you to walk slowly and drink sufficient water for your acclimatization to the altitude.

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour

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The tour begins at 08:30 a.m once we pick you up from the hotel and travel toward green and fertile valley which was an important source of food for the Inca; the Sacred Valley is a lush of agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its production. We leave Cusco and one hour after we’ll arrive to Awanacancha where we can visit the countryside people whose are weaving blankets and some garments, then we’ll continue to Pisac where we’ll explore the Inca ruins and the Inca terraces used for agriculture.

On the guided walk into the Inca ruins of Pisac, you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels and the famous Intihuatana “The Hitching Post of the Sun”; we also will visit the local market which is a good place to purchase some local souvenirs. From Pisac, we’ll continue through the Sacred Valley until the town of Urubamba where we’ll stop to enjoy lunch (not included).

From Urubamba, we’ll continue 30 minutes to the town of Ollantaytambo which is surrounded by the Sacred mountains and a great Inca fortress where we will again discover the magnificence of the Inca constructions, the amazing Temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs and Inca terraces. The fortress and the town of Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering.

From Ollantaytambo, we’ll return to Cusco or to Urubamba where you’ll have accommodation in the hotel and the next morning, we’ll start the hike.

Days 3-5: Lares Hike to Machu Picchu

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This fantastic 3-day Lares Trekking takes you to walk through the Urubamba mountain range which offers a great combination of stunning mountain scenery, tradition and customs. The trek starts once we’ll pick you up from the hotel and travel for three hours to Lares village where you’ll enjoy the natural hot springs (entarce 10 soles or US$3- Not Included), then we continue the trek gentle up for four hours to the community of Wacahuasi located at 3,600 masl; here will be placed our first campsite near the house of our horsemen.

On the second day, we’ll continue trekking through stunning mountain scenery with the presence of llamas, Alpacas and very great views of local agriculture; today we’ll pass the highest pass located at 4,400 masl; then the trail descent gradually to Patakacha camp. The third day, we’ll continue descend gradually for three hours to the Train station of Ollantaytambo from where we’ll board the train for two hours to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.
NOTE: The locations and distances may change on this hike as we will camp in different locations depending on pace, ability and weather.

Day 6: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

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Very early, we’ll take a bus for 25 minutes up to Machu to take advantage of the early morning light; once we arrive there, you’ll receive a 2 -3 hour guided tour within Machu Picchu after which you’ll have free time to explore alone and the opportunity to climb Huyna Picchu mountain which provide a wonderful chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive vantage point.

After all, you must descend to the town of “Aguas Calientes” to enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon, we’ll ride the train to return to Ollantay train station and from here transfer by car to Cusco hotel. During the tour in Machu Picchu you’ll visit the most important places like the Agricultural zone: the upper and the lower; the urban zone in including the temple of the sun, temple of the mother earth, temple of the water, the main temple dedicated for the main God “Wiracocha”, temple of the condor, and other important sites.

In all of these places you’ll receive an elucidation form the guide.

Days 7-8: Jungle Trip

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After breakfast, we’ll transfer you the airport and fly 45 minutes to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle, then travel by motorized canoe for two hours to our lodge located in the “Madre de Dios” Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Explore the jungle with local guides before flying to Cusco or to Lima. About half of Peru is located within the Amazon Basin, however, due to its isolation, not a lot of it is available to the casual traveller.

Puerto Maldonado is the region’s principal city and is serviced by air from the capital and from Cusco. The town is situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers, and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. During our trip you will have the chance to see a large quantity of bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside Hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.

Tambopata area includes habitats ranging from the Andean highlands around the rivers’ headwaters through some of the last remaining intact cloud forests to the lowland rainforests of the Amazon basin. This part of the Amazon Jungle is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve.

Day 9: Transfer out

After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport or to the bus stop; it’s subject to your itinerary.

Service Includes

LARES TREKKING AND JUNGLE TRIP INCLUDES:

  • All necessary things for this tour:
  • Transportation: transfer in/out airport/hotel/airport, private bus for the Sacred Valley tour, tourist bus from Cusco to Lares (starting point of hike), bus up and down from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu, round-trip tourist train expedition class  from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, transfer to your hotel, round-trip air tickets from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (Amazon Jungle)
  • Entrance Fees: For the Sacred Valley tour and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: Meals: All breakfasts in the hotels, delicious meals on the Lares Hike prepared by professional chefs. Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, also hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude, teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 afternoon teas), we’ll offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people)
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food, kitchen gears and to carry your personal things (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide. You must carry your daypack.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide brand new four season tents, for four people capacity for only two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides.
  • Accommodations: Hotel based on double occupancy: 3 nights in Cusco ***Hotel, 1 night in the town of “Aguas Calientes” ***Hotel, 2 nights at the jungle lodge and 2 nights camping. If you would like a private room, there is an additional cost of US$25.00 per night, two nights in camping tents.
  • Others Items: Local guide for permanent assistance, first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner on day 1, 2 and 6; you must consider a budget from US$10 to US$20 for each meal. We will assist you at these issues.
  • Sleeping Bag: Can be rented in our office for US $20 for the entire trek and tips for the staff optional.

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Original passport.
  • ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Backpack to carry your personal items
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 5ºC; can be rented in our office
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear a good rain jacket, rain poncho (plastic poncho can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel (hot springs)
  • 2 litre water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site)
  • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc. we recommended in soles
  • Emergency money at least 200-400 extra soles

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Price

Cost of the Trek

  • Daily departure
  • Based on Double / Triple accommodation
  • the cost include  personla things porterage for 6 Kg
  • Minimum 2 persons
 TYPE OF TRAIN  PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class  US$ 1,390
 Vistadome class  US$ 1,440
 Hiram Bimgham class

OPTIONAL SERVICE TO BE HIRED:

  • Lightweight aluminum walking sticks US$10.00 for two sticks for the entire trek.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) $25.00 per person.
  • Personal horse for ride US$ 30 per day.
  • Higher level hotel in “Aguas Calientes”

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS

For students US$ 25 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card, Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
Children: US$ 30.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).

BOOKING FACTS

  • To start the booking of Lares Trekking, we’ll need the 30% of the total cost a non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
  • The pre-payment for Lares Trekking, you can do by Western Union or PayPal or to our bank account.
  • Please note that there are costs involved in both making international bank transfers or a Western Union transfer – in both cases the costs will be paid by the client NOT “SUNRISE PERU TREK”.
  • Please note that this down pre-payment for Lares Trekking, is NON-REFUNDABLE as described in the General Booking conditions. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance that covers such deposits in the case of cancellation, after the pre-payment, we’ll confirm your reservation by e-mail.
  • The balance of your payment for Lares Trekking, can be paid upon arrival to Cusco 48 hours before you start the tour, this you can do it in cash soles or dollars at the time of the briefing.
HOTELS THAT WE USE
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IN CUSCO

HOSTEL PRISMA  OR SIMILAR
Address: Matara 394, Cusco
Rating: 3 star
Web: http://www.hotelprismacusco.com/

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IN AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

Address: Agua Calientes town – Cusco
Rating: 3 star
Web: http://hostalpresidente.com/rooms.html

 

 

LODGE IN THE AMAZON JUNGLE

ECO AMAZONIA LODGE

Address: Tambopata -Purto Maldonado – Peru
Web: http://ecoamazonia.com/en/lodge.html

Essential info

WHY TRAVEL WITH SUNRISE PERU TREK?

We own our operational items for the Lares Trekking. This ensures that we can provide high quality trips of exceptional value with no hidden extras. Our Lares Trekking are all inclusive, so there is little need to pay for anything once your trip commences until it ends.  Our hands-on approach and years of experience has ensured a safety record second to none as we’ve pioneered some of the most unique itineraries in the adventure market place today.

REASONS TO CHOOSE “SUNRISE PERU TRE” FOR LARES TREK

  • Our Lares Trekking itinerary has been carefully designed to ensure sufficient acclimatization as well as including a number of spare days to maximize the chance of crossing the passes and completing the trek.
  • Brand-new camping equipment is used for all of our camping treks in Peru. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.
  • We provide each porter with windproof jacket & trousers, walking boots and shelter.
  • There will be a range of tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and supper. We also bring along a supply of chocolate bars, Pringles, biscuit and nuts.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit (Life Systems Mountain Leader) plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics, oxygen bottles and other medicines.

TIPS FOR YOUR SAFETY

Your safety in Lares Trekking, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our Lares Trekking trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with cell phones, even emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. You are most of the time connected to our Cusco office.

Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

Trekking in the mountains is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. However, it is important to keep your safety in mind. Weather conditions can change any moment and in case of an accident, medical help is not always easily available. It is good to be prepared, both before and during your trip. Have a look below for some guidelines and tips on health & safety during your trip in Peru.

OTHER HEALTH RISKS

There are some health risks that are more acute when trekking at high altitudes.

  • DEHYDRATION: since you are prone to sweat a lot when hiking, it is very important to keep hydrated. Keep water with you at all times, and drink lots!
  • ALTITUDE SICKNESS: This occurs when ascending from low levels to high levels, especially when done rapidly. Altitude sickness begins with shortness of breath from lack of oxygen. Symptoms include exhaustion, loss of appetite, headache and nausea. It’s important to go slowly, and monitor your body’s reaction to the change in altitude. Trekkers should descend immediately if their condition worsens.
  • BLISTERS: Walking for a long periods of time can cause blisters to develop on your feet. Be prepared and bring a first aid kit with you. Try to keep your feet as dry as possible. Be sure to ‘wear in’ your hiking boots before your trip to Peru.
  • SUNBURNS: At high altitude, the sun’s rays are stronger.

GUIDANCE ON TIPPING

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip.

Level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend that a contribution from each group member of around US$30 should provide a good level of tips when divided among your guides, porters, and other trek crew. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success.

CONTACT US

Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:

  • Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Henrry Chauca – Operations
    Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
  • Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
    Mobile: +(51) 974 359484

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