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Lares Trek & Sacred Valley 7 Days

July 22nd, 2014 | Lares Trek | 0 Comments

Our “Lares Trek Sacred Valley” is Remote and Beautiful trekking Route to Machu Picchu in Peru!…

Lares Trek Sacred Valley is an excellent adventure trekking in a remote area in the northeast of Cusco city. It is known for its breathtaking mountain views, challenging terrain and encounter picturesque and traditional villages. The “Lares Trek Sacred Valley” begins with a day visit of the city of Cusco; then touring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you’ll visit Pisaq and Ollantaytambo.

Next day you’ll hike through the Mountain range of Urubamba with awesome sceneries and thatched huts to the north along with sprawling villages perched on the hilltops. Here the ethnically inhabitants speak “Qechua” language an original language since the time of the Incas, partly Spanish and live in an Incas lifestyle. Spectacular mountain panoramas, dominated by Mt. veronica itself, the scenic beauty, perennial sources of water from glaciers, waterfalls, turquoise lakes, the stunning Machu Picchu and exotic cultural values are main highlights of the trekking of this region.

The whole trekking area in this region streaked through and around the Urubamba mountain range is untouched. The “Lares Trek Sacred Valley” is one of the most beautiful trekking destination in Peru. Traveling around this part gives you the opportunity to enjoy and study deeply the traditional culture of the Incas and Peru itself. Trekking in this area is an adventure that is full of extraordinary excitement and above all, an unforgettable experience of your lifetime.

Trekking to Machupicchu
The views of the trekking in the region of Lares, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machupichu

Summary

Seven-day Lares Trek Sacred Valley in Peru takes you to visit the historical city of Cusco, hike the remote area of Lares valley and explore the marvelous Machu Picchu. Lares Trek Sacred Valley starts when you arrive to the city of Cusco, where our staff will wait for you and transfer you to the designated hotel; today you can explore the city and the surrounding Inca monuments like Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha, the Inca and colonial architecture.

Then we’ll drive a tourist bus through the sacred valley of the Incas and visit the Inca ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo also the traditional market of Pisaq. The trip continues with lifetime trekking in a remote area where still is preserved the Inca lifestyle and at the end of the tour we’ll explore full day the stunning Machu Picchu. During Lares Trek Sacred Valley tour you’ll use for four nights a hotels of 3-stars category and 2 nights camping high in the mountains; the equipment will be transported by a horses; you must carry a day-backpack with water for drink you camera and some snacks.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit the city of Cusco.
  • See the sacred valley of the Incas.
  • Exokre the Inca sites of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo.
  • Guided Lares Trek.
  • Beautiful Mountain scenery
  • Experience the hot springs in the Lares village.
  • Visit the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

AT A GLANCE

  • Timing: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Starting Point: Cusco Airport
  • Ending point: Cusco Airport
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu – history, Cultural and Trekking
  • Group Size: The minimum to open the departure is 2 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 starts at Lares village located at about three hours from Cusco and ends at Machu Picchu; the trek runs through the Urubamba mountain range.
  • 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.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco

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

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the incas

It’s 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 the town of Pisac.

Days 3-5: Lares Hike

We’ll travel for three hours to Lares Hot Springs by tourist bus from where we’ll begin 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 the full day Machu Picchu.

Day 6: Machu Picchu

Full-day you’ll explore Machu Picchu. Optional climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain, visit the Inca Bridge or explore the Sungate before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 7: Transfer out

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

Itinerary In Detail

DETAILED ITINERARY FOR “LARES TREK SACRED VALLEY”

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

City of Cusco
Qoricancha in the city of Cusco

Welcome to the land of the Incas! On arrival in Cusco Airport, you will be met by our representative who will be waiting with a “SUNRISE PERU TREK” sign. Upon meeting our company’s representative at arrival terminal at the airport, you will be transferred to your respective hotel in our private comfortable vehicle.

Handsome Lares Trek Sacred Valley tour starts when you arrive to Cusco airport at any time; however, we must know your flight details for the reception; 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 option to visit the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun of the Incas or Qorikancha 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 for today an get you acclimatization to the Altitude; drink enough water.

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour

Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley tour is a perfect introduction to understand the Inca culture; 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; Sacred Valley is a lush of agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its production.

We’ll 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’re gonna 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 Incan 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

Trekking to Machupichu
The views of Lares Trek in Peru

We start early for 3-day trek which is trekking through the awesome Andes that offers a combination of stunning scenery, tradition and customs. Our Lares 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 then, we’ll continue the hike gentle up for four hours to the community of Wacahuasi located at 3,600 masl; here will be our first camp placed near the house of our horsemen.

On the second day, we’ll continue hiking 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; from where the trail descends gradually to Patakacha camp (second camp). On the third day, we’ll continue to 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The locations and distances may change on this hike as we will camp in different locations depending on pace, ability and weather.
  • The passengers who are not able or interested in the hike Lares, you can spend 2 days in Cusco, and then travel by train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes/Hot Waters” with overnight. Next morning, you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu together with hikers. If you decide to do not hike, we will need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

Day 6: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

Machupicchu - Peru
Panoramic view of Machupicchu

Very early, we’ll take a bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu to take advantage of the early morning light; once we arrive, there you’ll receive 2 -3 hour guided tour within Machu Picchu after which you’ll have free time to explore alone and the opportunity to climb “Wayna Picchu Mountain” which provides 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 return to Cusco.

During the tour within Machu Picchu you’ll visit the most important places like: the agricultural zone the upper and the lower; in the urban zone you’ll visit the temple of the sun, the temple of the water, the temple of the mother earth, the main quarry, the sacred square, the main temple dedicated to God “Wiracocha”, the temple of the Andean cosmology, the sun dial the temple of the condor and other important places; in each of these highlights you’ll receive an description.

Day 7: 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 TREK SACRED VALLEY TOUR 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, tourist Train Expeditions round trip from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, transfer to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fees: For the Sacred Valley tour and Machu Picchu.
  • 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 tees), we offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
  • 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, If you would like a private room, there is an additional cost of US$25.00 per night, two nights in camping tents.
  • 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 recommend it 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 includes  personal things porterage for 6 Kg
  • Minimum 2 persons
 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class US$ 750
 Vistadome class US$ 800
 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 the Lares Hike, we’ll need the 30% of the total cost a non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
  • The pre-payment for Lares Hike, 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 Hike, 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 Hike, 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.
IN CUSCO HOSTEL PRISMA  OR SIMILAR

Address: Matara 394, Cusco
Rating: 3 star
Web: http://www.hotelprismacusco.com/
HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES – HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

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

Essential info

BEST TIME TO DO “LARES TREK SACRED VALLEY”

The Lares Trek Sacred Valley is a year-round destination, but the mountain dry season generally runs from April to October. The nights are milder in these mid-year months, and there are often wild orchids in bloom along the trail. June and July are the most popular, and therefore most crowded, months on the trail. Low cloud cover in winter also means cold nights on the Lares Trek – bring some thermals for a good night’s sleep.

LIFE ON THE TREK

The Lares Trek Sacred Valley doesn’t have any permanent facilities, but never fear – we travel well prepared. You’ll sleep in modern two-person dome tents on foam sleeping mats, set up by our friendly porters who will also carry your heavier packs. Hot meals will be cooked by our chefs each night to load you up with carbohydrates for the next day’s walking. You’ll also get a bowl of warm water each day to wash with.

HORSES, NOT PORTERS FOR “LARES TREK SACRED VALLEY”

On the Inca Trail your main luggage is carried by porters. On the Lares Trek Sacred Valley it’s carried by horses. This has the added benefit of walking through the Andes with freaking horses alongside you. Not to be sniffed at. Of course you’ll still have trained guides to help you along and set up camp each night.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

Anyone trekking for three solid days over 3,500m above sea level needs a reasonable level of fitness. Altitude sickness is a real risk, but we’ll try to acclimatize you with some time in Cusco before the Lares Trek Sacred Valley . Most people complete the Lares Trek Sacred Valley without any problems. Drink lots of water as you go, pace yourself, wear polarized sunglasses and appropriate boots.

WHY TRAVEL WITH SUNRISE PERU TREK?

We own our operational items for the Lares Trek Sacred Valley. This ensures that we can provide high quality trips of exceptional value with no hidden extras. Our Lares Trek Sacred Valley 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.

SUNRISE PERU TREK has been seriously committed to responsible travel and true sustainability since we began in 1999 when we established our philosophy and stated ideal which was to “take only photographs and leave only footprints”. Almost two decades of pioneering adventure travel has proved the positive conservation outcomes when travel is managed for sustainability. We believe a responsible, long-term vision can deliver true sustainability and with the participation of all our clients and business partners the challenge is being met and achieved.

REASONS TO CHOOSE “SUNRISE PERU TRE” FOR LARES TREK SACRED VALLEY TOUR

  • Our Lares Trek Sacred Valley 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.
  • On Lares Trek Sacred Valley, 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.
  • For Lares Trek Sacred Valley, we bring a comprehensive first aid kit (Life Systems Mountain Leader) plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics, oxygen bottles and other medicines.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

This piece of information is for everyone planning their next trek to Lares Trek Sacred Valley or Inca Trail in the region of Cusco Peru. Please get a travel insurance that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, and other treatment cost). Also, make sure that your insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Peru.

In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor fees) as well as repatriation cost. As this trek in the Peru takes you above the altitude of 4,200m, it is kindly requested to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 4,200m. In short, its client himself/herself has to take the responsibility regarding the entire unforeseen expenses during the trip.

TIPS FOR YOUR SAFETY

Your safety in the Lares Trek Sacred Valley, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our Lares Trek Sacred Valley 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 as the Lares Hike.

  • 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. Pack a hat, sunglasses and wear lots of sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt,

HOW TO PREVENT AMS

The best way to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually. Above an altitude of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft) you should not ascend more than 300 m (1,000 ft) a day. If due to the itinerary this is not possible, a rest day to acclimatize recommended. Drinking lots of water can help to prevent AMS. Per day, you should be drinking 1 liter of water for every 1,000 meter (3,000 ft) altitude. This means that at an altitude of 4,000 m (12,000 ft), you should be drinking 4 lt of water a day (or tea, juice or other fluids, except alcohol). More and more people use Diamox (Acetazolamide) as a prophylaxis, to help the body acclimatize more quickly.

You start taking Diamox shortly before you start to ascend above 3,000 m (10,000 ft) and continue taking it until you descend again. Consult with your doctor if you consider using Diamox. Persons with allergy to sulfa drugs should not take the drug. Drink extra amounts of water, as Diamox dehydrates the body.

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. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Porters crews.

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

Thank you.

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Lares Trek Machupicchu 5 Days

July 15th, 2014 | Lares Trek | 0 Comments

Lares Trek Machupicchu is one of the most prominent treks in the region of Cusco in Peru; and it is undoubtedly the best alternative trail to experience the original Inca paths to the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu.

Lares Trek Machupicchu is a spectacular and picturesque trekking route located in the southern part of Peru; offers incomparable mountain ranges; for trekkers wanting to get off the well beaten path.  The Lares Trek Machupicchu is believed to be home of the “Apus”; a Holy Mountain spirit holding great religious, cultural and spiritual traditions.

Many travelers from all around the globe visits Machu Picchu. This adventurous trek; offers the perfect combination of traditional adventure travel and cultural immersion. Our Lares Trek Machupicchu pass through small villages that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes; turquoise color lagoons; an ancient Inca trail, colorful dressed local people and impressive flocks of llamas and alpacas.

This area is declared as the gift of the Earth; full of alpine grass lands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests and low river valley. The Lares Trek Machupicchu, is situated in the north eastern part of Cusco city border by the most scenic mountain range of Vilcanota. This enchanting area offers the excellent display of flowering, orchids, lilies and many other flowers.

Lares Trek Machupicchu
The best trekking destination in the region of Cusco – Peru, leads you to Machupicchu

Summary

SUMMARY

Five-day Lares Trek Machupicchu includes Machu Picchu Tour; optionally you can reserve climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (see availability); Lares Trek Machupicchu begins in the city of Cusco from where we take a private bus for two hours to the zone of Huaran (2,900 masl); from here we’ll follow a vegetated valley and climb up to Pachakutec Pass (4,500masl); and then descend to Quishuarani Community. The next day, we’ll trek to Cuncani Community; in this last two communities; you’ll appreciate how the Inca tradition still are preserved among the Peruvian countryside people.

Mountain scenery in the Lares area is spectacular, with inter-Andean valleys overlooked by soaring snow covered mountains. Lares Trek Machupcchu ends in the hot springs of Lares town from where we’ll take a car and travel for three hours to the train station of Ollantaytambo and ride the train for two hours until the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel; the last day very early, we’ll explore the stunning Machu Picchu and in the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco.

Highlights:

  • Guided Lares trek.
  • Visit the picturesque communities along the trail.
  • hot springs in the village of Lares.
  • visi the town of “Aguas Calientes”
  • Machu Picchu tour.

AT A GLANCE

  • Timing: 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu – Cultural and Trekking.
  • Group Size: The minimum to open the departure is 2 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 in the Sacred Valley in the zone of “Huaran” at about one hour from Cusco city and ends in the hot springs of Lares; the trek runs through Urubamba mountain range.
  • 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.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

DAY 1:  CANCHA CANCHA

For Lares Trek Peru, we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 06:30 a.m and travel for 2 hours to Huaran situated in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then we trek gradually up through the Andean Valley for 7 hours approximately until the Cancha Cancha community.

DAY 2: QUISWARANI

Continue toward the Pachacuti Pass from where you´ll visualize the highest snow mountains of the region; then, we’ll descend gradually until Quiswarani community.

DAY 3:  CUNCANI

A wonderful trekking day, we’ll pass lagoons, rivers and wonderful mountain scenery; we also will pass the second pass named Wilkak’asa located at 4,100 masl. in afternnon you can enjoy the hot springs in the Lares village.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES

You can relax in the Natural hot springs; then we’ll take our tourist bus to for three hours to Ollantaytambo train station from where we’ll board the tourist train for two hours to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU

Very early, we’ll take a bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu and explore for 2 -3 hours with our best guide; then, you’ll have free time within Machu Picchu to explore alone or climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (See availability); in the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco by train.

Itinerary In Detail

DETAILED ITINERARY FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU

DAY 1: CUSCO – CALCA – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA

Trekking tto Cancha Cancha
Trekking to Machupicchu in Peru

Lares Trek Machupicchu begins at 06:30 a.m once we’ll pick you up from you hotel and travel by our private bus through the Sacred Valley of the Incas for approximately two hours to the zone of Huaran (2,900 masl). Here starts our trek following the vegetated Andean valley with presence of birds, hummingbirds and wonderful flora; along the trail, we’ll observe agriculture farm and stunning thatched-roof stone houses where families live in harmony with the Mother Nature.

Today, we’ll trek for 7-8 hours approximately. During the trek you’ll be served hot Lunch and the dinner will be served in the campsite. The camp will be setup near the community of “Cancha cancha” where you can see people wearing very colorful clothing and the traditional farming terraces as well the Llamas and Alpacas; you’ll be able to visit the inside of the house and see how is the way they leave in the Andes.

DAY 2: CANCHA CANCHA – QUISWARANI

Pachakutec pass
The highest pass of the trek named Pachakutec

Leaving the camp at 07:00 a.m after an excellent breakfast; the trail passes a beautiful glacial lagoons of Suirococha and Yuraccocha, here you can observe different species of birds including Andean Ibis and Andean geese; after we rest and take pictures, we’ll continue to climb steeply for 2 hours and 30min approximately to the highest pass called Pachacuti (4,500 meters/14,764 feet above sea level); from here one is rewarded by spectacular mountain scenery, up many mountains and down several valleys; here we’ll participate from the ceremony of the offering to the “Apus” or mountain spirits.

“Apus” are considered the strong protectors of the humanity, the animals, the agriculture and the plants in general. From here, we can also see the snow-covered peaks of Pitusiray (5,750 meters/18,865 feets) and Chicon (5,500 meters/18,045 feets). After we rest and take pictures we start to descend into the opposite valley following wonderful waterfalls. Our campsite will be in the community of Quisuarani. Today, we’ll trek for 7 -8 hours approximately.

DAY 3: QUISWARANI – CUNCANI

Lagunillas next to Quiswarani
The views of the 7 lagoons next to the community of Quiswarani

We continue the trek with climb up toward the second pass named WillkaK’asa (4,100masl); the last part of the trail, it is very steep so we must walk slowly the climb will take us approximately 3:00 hours; along the way we will pass glacier lakes and plenty of wildlife like: birds, chinchillas (type of rabbit), foxes, etc.

We will see herds of Llamas and Alpacas. After we take pictures and have a deserve rest, we’ll continue descend to Cuncani community, At this little village, we’ll have the chance to visit the house of our arrieros or horseman who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants etc. Today, we’ll trek for 6 -7 hours approximately.

According the evolution of the group we’ll camp here or we continue to Lares hot spring, it will be a decision of the guide.

DAY 4: CUNCANI – HOT SPRING – LARES – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CITY OF “AGUAS CALIENTES”

Hot springs of Lares
The hot springs neart the village of Lares

From Cuncani camp we begin at 08:00 a.m; after a great breakfast, we’ll hike the last part of the TREK that will be for 3 hours approximately; the trail follows the valley down to the Lares village very famous for the therapeutic hot springs where you can relax (entrance US$ 4 or 10 soles NOT included). There are several pools of different temperatures since 5°C until 42°C. After you finish to relax you tired muscles your trekking cook will wait for you a great lunch; after that walk to the bus and drive for 3-hours in our private transport to Ollantaytambo train station; from here we’ll ride the train for two hours until the town of “Aguas Calientes” Where you’ll have accommodation in the hotel.

Aguas Calientes is a small touristic town located at 2000masl and to 25 minutes from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

DAY 5: “AGUAS CALIENTES” – MACHU PICCHU TOUR – CUSCO

Machupicchu - Peru
The Inca citadel of Machupicchu at 2400masl

Today, we’ll commence at 05:00 a.m. After breakfast, we’ll leave our luggage in the storage of the hotel and walk for 5 minutes to the bus station and take the bus for 25 minutes that will take us up to the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour for 2 – 3 hours. After all you’ll return to the town of Aguas Calientes for your lunch and then pick up your belongings from the hotel and walk to the train station to return to Ollantaytambo from where we’ll transfer you by car to Cusco.

Service Includes

LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU INCLUDES

  • Pre-departure briefing one day before the tour at 06:00 p.m or 07:00 p.m exactly time will be confirmed by our staff.
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Huaran (starting point of the trek)
  • Camping equipment: personal tents two people in each we provide four people capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks, air mattress, kitchen gear, tables, seat, toiled tent, etc
  • English-speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 9 people)
  • Chef and Chef’s equipment
  • One night hotel accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) for days 1 to 3.
  • 1 duffel bag where you can pack your personal belongs included the mattress and sleeping bag maximum wage 6kg per person (including mattress and sleeping bag).
  • 1 emergency horse for second day only.
  • Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
    Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Others: Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee.
  • Bus ticket up from the town of “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu (One Way) on day five.
  • (Round trip) train ticket from Ollantaytambo to “Aguas Calientes”.
    Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco

EXCLUDED

  • Sleeping back, it can be rented in our office for US$ 25 for the entire trek.
  • Day 1: Breakfast some hotels offer early breakfast if not we’ll stop at Calca here you can have your breakfast and purchase some items for the trek.
  • Entrance to the hot springs in the town of Lares (US$ 4 or 10 soles) also in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Day 5: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” considered as a budget of 10 to 25 dollars we´ll assist you at this issue.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (US $ 30.00)
  • Tips: Please feel free to tip or not as you wish.

WE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING:

  • Small backpack or a daypack
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at “SUNRISE PERU TREK” office)
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machu Picchu there are mosquitos but no malarias.
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket, plastic poncho can be purchased in Cusco.
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection: Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
  • OPTIONAL: Little presents for kids of Communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, etc.

Price

Cost for Lares Trek Machupicchu

  • 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$ 520
 Vistadome class US$ 570
 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”

VAILABLE 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 FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU

  • To start the booking for Lares Trek Peru, we’ll need the 30% of the total cost a non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
  • The pre-payment  for Lares Trek Peru 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 Trek Peru 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 Trek Peru 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.

HOTEL THAT WE USE IN AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

Hotel for Lares Trek Machupicchu
The hotel the we use in the town of Aguas Calientes for this trek

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

Situated just a short walk from the beautiful main street, the “Hostal Presidente” is a confortable hotel in the popular town of Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu. Rooms are airy and modern with simple but comfortable furnishings and a variety of modern amenities.

IMPORTANT

The day before starts Lares Trek Machupicchu, we’ll give you a pre-talk or briefing of the tour in your hotel or in our office at 06:00 p.m or 07:00 p.m the exact time will be confirmed by our staff.

Essential Info

BEST TIME FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU

The Lares Trek Machupicchu is a year-round destination, but the mountain dry season generally runs from April to October. The nights are milder in these mid-year months, and there are often wild orchids in bloom along the trail. June and July are the most popular, and therefore most crowded, months on the trail. Low cloud cover in winter also means cold nights on the Lares Trek – bring some thermals for a good night’s sleep.

LIFE ON THE TREK

The Lares Trek Machupicchu doesn’t have any permanent facilities, but never fear – we travel well prepared. You’ll sleep in modern two-person dome tents on foam sleeping mats, set up by our friendly porters who will also carry your heavier packs. Hot meals will be cooked by our chefs each night to load you up with carbohydrates for the next day’s walking. You’ll also get a bowl of warm water each day to wash with.

HORSES, NOT PORTERS FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU

On the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage is carried by porters. On the Lares Trek Machupicchu it’s carried by horses. This has the added benefit of walking through the Andes with freaking horses alongside you. Not to be sniffed at. Of course you’ll still have trained guides to help you along and set up camp each night.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU?

Anyone trekking for three solid days over 3,500m above sea level needs a reasonable level of fitness. Altitude sickness is a real risk, but we’ll try to acclimatize you with some time in Cusco before the Lares Trek Machupicchu. Most people complete the Lares Trek Machupicchu without any problems. Drink lots of water as you go, pace yourself, wear polarized sunglasses and appropriate boots.

WHY TRAVEL WITH SUNRISE PERU TREK?

We own our operational items for the Lares Trek Machupicchu. This ensures that we can provide high quality trips of exceptional value with no hidden extras. Our Lares Trek Machupicchu is 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.

SUNRISE PERU TREK has been seriously committed to responsible travel and true sustainability since we began in 1999 when we established our philosophy and stated ideal which was to “take only photographs and leave only footprints”. Almost two decades of pioneering adventure travel has proved the positive conservation outcomes when travel is managed for sustainability. We believe a responsible, long-term vision can deliver true sustainability and with the participation of all our clients and business partners the challenge is being met and achieved.

REASONS TO CHOOSE “SUNRISE PERU TRE” FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU

  • Our Lares Trek Machupicchu 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 Lares Trek Machupicchu. 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.
  • For Lares Trek Machupicchu, 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 the Lares Trek Machupicchu, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our Lares Trek Machupicchu 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. Pack a hat, sunglasses and wear lots of sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt,

ALTITUDE SICKNESS/ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS)

Altitude sickness at Lares Trek Machupicchu, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) generally occurs above 2,400 m (8,000 ft), but serious altitude illness is rare below 3,000 m (10,000 ft). It ranges from Preparation a mild headache and weariness to a life-threatening disease, when fluid in the lungs (HAPE) or brain (HACE) is built-up. AMS is caused by the body having difficulty adapting to the lower oxygen level at higher altitudes. Usually this is due to a too quick ascent, and sometimes personal sensitivity. As AMS can be fatal, it is important to know about the disease, its symptoms, how to prevent them and how to treat AMS.

ACUTE ALTITUDE SICKNESS:

Acute altitude sickness is the mildest and most common form. Patients usually have a (mild) headache and/or less appetite, and nausea. These symptoms are quite common above 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). Nothing to be worried about (yet), but it is important to tell you guide or trekking companion about your symptoms, and keep close watch that they don’t get worse. Symptoms:

  1. •    Headache
    •    Fatigue
    •    Dizziness
    •    Insomnia
    •    Shortness of breath during exertion
    •    Nausea
    •    Decreased appetite
    •    Swelling of extremities
    •    Lack of sleep
    •    Social withdrawal

HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (HAPE).-

HAPE occurs when fluid builds up within the lungs, a condition that can make breathing extremely difficult. Onset of HAPE can be gradual or sudden. HAPE typically occurs after more than one day spent at high altitude; If left untreated, it can progress to respiratory collapse and ultimately to death. Symptoms:
•    Shortness of breath at rest
•    Extreme fatigue
•    Gurgling respiration
•    Dry cough or wet cough with frothy sputum
•    Possible fever
•    Respiratory failure

HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (HACE).-

Another severe form of altitude sickness is high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), in which fluid builds up within the brain. As the brain swells with fluid, the person’s mental state changes. Loss of coordination, coma, and, finally, death can are the cause if not recognized and treated promptly. Symptoms:
•    Difficulty with balance and coordination
•    Hallucinations, lethargy, confusion
•    As the brain continues to swell unconsciousness or coma will develop.

HOW TO PREVENT AMS

The best way to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually. Above an altitude of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft) you should not ascend more than 300 m (1,000 ft) a day. If due to the itinerary this is not possible, a rest day to acclimatize recommended. Drinking lots of water can help to prevent AMS. Per day, you should be drinking 1 liter of water for every 1,000 meter (3,000 ft) altitude. This means that at an altitude of 4,000 m (12,000 ft), you should be drinking 4 lt of water a day (or tea, juice or other fluids, except alcohol). More and more people use Diamox (Acetazolamide) as a prophylaxis, to help the body acclimatize more quickly.

You start taking Diamox shortly before you start to ascend above 3,000 m (10,000 ft) and continue taking it until you descend again. Consult with your doctor if you consider using Diamox. Persons with allergy to sulfa drugs should not take the drug. Drink extra amounts of water, as Diamox dehydrates the body.

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. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters.

Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Porters crews.

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

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY

While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.

CUSCO OFFICE

  • Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm.
    Telf: +51 84 237404

EMERGENCY CONTACT

  • If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available:
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours.

Thank you.

What to expect From Lares Trek Machupicchu?

Before you embark on your trekking adventure to machupicchu, you will meet with our Trekking Operations Manager for an extensive briefing. Route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and you have enough time to ask any remaining questions. Your trekking gear will be inspected to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable. If you are missing any gear, you can rent it from us.

During your 5-days Lares Trek Machupicchu, you only carry your small backpack with essentials such as water for the day’s hike. Our Horses will carry all equipment, food and additional luggage.

Our permanent mountain guide will lead the way. They are responsible for your safety and will encourage you and lend a helping hand, but also call the trekking off due to weather, altitude sickness or injury, if necessary. Your safety is paramount to us. Most of our TREKKING GUIDES have been part of our team for many years, been in Machupicchu hundreds of times and all receive regular training. You are in good hands.

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Cooks are miracle workers. With simple gas cookers, they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish you when you need it most. Drinking water comes from mountain streams and is boiled before you drink it.

During the Lares Trek Machupicchu, you will sleep in high-quality two-person tents. The tents will be pitched and taken down by our team of porters. You can concentrate on enjoying the views and capture the best photos. When you arrive at camp after a long day’s hike, your tent will already be waiting for you.

While there are no showers on the camping routes, you will be provided with a bowl of hot water in the evening and morning.

LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU MAP

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR LARES TREK MACHUPICCHU

I’ve never trekked before. Is that a problem?
While Lares Trek Machupicchu is no cakewalk, it’s a perfectly achievable hike for healthy travellers with a moderate degree of physical fitness. That said, we do recommend that you do some advance training. The best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk wherever you can in the weeks leading up to your departure in order to build up your stamina and climbing muscles. (A stair-climber at the gym is a good alternative if you don’t have any mountains at the ready.) Start training six months out. With a little preparation, you should get to the top without much trouble.
What will we eat?
You’ll need energy to make that push to Machupicchu, and our Lares Trek Machupicchu cooks make certain that there’s plenty of healthy, quality food on hand. Our team of porters carries the equipment and supplies (including fresh produce), and meals consist of local and international cuisine. Our cooks can accommodate special requests, but please let us know when you book.
When is the best time to go to Lares Trek Machupicchu?
Trekkers can enjoy it mostly in the months between April to November; since during those months there is less rain and the landscapes are more visible.
How difficult is the Lares Trek Machupicchu?
This five-day trek is a moderate. Second day of the trek is little bit difficult, since you’ll walk over the highest pass at 4,500masl. Trekkers can face much other adventure activity like river crossing and weather changes in minutes.
How cold does it really get on the Lares Trek Machupicchu?
In the first and second day of the trek temperature is variable during the day temperature can be up to 16°C to 26°C and during the night time can be +3°C to -4°C . It is very important to be prepared for all kind of weather.
How long do we walk each day?
Generally every day trek distance is not long. Average walking distance is 12 – 16 km an each day and trekkers complete in 5-8 hrs.
Is Diamox is advisable?
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTH about Diamox.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.
How big are the groups for Lares Trek Machupicchu?
We try to bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 2 – 12 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 2 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?
Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
What thing we need to carry?
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me?
Yes, we’ll provide a duffle bag the night before your trek; in this dufflebag you’ll put most of your personal belongings (7 kilos). You’ll carry a small backpack (30 liters) with drinkable water, one jacket, raingear and your camera which should be 3 – 4 kilos.
Which type of shoes should I buy for Lares Trek Machupicchu?
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article “How to Opt Best Trekking Shoe” to get an idea.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek.
Doctor will accompany the Lares Trek Machupicchu?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid” and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.
Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.
How do I book Lares Trek Machupicchu with you?
After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the booking form; a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book.
Is the trekking pole necessary?
Yes, walking stick necessary for you because it will help you to walk in decent and provide you balance also, it is reducing your fatigue.

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 days

July 15th, 2014 | Lares Trek | 6 Comments

Lares Trek is an alternative trail to the classic Inca Trail that runs through the Urubamba mountain range. This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next.

Lares Trek brings you into the hidden world of the Peruvian culture, also called “Indigenous Peru” where you still will find the remains of the Inca culture. This trek is one of those few places in the world that has survived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, was a forbidden land for outsides. This isolation helped the people of Lares region to preserve their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost untouched for centuries.

The 4-day Lares Trek starts from the hot springs located near the village of Lares passing by “Wacawasi”,”Ipsayccocha”, “Patacancha”, “Willoc”, “Ollantaytambo” and ends at Machu Picchu. This trekking requires the good physical endurance as the trekking trails passes through the 4,400m height.

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The magnificent Urubamba mountain ranges and spectacular geographical landscapes of the Lares region would make you awestruck. Chilled wind blowing, stunning barren hills and the deepest gorges as well as the bulk of Mountains make the entire Lares Trek as the exhilarating experience of your life time. Journey from the ancient architectural city of Cusco, finally reaching the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu; passing by the Ipsay Pass of Majestic Mountains of Urubamba range would help you get pass the test of your perseverance and tenacity.

The joy of having the spectacular visual delights along the way savoring the green lush forests, waterfalls, rivers, lagoons and picturesque communities; as well as the panoramic views of the Mountain ranges would enhance the spiritual self of every trekker. The major highlights of the Lares Trek are holy Inca temple of Machu Picchu, The natural hot springs,  great Camp, glacial river, gorges and the mystical dry barren.

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Trekking From Lares to Machu Picchu in 4 days and 3 nights with certificated travel agency

Summary

 SUMMARY

Four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is the best trekking alternative if you miss the permits for the regular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; Lares Trek is for those who want to get off the well-beaten path and enjoy the traditions history and the stunning mountain scenery. In this remote and rarely visited region, you will meet real Andean farmers dressed in traditional brightly-coloured ponchos.

You will pass through local communities and see thatched roof stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas, alpacas, sheep and the typical flora. Lares Trek pass small communities that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes, turquoise colour lagoons, an ancient Inca Trail.

The Lares Trek is considered moderated but the altitude can affects to anyone without good acclimatization; so that we recommend to arrive to Cusco at less two days before you start the trek

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Guided Lares trek to Machupicchu.
  • Visit the picturesque communities along the trail.
  • Hot Springs near the village of Lares.
  • Visit the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Explore Machu Picchu.

LARES TREK AT A GLANCE

  • Time: 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu – Cultural and Trekking
  • Group Size: The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is 12 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 starts about 3:30 hours from Cusco at Lares Valley through Urubamba mountain range.
  • Departure Dates: Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
  • Starting Altitude – 2,800m / 9,186ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 4,600m / 15,902ft.
  • Walking Distance – 34km / 21 miles
  • Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 16km
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius

OUTLINE ITINERARY

DAY 01: Lares hot Springs

Three-hour travel by our tourist bus from Cusco to the village of Lares where you can relax in the Natural hot springs; and in the afternoon trek for four hours gradually up to the community of Wacahuasi.

Day 2: Patacancha

Today is the longest and the hardest day because we’ll trek over the highest pass located at 4,600 masl from where you’ll be rewarded by stunning mountain scenery; then, we’ll descend gradually to Patacancha camp.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes town

The trail continues descending gradually. Along the way, we’ll pass picturesque communities and some unexplored Inca ruins; in the afternoon, we’ll take the train for two hours to the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes and you’ll have accommodation in the hotel.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Very early, we’ll explore Machu Picchu; you also will have free time within Machu Picchu to explore alone; in the afternoon, you’ll return to Cusco by train.

Itinerary In Detail

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Hot Springs – Wacahuasi

Hot springs
The Hot springs in the village of Lares

The adventure tour of Lares Trek starts at 05:00 a.m once we pick you up from your hotel and drive to Lares village where you can relax in the hot springs; Bus drive will be for about 3:30 hours; along the trip, we’ll stop in the town of Calca to use the toiled and purchase some items for the trek like: water, candies coca leaves, etc. You also can enjoy a quick breakfast; we’ll continue from Calca zigzagging up to the pass at 4,400m and descent to the Valley of Lares.

Once we arrive to Lares, we’ll have enough time to enjoy the hot springs (entrance 10 soles or US$ 4 NOT included) after the relax time in the hot springs, our expert chef will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes, time to relax or a little nap; in the afternoon, we’ll trek following the narrow path crossing the small hut and farmers houses for about 3-4 hours. We’ll arrive to Wacahuasi community where we’ll see school for children, in this community, we’ll setup our camping tents (3,800 masl) the night will be windy and cold -0°c approximately.

  • Distance: 12 km approximately.
  • Climate: Warm on the day and cold at night (remember weather can change).
  • Hiking time: 3- 4 hours.

Day 2: Wacahuasi – Ipsayccasa Pass – Patacancha Camp

Llamas and Alpacas
Llamas and Alpacas near the Pass

Today we’ll start at 07:00 a.m approximately with a great breakfast and the wonderful atmosphere, continuing the Lares Trek , we’ll climb up through the stunning mountain scenery with the presence of  llamas and Alpacas walking around, along the way, we’ll visit a local family house, to see the colorful dresses some histories to share with them; 5 hours after we’ll arrive to the pass (4,600 masl) from where you’ll be rewarded with splendid views, above many mountains and down several valleys

After we rest and take pictures, we’ll descend for about 3:30 hours through a valley where you can enjoy typical agriculture like: potatoes, oxalis, lima beans, quinoa, etc. Our camp will be in Patatacancha community at 3, 900 masl. This is the longest and the hardest trekking day.

  • Distance: 17 km approximately.
  • Climate: Cold and windy.
  • Hiking time: 8 – 9 hours.

Day 3: Patacancha – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Town of “Aguas Calientes”

Mountain views
The Mountain views from ipsay pass

Continue at 07:00 a.m walking down through Patacancha Valley, half-hour after, we’ll arrive to Willoc an interesting community with a trout farm that belongs to the students of this community; continuing the trek down at Pallata sector you’ll see Inca ruins; continuing the trek we’ll arrive to Pumamarka Inca ruins that consist in a small Inca town beyond which there are great Inca terraces with very important hydrological system used by the Incas for agricultural purpose.

Continueone hour walk to Ollantaytambo where we’ll have lunch and after that we’ll head to the train station and ride it for two hours through the Urubamba Valley to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel.

  • Distance: 12 km approximately
  • Climate: Warm
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours.

Day 4: “Aguas Calientes” – Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

Machupicchu view
The panoramic view of Machu Picchu Peru at 2,400m

Very early, we’ll leave the hotel (at 05:00 a.m) your personal belongs you can leave in the storage of the hotel. We’ll take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu Inca sanctuary and explore it for two hours approximately with our expert guide; after that, you can explore by yourself or you can do extra hikes surround Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, you also have the chance to climbing the “Huayna Picchu” mountain for this please let us know in advance (the entrance for Huayna Picchu mountain is extra US$ 30).

Once you finish to explore Machu Picchu, you can walk down to the town of “Aguas Calientes”, the trail begins at the Machu Picchu’s bus stop and leads you stairways down through the cloud forest or you can take a bus (US$ 10 Not included); in the town of “Aguas Calientes” you can enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon, we’ll take the train to return to Ollantaytambo train station and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Service Includes

Lares Trek includes:

  • Pre-departure briefing one day before the tour at 06:00 p.m or 07:00 p.m exactly time will be confirmed by our staff.
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • Camping equipment: personal tents two people in each we provide four people capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks, air mattress, kitchen gear, tables, seat, toiled tent, etc.
  • English-speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 9 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • One night hotel accommodation in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) for days 1 to 3.
  • 1 duffel bag where you can pack your personal belongs included the mattress and sleeping bag maximum wage 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3 (we are going to carry in our horses)
  • 1 emergency horse for second day only.
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket up from the town of “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu (One Way) on day four
  • (Round-trip) train ticket from Ollantaytambo to “Aguas Calientes” .
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco

Excluded:

  • Sleeping back, it can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek.
  • Day 1: Breakfast some hotels offer early breakfast if not, we’ll stop at Calca here you can have your breakfast.
  • Entrance to the hot springs in the town of Lares (US$ 4 or 10 soles) also in the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Day 4: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” considered a budget of 10 0r 35 dollars we’ll assist you at this issue.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (US $ 30.00)
  • Tips: Please feel free to tip or not as you wish.

We recommend that you bring for Lares Trek

  • Small backpack or a daypack
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at “SUNRISE PERU TREK” office)
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machu Picchu there are mosquitos but no malarias.
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket, plastic poncho can be purchased in Cusco.
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection: Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
  • OPTIONAL: Little presents for kids of communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, etc.

Price

Cost for Lares 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$ 480
 Vistadome class 
 Hiram Bimgham class 

PRIVATE TOUR:

DAILY DEPARTURES: (UPON YOUR REQUEST)
2 – 3 people US$ 680 each
4 – 5 people US$ 530 each
6 – + people US$ 480 each

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 for Lares trek, we’ll need the 30% of the total cost a non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
  • The pre-payment for Lares Trek 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 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 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.

HOTEL THAT WE USE IN AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

Hotel for the trek
Hotel for the trek in the town of Aguas Calientes

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

Situated just a short walk from the beautiful main street, the “Hostal Presidente” is a confortable hotel in the popular town of Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu. Rooms are airy and modern with simple but comfortable furnishings and a variety of modern amenities. A delicious breakfast is served on site each morning and the property also has a shared kitchen for those who wish to cook their own food.

With 20 rooms, the hotel has an intimate feel, with each guest receiving personalized service from the staff. The hotel is just 25 minutes by bus from Machu Picchu and 5 minutes from the bus station.

IMPORTANT

For four-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, the day before the tour, we’ll give you a pre-talk or briefing of the tour in your hotel or in our office at 06:00 or 07:00 p.m the exactly time will be confirmed by our staff.

Essential Info

REASONS TO CHOOSE “SUNRISE PERU TREK” FOR LARES TREK

  • Our Lares Trek 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 Lares 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.
  • For Lares Trek 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

At Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, your safety and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 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. Pack a hat, sunglasses and wear lots of sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt,

ALTITUDE SICKNESS/ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS)

Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) generally occurs above 2,400 m (8,000 ft), but serious altitude illness is rare below 3,000 m (10,000 ft). It ranges from Preparation a mild headache and weariness to a life-threatening disease, when fluid in the lungs (HAPE) or brain (HACE) is built-up. AMS is caused by the body having difficulty adapting to the lower oxygen level at higher altitudes. Usually this is due to a too quick ascent, and sometimes personal sensitivity. As AMS can be fatal, it is important to know about the disease, its symptoms, how to prevent them and how to treat AMS.

ACUTE ALTITUDE SICKNESS.-

Acute altitude sickness is the mildest and most common form. Patients usually have a (mild) headache and/or less appetite, and nausea. These symptoms are quite common above 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). Nothing to be worried about (yet), but it is important to tell you guide or trekking companion about your symptoms, and keep close watch that they don’t get worse. Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath during exertion
  • Nausea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swelling of extremities
  • Lack of sleep
  • Social withdrawal

HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (HAPE).-

HAPE occurs when fluid builds up within the lungs, a condition that can make breathing extremely difficult. Onset of HAPE can be gradual or sudden. HAPE typically occurs after more than one day spent at high altitude; If left untreated, it can progress to respiratory collapse and ultimately to death. Symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath at rest
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Gurgling respiration
  • Dry cough or wet cough with frothy sputum
  • Possible fever
  • Respiratory failure

HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (HACE).-

Another severe form of altitude sickness is high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), in which fluid builds up within the brain. As the brain swells with fluid, the person’s mental state changes. Loss of coordination, coma, and, finally, death can are the cause if not recognized and treated promptly. Symptoms:

  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Hallucinations, lethargy, confusion
  • As the brain continues to swell unconsciousness or coma will develop.

HOW TO TREAT AMS

  • In case of mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude. Ascend only when the symptoms have resolved completely
  • In case your symptoms are getting worse while resting at the same altitude, descend
  • In case of serious symptoms go down immediately! Helicopter rescue may be necessary.
  • If the patient is not able to walk (due to serious symptoms) and can’t be carried down, an inflatable high pressure bag (Gamow Bag) can help. The bag restores the oxygen level and air pressure and is used as a treatment in acute situations. Some trekking groups carry a pressure bag, besides they are available in some lodges, especially in the Khumbu/Everest area.
  • Never let a patient descend unattended
  • If available, consult a doctor, also if symptoms are not yet very serious

HOW TO PREVENT AMS FOR LARES TREK?

The best way to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually. Above an altitude of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft) you should not ascend more than 300 m (1,000 ft) a day. If due to the itinerary this is not possible, a rest day to acclimatize recommended. Drinking lots of water can help to prevent AMS. Per day, you should be drinking 1 liter of water for every 1,000 meter (3,000 ft) altitude. This means that at an altitude of 4,000 m (12,000 ft), you should be drinking 4 lt of water a day (or tea, juice or other fluids, except alcohol). More and more people use Diamox (Acetazolamide) as a prophylaxis, to help the body acclimatize more quickly.

You start taking Diamox shortly before you start to ascend above 3,000 m (10,000 ft) and continue taking it until you descend again. Consult with your doctor if you consider using Diamox. Persons with allergy to sulfa drugs should not take the drug. Drink extra amounts of water, as Diamox dehydrates the body.

SPECIAL TREKKING PERMIT

Special Trekking Permits for restricted/ controlled areas are needed for most trekking areas besides Machu Picchu. Trekking Permits are raised by the “Minister of Agriculture” of the Peruvian government and have to be obtained in advance of the trek. They can only be obtained through an authorized trekking or travel agency. Besides, in areas where trekking permits are needed, it is not allowed to go trekking without a guide.

Trekking permits are issued for groups of 2 persons and more. Special trekking permit fees vary for different destinations. An overview of areas where you need a trekking permit you can find on the website of the “Minister of Agriculture”: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

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 Lares 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. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters.

ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

We have designed our Lares Trek to ensure they make minimum impact on the environment. Our viewpoint is to leave the incredible nature the way we found it, unspoiled; clean and well preserved so future generations will have a chance to enjoy this just as we do with our clients. We also understand that our industry depends completely on the conservation of the fragile nature and with increased tourism comes our responsibility to make sure our customers can explore with peace of mind, making sure that they are not doing any harm along the way.

TRANSPORT FOR LARES TREK

Chooses fuel efficient and low emission vehicles whenever possible. Our drivers are instructed on eco-friendly driving tactics and to keep fuel usage to a minimum to reduce emission. We also use public transport when possible to reduce emission per passenger and to support the local economy.

GARBAGE MANAGEMENT:

All debris on our trips is disposed at suitable recycling facilities. On trips where no recycling and debris service is available all waste is stored until a garbage disposal facility is reached. We also endeavor to select re-usable products and environment friendly products such as bio degradable cleaning agents, toilet paper etc. In our office also the waste is separated for recycling and we promote our staff to minimize waste.

OVERCROWDING:

We realize the fact that certain areas in the Cusco region are very famous; are already at jeopardy for environmental damage because of being overcrowded. To facilitate such areas with the break they need we either offer suitable alternatives to our customers; or suggest visiting the most famous areas at times when they are less crowded. This is evidently better for the environment; also endow with a better experience for our customers.

PURCHASING AND LOCAL PRODUCTS:

We use local products as much as possible to keep away from avoidable transport around the world. We also use local food and products on trips where possible. This helps lessen emission and also supports the local economy.

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

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY

While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.

CUSCO OFFICE

  • Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm.
    Telf: +51 84 237404

EMERGENCY CONTACT FOR LARES TREK

  • If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available:
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours.

Thank you.

What to expect from Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

Before you embark on your trekking adventure, you will meet with our Trekking Operations Manager for an extensive briefing. Route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and you have enough time to ask any remaining questions. Your trekking gear will be inspected to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable. If you are missing any gear, you can rent it from us.

During your LARES TREK, you only carry your small backpack with essentials such as water for the day’s hike. Our Horses will carry all equipment, food and additional luggage .

Our permanent mountain guides will lead the way. They are responsible for your safety and will encourage you and lend a helping hand, but also call the trekking off due to weather, altitude sickness or injury, if necessary. Your safety is paramount to us. Most of our mountain guides have been part of our team for many years, been at Machupicchu hundreds of times and all receive regular training. You are in good hands.

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Our cooks are miracle workers. With simple gas cookers, they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish you when you need it most. Drinking water comes from mountain streams and is boiled before you drink it.

On LARES TREK to Machupicchu, you will sleep in high-quality two-person tents. The tents will be pitched and taken down by our team of porters. When you arrive at camp after a long day’s hike, your tent will already be waiting for you. While there are no showers on the camping routes, you will be provided with a bowl of hot water in the morning to start the day fresh.

LARES TREK MAP

Referential map for 4-days Lares trek to Machu Picchu

LARES TREK VIRTUAL MAP

LARES TREK VIDEO

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR LARES TREK:

When is the best time to go to Lares Trek?
Trekkers can enjoy it mostly in the months between April to November; since during those months there is less rain and the landscapes are more visible.
How difficult is the Lares Trek to Machupicchu?
This four-day trek is a moderate. Second day of the trek is little bit difficult, since you’ll walk over the highest pass at 4,600masl. Trekkers can face much other adventure activity like river crossing and weather changes in minutes.
How cold does it really get on the Lares Trek?
In the first and second day of the trek temperature is variable during the day temperature can be up to 16°C to 26°C and during the night time can be +3°C to -4°C . It is very important to be prepared for all kind of weather.
How long do we walk each day?
Generally every day trek distance is not long. Average walking distance is 12 – 16 km an each day and trekkers complete in 5-8 hrs.
Is Diamox is advisable?
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTH about Diamox.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.
How big are the groups for Lares Trek?
We try to bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 2 – 12 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 2 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?
Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
What thing we need to carry?
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me?
Yes, we’ll provide a duffle bag the night before your trek; in this dufflebag you’ll put most of your personal belongings (7 kilos). You’ll carry a small backpack (30 liters) with drinkable water, one jacket, raingear and your camera which should be 3 – 4 kilos.
Which type of shoes should I buy for Lares Trek?
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article “How to Opt Best Trekking Shoe” to get an idea.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek.
Doctor will accompany the Lares Trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid” and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.
Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.
How do I book Lares Trek with you?
After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the booking form; a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book.
Is the trekking pole necessary?
Yes, walking stick necessary for you because it will help you to walk in decent and provide you balance also, it is reducing your fatigue.

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