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Lares Trek & Lake Titicaca 10 days

July 22nd, 2014 | Lares Trek | 0 Comments

Lares Trek Lake Titicaca offers the chance to enjoy a mix of both the Lares Trek and the picturesque island of the Lake Titicaca. The trip starts in the city of Cusco takes you to explore the Andes and visit the island of the Lake Titicaca

Because the Lares Trek Lake Titicaca is a great arrangement tour of history, traditions, relaxes times and adventure trip in Peru; this tour shows you the best highlights of Peru in a short time.  The Lares Trek Lake Titicaca tour  starts in the city of Cusco and end in the city of Puno; during the tour you’ll trek the remote area of lares visiting traditional villages and you’ll visit the picturesque and turquoise lake Titicaca, this tour provides you opportunity to explore ancient Inca temples, holy stones, alpine floras and faunas and Peruvian cultures while staying in locally run mountain lodges amidst the porters villages.

This Lares Trek Lake Titicaca provides serenity to peace and nature loving souls and an adventurous opportunity to adventurous souls. We sped an acclimatization day in Cusco exploring the surround Inca and colonial architecture and enjoying panoramic views of Cusco city and beautiful mountain ranges around. Then we trek the lares valley, visit Machu Picchu and discover the islander of the Lake Titicaca.

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Summary

Ten-day  Lares Trek Lake Titicaca tour in the southern of Peru avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track!.. The challenging Lares Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offering opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture. Lake Titicaca is not only the largest lake in South America; it’s also overflowing with culture and history. Sitting at 3,838 masl, this is the highest navigable lake in the world.

The beutilful tour of Lares Trek Lake Titicaca tarts when you’ll arrive to the historical city of Cusco where you can explore the Inca, colonial and modern constructions; then, you’ll travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo as well the traditional market of the town of Pisac, where you can purchase some items directly from the producers. The tour continues with three trekking days through the Urubamba mountain range, where the highest pass reaches to 4,600 masl. Then, you’ll explore the stunning Machu Picchu. A day traveling through the “Altiplano” toward Puno, located in the bank of the Lake Titicaca; where you’ll visit the islanders of Uros, Takile and Amantani Island and observe the customs and traditions of its inhabitants.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend two day in the city of Cusco for correct acclimatization
  • Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, including the local market in the town of Pisaq.
  • Trek the less trodden path of Lares
  • A true combination of beautiful scenery, history and culture
  • Spend time at local villages you can only visit by foot
  • Enjoy 2 nights camping under the stars and your last night in a hotel in the town directly below Machu Picchu
  • Hike the Lares Trek and visit Machu Picchu afterwards
  • Meet local people and witness an authentic rural Andean way of life
  • Learn about the Andean peoples’ textiles
  • Enjoy the famous Inca thermal baths at Lares
  • Enjoy a trip through the Altiplano
  • Visit the Islands of the Lake Titicaca

TOUR AT A GLANCE

  • Time: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Starting Point: Cusco Airport
  • Ending point: Puno Hotel
  • 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 at Lares village located at about three hours from Cusco and ends at Machu Picchu; the trek runs through the Urubamba mountain range then, you travel 8 hours by tourist bus to Puno where you’ll visit the islands in the Lake Titicaca.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The passengers whoa are not able or nor interested in the trek can spend one day in Cusco, and then travel by car to Ollantaytambo where you’ll meet the group and take the train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes”. If you decide not to do the hike, we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco

For lares trek lake titicaca tour, arrival to Cusco at any time; however, we must know your flight details for the reception in the airport; today, there is not planet activities enjoy the city.

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.

Day 3: Lares Trek

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

Day 4: Lares Trek

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 descend gradually to the camp of Patacancha.

Day 5: Lares Trek

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

Day 6:  Machu Picchu

Very early, we’ll explore Machu Picchu; you also will have free time within Machu Picchu to explore alone (optional you can climb Huayna Picchu Mountain US$30pp additional); in the afternoon, you’ll return to Cusco by train.

Day 7: Cusco to Puno

Drive a tourist bus from Cusco to Puno; you will stop at interesting places to visit Inca ruins, traditional markets, etc.

Days 8-9: Tour to Lake Titicaca

Discover the life of the Islanders of the Titicaca Lake with overnight in home of a family at Amantany Island.

Days 10: Tranfer 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

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

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:arrow: Welcome to Cusco Peru. Upon your arrival at the International Airport, you will be greeted by one of the company representatives, who will transfer you to the hotel booked in Cusco city (in a private vehicle). Once in the hotel, we conduct a short meeting at your hotel to brief you regarding your upcoming tour. Lares Trek Lake Titicaca tour begins once you arrive 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.

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 Qoricancha and four Inca temples outside of the city; this tour is 4:30 hours approximately. Or you can relax and explore by yourself the fascinating city of Cusco. We recommended you walk slowly and drink enough water for your acclimatization.

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour

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:arrow: The Sacred Valley Tour is a perfect introduction to understand the Inca culture; the tour begins at 08:30 a.m once we pick you up from the hotel and travel toward green and fertile valley which was an important source of food for the Inca; the Sacred Valley is a lush of agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its production.

We’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’ll stop to enjoy lunch (not included). From Urubamba, we’ll continue 30 minutes to the town of Ollantaytambo which is surrounded by the Sacred mountains and a great Inca fortress where we will again discover the magnificence of the Inca constructions, the amazing Temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs and Inca terraces. The fortress and the town of Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. From Ollantaytambo, we’ll return to Cusco or to Urubamba where you’ll have accommodation in the hotel and the next morning, we’ll start the Lares trek.

Day 3: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Hot Springs – Wacahuasi

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:arrow: At 05:30 a.m, we’ll pick up from the hotel, then we’ll travel for three hours to the village of Lares. Our private bus leaves Cusco and drives through the Sacred Valley, passing through the town of Pisac and stopping in the town of Calca, 2,800 masl for a brief toilet break and the chance to purchase any last minute snacks, water, etc.

Departing from Calca at around 07:15 a.m, we’ll have a further two-hour drive to Lares village, the starting point for the trek; Lares village is well known for its medicinal hot springs, here you can soak in the hot springs after that lunch will be served and then in the afternoon a 4-hour trek to Wacawasi; here will be our first campsite where we can mix with the locals. Your porters and guides will have your tents pitched for you to settle into at your arrival. Then, we’ll will share hot chocolate and bread with the local Quechua-speaking children (bread is a treat for them as wheat doesn’t grow at this altitude).

We will also have the opportunity to visit a family home, so that you can see firsth and the lifestyle of these rugged high-elevation people. Return to the camp for a lovely dinner.

  • Distance: 12 km
  • Climate: Warm on the day and coldest night
  • Hiking time: 4 hours

Day 4: Wacahuasi – Ipsayccasa Pass – Patacancha camp

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:arrow: We’ll start the day very early, visiting the local families around the camp, if you prefer stay in your tent, it will be great. Our breakfast will be served at 07:30 a.m after what we’ll continue hike gentle up looking the snow-capped mountains, llamas and alpacas grassing around, as well locals whose are dressed very nice and colorful.

After a four-hour trek, we’ll arrive to Uchuyccasa Pass from where the trail continues switch back crossing the quarry of granite rock until the Ipsay pass at 4,600 masl; from here you’ll be rewarded by splendid mountain scenery; after a good and deserved rest, we’ll start descending one hour to Ipsayccocha Lake where our lunch will be served. After lunch, we’ll continue descending 3 hours to Patacancha camp; along the trail, we’ll see herds of llamas and alpacas, as well some native hut and families.

People around this area speak mainly Quechua language so, your guide will teach you speak some words to interact with the locals.

  • Distance: 20 km approximately
  • Climate: cold and windy
  • Hiking time: 9 hours

Day 5: Patacancha – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Town of “Aguas Calientes”

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:arrow: After breakfast at 07:00 a.m, we’ll continue trekking down through the left site of the Patacancha River; along the trail, we’ll see the Inca ruins of Pumamarka and the wonderful “andenerias” or the Inca terraces still covered with a dense vegetation, where the Incas cultivated large quantity of corn and potatoes to supply food to residents of Ollantaytambo; then, we’ll arrive to the town of Ollantaytambo  at 2,800m, where our lunch will be served.

After lunch we’ll walk to the train station and take the tourist train through the Urubamba Valley for two hours until the town of “Aguas Calientes” where you’ll have hotel accommodation; your dinner will be served in one of the restaurants of this town. This organize guided tour to spiritual and historical sites in Machu Picchu which is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites provide you an insight on the history, religious significance, architecture, and culture.

  • Distance: 13 km
  • Climate: Warm
  • Hiking time: 5 hours

Day 6: “Aguas Calientes” – Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

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:arrow: We leave the hotel very early; your belongs you can store in the reception of the hotel since is not allow to take big bags within Machu Picchu; get your breakfast at 04:30a.m and at 05:00 a.m, we’ll take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu (Optional for those still able/wanting to walk! leave at 04.30 a.m and walk up to Machu Picchu arriving approx at 06.00 a.m) but only if you really want to hike in the dark so have torches but remember you do not get into Machu Picchu earlier than people who take the bus as they also arrive at around 06:00 a.m to the entrance with the guide).

In Machu Picchu, you’ll enjoy the early tour with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it. Your guide will spend about 2 hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machu Picchu should finish between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m then, you’ll have free time to take your photos before 10:30 a.m crowds arrive. If you still want to walk you can climb up to Huayna Picchu Mountain (see availability).

Most people walk or take the bus to Aguas Calientes at around 12.30 p.m where you can enjoy your lunch in one of the restaurants, and then you can explore this picturesque town before you take the train and return to Ollanta train station from where we’ll transfer you to Cusco hotel.

Day 7: Cusco to Puno

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:arrow: The bus journey is 10 hours approximately, it includes the stops to visit Inca archaeological sites and for lunch at Sicuani village. This spectacular bus journey begins at 07:30 a.m in historical city of Cusco and travels south to the beautiful city of Puno located on the shores of the Lake Titicaca. On the journey, the bus makes a gentle climb to higher and cooler, altitudes. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which towers over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen.

The journey is broken by a scenic stop at “La Raya” (4,321 masl), which is also the highest point on the route, a cold and remote place whose surrounding snow-draped peaks are often shrouded by mist or fine rain; from here, the bus descents to Juliaca which is the last stop on this journey through Andean highland culture before reaching Puno (3,855 masl).

Days 8-9: Tour to Lake Titicaca

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:arrow: Visit the floating Islands of Uros, trek through the Takile Island and spend one night at Amantani Island where you’ll learn the tradition of the inhabitants. After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll transfer you to the lake port and board a comfortable 35-foot fully equipped speed boat to explore the lake. Stop at various islands to enjoy the lake’s scenic splendor and meet the friendly people of these communities.

The Lake Titicaca tour begins at 07:30 a.m, we’ll sailing across the largest high altitude lake in the world, one hour after we will arrive at the floating Island of Uros, where locals will demonstrate how the fascinating floating islands are made and maintained, here you’ll have enough time to explore and take pictures, then we’ll continue two hours to the next island  of Takile where we’ll hike through the Inca Trail observing a wonderful Inca terraces, here we’ll enjoy our lunch and after lunch, we’ll descent to the port and board the boat to continue to Amantani.  Here you will meet your local homestay family, take a deep breath as you get to play a bit of Soccer/Futbol at a stadium at almost 4,200 meters above sea level. Or you can watch it.

The next day after breakfast, we’ll explore the island and then return to Puno.

Days 10: Transfer out

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

Inclusions

LARES TREK LAKE TITICACA INCLUDES

  • All necessary things for this tour:
  • Transportation: transfer in/out airport/hotel/airport, private bus for the Sacred Valley Tour, tourist bus from Cusco to Lares (starting point of hike), bus up and down from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu, round-trip tourist train expedition class from Ollantaytambo to “Aguas Calientes”, transfer to your hotel, tourist bus from Cusco to Puno.
  • 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 teas), we offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people),
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food, kitchen gears and to carry your personal things (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide. You must carry your daypack.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide brand new four season tents, for four people capacity for only two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides.
  • Accommodations: Hotel based on double occupancy: 3 nights in Cusco ***Hotel, 1 night in the town of “Aguas Calientes” ***Hotel, 1 night in Puno ***Hotel, 1 night with local familie, 2 nights camping. If you would like a private room, there is an additional cost of US$25.00 per night.
  • Other Items: Local guide for permanent assistance, first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED

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

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

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

Price

COST OF THE TREK

  • Daily departure
  • Based on Double / Triple accommodation
  • the cost include  personla things porterage for 6 Kg
  • Minimum 2 persons
 TYPE OF TRAIN  PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class  US$ 990
 Vistadome class  US$
 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 Trek Lake Titicaca tour, we’ll need the 30% of the total cost a non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
  • The pre-payment for Lares Trek Lake Titicaca tour, 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 Lake Titicaca tour, 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 Lake Titicaca tour, can be paid upon arrival to Cusco 48 hours before you start the tour, this you can do it in cash soles or dollars at the time of the briefing.

HOTELS THAT WE USE

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IN CUSCO

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

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IN AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

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

Essential info

WHY TRAVEL WITH SUNRISE PERU TREK?

We own our operational items for the lares trek lake titicaca trip. This ensures that we can provide high quality trips of exceptional value with no hidden extras. Our lares trek lake titicaca trips 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.

TIPS FOR YOUR SAFETY

Your safety at Lares Trek Lake Titicaca tour, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with cell phones, even emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. You are most of the time connected to our Cusco office. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

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

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; 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; it 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; trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success.

CONTACT US

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

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

 

LOCATION OF THE TOUR

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 days

July 15th, 2014 | Lares Trek | 6 Comments

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 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.

Because Lares Trek is the most exciting and popular trekking in Peru; it has been successful in attracting large number of trekkers across the globe every year. The Lares Trek which is also the name of the village of this picturesque valley, starts from the hot springs located near the village of Lares passing by “Wacawasi”,”Ipsay pass”, “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.

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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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.

TREK AT A GLANCE

  Time: 4 Days / 3 Nights
  Highlights: Guided Lares trek, Visit the picturesque communities along the trail, Lares Hot Springs, Town of “Aguas Calientes” and Machu Picchu tour.
  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

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Hot springs at Lares village

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

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The trail to Ipsay pass at 4,600m – Lares trek

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”

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the view from the pass – Lares trek

Continue the Lares Trek 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

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Machu Picchu Peru at 2,400m -Lares trek

  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.

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  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 of the trek

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

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Hotel for Lares 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

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: “SUNRISE PERU 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

  • 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.

 

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