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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu


Lares Trek to Machu Picchu


04 Day – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Puyoc
  • Cuncani
  • Lares
  • Machu Picchu

The Lares trek is the ideal choice for those who want to escape the crowds, walk through breathtaking landscapes, and witness the life of local communities up close.

You can choose this Lares to Machu Picchu trek whether you travel alone, as a couple, or as a group.


Duration 04D / 03N


MAX. ALTITUDE 15,846ft.

Carpas & Hotel



LEVEL Moderate


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  • Enjoy with the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu that combines beautiful lakes, Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who are still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains.
  • Interacts with local people that still preserve their ancestral cultural identity, they still cultivate the practices of ancient knowledge and continuing to build stone houses similar to those of Inca times.
  • After the hike to Lares, enjoy the view of the Sacred Valley since your comfortable seats on the board of the touristic train from Ollantaytambo and spend the night in Aguas Calientes.
  • On the last day of our Lares Trek early in the morning, prepare and be ready to visit the most important Inka city in the Andes, after taking the bus you will arrive at Machu Picchu Citadel to explore it in all its splendor.


04 Day – Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Peru is known as the Weavers’ Route, a trek full of scenery and landscapes without comparison.

You can travel through valleys, mountains, and traditional villages without much difficulty and with few hikers. You will know places like the Callorumiyoq Archaeological Center, the Yanacocha Lagoon, and the villages of Cuncani and Lares.

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Overview 4 day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu:



  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum altitude: 4,300 m / 14,100 feet.
  • Minimum altitude: 3,150 m / 10,330 feet.
  • Walking distance: Approx. 11 km
  • Walking time: Approx. 7 hours


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum altitude: 4,830 m / 15,850 feet.
  • Minimum altitude: 3,800 m / 12,426 feet.
  • Walking distance: Approx. 12 km
  • Walking time: Approx. 7 hours


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum altitude: 3,800 m / 12,426 feet.
  • Minimum altitude: 2,040 m / 6,692 feet.
  • Walking distance: Approx. 8 km
  • Walking time: Approx. 8 hours


  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum altitude: 2,490 m / 8,169 feet.
  • Minimum altitude: 2,040 m / 6692 feet.
  • Walking distance: Approx. 15 km



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The Lares trek to Machu Picchu starts with the pick up from your hotel, then head on our private transport to the village of Pumahuanca (3,150 meters/10,334 feet) in the Sacred Valley from where the hike will begin. From here we will ascend to the village of Puyoc (4,300 meters/14,108 feet).

On our way we will visit the Archaeological Site of Callorumiyoq (3,600 meters/ 11,811 feet), in addition, we will learn more about native plants, flowers, and birds that inhabit this region. Because the Lares trek is not commonly operated we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our environment, in addition, there is a greater chance of appreciating vizcachas (a rabbit similar to a chinchilla), and perhaps also the Andean fox.

At night our camp will be located in Puyoc (4,300 meters/14,108 feet); a quite place sterile due to the altitude, and where it would not be rare to see snow during the dry season, therefore it is recommended to wear gloves and hats.


  • Min. Elevation: 3,150 m / 10,334 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,300 m / 14,108 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 4,300 m / 14,108 ft
  • Walking Distance: 11 km / 6,84 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Puyoc

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This will be the most spectacular day of the Lares trek, it is also a lighter hike compared to the previous day. We will descend from Puyoc to the village of Cuncani (3,800 meters/12,464 feet) on the way we will pass by the open Sicllakasa (4,830 meters/15,846 feet), there we will have a privileged view of the mountain Pumahuanca (5,330 meters/17,486 feet) and we will pass near the Yanacocha Lake (4,500 meters/12,476) to Cuncani.

In Cuncani we will get to know the local people dressed in their traditional clothes and if we have enough time the people will teach us some words in Quechua.


  • Min. Elevation: 3,800 m / 12,467 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,830 m / 15,846 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 3,800 m / 7,467 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12km / 7,46 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Cuncani

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This is the most anticipated day of the Lares trek Peru. We will start with a nutritious breakfast before heading to one of the houses in the area, where we will meet a local family, with whom we will share cultural experiences and learn some phrases in Quechua.

After Cuncani we will advance a short distance until we reach the hot springs of Lares (3,200 meters/10,498 feet). Along the way, we will go through several small communities and see people growing a variety of foods such as quinoa and tarwi. After a relaxing bath in the Hot Springs (admission is optional and each hiker takes care of the payment for admission), we will be picked up by our private transport and driven back to the Sacred Valley. Then, from Ollantaytambo, we will board our train to Machu Picchu.


  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,800 m / 12,467 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft
  • Walking Distance: 7 km /  4.5 mi
  • Walking time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm, Cold and windy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

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We will wake up early and after breakfast we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu (2,400 meters/7,873 feet) to enter the citadel among the first visitors.

Next, we will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours on the site, during which you will learn about the Inkas visiting all the most important areas of the Inka citadel. After your tour, you will have time to ascend to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (optional, if you have permits and/or entrance tickets). In the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where we will board our private transport back to Cusco city. (End of the Lares Trek tour).


  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?


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  • 1 or 2 days prior to the trek you will have a briefing, where you will meet your guide to receive key details about the 4-day Lares trek.
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  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook.
  • Muleteers (Will carry cooking and camping equipment, and your personal luggage)
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  • EUREKA and DOITE camping equipment (4-man tent for every 2 trekkers).
  • The dining tent is well equipped.
  • Duffle bag (duffle bag for your belongings).
  • Double-thickness foam sleeping mattress (which you must carry).
  • Inflatable pillow (you need to carry).
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  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottles
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  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2)
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  • 2 nights in comfortable and spacious tents
  • 1 night in a hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks, and 3 Dinners.
  • If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing.
  • Wake-up tea: Every morning our staff will bring tea to your tent.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
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  • Door-to-door service. Pick-up from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco.
  • Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Round Trip) (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail))
  • Consettur Bus (Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – round trip)
  • Return transport to Cusco
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  • A mule will carry your personal items up to 7 kilos (including the sleeping bag + mattress: 2kgs and a half)


  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip).

Packing List


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  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 2.5 kg.

  • 3 wicking t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments & hiking socks
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Wool hat
  • 1 Fleece
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
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  • Sleeping bag (rent from us)
  • Trekking poles (rent from us)
  • Battery Charger (power bank)
  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Duffle bag (we will provide you)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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  • Face moisturizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Camara
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight



****Daily Departure****

Two or More People US$ 569


****Daily Departure with at least two people****

2 People US$ 680
3 People US$ 650
4 People US$ 620
5 People US$ 600
6 People US$ 570
7-8 People US$ 550

Discounts for Lares Trek Peru:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25.00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. Likewise, For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the map at booking. Similarly, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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Departure Dates



What to expect from the Lares trek?

It is the third best-known route to reach the Citadel of Machu Picchu, during the tour you will find stunning landscapes in the mountains of the Andes, also you will have the opportunity to share experiences with local communities.

In addition, the Lares trek is known as the route of the weavers because along the route you will interact with the local communities that have kept alive the ancient traditions of weaving.

At what altitude is the Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

The Lares walk to Machu Picchu takes place at different altitudes:

  • Starts in Pumahuanca at 3,150 meters/10,334 feet.
  • It culminates in Lares at 3,200 meters/10,498 feet.
  • The highest point is in Sicllakasa at 4,830 meters/15,846 feet.
What will we see in the Lares trek?
  • Hot Springs of Lares.
  • Sacred Valley.
  • Callorumiyoc.
  • People of Puyoc.
  • Village of Cuncani.
  • Laguna Yanacocha.
  • Ollantaytambo.
  • Pumahuanca Inca site
  • Paso Sicllaccasa
  • Machu Picchu
How many days should I acclimate in Cusco before doing the Lares to Machu Picchu trek?

We recommend you spend at least 02 days in the city of Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the Incas before making the Lares trek. To ensure optimal adaptation to altitude and minimize the symptoms of altitude sickness (soroche).

What to do or how to prevent altitude sickness in the Lares trek?

The region of Cusco and its surroundings, including the Lares trek, are relatively high altitudes, so it is possible to experience altitude sickness.

To counteract or prevent altitude sickness, we recommend the following:

  • Keep proper hydration.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol.
  • Limit red meat consumption in the first few days.
  • Opt for light meals like light soups and fruits.
  • Consume coca leaves, but how? Usually, coca leaves are consumed in mate and should not exceed more than 3 cups, another way to consume it is in coca candies, you can even chew coca leaves directly.
How is the weather during the Lares trek?

In the Cusco region, the seasons are well-defined.

  • Dry season (April – October): In these months the rains are scarce. During the day, heat can reach 21°C and at night temperatures can reach 4°C.
  • Rainy season (November – March): During this season the rains are more intense, especially in December, January, and February.
What is the best season for the Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

It is the dry season, is characterized by beautiful sunny days and the opportunity to enjoy wonderful views of the Andean landscapes. However, this also means the increase of tourists to Cusco.

Is it difficult to make the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes, the difficulty of the trek is moderate, as much of the trek is over 3,000 meters/9,842 feet.

Where does the Lares trek start and end?

The Lares to Machu Picchu trek starts in Pumahuanca (3,150 meters/10,334 feet) and ends in Lares (3,200 meters/10,498 feet). However, the tour culminates in Machu Picchu.

Remember that the Lares trek with Inkayni Peru Tours starts and ends at your hotel in Cusco City.

How many hours of hiking are there per day on the Lares to Machu Picchu trek?

Day      Hours of walking
1                 7 hours
2                7 hours
3                8 hours
4          Visit to Machu Picchu

Is there an age limit for performing the Lares trek?

There are no specific age restrictions for the Lares to Machu Picchu trek. However, at Inkayni Peru Tours, as an authorized and responsible travel agency, we only accept reservations for children from the age of 12, as long as parents assume full responsibility for them during the trek.

  • Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • It is essential to comply with medical recommendations.
  • Those who are 60 years or older are advised to arrive in Cusco at least 3 days before to acclimate properly.
Do you need any permission to make the Lares walk to Machu Picchu?

No, no permit or Tourist Ticket is required as the Lares trek is independent.

Remember: To visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu you need to book your Entrance Ticket in advance.

How much in advance should I book the Lares trek?

We recommend you make your reservation at least 03 months in advance. Why? Because the trek includes the visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu and tickets to visit this wonder are sold out easily.

How to book the Lares to Machu Picchu trek?

¡Contact us! Booking with Inkayni Peru Tours is very simple. You just need to communicate with our sales advisors through the various platforms we offer.

Do you need to make a deposit to secure the Lares trek?

The initial deposit allows us to guarantee all the necessary services for your trek Lares to Machu Picchu. This includes:

Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.

Staff, such as guides, drivers, etc. Whose services must be booked in advance.

Exclusive tourist and logistic transport for the group.

This way, by receiving your deposit (40% of the total cost of the tour) we can ensure the availability of the best services for your tour dates and avoid last-minute problems. Remember that the 40% deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

What are the options to pay the balance of the Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

Payment of the balance must be made in cash (recommended) and preferably in dollars (subject to the exchange rate of the day), can also be paid in Peruvian soles, directly at our offices in Cusco no later than 48 hours before the start date (during their informative talk).

It is very important to cancel the remaining balance before the start of the tour to ensure that all tourist services are properly coordinated. Likewise, if we do not receive payment of the remaining balance within the established deadline and have no communication from you due to possible delays, unfortunately, we will be forced to cancel your reservation.

What payment options are available for the deposit or final balance other than cash?

Payments can also be made through:


You can use the PayPal option on our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges 6% tax for this transaction which is automatically included in this option.

If you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, don’t forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account: info@inkayniperutours.com

b) VISA:

If you use the VISA option on our website and follow the steps. Please note that VISA charges 5% tax for this transaction which is automatically added in this option.


You can pay at your offices (they have offices abroad) or online (http://www.westernunion.com/):

  • Receiver’s name: Alex Marco
  • Recipient’s name: Huaman Levita
  • City of the receiver: Cusco
  • Country: Peru

If you use this method, send an email confirming the deposit amount and transaction number (MTCN) you have been given.

NOTE: The customer will assume all transaction fees.

Why do I have to attend the briefing (briefing) before the Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

The briefing is important, as it will allow you to meet your guide. Throughout, the guide will provide you with relevant details about the trekking to Lares.

Also, during this meeting, if necessary, you can pay the remaining balance of the Lares trek.

Can you change the departure date after booking the tour?

Yes, it is possible to change the date tour at least 45 days before the originally booked date, without incurring any additional costs. However, it is essential to contact our travel agent to avoid setbacks with the new dates selected.

Is camping equipment required for the Lares trek?

It is not necessary, as in Inkayni Peru Tours we will provide all the necessary equipment, including camping tents, sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses or mattresses, and kitchen equipment.

Who will take the camping equipment in the Lares trek?

During the walking days, you will have a team of muleteers and horses who will take care of camp equipment, food, first aid equipment, and supplies necessary for this walk.

They will also carry their belongings, with a maximum weight of 7 kg per horse.

How are the meals during the Lares trek?

At Inkayni Peru Tours we consider your food preferences and offer a variety of foods on the way from Lares to Machu Picchu. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise, you must inform us to ensure a personalized dining experience.

The menu includes full breakfasts with coffee, coca, chocolate, eggs, and more.

Lunches are diverse, with choices of meat, chicken, salads, soups, and desserts.

Dinners also vary with salads, pasta, soups, and desserts.

I have a food allergy. Can I still participate in the Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

Please indicate in detail your allergic condition when booking, including the severity of your reactions and any medications you take in an emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we recommend that you be accompanied by a conscious friend or person. In this sense, it must assume full responsibility for its situation and have the necessary medicines.

I want to make the trek Lares to Machu Picchu 04 days When should I get to Cusco or your office?

To make a walk we require all customers to arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of the trek as is the case of Lares Trek Peru. If you arrive at least 2 days earlier, this will help you acclimate to the altitude and start your walk comfortably. In addition, we take advantage of your earlier arrival to provide an informative talk of the trek and also if you have any remaining balance of payment can deliver it. Finally, note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash at our office.

Are walking sticks necessary for the Lares Trek?

To make the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu we recommend the use of canes, especially for people with known knee problems. Because the trail is full of steep and steep climbs. Therefore, these will support you in your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

If you do not have walking sticks for Lares to Machu Picchu, do not worry. Inkayni Peru Tours rents these walking sticks for $ 15.00.

Where can I keep my luggage that I do not need to take to the Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4d/3n?

If you before the start of your trek have luggage that is not necessary for the Lares Trek. It can be stored at your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). If your hotel does not offer this service, we will store your luggage safely in our office.

What is the situation of toilets in the campsites during the Lares Trek?

During much of our Lares Trek, especially the first and second days there will not be toilet services. That is why we will take portable toilet tents to quietly enjoy our tour.

However, on the third day in the thermal baths of Lares and the fourth day in Aguas Calientes town, we will find toilet facilities.

Is there electricity during the Lares trek to Machu Picchu?

Because much of the hike to Lares is in the open, it will not be possible to find electricity to charge the battery of our camera or cell phone. That’s why we recommend you bring extra batteries or a portable charger.

However, during the second night, we will camp near the village of Cuncani, where we can find electricity. It will have an additional cost since it is managed by the locals themselves. Also, during the last night in the lodging in Aguas Calientes, we will have this service, this will allow us to be prepared with our cameras to visit the next day Machu Picchu.

Is there internet during the walk from Lares to Machu Picchu?

During most of the trip, it will not be possible to access the internet service, but we will be able to find a telephone signal in some sections of the walk to Lares. This will be possible as long as you get a chip from CLARO or MOVISTAR local operators. For example, you may have a line from the first day until before arriving at Puyoc (overnight camp). On the second day, we will have a telephone signal near Cuncani (overnight camp).

It is necessary to emphasize that you will have a line on your cell phone to make calls but not for internet use. Also, you will only have a WIFI signal on the third day at night in your accommodation in Aguas Calientes, you can enjoy a line on your cell phone and free Wifi service from the hotel.

What are the terms and conditions applied to Lares Trek or others?

If you would like to know the terms and conditions about hiking such as the Lares Trek or any tour, then click on the following link for more information:

Information Terms and Conditions

Extra Services?



Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $20.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $10.00
Single supplement $50.00
Additional night at a 3-star hotel $85.00

Why Inkayni?

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Delicious Andean Fusion Food: During your expedition to Machu Picchu, taste delicious foods prepared by our highly recommended chefs for this kind of experience to Machu Picchu. If you have any dietary request or allergy let us know.
  • High-Quality Camping Equipment: Included kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, portable private toilet, and comfortable 4 people Eureka Tent (2 people per tent).
  • Comfortable Sleeping Pads: Included double thickness foam sleeping mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and insurance of our porters, cooks, horsemen, and additional staff.



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