07 Day Sacred Valley + Lares trek to Machupichu
These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.
A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.
Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.
“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.
These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.
07 Days Sacred Valley + Lares trek to Machu Picchu will take you through local Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who still live traditional mountain lifestyles, cultivate ancient knowledge practices and continue to build stone houses similar to those of the times Incas We will cross snowy peaks and subtropical valleys, throughout the trip we enjoy scenic lagoons, natural thermal baths, and Inca remains.
In addition, discover with us the beautiful, charming and historical place of the Sacred Valley, where we will visit the enigmatic Moray archaeological site, where the Incas developed new crops using different altitudes in a terrace system, then visit the Salineras complex, where a Saltwater spring of these high altitude mountains and falls down the side of the mountain in individual evaporation chambers. Here our staff will support you with the best-personalized service and guarantee satisfaction during your visit to the beautiful city of Cusco.
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
Day 2: Sacred Valley (Chinchero – Maras – Moray)
Day 3: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc
Day 4: Puyoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani
Day 5: Cuncani – Lares
Day 6: Machu Picchu
Day 7: Free day – Flight to Lima
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
This day is essential for your trip, to first rest and acclimatize to the altitude and conditions during your stay in Cusco. This smooth transition via rest will assure that during the following days you can enjoy your tour without any concerns of altitude sickness. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for your lodging during the following days.
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY (CHINCHERO – MORAY – SALT MINES)
This day we will begin our adventure to the high plains, stopping first in Chinchero, an important ancient site for the Inca, known as the birthplace of the rainbow. We will visit the main site with its picturesque colonial church located on the old archeological site and continue to a local textile center where we will learn about the ancient weaving science of artisans and how they magically bring these wonderful works of art (stained with minerals, plants, and seeds). Continuing through the mountains we will visit the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray where we will learn how these constructions served as an experimental agricultural center to selectively cultivate the best races of Andean basic crops at different temperatures. Near Moray we will stop in the town of Maras to visit the old salt mines, used by local families for thousands of years to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still offers us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting directly from the earth. After our visit, we will return to Cusco to rest and replenish energy.
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 3: CUSCO – PUMAHUANCA – PUYOC
Our first day of the Lares trek starts off in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers, and birds that inhabit this region.
This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it’s quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to show up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
DAY 4: PUYOC – YANACOCHA – CUNCANI
Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite, it’s about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2-hour walk right at the beginning.
As we make our way to Cuncani we’ll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha – Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You’ll also get to learn a few Quechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
DAY 5: CUNCANI – LARES
The focus of today is to meet the local people. Waking up early we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them – hopefully, by now you’ll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyone’s delight and amusement). After the visit, you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.
Leaving Cuncani it’s just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we’ll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we’ll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they’re easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs, we’ll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we’ll catch our train to Machu Picchu.
Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar
DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU
We will wake up early and take one of the tourist buses to ascend to Machu Picchu and enter the site according to our entrance schedule. We will have an approximate tour guide of 2 hours “in-situ,” during which we will learn about the culture of the Incas while we visit the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you will have extra time to ascend to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (if you have the entrance tickets to these sites). In the afternoon, we will take the train that will take us back to Ollantaytambo, from where we will continue in a private van back to the city of Cusco.
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 7: FREE DAY – FLY TO LIMA
Free morning to relax or do any activity, and according to your flight details, you will be transferred by our staff to the airport for your departure to Lima.
INCLUDED BEFORE & AFTER THE TREK:
- 03 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels.
- All breakfast included in the accommodations
- All transportation.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- All entrances fee.
INCLUDED FOR LARES TREK:
- Professional bilingual tour guide.
- Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+.
- Train to Machu Picchu Round Trip with Inca Rail or Perurail Company.
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 15 lbs/ 07kg of your personal items.
- Pick up from your hotel and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks, and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Inflatable ” Thermares or Rei sleeping Mattress (you need to carry ).
- EUREKA- Comfortable and very spacious 4 man tent (one tent is used by two people)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- First aid kit.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
- Breakfast on Day 1, lunch Day 4 (it’s for the trek)
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35
- Meals that are not stated
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
THINGS TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries or Head lamps.
- Swimwear for rafting
**** Daily Departure ****
|NUMBER OF PAXS||PRICE PER PERSON||ACTION|
|2 or More People||$ 499|
OUR GROUP SIZE:
We offer small Groups, not more than 10 people.
- 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. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org. More Information about STUDENT CARD.
- Daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.
- 05:00 am or 05:30 am