07 Day Sacred Valley + Lares trek to Machupichu

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Easy

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.

Mild

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.

Moderate

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

“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.

Formidable

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.

Highlights

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 

Itinerary

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.

Lodging: Campsite

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.

Lodging: Campsite

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.

What's Included

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+.
  • Chef.
  • 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.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • 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
  • Tips.
  • 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
  • T-shirts
  • 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

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

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NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
2 or More People $ 499
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small Groups, not more than 10 people.

Discounts:

  • 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 info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Departure Dates

Departure date:

  • Daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

Departure time:

  • 05:00 am or 05:30 am

FAQS?

Are the departure dates guaranteed. Is there a minimum for group bookings?

The only events that may jeopardize your travel dates are natural disasters or other circumstances that may put your safety at risk. Otherwise, our departures are 100% guaranteed as long as there is a minimum of 2 people.

What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?

For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel / hostel in Cusco or in our office. It is extremely important to only bring what is necessary for the 4 days that you will be trekking because on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

Is advanced cycling experience necessary?

On the tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.

Please consult with your physician or local travel clinic regarding your visit to South America. Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis. If you are visiting the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Be aware of illnesses such as malaria and dengue, which are best prevented by using repellent. Illnesses are more common in the Amazon than in the Andes mountains.

Why do I need to send a deposit?

We use your deposit (non-refundable) to pay the basic fees to make your reservation official. These fees include entry tickets to reserve space, porters (non-refundable by national law), and a government tax of 18%.

In regards to hotel reservations, we are required to pay penalties for cancellation depending on the date.

The deposit is also used to assure availability and bookkeeping for all tours and treks, such as chefs, porters, and even reserve horses.

How can I pay my deposit?

Deposits must be paid using the methods indicated below.

a) PAYPAL:

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

In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, do not forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account:
sales@inkayniperutours.com

b) VISA:

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

c) WESTERN UNION

You can pay in their offices (they have offices Internationally) or online (http://www.westernunion.com/):
1. Receiver's first name:  Alex Marco
2. Receiver's last name:  Huaman Levita
3. Receiver's city / Town:  Cusco
4. Country:  Peru
If using this method, please send an email confirming the amount of the deposit and the transaction number ( MTCN ) you have been given.
NOTE : The client will assume all transaction fees.

How can I pay my final balance?

Final balance for treks must be paid in cash (US $ or Peruvian Soles) in our office in Cusco at least 48 hours before your trek. If your arrival in Cusco has been delayed, you are responsible for informing our agents either by email or phone.

If we do not receive final payment before the deadline and do not receive any message due to delay, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and travel plans.

Are vegetarian, vegan, and / or other special dietary needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

Most of our main meals are a buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you can not stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms ... etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We can not accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy May I still participate?

Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual consciously and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all guests arrive to Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will assure that all of these are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and can not be paid before your arrival.

Our office hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30 pm at the latest!)

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Money in Peru

Peru use Nuevo Sol (S), wich has traded at S2.50 to S3.50 per US dollar (US $) for several years although you should keep an eye on current events.
Prices in this book are generally in new soles, although some are listed in US dollars.

Carrying cash, an ATM card or traveler's checks, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills, as S100 bills is hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in small towns.

Publics bathrooms often charge a small fee for use and getting change for paper can be darnn near imposible.

The best places to exchange money are mormally casa de cambio (foreing exchange bureaus), which are fast, have longer hours and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be aceppted by Peruvians.
It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standars plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accep round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need and adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack?

Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources so you only need a passport to enter the country and enjoy their wealth and take some precautions you might help discover.

Weather

Peru has tree main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east. the arid coastal desert to the west. and the Andean mountains and highlands in between . In the Andes, wich have altitudes over 3500m. average daily temperatures fal, below 10°C (50°F) and overnight temperatures can dip will bellow freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to aclimatize since altitude sickness, or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and altiplano (Andean Plateau). the wettes months are from Decenber to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humit rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November. However, even during the wettest months from December to March, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. Along the arid coastal strip, the hot summer months are form December trought March.

Some parts of the coastal strip see rain rarely, if at all. From April to November, Lima other areas by the Pacific Ocean are enclose in garua (coastal fot, mist or drizzle) as warmer air masses off the desert and drifts over the ocean wheren the cold Humboldt current hits.

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