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LARES VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU


Duration
4 days / 3 nights
CUSCO - LARES VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU
From USD
Upon Request

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

Day 1: Cuzco to Lares

We leave Cusco at 6:00am in a private transport and drive for an approximated 4h through part of the Sacred Valley to then head towards Lares, a little rural village located in the beautiful valley of the same name, hosting some well-known hot springs. Upon arrival, we leave our equipment and continue towards Choquecancha, an impressive archaeological site with amazing views of the neighboring valleys. After our visit, we hike back to Lares, where we can enjoy an evening dip in its hot springs before or after our dinner is served. Our camp will be set next to the thermal baths and access is free the whole night. All meals included.

Day 2: Lares to Ipsayqocha

After an early wake up and breakfast, we meet our horsemen and horses and leave our campsite at around 9.00am to walk along an ascending path that will lead us to Huacahuasi. This remote Andean community is located in an impressive valley, where the typical lifestyle and house constructions of the Quechua communities living at high altitude can be appreciated. We stop to visit a typical house and family, before we enjoy our lunch. In the early afternoon, we continue our hike ascending toward the mountain pass of Ipsay, walking across little communities and Andean flats (pampas) with the presence of llamas and alpacas. The pass offers impressive views of Mount Veronica and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Just half an hour from this point is Ipsayqocha, a beautiful lagoon next to which we set our camp and spend the night, amidst awesome scenery. All meals included.

Day 3: Ipsayqocha to Aguas Calientes

We leave our camp and continue our hike following a downhill trail, until we reach Patacancha. This is a well-known textile Andean community that still preserves the ancient Quechua traditions and dressing code at its best, where we will stop to visit. We then continue an additional 1,5 hour until we reach Huilloq, hiking along a gorge with increasing vegetation as we approach the Sacred Valley. Huilloq is another well-preserved authentic andean community, where we meet our private transport and drive to Ollantaytambo. We then board an afternoon train that takes us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we are accommodated at the selected hostel. All meals included.

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cuzco

Breakfast in your hostel.
After an early breakfast, we board a bus to go up to Machu Picchu and then immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. We then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can appreciate spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we take the train back to the city of Cuzco, where we arrive after nightfall. No meals included.

TRIP FEE INCLUDES

  • 1 night's of accommodation in twin/double rooms at recommended hostel with private bathroom, pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment), train tickets Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu-Cuzco, all breakfasts and meals as specified in the programme, all bilingual guided tours in groups (english/spanish), all entrance fees.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic flights, airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights) , personal travel insurance.