Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Lares Trek 8 Days


Visit the main Inca sites around Cusco on the City Tour, like Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha. Also experience the Pisac Market and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo on the Sacred Valley tour. Top it all off with the Lares trek to Machu Picchu, a great alternative to the Inca Trail!

Lares Trek Cusco Sacred Valley

The Lares Trek departs daily with our agency, although the dry season (April through October) is definitely a better time of the year to travel.


ITINERARY


When you arrive in Cusco, we’ll pick you up from the airport or bus station and bring you to your hotel. There you can rest or walk around Cusco acclimatizing to the altitude. Overnight in hotel.

On our second day, we’ll take a City Tour of Cusco. We’ll take about 5 hours to see some of the most interesting places left behind by the Incas. We’ll start our tour by visiting Koricancha/Santo Domingo Monastery. Koricancha, according to historians, was one of the main temples used by the Incas to worship the Sun God. They believe it was covered in gold and had many statues made of gold inside, but the Spanish conquistadors looted the temple and destroyed most of it. However, there is a large part still intact on which the Santo Domingo Monastery was built. After seeing Koricancha we’ll drive a short while outside of Cusco to visit Sacsayhuaman. Sacsayhuaman was used as a fortress during the rebellion against the Spanish, but when the Incas were driven out of the area, the Spanish tried to destroy it. Although it isn’t in its original state, it is still very impressive with architecture using some blocks that weigh more than 100 tons! After visiting Sacsayhuaman, we’ll go to Quenqo which is another Inca site which means ‘labyrinth.’ Historians think this site was used for ceremonial purposes. This is also the beginning of the famous Inti Raymi festival.

PucaPucara was likely used as one of the many control points made throughout the Inca Empire, more specifically the controlled entry point for those wanting to enter the city of Cusco. From here we’ll go to Tambomachay which is located outside of the city of Cusco and is believed to be a temple dedicated to the worship of water. Experts think it was an important ceremonial place of worship because of the detail of the stonework. Overnight in hotel.

Today we’ll visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a tour which should last about 10 hours, taking up the whole day. One of our stops will be in Pisac where we’ll visit the Pisac Archaeological Park and Pisac Market. At the Pisac Market you’ll be able to shop for souvenirs, and see the artisans trying to sell their jewelry, handicrafts, textiles, and more. You can also sit on one of the balconies of the many cafes and people watch from above the market. From Pisac we’ll travel to Urubamba for our buffet lunch. After filling up on our lunch we’ll go on to Ollantaytambo which experts believe to have been a fortress pointing to its strategic location, strong walls and guard posts. There are many remnants of Inca architecture in town which you’ll see as you tour Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you’ll continue the Sacred Valley Tour by heading out to Chinchero which is also called ‘Rainbow City’ and has a great view of the area around it. The people living there still hold on to traditions generations old. People also come to see their church with its painted murals and traditional market. From Chinchero, we’ll return to Cusco around 7:00pm. Overnight in hotel.

Cusco - Calca – Lares – Wakawasi

On day 4 of your trip, we’ll start the Lares trek to Machu Picchu! At around 5:00am we’ll pick everyone up from their respective hotels and drive 45 minutes outside of Cusco to the small town of Calca. Calca will be a sort of supply stop to give you a chance to buy some last minute things to bring on your Lares trek like water and snacks. If you missed breakfast before you were picked up you can eat something quickly here. After stopping in Calca we’ll drive to the Lares Hot Springs so we can relax a few hours before we start hiking for the next few days! After our time in the hot springs and lunch we’ll start our trek by leaving Lares and hike to Wakahuasi. Wakahuasi is about 6 hours away and will be our camp for the night. We’ll arrive before dinner giving us time to get situated in our tents and relax a little and during dinner we’ll have time to get to know the other people in our group.

Wakawasi – Yanahuara

We’ll have breakfast at around 6:30am after our morning wakeup tea. Today we’ll continue our Lares trek to Machu Picchu by leaving Yanahuara and hiking down to the local road which should take about 40 minutes. From here we’ll take local transportation to Ollantaytambo where we’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes. When we arrive in Ollantaytambo, it will depend on what time your train leaves on how much time you’ll be able to stay there. If you have enough time you can roam around the town and even visit the ruins which will require a ticket to enter. According to your schedule you’ll take your train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride takes about an hour and 40 minutes. Once you’re in Aguas Calientes you’ll go to the hotel and put away your things before going to dinner. You may also have time to visit the hot springs (entrance fee of $4) today! Tonight you’ll be able to take a hot shower and sleep in a real bed after hiking for a few days on the Lares trek!

Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We’ll have another hot cup of coca tea to wake us up in the morning before our breakfast which will be around 6:30am. We’ll leave Yanahuara after breakfast and hike down to the local road which will take only about 40 minutes. From here we’ll take local transportation to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, depending on your predetermined train schedule, you may have time to have lunch and roam around Ollantaytambo before taking your train to Aguas Calientes. You can also visit the Ollantaytambo ruins but you will need to buy a ticket to enter. According to your train ticket scheduled, you’ll board the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes. The trip to Aguas Calientes usually takes an hour and 40 minutes. In Aguas Calientes you’ll have dinner and stay in a hotel, giving you a chance to shower and sleep in a real bed after your Lares trek for a few days!

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We’ll begin our last day of our Lares trek with an early breakfast at our hotel before heading out to Machu Picchu. To hike up to Machu Picchu you’ll follow a trail which goes back and forth up the mountain. Make sure to bring your passport and ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you booked your trip with a student discount. You’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the main areas of Machu Picchu and afterwards you’ll have time to roam the Lost City on your own.

You also have the option of climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain which will give you a great view over the city of Machu Picchu. It should take about 45 minutes to climb, but remember there are two entrance times which the Machu Picchu officials enforce very strictly. Also remember that Huayna Picchu only has a limited number of entrances daily (400 people per day) and they sell out quickly. You will need to book your tickets well in advance!

After you’ve soaked up the enigmatic atmosphere and taken your pictures of Machu Picchu, you can take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes you’ll take the 6:30pm train to Ollantaytambo where we’ll pick you up and drive you back to Cusco.

Note: The time table for the trains may change according to the train company’s availability. There will also be changes to your itinerary and price if you decide to change your departure time, or upgrade to the Vistadome Train. If you booked later than most of your group for your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, you may not be in the same train as the rest of your group. Overnight in hotel.

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the airport or bus terminal according to your schedule. This will be the end of our services.


MORE INFORMATION


Included

  • Transfer Airport/Station to hotel to Airport/Station
  • 3 nights hotel in Cusco
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Lares trek to Machu Picchu (see what is included for trek below)

Not Included

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips
  • National/international phone calls
  • Other items/activities not included in itinerary

Included

  • Briefing (usually scheduled one or two days before your trek)
  • Tourist bus to beginning of trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • First Aid basic equipment and oxygen for emergencies
  • Professional bilingual (Spanish/English) guide (guides who speak other languages upon request)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, etc. dietary requirements available if requested during time of booking at no extra charge)
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment and up to 5 Kilos of your personal items which includes your sleeping bag)
  • Quadruple & waterproof camping tent (cap. 4 fitting 2)
  • 1 sleeping mattress per person
  • 1 Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner on the last day of trek
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag ($45)
  • Trekking poles/Walking Sticks (rental $25 for trek)
  • Personal tent (rental $45 for trek)
  • Upgrade in class from Expedition Train service to Vistadome (panoramic) Train service (upgrade $50)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ticket ($35 per person). Make sure to book early since there are limited spaces available and they can sell out quickly!
  • Entrance fee for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 Peruvian Nuevos Soles)
  • Upgrade to a single room ($35 per night)
  • Extra horse ($80)
  • We can also provide great prices on hotels for all of Peru (Standard to Luxury)!
  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented as well)
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water, money to buy water along the way or water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries
  • Shorts
  • Walking sticks
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 300 Peruvian Nuevos Soles
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking for a $20 discount per student!
  • For children younger than 17, we offer a $20 discount. Just scan and email a copy of the passports at the time of your booking.
  • Itinerary and campsites may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company’s availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability)
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@salkantaytrek.org and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

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    The Lares Trek is one of the main alternative treks to Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu.

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  • How difficult is the Lares Trek?

    The Lares Trek is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals

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  • Is purified water available on the trek?

    We recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle as boiled water will be provided in the morning at breakfast, at lunch and every evening after dinner.

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TRIP DETAILS

Duration:

8 Days & 7 Nights

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)

Activities:

Take a tour of Cusco, trek the Lares route, visit Machu Picchu

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Trekking Landscape Ecological Camping Flora & Fauna

Meals provided:


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

RESERVATIONS

If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

*** Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax (Total USD $ 220.00). The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


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*** USD $ 200.00 is not the price of the Trek, is only a down payment.

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