Lares Trek | Sacred Valley | City Tour Guide

Lares Trek | Sacred Valley | City Tour Guide is one of the best alternative routes. This type of trek is cultural, mystical and beautiful sceneries. From our past experience, many tourists compare these valleys to Peter Jackson’s production of Lord of the Rings. You will see many cultural customs that are still practiced from Inca times. Examples include the cultivation of organic products, the upbringing of llamas and alpacas, offerings to mother earth, the dye of Inca textiles with natural pigments, and Iconography.

The natives found in these highlands are able to interpret Inca iconography and you are also able to see the process of woven textiles. Enjoy with us ancient Andean rituals with the sacred coca leaves and customs that are still practiced among the locals. Assisted by our staff on arrival at the Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco, Capital of the Incas, and transfer to the hotel chosen by the customer. Here in Cusco City, you will receive the explanation of your entire trip, the vouchers of the contracted services and the necessary information for your entire stay in this wonderful place Peru.

You will have the morning free for shopping and other personal activities, at 13:00 pm We will pick you up from the hotel to start the city Tour in the city of Cusco, visit the Plaza Mayor, the Temple of the Sun or (Koricancha)  important place of worshiping one of  the most important God the Sun; In this same place, when the Spaniards entered the city they sent to paint all the walls with religious motifs to hide any Inca design  but after one of the huge earthquakes that hit the city.  The walls cracked and came to light those Magnificent Inca representations that have been hidden for so long, you will be able to enjoy the great stories that are counted in this place by our expert tour leader. Then visit the 4 most important archeological sites above the city of Cusco.

Itinerary of Lares Trek | Sacred Valley | City Tour Guide

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco + City Tour

We’ll pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your respective hotel. At approximately 1:00 pm you’ll officially meet your tour guide leader in your hotel lobby. Your tour leader will give you a pre-briefing departure prior to your tour. The trip for today consists of visiting the most important cities within Cusco city. This tour is recommended for everyone, especially if you will go on long hiking trails so your body can accustom to the high altitude. In this half-day trip, you will get an initial introduction about Inca and Colonial architecture and history.

Places you will visit in this your City Tour:

  • Plaza de Armas: Guiding Introduction
  • The Main Cathedral: an important museum that holds valuable objects and paintings. This cathedral is the same one used during the Spaniard conquest in the late 1500s.
  • Tambomachay: Temple where the Incas worshipped water
  • Puca Pucara: the site of Inca Military control

INCLUDE:
– Transfer from the airport to your hotel
– Transportation for the city tour
– Official Tour Guide
– BT (tourist ticket) for all museums and Inka ruins

NOT INCLUDE
– breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner:

Day 2: Sacred Valley Full Day Guiding

At approximately 8 am we will pick you up from your hotel. You’ll drive past different communities until you reach Awanakancha stop in Taray, located at 23km away from Cusco city. There will be an exposition of llamas, alpacas, and vicu~nas in their natural habitat. Continuing your tour, there will be lookout points that show you amazing sceneries of the sacred valley prior to arriving in the first archaeological site of Pisaq. In Pisaq you will explore for a predetermined time with your tour leader.

Afterward, you’ll go to Pisaq town and see the main plaza where they sell hand made handicrafts such as woven textiles, jewelry, musical instruments, souvenirs and much more. You’ll get back on your ride and go to Urubamba city where you’ll have lunch. Your journey continues to Ollantaytambo, a place where Inca architecture and design is conserved and is declared as the cultural patrimony of Peru.

After exploring this magnificent site you’ll get back on your transportation and head towards the last site of Chincheros. Here you will see how native people to this day continue to dye their textiles like their Inca ancestors. Afterward, you’ll head back to Cusco and be dropped off at your respective hotels.
Pre-trek
The day before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.

INCLUDE:
– Transportation
– Tour leader
– Tourist ticket for all Inka sites
– Buffet lunch with the show in Urubamba city before to visit Ollantaytambo

Day 3: Training Day: Cusco – Urubamba – Pumahuanca Valley – P´acchayoq – Cuyoc campsite

We will come and pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am. Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05:40 am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley until we reach the town of Urubamba, which is also part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Here in Urubamba, we will have a shortstop to serve you a hearty breakfast and give you the opportunity to buy any last minute snacks and drinks. As soon as breakfast is over we will head out for a 20-minute drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley. This is the place where we will meet our horsemen, horses, and chaskis (porters). All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. As soon as we finish packing our equipment we begin our Lares Trek Adventure.

On the way, you will see Inca remains and ancient pre-Colombian paths. You will enjoy the beautiful sceneries, waterfalls and much more. You arrive in your first campsite around 5 pm, followed by dinner. Make sure to get a good night’s rest for the next day is the most challenging day of all.

Distance of walking

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,000m/13123ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9186ft
  • Distance Travelled: approximately 13km/8.1miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 7 hours

Day 4: The Most Challenging Day! Cuyoc – Pumahuanca Pass – Lares Hot Springs Campsite

Early wake-up call at 5:00 am. You will have 30 minutes to pack up your personal belongings until breakfast and coffee/tea is served. Afterward, your trip continues with scenic glaciers surrounded by native forests for a long hike towards Pumahuanca Pass. Once we get to the pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local customs.

Enjoy the amazing views of part of Maras and Moray (salt mines). We then descend a gravel road towards Cuncani Village. Here we will meet local Andean people in their colorful and traditional clothing. From here, we walk about 2 ½ hours towards Lares Hot Springs where you will camp and relax in the natural and medicinal hot springs. This is your most challenging day of all but it will be worth the hike as you relax your muscles in the hot springs and feel refreshed the following day.

Distance of walking

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
  • Maximum Altitude: 4780m /15682ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3750m/12303ft
  • Distance Travelled: approximately 18km/11.2miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours

Day 5: Adventurous Day! Lares Hot Springs—Totora -Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning you will have breakfast in the campsite and await the bus that will take you for a 2-hour ride to Quellopuito community. From there you will trek a short pre-Colombian Inca trail to Totora Community while seeing gorgeous views of cascades and tomb remnants, lunch will be served here as well.

From Totora you will get back on the bus and head to the salt mines of Maras, a site that has existed for thousands of years. After the salt mines, you will be taken to Ollantaytambo town and have dinner in a fine restaurant. The train to Aguas Calientes will depart at 7:00 pm. Your tour leader will drop you off at your hotel.

Distance of walking

  • Meals: B/L/D and snacks
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Maximum Altitude: 3750m/12303ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2750m /9022ft
  • Distance Travelled: approx 6 km
  • Walking Time: approx 3 hours

Day 6: Your Final Destination! Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Early breakfast (5:00 am) before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone to try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quick. As soon as you arrive at Machupicchu enjoy the sunrise (depending on the weather). Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent site and one of the seven wonders of the world for about 3 hours. Afterward, you will have your own free time to explore this citadel and take numerous photos.

If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Monta~na Machupicchu ticket, your tour leader will guide you to the entrance where you can explore these sites on your own. Not everyone explores these sites, if interested be sure to mention this while you book your trip. If you choose to not purchase these extra sites, the Inca bridge or Sun gate are free options located within Machupicchu. Be sure to arrive back to Aguas Calientes on time well before your train departure as the bus lines fill up quickly. Your tour leader will specify the exact times after your guided tour.

Distance of walking

  • Meals: Breakfast included at your hotel. Lunch not included
  • Maximum Altitude: 3400m/11155ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6890ft
  • Distance Travelled: approx 6 km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 -6 hours exploring
  • Day 7: Farewell
  • We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport. Thank you for putting your trust in us. We wish you a safe trip back home.

Day 7: Farewell

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport. Thank you for putting your trust in us. We wish you a safe trip back home.

 

 

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How to Book

We are available to speak to you by phone, chat, email or any other modern form of communication. We highly suggest you contact us directly and confirm with us before your booking. Please fill out our Booking Form and pay the 50% deposit of your tour. TLPA will email you back that same day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations. If for some reason you do not hear from us, contact our office and we will resend.
We are so happy and thrilled to take you on this exciting adventure. Thank you for trusting us

Additional Upgrades

Items Available for Rent

  • Sleeping bag (reputable brand)
  • Walking sticks (black diamond)
  • Air Mattress
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Personal horse for extra weight

What to bring

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Hiking boots
  • Walking sticks
  • Warm clothing due to variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Camera and charger
  • Sun Protection, Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Prescribed Medications
  • Original passport, ISIC international student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
  • Optional: Presents for kids of the villages and communities along the trail such as school supplies, second-hand clothes, toys, etc.

PRICE

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel Included in Aguas Calientes

A 3-star hotel is included during your stay at Aguas Calientes based on a double/triple occupancy. If you wish to have a room for yourself a $40 surcharge per person is applied. All rooms include wifi and a private bathroom with hot showers. Please bear in mind that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.

Discounts: $25 off per person

Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid green ISIC card at the time of the trek OR is 18 years old or younger. Please send all information during the time of booking your tour.

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