LARES TREK SHORT INCA TRAIL MACHUPICCHU 5 D/4 N

The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys, this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as they once were. The route we offer starts in the village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the hot springs of Lares with a visit to the village of Cuncani along the way. On Day 3 of the trek you will take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then carry on by train to Machu Picchu.
During this tour, you will have many unique opportunities to photograph local people in traditional dress, as well as native flora and fauna. Flavio will not only guide you, but help you hone your photography skills in order to create beautiful images to remember your amazing experience high in the Andes. What is really special about this trek is the insight it will give you into local life, as well as the opportunity to explore “off the beaten track”. We will take you to places where you can practise lightpainting and night photography, where you will feel small compared to the vast expanse of the night sky. Your only regret will be that you didn’t have more time!

Day 1: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc

Our first day of the trek starts of 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 snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended. (L / D)

Day 2: 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 in, 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 Qechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people. (B / L / D)

Day 3: Cuncani – Lares

Great for landscape, flora, fauna, night, lightpainting, macro, sunset & sunrise photography

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 everyones 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 quinoa 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. (B / L / D)

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 Chachabamba – Wiñay-Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 06:00am to transfer you to train station for a 4 hour journey or in high season this may be with private transport to Ollantaytambo train station, then we’ll board a Tourist Backpacker Train with reserved seats for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the kilometer 104 start of the hike. As soon as we arrive to this point we will cross a bridge to the checkpoint and show your passports then we will start with a easy walk. On the other side of the Vilcanota river the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit to Chachabamba, we’ll continue along the trail heading south, climbing the mountain, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay-Wayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 litres of water.

After lunch in Wiñay-Wayna we continue through a cloud forest full of bromelias, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features including stone steps and tambos “resting places”. To arrive at Inti Punku (Sun Gate) we will climb 60 Inca steps. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe the marvelous Machu Picchu, where you can feel an inner peace. We will have a break for photos before heading down to Aguas Calientes. Hot spring pools are optional or you can enjoy free time to chill out at this small village. (B,L / D)
DAY 5: Aguas Calienets – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early after a good breakfast we will leave to re-live the history and the mysterious world of the Incas; we take the first bus up at approx 05.30am and arrive at the ruins at 06.00am. At this time is still not so crowded so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site with a guided tour. This enigmatic city is explored for approx. 2 hours and its mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide. Following this you will be free to explore at your own pace (you generally have approx. 6 hours extra free time but this depends on train timetables in high season). You will have the option to climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain (Please check previously with your guide. Sometimes guided tour is after Huayna Picchu). Around 4:00pm we’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for your return train.
NOTE :
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
Timetable :
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.

What's included?

  • Transport to the start of the trek
  • Briefing
  • Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Assistant guide for groups of over 8 people
  • Accommodation on the trek is camping (2 nights). Tents are set up by the porters.
  • Accommodation at hotel for 2 nights 1 at Ollantayatmbo, 1 at Aguas calientes
  • Mules and wranglers for carrying equipment and personal gear
  • Full meals – during the trek the meals are prepared by the trek cook and also include: daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day, vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in tent, they are 3 season and highly maintained), mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent, household items
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • 2 Night accommodation 1.Olllantayatmbo 1 Aguas calientes
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Inca trail fees
  • Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill your bottle every morning or night
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
  • Bag for the gear you will need during the trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Round trip bus ticket
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes / Aguas Calientes – Cusco
  • Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco

(*) If there are no train tickets available for the direct route Aguas Calientes – Poroy, a ticket for Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.

What is not included?

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Extra expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired from us)
     

We recommended you bring:

  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
    A good sleeping bag (down bag for temperatures as low as -15°C)
  • Daypack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Shorts
  • Walking boots – waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sports shoes or sandals for a higher level of comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (batteries are consumed quicker in cold conditions)
  • Hat, cap and accessories
  • Rehydrating cream
  • Underwear
  • Towel, toilet paper
  • Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. Optional: water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported health problem so far
  • Original valid passport
  • Original International Student
  • Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
  • Travel insurance

Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.

Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)

With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $60
Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $17
1 night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in
Expedition Train service **Prices
Explanation of services: 2016
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Prices 2017

  • 1 people : US$1250.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$850.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$800.00 per person
  • 6 people : US$750.00 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to phototourperu@gmail.com
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour:

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