3D2N Authenticity Trek
(Deep in the Lares Mountain Range)
With options to add:
1. One-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or
2. One-day visit to Machu Picchu by train.

This trek is designed for people who enjoy the experience of trekking in one of the most authentic areas near Cusco, where live manifestations of culture remain little affected since Inca times. You will notice how many homes are made from stone with thatched roofs and use of hide to tie beams instead of nails. An area where you can observe how until recently people wove their own clothes with Alpaca wool, gives you the opportunity to buy exquisite naturally dyed weavingsand other handicrafts directly from the artisans.

Moderate to Strenuous
This is a full-service trek were you only carry a day pack: All gear, food and a duffle bag (we will provide bag) with up to 6kg of your personal belongings is carried by Llamas as pack animals. The mid-trekcampsite at Cochayoc has toilets and hot showers for your comfort

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Itinerary

On the day before you will begin your trek at 7:30a.m. in the morning, we’ll pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a great Sacred Valley tour. This is the natural and most efficient way to get close to the trail head while acclimatizing and getting familiarized with Inca trails. We will drive over the “Ccorao” pass above Cusco to descend on a winding road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will hike on Inca trails through the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breath-taking location on a mountain saddle overlooking the Sacred Valley. After a 1 1/2hour visit and hike we will drive down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town of the same name with a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. Afterwards we will drive following the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here we will visit the local food market and have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards we’ll visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town has been continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes. A guided walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. Overnight at local hotel.

After a nutritious breakfast, we will board the van that will take us to our trail head in Chalhuacocha village, here meet our crew and observe them pack our animals to begin our hike at 4,125mts above sea level and ascend towards the first pass at 4450mts hiking between small lakes to the second pass at 4,440mts before slowly descending to our comfortable campsite in the village of Cochayoc at 3,896 mts. Here we will settle and have access to Toilets and hot showers.
• Total distance: 12 Km
• Maximum altitude point: 4450mts( ft)
• Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours

After a nutritious breakfast we start to walk on a trail that slowly gains altitude on the side of the snow peak named Terihuay. We will pass by a nice turquoise lagoon formed by the glacier’s melting waters as we ascend towards the Quelcanca Pass at 4,430mts. After enjoying the spectacular views from the pass we begin our descend towards the traditional town of Quelcanca situated in a small valley where we meet our van that will take us on 1 ½ hour ride to Ollantaytambo.
• Total distance: 11 Km
• Maximum altitude point: 4430mts( ft)
• Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours

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  • Transport in private vehicle from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley and to the trail head.
  • Meals mentioned as B, L and D at the end of each day in the itinerary.
  • Service of local official tour guides.
  • Service of camp staff: Cook and assistants.
  • Llamas and Horses to use as pack animals.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Roomy 4 man tents used for double occupancy.
  • Dinning tent, tables with tablecloths, silverware and chairs.
  • Toilet tent with bio-degradable chemical toilets.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes. Boiled water to fill your water bottles 3 times a day.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transport for the return to Cusco*
  • Entrance tickets to sites (Boleto Turistico BTG) **
  • Meals not specified after each itinerary day.
  • Optional tipping to staff.
  • Medical expenses for any emergency.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
  • Trip member must provide sleeping bag and pad (rental available)***

*Please note: The following day (Day 4) most people visit Machu Picchu (please see options below). If by any chance you will not want to go on to Machu Picchu and you want to return from Ollantaytambo to Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will need an extra transfer not included in price. Please let us know and we will send you options and prices.
**The Boleto Turistico BTG ticket you can buy directly in Cusco to include all sites in the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley for about US$45 in local currency.
***Sleeping Bag is US$12 and inflatable sleeping pad is US$10 for the Lares trek.

OPTIONALS FOR DAY 4 TO ENHANCE AND COMPLETE YOUR VISIT

You will stay at a local hotel in Ollantaytambo for the night of DAY 3.
INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU: After a very early breakfast, a short hike will take us to the local Train Station to take an early train and travel to Km. 104. Here we leave the train, cross the Urubamba River at the hanging bridge built on the foundations of an old Inca bridge. On the other side of the river, we register at the checkpoint and then visit the “Chachabamba” Inca remains: A well-preserved Inca site next to the river. Afterwards, we begin our ascent following a steep original Inca trail to the beautiful Inca ruins of «WiñayWayna» or Forever Young. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail, we will visit this spectacular Inca remains that houses a series of Inca baths that also helps pressurize water for an efficient irrigation of the numerous agricultural terraces that produced food for its inhabitants and for nearby Machu Picchu. A several miles long stone channel also brought water from WiñayWayna to Machu Picchu. We will have a picnic lunch nearby and later continue on the Inca trail until we reach «Inti Punku» or Gate to the sun. At this point, we are overwhelmed with the first view of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. We take a little time for photos and to catch our breath to later begin a quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel for an in depth tour of the site and to spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. After the visit it will be time for Machu Picchu to close and we’ll take the bus down to the train station to board our return train to Cusco. B, Box Lunch. (Dinner is on your own.)

•  Total distance: 7 Km aprox.
•  Maximum altitude point: 2680m (9512ft)
•  Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours.

  • Hotel Night in Ollantaytambo.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Box Lunch.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Bus down to the train station.
  • Round trip train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tipping to staff.
  • Medical expenses for any emergency.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)

Arrive to the Train Station on Day 3 and board the evening train to Machu Picchu. Overnight at Hotel in town. B&L. Dinner on your own.

Next day early wake-up and breakfast at our hotel to then board the first bus up to the ruins and enjoy the sunrise at Machu Picchu. After this quiet and mystical moment, we will embark on a morning tour of this World Heritage site. Your Guide will lead you on an in-depth tour visiting each and every one of all the important sectors of the Inca citadel. After the tour we will have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge nearby (Optional) and take the bus down to the Train Station in Aguas Calientes and board our return train to Cusco. B, L (Optional). Dinner on your own.

  • Hotel Night in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tipping to staff.
  • Medical expenses for any emergency.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
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