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Lares to Inca Trail

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Lares to Inca Trail

 This route to the Valley of Lares to Inca Trail, offers the traveler an escape from reality and introduces him into the life of the villagers, dressed in colorful ponchos. You will have the opportunity to see stone houses with thatched roofs, surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. In addition, you will see inside the houses the famous guinea pigs or guinea pig running loose in all the houses.

The Lares Trek valley offers a combination of stunning landscapes, traditional cultures, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Inca Trail Lares trek will take you through breathtaking mountain scenery, over the flyovers, and you will spend two nights near the traditional villages From Peru.

The Inca Trail is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trails in America and, therefore, an unforgettable experience that should not be missed. Best 2 day Inca Trail tour takes us through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and the forest steppe, passes several Inca archaeological sites and offers stunning views. The Incas used this itinerary of the pilgrimage to the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Lares Thermal Baths - Quiswarani Community

Day 2: Quiswarani Community - Condor Pass - Cancha Cancha Village

Day 3: Cancha Cancha Village - Huaran Community - Maras Salt mines - Ollantaytambo

Day 4: Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Wiñayhuayna - Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

Highlights of the Lares & Inca Trail:

  • 4 day hike with a professional Tour Guide, Chef, Muleteer and Horses;
  • Observation of incredibly beautiful sceneries of snowy peaks and mountain lagoons;
  • Meeting people of remote Andean villages along the Lares Trek route.
  • Andean way of life discovery.
  • Trekking the best 2 day Inca Trail tour, enjoying explanations of a professional Tour Guide,
  • Visit of Wiñay Wayna citadel,
  • Walk through the Sun Gate,
  • Exploration of the mystical Machu Picchu

Book in Advance!!

Do I need to book it in advance? The Lares & Inca Trail leaves daily; however, since the number of trekking permits is limited to 250 per day (that is, about 200 tourists and 50 trekking staff members) it is important to book in advance, especially in the high season from May to September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get an entry about 30 days in advance. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance! 

 

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Day 1: Cusco - Lares Thermal Baths - Quiswarani Community

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5 AM to start the famous Lares Inca Trail. It will be a three-hour trip along the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley and through the Andes to the Termas de Lares where you can enjoy your first breakfast accompanied by incredible views of the Andes. After breakfast, you will have time to enjoy the thermal waters, which are divided into several pools. All are composed of pure volcanic water, which is medicinal in nature and is considered to be good for bones, stress, muscles and headaches. After submerging in the baths for a while, we walk for 20 minutes until the start of the Lares walk, Punta Carretera located at 3,300 m / 10,827 feet above sea level. It is here where we meet the horses and riders, to whom we give our luggage to be transported to the camp.

Your walk begins gradually for 2 hours until lunch, which is located in the village of Quiswarani. This section of the walk is considered the sector of the potato valley, where people grow many varieties of organic potatoes. Your guide will also point out some indigenous medicinal plants that grow along the way.

You will also have time to explore the village and visit some local houses where you will learn about the lifestyle and ancient traditions of the local people. If there is time, we will visit the school where the children still speak Quechua, our mother tongue. If you wish, you can bring some toys, notebooks or any type of school supplies to share. Maybe you can even teach them some words in English.

Then we start another two hour hike uphill until we reach our first campsite, where we will be welcomed by our trekking staff, who will have their tents ready. We will enjoy some hot drinks while the sky darkens and the stars begin to appear. Our guide will take you to a specific place to enjoy the magnificent view of the sky, and we will learn about the Inca constellations, which were thoroughly studied by the Incas, to know the seasons and to help them in their activities. planting. Finally, you will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared in the place and we go to sleep.

 

Trekking Distance: 10 km / 6.21371 miles

Camping Altitude: 3,850 meters / 1,2631 feet

Day 2: Quiswarani Community - Condor Pass - Cancha Cancha Village

Today we will wake up around 5 a.m., and have breakfast, while enjoying the beautiful incredible views of the colorful lake and the Quiswarani valley. We will see local people walking their llamas and alpacas to graze. Breakfast will be served as soon as you finish packing your equipment. Then we will fill our water bottles, organize refreshments and start walking. It will be a three or four hour climb to get to the top of the mountain. This step is called Pachacute or Condor Pass. We will climb zigzag to compensate for the steep slope. The views of the area are impressive. You will see lakes, waterfalls, llamas and alpacas. We will have an emergency horse to travel in case you are tired. Once you arrive at the Paso del Cóndor you will be above the clouds, over the mountain peaks and the surrounding 360 degree views are amazing. In front of you is the majestic Pitusiray mountain, which stands at 5,700m / 18,700ft, and the Condor Pass is at 4,680m / 15,354ft. Afterwards, we will enjoy the service of hot drinks that your doormen will carry. We will take advantage of some phenomenal photography opportunities and begin our descent.

The descent will start for an hour towards El Mirador (Vista Point), where you will enjoy lunch. Maybe there are some llamas grazing nearby. After lunch, you will walk the last three hours downhill, with fantastic views of many lakes, llamas and alpacas, before arriving at your camp, the village of Cancha Cancha, which is the only town that does not have modern technology. It is a village located at 3,750 m / 12,303 feet where people still practice traditions of the Incas. In this village, 85 percent of the houses are still of original, old construction, made of stone, with thatched roofs. Unlike any other town in the Valley of Lares, this town has no electricity or cars. You will have time to meet with local children. We provide them with food and school supplies, so we invite our travelers to share this support in the education and health of this hometown. You can join us and bring everything you want to complement the lives of these children who speak Quechua. Then your guide will take you to one of the local family houses, where you will learn about the lifestyle of the locals. You can see how they raise their guinea pigs, and you will learn about traditional textiles, hand woven, made of llama wool and alpaca. This is the best day of your walk. In the evening, you will enjoy hot drinks and dinners.

 

Walking Distance: 14 km / 8 miles

Maximum Altitude: 830 meters / 2,723 feet

Camping Altitude: 3,750 meters / 12,303 feet

Day 3: Cancha Cancha Village - Huaran Community - Maras salt mines - Ollantaytambo

Our porters will wake you up with a hot drink and you will have time to pack your bags and enjoy breakfast. After breakfast, you will have time to explore the village and visit the local primary school. Once you are ready, you will begin the last stage of your trip to Lares. They will spend four hours walking downhill, along this beautiful path, where they will spend more llamas and alpacas. We will go through farms where they grow potatoes, beans and many other traditional tubers, in the traditional Inca style. This is a great opportunity to learn about Peruvian agriculture because people still cultivate by hand with traditional Inca farming tools. Now, we will begin to descend to the warmest area, the Sacred Valley. You will begin to feel the microclimatic changes and begin to see crops that are different from the high mountains. Around the Sacred Valley they grow corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados and other types of fruits. Of course, this area has a lot of Inca history. You will finish the tour in the small town of Huaran, in the Sacred Valley, at 2,700 m / 8,858 feet, where you will bid farewell to your horses, riders, chef and porters, as they will return to their homes.

From Huaran, we travel a short trip by car to the valley to visit the salineras of Salineras, in the city of Maras. Here, at 11,000 feet above sea level, a source of salt water gushes and spills down the side of the mountain. More than 3,000 evaporation chambers have been created that have been in use since pre-Inca times. It is said that salt has healing properties because it is loaded with natural minerals, some of them even turn pink. Local families each of these pots, and earn their living by supplying salt to the cities in the area. There is a small shop in the place, if you mind taking a little salt home. After visiting Salineras, we will go to our hotel in Ollantaytambo to spend the night at the hotel.

 

Walking distance: 9 km / 6.2 miles

 

Day 4:Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Winayhuayna - Aguas Caliente

You will have an early breakfast and then you will go to the train station for the train at 6:10 a.m. at the beginning of the best 2 day Inca Trail tour. The train follows the Urubamba River, until reaching Km104, where we will start our trek. First we headed to Chachabamba (2270m / 7448f), where our guide will inform us about the previous function of this archaeological site. From then on, we will arrive at Wiñayhuayna (2650m / 8694f), the most important archaeological site, besides Machu Picchu. After that, our trail continues towards the Puerta del Sol "Inti Punku", a beautiful viewpoint from which we can enjoy the nightfall at Machu Picchu (2400m / 7874f).

A great advantage of this hike is that by the time we get to Machu Picchu, most of the travelers of the day will have returned home, so they will have the area for you. After taking pictures, we took the bus to Aguas Calientes and went to his hotel, where we had dinner and went to rest early, to make the most of the next day.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will leave our hotel for Machu Picchu after breakfast at 5:30 am by bus. We will leave very early, because at that time there are fewer people and in the morning at a good time to enjoy the tranquility and the ancient spirit of the most well-known archaeological zone on the continent. After our arrival at the citadel around 6:00 in the morning, our guide will give us detailed information about Machu Picchu and the history and culture of the Incas. From then on, you will have enough free time to enjoy and explore the site on your own (for example go to the Puente del Inca, explore the variety of buildings or climb Waynapicchu for an incredible panoramic image). A bus will take us back to Aguas Calientes. Here you have the possibility to join the hot springs of the city (soles S / 10.00 soles). In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be taken back to your hotel.

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Included

  • A tourist bus from the hotel to the town of Lares
  • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to 104 Km
  • Tourist bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes round trip.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Entrances to the Inca Trail and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Camping equipment (Eureka professional shops, additional light / 4.5kgs for 2 people, mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, toilet service tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / Vegetarian option)
  • Muleteers for all camping and personal equipment 
  • Emergency horse (minimum 2 people)
  • First aid kit and oxygen ball.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and the last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (costs S / 10.00 nuevos soles)
  • Tips to local staff
  • Other extras not mentioned

Camping Equipment

During the Lares Inca Trail we spend three nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all camp chores for you: you need only carry your day pack. There will also be dining and toilet tents and bowls of warm water are provided both morning and evening for washing with.

Our tents are of the brand Eureka Timberline Outfitter 4 person designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 4 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent.

Single Supplement: If you are traveling on your own, and would prefer to share a tent, we'll pair you with another trekker of the same gender and there will not be an extra cost. If you prefer to have a tent to yourself a surcharge of USD 50 will have to be paid. If you want an upgrade any service to the train or accommodation or do you want to stay extra night in Machu Picchu, contact us directly to info@tierrasvivas.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.

Tips & Extra Information

OPTIONAL SERVICES TO BE HIRED

  • Walking sticks or trekking poles USD 20 for both
  • Personal shared porter: Tierras Vivas provides a porter duffle bag for your belongings/equipment at the briefing time the night before of your tour. Foam pad roll mattress, Therma- rest mattress, blanket, pillow and rain poncho is provided to each trekker and need to be carried by your porter. it is more comfortable. *Equipment as sleeping bags, backpacks, duffle bag, pillow, blanket, rain ponchos,water bottles must be organised in advance at the time of your booking or send us an e-mail.

EXTRA INFORMATION

The camping equipment of Lares Inca trail will be returned to Cusco on day 3rd, you need to give to chef the sleeping bag, mattress.

  • Camping (double tent) provided in nights 1st, 2nd
  • The bed (double room) provided in Ollantaytambo 3rd night and in Aguas Calientes town on last night

This Lares Inca Trail included 7 kilos of personal items in the tour price carried by horses. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather clothing and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as horses do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites. The bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included in this trek and our guide will provided on day 3th.

 

TIPPING & EXTRA MONEY

  • It’s very important to take EXTRA MONEY. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money: The local people built the small markets in the route and you can find the water, snack, chocolate, cola etc. Your first breakfast, last lunch no included
  • Tipping in Inca Trail Lares Trek: If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide(s), and staff did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference: however as a guideline we suggest each hiker contributes USD 50 per person to a collective tipping pool, more is always appreciated.

Packing List for Inca Trail Lares Trek

Luggage and backpacker for you trekking

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. The horses carry your luggage from Lares (1st day) to Patacancha (2th day). 3 day hike, you will take your luggage by train to Aguas Calientes. You are expected to carry your own luggage (max 10 min). We recommend keeping the weight under 7 kg/14lb. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag. If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail Lares trek is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.

 

Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. During the best 2 day Inca Trail tour, the climate will be warm, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend you to bring” list.

 

What we recommend you to bring?

  • Passport original
  • Original International
  • Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in soles no dollars
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold Sun block
  • Hhydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection Water container and water for the first morning.

Important notice for best 2 day Inca Trail tours: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended

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 any health problem so far Small towel Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes); walking sticks (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu / 5D

It is an old and remote alternative path to the Inca Trail, it has much more spectacular views and with different ecological levels we will walk among lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay and Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas of abundant vegetation and fauna. This road is an excellent option for those who want to escape from the most congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied.

This impressive excursion passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Its first two days will be dominated by the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, as it travels through the high Andean landscape. The third day will descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited during the last day of the program. This excursion is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the route from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The excursion to Salkantay was recently named by the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the 25 best excursions in the world. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail / 5D

The Inca Trail, with Machu Picchu as its final destination, is the best known and most popular route among international tourists coming to Peru. The total journey is approximately 45 km and takes 5 days, including a day of visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu. This 5-day trek is an excellent alternative to avoid the 4-day Inca road crowd and to camp in quieter places. This option is also recommended for families with children because the distances are shorter and allows a good process of acclimatization to the altitude.

The natural scenery is impressive with views of snow-capped mountains, tropical cloud forests and rich Inca architecture, beautifully preserved. Making your walk a unique and unforgettable experience.

Choquequirao Trek

Larger than Machu Picchu, Choquequirao rests practically desolate at the top of the deepest canyon in America. Here tourists do not arrive in comfortable trains, but real adventurers who, after days of exhausting trek, meet with the absolute silence of their mysterious ruins. Archaeologists have estimated that only 40% of the city has been exposed, with various government projects on the way to squeeze their tourism potential. That's why you should do the trekking to Choquequirao now, before the crowds rob you of an authentic encounter with our historical past.

The trek to the Inca citadel begins in the small town of Cachora, to cross the Apurimac canyon until you reach the ruins of Choquequirao. It is a difficult circuit, 3 times more demanding than the classic Camino del Inca, since on one day it falls 1 kilometer of slope (which takes 5 hours approximately) and the next day you climb it again (and then you have to return). But the effort is rewarded every second thanks to the stunning views offered by the canyon. While in Machu Picchu you fight side by side with 2500 tourists to get the best picture, Choquequirao receives approximately 30 people a day in high season, making it the true lost city of the Incas.

Condor Sight to Salkantay Trek

The hike to Salkantay is one of the beautiful routes that cross the immense mountains of the Andes, and to be able to make this hike you will need all the necessary information to make your trip unforgettable.

The Salkantay Mountain (6272 m.s.n.m) or also called Apu Salkantay is located north of the city of Cusco, is the highest mountain range of the eastern flank of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The Quechua name of this snowy mountain, means "Wild Mountain" for being a snowy of difficult ascent to the top.

This hike involves a Chonta Canyon, where  you can view the Condor overflight, it is a great place to bird watch from with fabulous scenery. Condor Sight to Salkantay Trek

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