The Lares Hot Springs are located about 4 hours from the Sacred Valley, here our amazing experience will start, you can appreciate how the water comes from the ground and creates hot pools where people use to dive in; but this is only a part of this unforgettable experience that will take you through valleys, routes and incredible landscapes that will create an indelible memory in your heart, finishing in the ancient lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
DAY 1: CUSCO – LARES
Early in the morning we start our private tour, our driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the sacred valley that will take around 4 hours, where on the way we will stop at Taray look-out to observe to Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba River (Vilcanota), then driving along the valley we will pass towns of Pisac and Calca.
We will see the locals in traditional dress, in particular, the variety of each community.
And finally we will reach Lares town, where we meet our cook, and then we leave our luggage and camping equipment, to start with our hike towards Choquecancha, an Inca archaeological site, with great views of the different valleys around, after that visit, we will return to Lares town.
Then later in the evening, you have the chance to enjoy the hot springs. dinner is included in our dinner tent. overnight in Lares.
- Land transport:Cusco – Lares 4hrs
- Walking distance:12 Km / 7.5 miles
- Estimated walkingTime: 4 – 5 hours
- Maximum Altitude:3800m/12465ft
- Accommodation:Camping tents
DAY 2: LARES – HUACAHUACASI – IPSAYQOCHA
In this Package trip and after a delicious breakfast we will meet our porter’s mule drivers (arrieros), who will be in charge of our camping equipment.
Around 8 am we start our trek, first going uphill until we ran the village Huacahuasi community (3600m/11810ft) generally covered by clouds.
This remote community still keeps the Andean traditions, as the offering to mother earth, the lifestyle, where local people produce one of the finest textiles of Peru.
We will have the chance to visit a country house to know its people, their brilliant skills, and techniques regarding weaving. Lunch included during the trek.
Then we hike uphill for about 3hrs, toward the pass Ipsay (4450m/14596ft) which offers spectacular views of the snowy mountain Veronica (5750m/18860ft).
Walking across Andean communities and high plains (pampas) we will see herds of grazing llamas and alpacas.
We follow this path in direction to Ipsayqocha, just 1-hour walk to reach Ipsayqocha Lake, where we will camp next to the lake.
Overnight at Ipsayqocha.
- Walking distance:15 km / 9.3 miles
- Estimated walking time:7 – 8 hours
- Maximum altitude:4450m/14596ft
- Accommodation:Camping tents
DAY 3: IPSAYQOCHA – HUILLOC – Pumamarca pre-Inca ruins, OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Breakfast included in tents.
We continue our 2hrs hike, following a downhill trail, towards a wide valley (Patacancha).
Then descending into the valley we arrive at the community of Huilloc, this is a well-preserved authentic Andean community that still preserves the ancient traditions.
Lunch at Huilloc community.
After lunch, you will say goodbye to our staff (cook, porters).
Finally, we will visit Pumamarka, a hike of 2hrs, with impressive farming terraces formerly used at Incan times (potatoes, quinoa, barley and much more crops).
Our private transportation which will take us towards Ollantaytambo village which is considered one of the most important living museums, where you can appreciate the archaeological remains from Inca period.
We take our train from Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes town (or also called Machu Picchu Pueblo).
Arrival in Aguas Calientes, welcome by our representative, then you will be transferred to your hotel. Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
Overnight at Aguas Calientes.
This is one of the best Peru Adventure Tour that you will find.
- Walking distance:12km / 7.5 miles
- Estimated walking time:5 – 6 hours
- Maximum Altitude:3800m/12,467ft
- Accommodation:Hotel 3*** – Aguas Calientes village
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Breakfast included at Hotel.
Early in the morning together with your tour will a shuttle bus to Machu Picchu Inca city, (25 minutes’ drive in a winding road) a complete tour in the great Inca citadel to visit be explained about those temples, palaces, priest houses, a sundial, the industrial sector and the farming fields etc.
Then you will have extra time to visit the site on your own.
Optional if you have booked Huaynapicchu Mountain (2720m/8920ft) which is a good choice for the ones who want to explore more this area, which takes 2:30hours round trip from the checkpoint, (extra cost of ticket US$12 and pre-booked in advance).
As is only permitted for max 400 people per day to climb that mountain, there are more options as hiking to Sun Gate 2:30hours round trip, or to the Inca Bridge which is 1:30hour round trip.
Once you had finished exploring Machupicchu and surroundings, you may go back to the buses and head down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch in some restaurants.
Then you will take the train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and finally transfer by tourist bus from Ollantaytambo station to your hotel in Cusco.
Walking distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude: 2720m/8920ft
Cusco city Elevation: 3300m / 11,200ft
Included / Not included
- Transportation to and from: Hotel – Lares Hot Springs / Poroy train station – Hotel
- Transportation: Willoq – Ollantaytambo (3rd day)
- Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 12 people
- Cook: In charge of meal preparation
- Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 7 kg / 14 lbs per person)
- Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help
- Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (4th day)
- Ticket: Machu Picchu
- Hotel: Double accommodation in Aguas Calientes (3rd night)
- Expedition Train Service: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo/Cusco
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts/4 Lunches/3 Dinners/3 snacks and afternoon tea
- Equipment: tents (2 people in each, 3-person-capacity), Foam sleeping pad, dinner tent, special biodegradable bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Lunch for last day
- Sleeping Bag: $25
- Inflatable Air Matt: $20
- Walking Sticks (Pair): $20
- US$ 25 Single tent accommodation
- $695 per person
- 2 people US$ 935 per person
- 3 people US$ 875 per person
- 4 people US$ 855 per person
- 5 people US$ 835 per person
- 6 people US$ 825 per person
- 7 people US$ 815 per person
- 8+ people US$ 695 per person
Important: Prices Include mules to carry up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings.
What we recommend that you bring:
- 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. Gloves,Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- 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
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: 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 Machu Picchu town)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Original Passport, YOU NEED TO BRING THE SAME PASSPORT THAT YOU USED FOR BOOKING THIS TREK. (plus the new one in case it has expired)
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)