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Lares trek and Inca Trail, Pachacuteq Route – 5 Days

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  • 5 Days 4 nights
  • Max people: 12
  • Min age: 5+
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Valley of Lares, Machu Picchu
  • Daily departures

The main journey of this tour is made in the comfort of the train, is one of the fastest tours to visit the wonder of the world Machu Picchu.

Price Includes

  • All the information about the tour one day before de trip.
  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Tourist transport to Cusco - Ollantaytambo Round Trip.
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Machu Picchu entrance tickets.
  • Train’s round trip Tickets Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.

Price Excludes

  • Food
  • Tips
  • Services no mentioned before

We suggest bringing

  • Walking Shoes.
  • Bottled Water.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Sunblock.
  • Cash in Small Bill Form.
  • A Backpack.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.

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Itinerary

Day 1:Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha

At 6am we pick you up a your hotel and then drive for the next hour to the Pisac Inca ruins, where we explore this amazing Inca City with your guide as he shares with you the history of the City and the Incas. After the guided tour, we enjoy breakfast in front of the Pisac ruins engrossed with the amazing views of the Inca city & valleys below.

After breakfast, we take off on a 2 hour drive to the village of Huaran (2,840m/9,318ft) located in the famous Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran will be the starting point where we meet up with the horsemen and pack up the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind, we maneuver northward following a gentle ascending trail along the small Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach our destination, a small village namedCancha Cancha (3,800m/12,477ft) where we spend the night.

Day 2:Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani

Leaving Cancha Cancha, we continue trekking up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses, huge mountainous ranges and typical Peruvian layered landscapes. After 2 hours, the path plateaus out, and we arrive to the highest pass called Pachacutec Pass (4,758m/15,610ft). Filled with joy and relief over reaching the summit, and captivated by the superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy mountainous peaks of Pitusiray, we take the moment to enjoy the stunning sites before us and allow the sun’s rays replenish us. We then head downhill for the next 2 hours in time to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch, we continue downward for another 1.5 hours into thevalley’s several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. Tonight we camp at (3,870 m/12,694ft) close to Quishuarani village, with its typical Inca stone and thatched homes.

Day 3:Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo

As we reach the mid-point of our trek, it is time to take on the second mountain pass, Hillkiccasa Pass(4,200m/13,779ft). As we trek, we marvel over the views of the plunging and peaked Peruvian Andes Mountains, as nature surrounds us in its purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are awe inspiring to watch from the pass. We continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sites and natural pristine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking, we reach Cuncani, a small Inca community. From Cuncani we head down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit bearing trees, varied flora, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination, the Lares Village (3,100m/10,170ft), where we cannot wait to soak in the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour, have lunch and take a siesta.

Day 4:Ollantaytambo – KM104 – Wiñay wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Early, we take our train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), Cusco-Machu Picchu way. With anticipation, we begin our first leg of the Inca Trail, passing the first checkpoint. Here we repack to carry only the essentials in your backpack for the 1 day of trekking on the Inca Trail. Afterwards, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8,747ft). Once there, we notice as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail. We continue onward towards the long anticipated Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we finally get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. After a time to take many photos, we head for one-hour downhill, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, take the bus to Aguas Calientes, and find our hotel where we spend the night.

Day 5:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early, we take our train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), Cusco-Machu Picchu way. With anticipation, we begin our first leg of the Inca Trail, passing the first checkpoint. Here we repack to carry only the essentials in your backpack for the 1 day of trekking on the Inca Trail. Afterwards, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8,747ft). Once there, we notice as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail. We continue onward towards the long anticipated Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we finally get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. After a time to take many photos, we head for one-hour downhill, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, take the bus to Aguas Calientes, and find our hotel where we spend the night.

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FAQ

What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is an archeological center that preserves the remains of an Inca city, built in a green environment of mountains and rivers, a mystical and mysterious place; in addition, it is a patrimony of humanity and one of the most desired destinations in the world.

It is located at 2,400 m. a. s. l. in a cloud forest between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest of Peru.

How to get to Machu Picchu from Lima?

To get from Lima to Machu Picchu you must travel to the city of Cusco by plane or bus.

When to go to Machu Picchu?

It is possible to go all the year, the minimum temperatures vary between 8 ºC and the maximum around 20 ºC.
There are 2 seasons in Machu Picchu: the dry season and the rainy season. The first one takes place between April and October, it is characterized by little rain and a sunny climate. The rainy season runs from November to March and is characterized by constant rains.

How much luggage can I take on the train?

On trains to Machu Picchu you can only take hand luggage that should not exceed 5 kilos (11 pounds).

Can Machu Picchu be visited by people of any age?

Yes, it can be visited by people of all ages. However, in order to ascend Huayna Picchu mountain, it can only be visited by people older than 12 years old.

From what time can I enter Machu Picchu?

Public access is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is home to almost 150 amazing constructions, these are some of the places that stand out:

• The Temple of the Sun.
• The Intihuatana.
• The Temple of the 3 Windows.
• The Temple of the Condor.
• The Hall of Mirrors.
• The Ladder of the Fountains.
• Huayna Picchu Mountain.
• The Temple of the Moon.
• The Door of the Sun (Intipunku).
• The Main Square.
• The Royal Tomb.
• The Sacred Rock.

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