Day 1 / ARRIVE CUSCO
After your arrival to Cusco, we will take you to the hotel and then join your guide for a briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Then enjoy the indigenous and colonial heritage then spend the remainder of the day at leisure “by exploring Cusco’s nightlife or sampling some of its many typical restaurants.
DAY 2: MARAS-MORAY AND SALT MINES TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast, we leave from Cusco at 8am. Our first stop is Maras, from which, we can get to the salt mines. The salt mines display a bizarre spectacle of beauty. Located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley, a natural salt water stream runs underground. In pre-Incan times, they have been evaporating the salty water from this stream in order to obtain the salt that gets left behind. How it works: The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. Viewed from the peak, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature. After visiting the salt mines near Maras, we continue on a short distance to the Moray ruins. The ruins are composed of three coliseums, which are thought to have been used by the Incas as a sort of open air crop laboratory. The coliseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30m/98 ft deep. The purpose of these depressions is still uncertain but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C/27 °F between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. The terraces are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theatre. In the afternoon, we will return you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 3 / TIME TO START OUR ADVENTURE, ON THE WAY TO LARES (B, L, D)
We depart at 5:00am from Cusco and travel to the township of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca this ride takes 2 hours. Then, will drive for 30 more minutes to the trek start pint named Patakancha, a Quechua community, where people live very much like their Incan ancestors, in stone and adobe homes with thatch roofs. The locals weave much of their clothing, work the land with foot ploughs and live off their llamas and alpacas supplementing their income working as porters. We will visit the community and school. After the community visit, you will meet your trekking crew, your kit will be loaded and you will start your hike. As you leave the village, you will enjoy views of alpaca and llama herds grazing along the trail. The scenery is typical of the high Andes with ichu or high altitude grass as well as some polylepis trees. After about an hour and a half of ascent, the trail flattens and you reach Lake Ipsaycocha, a beautiful small lagoon. This afternoon, we cross our first high pass of Ipsaycocha pass at( 4,600m / 15,456 ft) , the rest of your hike will be downhill towards the campsite (4,200m/13,780 ft).
Day 4 / HUACAHUASI - LARES HOT SPRINGS (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you begin to descend for about three hours until you reach the community of Huacahuasi. Today, the scenery will be different from yesterday filled with fields of potato, barley, quinoa and corn that are abundant here.
Many of the houses that we see in the small village of Huacahuasi, are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colourful textiles. In the morning, we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments.
A further walk of 2 to 3 hours will take you to the hot springs near the colonial village of Lares at 3.400m, where we will set up camp. For those of you, who remembered to bring your swimwear, we will take a relaxing dip in the warm waters, which are famous for their healing powers. Feeling fully refreshed, we will have a dinner and spend the night.
Day 5 / LARES - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES! (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, the bus will pick us up to the head of a short trail by the Totora Canyon for 2 hours. Our transportation will be waiting to take us down the valley to the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where we will rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey, which starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as nearing Aguas Calientes. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Where you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak in the hot springs!! We will call it an early night to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit, the following morning.
Day 6 / MACHU PICCHU IN ITS GLORY – BIG DAY! (B)
You will have breakfast in your hotel and then your guide will pick you up at 5:40am. You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and begin your walking tour (two hours) with your guide. After this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will then meet your guide in Aguas Calientes by bus to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.
Please, leave enough time to catch your train. It is a 25-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and buses leave when they are full. Make sure you are at the train station in good time (20 minutes before scheduled train departure).
Day 7 / DEPART FROM CUSCO (B)
Breakfast at the hotel, and then we will take you to the airport according your flight times.
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DATES & PRICES
- All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and viceversa
- 4nights at Casa Andina classic 3 star or similar standard
- All breakfast include in the accommodations
- Maras-Moray and Salt mines tour + entrance fees
Lares trek 4 days includes the below:
- Professional, bilingual tour guide.
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Private transportation to thetrail head, along the sacred valley with nice views.
- Round trip transportation by Train.
- Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Entrance fee to Lares valley.
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
- Water (we will provide you boiled water)
- Dining tent with table and chairs.
- Professional chef.
- Horses to carry Sleeping bags and personal belongings up to 5 kilos.
- Horsemenand mules (to carry the camping gear and food).
- 4man tent size for 2 people only.
- Foam mattresspad
- Single supplement fee: US$400(for solo travelers or the odd numbered in your travel group).
- Sleeping bags
- Inflatable mattress
- Walking sticks
- For the Lares trek–last Lunch & Breakfast
- Meals where not stated
- Entrance fees for the Hot springs in Lares and Machupicchu
- Gratuity, (tip)
- Waynapicchu Mountainhike
***VEGETARIAN OPTION AT NO EXTRA COST***