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7 Day Lares To Machu Picchu + Maras-Moray + Salt Mines

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This amazing 7 Day Lares to Machu Picchu plus Maras-Moray + Salt Mines trip offers a unique combination of cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley the challenge of an Andean hike, the beauty of Machu Picchu and the regions most treasured archaeological sites.  Our skilled porters and guides will exceed your expectations on this Inca adventure as you trek, back-in-time and discover the hidden treasures of Peru and Machu Picchu.

The trip begins and ends in vibrant Cusco, Peru where you can enjoy the intriguing bled of Spanish and Inca culture.  The first stop on the tour is Maras, where we explore the bizarre beauty of the salt mines and ancient ruins of Moray, you will then explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and then embark on the hike to Lares. After spending two evenings camping on the Lares trail you will be transported by bus to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you will board the train for Aguas Calientes and a final bus ride to Machu Picchu. The 15th-century citadel sits high, stacked on a hillside in terraces amongst rising Andean peaks and is sure to captivate you. Accommodations along the way will be at campsites, unless otherwise noted.

Our hand-picked guides are certified multilingual and offer expertise of Machu Picchu’s highlights and will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable hike. In addition, Peru is home to some of the happiest people, the most dramatic landscape on the planet and a variety of cultural traditions that are rich in ancient history. The 7 Day Lares hike to Machu Picchu and more awaits you.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1
Arrive Cusco

Arrive Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.

DAY 2
Cusco - Maras - Cusco

An early departure by bus to Maras will lead us to the bizarre and beautiful salt mines. The salt park is located on an open hillside above the Urubamba Valley a natural salt water stream that runs underground. A considerable volume of solid salt is obtained, which is then granulated, packed in sacks and sent to the region's markets. The day's tour continues a short distance to Moray which is a unique archaeological site where massive natural depressions or hollows in the ground surface were used for constructing irrigated farming terraces around them. The main depression is roughly 100 feet deep and the temperature difference between the top and bottom can be as much as 27 degrees (F). In the afternoon, we return to our hotel in Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3
Cusco –Sacred Valley of the Inca – Ipsaycocha Pass

Today we depart Cusco and head to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and further to Patakancha where the Lares trailhead is located. The people from this area are known locally as "Huayruros," which is the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the color of their ponchos and the textiles here are made by the people in the community. Their quality weavings are famous for their intricate designs that reflect aspects of their everyday lives and culture. Here we will explore the community, visit a school and then begin our trek. As we leave will enjoy herds of alpaca and llama grazing along the trail. By the afternoon we will begin to cross our high pass (Ipsaycocha Pass 15,456 ft.), the remainder of the hike we will descend to 13,780 ft. to our first campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Huacahuasi - Lares Hot Springs

After breakfast, we begin the three hour long descend towards the small village of Huacahuasi. The scenery is filled with fields of potato, barley, quinoa and corn. Many of the houses in this village are built from stone with thatched roofs and the people of this village produce beautiful textiles. In the morning we will learn about their weaving techniques and admire the handmade ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments. Continuing on the trail for 2-3 hours we will arrive at the medicinal hot springs near the village of Lares, where we will set up camp. Here we can soak in the springs and relax for the remainder of the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Lares – Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

An early morning bus will transfer us from Lares to Ollantaytambo where we will enjoy lunch and then catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes you can explore the town, take a dip in the hot springs or relax at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Machu Picchu

After an early morning breakfast served at the hotel, your guide will pick you up around 5:30am to catch the bus to Machu Picchu. As the sun begins to rise, the dramatic views of Machu Picchu are revealed. We will spend some time here taking photos and will enjoy a guided tour (approximately 2 hours). After the tour you are free to explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and given your train tickets that will take you to Ollantaytambo and a final bus transfer will take you to Cusco. It is important to be at the train station 30 minutes before departure train times will be given to you by your guide. (Breakfast)

DAY 7
Depart

Breakfast at the hotel, and then we will take you to the airport according your flight times. (Breakfast)

END OF SERVICE

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PRICES
2017 Price Per Person (USD)

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INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fee to Lares valley
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • Water (boiled)
  • Meals 3 each breakfasts, lunch, dinner and snack
  • 4 person tent, double occupancy
  • Foam sleeping pad
  • Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • Expert guides, assistant guides, cook, porters, horses and horsemen

EXCLUDED

  • Sleeping bags
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Trekking/hiking poles
  • Lares/Inca trek last Lunch & Dinner not included
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Waynapicchu Mountain hike
  • Hot Springs
  • Tips

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