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Nuevo Mundo Expeditions / Lares Trek with Machu Picchu

Lares Trek with Machu Picchu

from $1260

per person

Combine the easy Lares Trek with the wonderful Machu Picchu.

This route is a kaleidoscope of color and activities, from hot springs to indigenous communities that weave intricate tapestries; towering snow-capped volcanoes to agricultural terraces; unbelievable vantage points that offer expansive views leading to Peru’s centerpiece: Machu Picchu, embedded in nature and mystery.  

Itinerary

4 DAYS

DAY 1. CUSCO – HUACAHUASI

Pick-up is at 06h00 to travel by bus for about three hours to the medicinal hot springs of Lares. After a relaxing bath, we start a 3-hour trek to the little village of Huacahuasi (3,200 meters / 10,560 feet above sea level) to camp. The indigenous weavers of this high-Andean community work with traditional textile techniques, primarily the unusual “back strap loom”, seeing them in action making ponchos and other regional garments. (Lunch / Dinner)

DAY 2. HUACAHUASI – IPSAYCOCHA LAKE

After an early wake-up and breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begins, leading us up to the Ipsaycocha Pass at 4,350 meters (14,360 feet) above sea level. From our upper vantage point, marvel at the prominent view such Andean giants as Pumahuanca (5,330 meters / 17,600 feet above sea level), Sahuarsirai and Pitusirai. We then descend to Ipsaycocha Lake (4,200 meters / 13,680 feet above sea level) to have your camp set up. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

DAY 3. IPSAYCOHCA LAKE – AGUAS CALIENTES

Today we trek down to the village of Willoq (3,200 meters / 10,560 feet) and then on to the Pumamarca. Pass, via ancient agricultural terraces, until we finally reach Ollantaytambo, whose archaeological ruins are considered to be one of the most remarkable sites in the world due to their immensity. During its construction, this complex seems to have been abandoned by their builders, with a striking variety of colorful flowers and birds. We then walk to the train station to embark on our journey to Aguas Calientes, arriving around 20h00 for our overnight at a cozy hotel. (Breakfast / Lunch)

DAY 4. MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

We board the morning shuttle bus to the main entry of Machu Picchu to enjoy a 2-3 hour guided visit of the ruins. Option to re-enter on your own. By noontime we return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a quick lunch on your own before boarding the train for your journey back to Cusco. (Breakfast)

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2019 Rates (per person)

Minimum 2 persons $1,260
Single supplement $55

*Student discount: under 17 with scanned copy of valid passport, deduct USD 20.

Includes

Transportation (round trip starts & ends from your hotel in Cusco)

Train & shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu

Privately guided tours

Trail permits

All camping equipment, except sleeping bags & trekking poles (one 3-person tent for 2 persons, dining tent, cooking gear)

Meals as indicated

Trail chef to prepare wholesome, hot meals (special diets can be accommodated with advance notice)

Licensed English-speaking guide

1 night at 3* hotel

Horses to carry equipment (not for riding)

Porters (2 per hiker)

Does not include

Accommodations in Cusco

Tips (at your discretion)

Travel insurance

Airport transfers (available on request)

Sleeping bags / trekking poles (bring your own or you can rent each of these two items for USD 20)