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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days / 2 Nights

Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights is Off the beaten track, stunning mountains scenery, High Mountain passes, quieter trails, local villages, women weaving, less tourists, Quechua speaking people, Hot spring, the route of the weavers, Andean communities with real descendant of the Incas, llama shepherds.

An amazing alternative to the Inca Trail and slightly easier than the Salcantay trek, this Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights takes you off the beaten track in the Andes Mountains with a lot of opportunities to interact with the local people and the real Andean communities. The trek ends at the wonder of the world Machu Picchu.

Overview

Overview:

Our Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights allows you to spend a night under the stars while camping and trekking off the beaten track going our own way, passing through Quechua communities like Wacawasi, offering you a cultural tour focussed on local people and their lifestyle, while passing through amazing scenery.

Perfect for: Travelers who want to experience the life of local Andean people. This place is a photographer’s dream as you will get to meet locals and will see incredible Andean views.
Duration: Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights
Level: Moderate, depending on fitness level
Distance: 27 kilometers or 14 miles
Limited Spaces: This hike does not require permits so there is always availability, however, it is best to reserve your hike in advance to secure the Machu Picchu entrances and the best train tickets.
Acclimatization: The highest point is 4,450 meters or 14,600 feet, so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before beginning the hike. We recommend that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco and the surrounding area before starting to properly acclimatize.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Day 1: Cusco – Lares Hot Spring – Wacawasi.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am, in our private Transport and we will travel through the Sacred Valley of the incas to the town of Calca. Where we can enjoy breakfast at the local market, also use the bathrooms and visit the farmers market. Then we will continue driving towards the Hualcapunku pass (4,500m/14,847ft) enjoying the impressive landscape of spectacular view of the snowy mountain range, rural communities with many alpacas and llamas, before descending to the town of Lares and visiting natural places such as the hot springs.

Additionally, here we will meet our muleteers (riders) and begin our Walk through the Lares Valley. After relaxing in the natural hot springs, we begin an uphill hike for 1.5 hours to reach the lunch spot, known as Chanca Chaca. After lunch, we continue ascending gently watching llamas and alpacas towards the camp, called wacawasi (3,800m/12,377ft).

As we walk, we will see rural communities on the slopes. Finally we arrived at the first camp where we interacted with the locals. Likewise, we will enjoy our afternoon tea, followed by dinner.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner.
  • Accommodation: camping facilities.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,500m/14,847ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,900m/9,570ft.
  • Distance to walk: 11km approx.
  • Walking time: 5 hours.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Day 2: Wacawasi – Ipsaycocha Pass – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.

We will begin our walk after breakfast in our camp. After this, we begin our uphill walk for approximately 3 hours to reach the top of the Ipsay Pass (4,500 m), the highest point of the walk. There we can appreciate impressive views of the surrounding mountains. Then, we descend gently for about 1 hour until we reach our lunch location near the stunning Ipsaycocha lake. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe Andean geese, puna ibis and other wetland birds around the lake. Then we will continue downhill to the Community of Patacancha.

Our transportation will be waiting to take us down the valley to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have dinner. At night we will take a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular trip that begins in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends into lush tropical vegetation as we approach Aguas Calientes.

Total train travel time is approximately 1 and a half hours. We will spend the night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes. We will go to bed early to prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu the next morning.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,500m/14,6717ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2050mt.
  • Distance to walk: 16km approx.
  • Walking time: 7 hours.
  • Difficulty: Challenge.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco.

On our last day, you will get up very early to visit one of the 7 wonders of the World – ¨Machu Picchu¨. At 5:30 am. We will go directly to the line to wait for the first buses to Machu Picchu.

We will arrive at the gate when the sky lights up and ascend to the top of Machu Picchu, while taking in the impressive views of the city. On a clear morning, the sunrise over Machu Picchu is magnificent; This moment is unforgettable.

Our tour guide will take you on a 2-3 hour guided tour, where we will visit the Sun Temple, Royal palace, Main Temple, Three Windows Temple and Sun Dial. It will be an unforgettable experience.

If you have booked Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need to coordinate with your guide for Machu Picchu visiting depending on your scheduled time to the mountain, for people not hiking any of the mountains there are some other optional activities on your own ( not included in the price).

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you will return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to train station you will be transferred by car to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft.

Includes

Included:

  • A pre-trek briefing the night before the start of your Lares trek.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the Lares trek departure.
  • Private transport from Cusco to Lares Village.
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Lares trek.
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide.
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent).
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientas – Machu Picchu – Aguas calientes.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to aguas calientes.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 1 Dinner at Ollantaytambo Town.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom.
  • Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 7 kilos of your personal items.
  • Basic foam sleeping mattress.
  • Excellent Meals (2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits and popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
  • Wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • We uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • All local taxes.

Not included:

  • Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch and Dinner on Day 3.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking Stick.
  • Entrance to the hot spring.
  • Extra Energy snacks.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain $75.00 per person.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters

You will need to bring:

Hiking to Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights is like any other high altitude trek, so it is essential to be well prepared. As it begins in the dead of night morning, consider to pack the following Items:

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  • Original passport.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Swimwear for the hot springs of Aguas calientes Town.
  • Lighter trekking boots.
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans): 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even if we are in dry season!
  • 1 warm/Winter jacket
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights.
  • 4 pairs of underwear and 4 pairs of socks.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner that is super lightweight and easy to pack. 
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. 
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
  • Water (only for first day hike). Then we will provide you with water throughout the hike.
  • Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops to change into at night.
  • Toiletries.
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach. 
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips to your staff
  • Additional Notes

Gift for Andean children “Optional”

We recommend bringing: Coloring books, crayons, pens, notebooks, pencils, stickers, clothes, toys, etc. but not candies or chemical products. Children will love to receive these gifts when we pass through Andean communities which have schools.

Prices

Prices: 

“The best Lares Trek 3 Days 2 Nights is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”

  • 2 Persons – $559 USD per person 
  • 3 Persons –$539 USD per person
  • 4 Persons – $519 USD per person
  • 5 Persons – $509 USD per person
  • 6 Persons –$489 USD per person
  • 7+ Persons –$459 USD per person 

***Price based on number of people due to the fact that this trek is not as high in demand as the 4 day Lares Trek, thus it usually has a smaller group 2 to 4 persons.  

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • 18 to 25 years old: $25 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $25 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $30 USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance).
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance).

Upgrades:

Hotel Upgrades:

  • Inka terra(5 star hotel) – US $480 per person per night (double occupancy).
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $345 per person per night (double occupancy).
  • Santuario Hotel (3+ star hotel) – US $65 per person per night (double occupancy).

Train Upgrades:

  • Vistadome train -US $65 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Hiram Bingham train (deluxe) -US $485 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles – US$15.00.
  • Sleeping bag – US$15.00.
  • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$20.00.
  • Private Tent – US$20.00.

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.

Booking:

  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.

Cancellations:

  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:

ONCE BOOKED, DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. CHART BELOW OUTLINES WHAT FURTHER FEES WILL BE DUE.

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91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.

Delays:

  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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