CUSCO + LARES TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL 6 DAYS
DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR
In the afternoon at 1pm, we will pick you up at your hotel and we’ll begin your tour of the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. We then continue our journey visiting the Santo Domingo convent built over the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the Main Worship centre of the Sun God. Then we visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman which dominates the city. Finally we go to the vestiges of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, located in the north east of the city. Afterwards we take you back to Cusco.
DAY 2: CUSCO – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA
You will be picked up at 6am to begin your adventure. Now your dream over the next 5 days becomes a reality, as you start the 2 hour drive to the village of Huaran (2840m/9,318ft) located in the famous Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Before to start the hike we will stop in the inca remain of Urco, this was a temple in the incas time worship the powerful Mountains of Pitusiray and Sawasiray, also the sanke of fire, very close is also the museum Inkarry where you can learn about the pre-incas civilization (chavin, paracas, nazca, mochica), at 10:00am we will arrive to Huaran. This day we gonna have our lunch in the nature. We meet up with the horsemen and pack up the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us, we trace northwards following a gentle ascending trail along the small Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach our destination, a small village named Cancha Cancha (3800m/12,477ft) where we spend the night.
DAY 3: CANCHA CANCHA – QUISWARANI
Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue north-east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses, mountainous ranges and typically Peruvian transverse landscapes. After 3 hours, the path plateaus out, after the intense ascension of the last 2 hours, we arrive to the highest pass called Pachacutec Pass (4758m/15610ft). Trapezing over the reward of reaching the top, and transfixed by the superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy mountainous peaks of Pitusiray, we embrace the moment to enjoy the marvelous sites before us and to feel the suns rays replenish us. We then head down for the next 2 hours and get to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch we will descend for another 1.5 hours into the valley’s of several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas and sheeps. Tonight we camp at (3,870 m/12,694ft) close to Quishuarani village, which has typical stone and thatched houses.
DAY 4: QUISWARANI – CUNCANI – LARES – OLLANTAYTAMBO
Mid way through our trek we will conquer the second mountain pass Hillkiccasa,(4200m/13779ft) and surrender to the images of the plunging Peruvian Andes as we are surrounded by nature in it’s purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are as exciting as enjoying a piece of candy to watch from the pass. We continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sites and natural prestine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking we reach Cuncani, a small peasant 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 (3100m/10170ft) where we are welcomed into the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour to soak, shower off, have lunch and take a siesta if you like.
After lunch in Lares we take our private transport to Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night in our hotel.
DAY 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – 104KMS – WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES
By this stage on your trek, you will have really gotten into the swing of things. Fully motivated and rearing to go, early in the morning we take our train for two hours to 104 kms (2,100m/6,927ft), Cusco–Machu Picchu way. With the exhilaration starting to lock in we begin our trek, passing the first checkpoint. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna. (2,650m/8747ft). Once there, we notice the weights lift off our shoulders, 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 Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we take flight with excitement as we get our first spectacular view of Machupicchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. Your destiny awaits you, just one more hour downward, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, taking the bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend our last night in our hotel.
DAY 6: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):
Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above (additional cost)
You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (Free of cost)
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs (will be an additional entrance fee)..
When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 4:43pm or 5:27pm for the return trip to Cusco with the Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station (Cusco), where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and your hotel by 8:45pm or so.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- All transfers
- City Tour
- Entrances to the different archeological Inca ruins
- Transportation from your hotel to Huaran
- English speaking professional mountain guide
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Admission fees to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and all archaeological sites
- 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
- Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- 2 night hotel ( 1 in Ollantaytambo and 1 night in Aguas Calientes)
- Delicious meals during the trek ( 3 Lunch, 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfast )
- Cook and cooking equipmentHorseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (5 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, it will be carried by our mules)
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Boiled water to fill in your bottles during the treks
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC) – US$20
- Air Mattress – US$20
- Walking Poles – US$15
- Wayna Picchu Mountain – US$ 80
- Machu Picchu Mountain – US$ 80
- Energy snacks – chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
- Lunch and Dinner on the last day
OPTIONAL UPGRADES for hotels to 4 star or more.
- Tips for your porter, guide and chef
- **This unique trekking package of the Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
- *** The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu portions of the trek is almost always available year round except it is closed in February for maintenance.
AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS (these discounts are not cumulative)
Students: US$ 30.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
TO MAKE A BOOKING
You will need to email us to check availability, receive booking forms and then make your deposit. For our payment conditions and booking please refer to our Make a Booking page.
For organisational reasons, we require one week to organise your booking, prior to departure.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
- Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
- Small towel or sarong
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
- Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
- Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
- Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
- Binoculars (if you have them)
- Because of the strict regulations of the Machupicchu Park, once you have made your reservation, you cannot cancel the space that you have reserved. You also may not alter the name or date of the reservation. If you are unable to come on the date you have reserved, we cannot reimburse you.
- The $200 deposit is non-refundable. We cannot reimburse the entrance fee to the Inca Trail because the permits are non-refundable and ECO PATH TREK purchases the tickets from Machupicchu Park when you reserve your spot.
- If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
- If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
- If you cancel one or two days before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.
- In the exceptional case that you decide to head back once you have started the trail, you must pay extra expenses such as food and transportation. You may join the group in Machupicchu for the walking tour and use all of the services onward.