Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu | 8 day

From Cusco, Peru
  • Peru
  • Walking and Active
  • Custom
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

Come with us to explore the stunning Sacred Valley of Incas, the heart of the Lares region and archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu on our 7 day adventure. Just north of Cusco hike off the beaten path in the Lares region and get an insight into the traditional and authentic lives of Andean farmers. See the treasures of the Sacred Valley including the lovely village of Pisaq, the colourful handicraft market in Ollantaytambo as well as the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, also known as the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Daily hikes let you discover the ruins of an important ancient civilization, see panoramic views of mountains and waterfalls, and learn about the heritage and unique traditions of the local people.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival in to Cusco, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Tonight a pre-tour meeting will be held.
NOTE: We recommend at least 2 nights pre-trek in Cusco to help with acclimatization
Overnight in Cusco

Day 2
Sacred Valley - Treasures of the Sacred Valley

Begin your adventure with a glimpse into the history of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You can explore the archeological site of Chinchero, where colonial buildings rest atop Incan foundations…continue on to study the polygonal salt evaporation ponds at the natural Salt Mines of Maras where co-operative work, reminiscent of Inca culture, is still a fundamental part of the process…and then learn about Moray, believed to be an Inca laboratory dedicated to the study and regional introduction of foreign plant species from coastal and jungle regions.
Those who prefer to experience their introduction to the Sacred Valley through it’s stunning natural beauty can choose to embark on an invigorating hike with impressive views of the Andes, most notably the Ausangate mountain which soars from the Wilcanuta mountain range. The destination is the ruins of Huchuyqosqo, thought to be the Palace of Viracocha, the eighth Inca ruler. Enjoy a hot lunch amidst these palace ruins, as you learn more about its history and it’s impressive construction techniques. After re-charging, make your way back down to the valley floor

Day 3
Sacred Valley - Exploring Pisaq

The town square is often the center of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisaq. With products ranging from produce and meats to textile dyes and artisanal crafts, this market is an adventure unto itself. A morning visit to Pisaq will inspire you with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for a short hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley.
Later that day, begin a more grounded exploration with a visit to the ancient hamlet of Viacha, where the sacred craft of artisanal potato farming dominates daily life. A hands-on lesson from its multi-generational farmers will show you their unique agricultural techniques and will give you some insight into the history behind the 3,800 different types of Peruvian potatoes.
After lunch, this introduction to the Sacred Valley culminates in an off-the-beaten-path tour of the Pisaq archeological complex, visiting the majestic mausoleum and the beautiful architectonic sites of its surroundings.

Day 4
Lares Region - Inca Sites & Villages

Now that you have gotten a glimpse into this rich Andean tapestry, Day Two offers the opportunity to go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares region. Along the celebrated “Inca Weaver’s Trail”, snow-capped peaks and endless herds of llamas and alpacas guide the way to local villages where close descendants of the Incas still live, and where both women and men are expert weavers. Afterwards, you will explore the hidden towns of Choquecancha and visit the unique archeological site of Ancasmarca, which is located in the main entrance of the Inca Trail towards the jungle. An optional afternoon hike further into Lares brings these illustrations to life. Finally, a night spent at the lodge in the remote village of Huacahuasi, where the locals are both our partners and the actual lodge-keepers, gives insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.

Day 5
Lares - Encounteer with the community

Spend the morning learning even more about the heritage and traditions of the Huacahuasi community by visiting and interacting with its people, especially the expert weavers and the school children. Witness their day-to-day activities and even take a cooking class, an experience that will demonstrate the Peruvians’ passion for food that transcends geography and cultural differences. For something more leisurely, enjoy a walk to the beautiful waterfalls adjacent to the village. If you are looking for something more challenging, you can choose a hike to Quiswarani through turquoise blue lakes guarded by imposing mountain passes.

Day 6
Sacred Valley-Expedition to Ollantaytambo

Early in the morning explore the Huacahuasi communities and get to know their traditions and daily activities. Keep exploring the sacred valley of the Incas and visit the museum of Peruvian History. Afterwards, enjoy a country lunch near the Urubamba town. Whether you choose a full-day hike along an actual Inca trail, a mountain bike adventure through the hills, or a day of meandering through its maze-like streets and sampling its local delicacies, Ollantaytambo will delight you with its unique combination of cozy town and majestic surroundings.

Day 7
Sacred Valley - Discovering Ollantaytambo Site

From its beginnings as the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the fortress at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers. As your guide leads you through a morning tour of its grandeur and explains its strategic architectural planning, you will also get a sense of its mystical history…a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu.
At noon, with the storied history of Ollantaytambo still on your mind, you will embark on a scenic train ride through the Andes along the famous Urubamba River to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. A somewhat ramshackle town reminiscent of the American Wild West, its charm lies in a history that began as a small railway stop and evolved into a bustling town whose streets still flank the train tracks.

Day 8
Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary Cusco

After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours which affords great views of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we meet up with our guide again and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to catch our train. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1½ hours, and then a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco (an additional 1½ hour). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we are dropped off at your hotel.
*Hotel in Cusco is not included, but can be added

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights in Lamay Lodge
  • Included Copy 20 2 nights in Huacahuasi Lodge
  • Included Copy 20 3 night’s accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily and all meals while on the trek
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers Cusco to Cusco on a shared basis
  • Included Copy 20 Services of experienced guides
  • Included Copy 20 Tips to Staff (not to trip leaders)
  • Included Copy 20 Activities as specified in the detailed itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Entrances to sites & permit to hike Huayna Picchu
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8 days

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$3,170 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request