Signature Peru with Lares Inca Trek

From Lima, Peru to Cusco, Peru
  • Peru
  • Walking and Active
  • Cultural Experiences
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Tour Description

Explore the best of Peru, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on this 11 day adventure.

First exploring the local eats in Lima, the 'gastronomical capital of the Americas',  then flying over the Andes to Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Rest up in Cusco, before embarking on a Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure.

Our Sacred Valley and Lares adventure will see you exploring charming towns, and seldom-visited Inca archaeological sites, as well as some hiking through the highlands with stunning views. There is time to learn about the local cultures and see the daily life in these traditional Andean communities. This programme has some flexibility along the way, if you are feeling more energetic, then opt for the hiking option on the day, if not, there are visits to remote villages to meet textile weavers, or a close up visit with friendly llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. At night your accommodation will be comfortable lodges run by the community, using some traditional Inca building techniques.

Then board your train bound for the iconic Machu Picchu, where you will spend a night at Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu pueblo. A guided tour with a local will help you appreciate the importance of these famous ruins.

Still wanting more, add on our signature Amazon, Puno and Lake Titicaca or even Bolivia!

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Handpicked hotels and lodges- stay in comfortable accommodation along the way, including Casa Republica, our boutique hotel in bohemian Barranco, one of Lima's most vibrant districts.

Gain insight into the fascinating and colourful culture of Peru as you travel through the beautiful Lares Valley, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, deep into the heart of the Incan wowed by the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

5 days will be spent on a Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure. This will see you walking ancient and remote trails, and observing the daily life of traditional Andean communities, and staying in comfortable community owned lodges at night.

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Arrival into Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to the various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Lima is known as the “gastronomical capital of the Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It even boasts several of the top restaurants in the world.

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. This service includes a driver and local English speaking guide, who will provide you with any useful information needed for your stay.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima City Highlights & Tastebud Tantaliser

Embark on a 4 hour walking food tour in Lima's Historic Centre. The tour starts with pick up from your hotel and the first stop is the city's most famous 'Plaza San Martin'. After taking in one of Peru's most famous plazas and a photo opportunity of the Gran Hotel Bolivar, we will head to Lima's very own Chinatown and to the biggest market of the city!

During this food tour, you will have the chance to taste popular on-the-go delicacies that locals devour. While trying some tasteful local treats, you’ll be learning more about Peru's history and interesting facts around the local – informal – economy and daily life in Peru.

In the historic center of Lima, you will get to observe Lima's most emblematic architectural masterpieces, of Spanish and Moorish heritage. It will also be a great opportunity for you to people watch and immerse yourself into a truly joyful local experience – we designed this food tour so that you could feel like a real Liman!

*Private tours can be scheduled to start between 10:00 and 15:00

*NB that this tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate

Overnight in Lima

Day 3
Lima Cusco

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Fly from Lima to Cusco

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.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 4
Cusco free time, with pre trek briefing

Day at leisure in Cusco to relax and start acclimatizing.

Pre trek briefing
This evening you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off for a pre tour briefing, where you will learn about the plans for the next 5 days in the Sacred Valley. The briefing is approx. 45 minutes and allows time for any questions you may have about the days ahead.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 5
Sacred Valley Lares Trek

5 day Lares trek

Begin your journey from the busy streets of Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, full of lush green fields surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Start your day with either an invigorating hike from the village of Amaru to the community of Viacha, or a visit to the Awanakancha textile centre followed by an exploration of the lively town and colourful artisan marketplace of Pisaq. Midday, both cultural explorers and hikers will reunite in the village of Viacha to learn about traditional Andean farming before a hike or drive to the Pisaq archaeological site for a guided tour.

Overnight at Lamay Lodge

Day 6
Lares Trek

The day begins with a visit to the small town of Lamay followed by a scenic drive into the heart of the Lares Valley. Your first stop will be Ancasmarca for a guided tour of this seldom-visited archaeological site. Afterwards, choose a visit with the expert textile weavers in the remote village of Choquecancha or a hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where both groups meet again to spend the night.

Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge

Day 7
Lares Trek

Begin the day with a scenic drive from Huacahuasi to the remote village of Huilloc. From there, choose a morning hike from Huilloc to Pumamarka, or explore the village and nearby sheepherding community of Marcacocha before regrouping for lunch and a midday exploration of the Pumamarka archaeological site.
After lunch, choose to hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo or drive and spend the afternoon exploring Ollantaytambo’s maze-like alleys and passageways.
Note: Afternoon hikers will meet the rest of the group at the hotel upon arrival in the Sacred Valley.

Optional group activity this afternoon – You can visit a locally-sourced Sacred Valley craft brewery (subject to additional costs).

Overnight at Kuychi Rumi Lodge

Day 8
Lares Trek Machu Picchu

Begin your day with an optional early morning hike to the Inca storage houses high above the town for an impressive view of the Ollantaytambo fortress and ceremonial site. Afterwards, the entire group will meet at the entrance of the site for a guided tour before embarking on a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Alternately, opt for an all-day hike from train marker KM 104 to the Machu Picchu Sun Gate on the classic Inca Trail (subject to additional cost).

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Day 9
Machu Picchu Cusco

Your journey to Machu Picchu begins with a rollicking morning uphill bus ride, followed by a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. After the tour you will have free time to explore on your own or hike up Huayna Picchu (additional expense) *, the iconic mountain that looms overhead. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before the return train ride to Ollantaytambo (approximately 1.5 hours) and vehicle transfer to your hotel in Cusco (approximately 1.5 hours).

*Note: Permits for Huayna Picchu are subject to availability and are an additional cost; please advise if you would like to include this experience when you confirm your reservation. In the event that Huayna Picchu permits are not available for your desired date, Machu Picchu Mountain (the second peak within the sanctuary) is an alternative option

Overnight in Cusco

Day 10
Cusco Walking tour with Sacsayhuaman

Today, explore the city’s fascinating history, from the Inca times to colonial rule to the present day. Wind through narrow cobble-stoned streets and visit the market of Cusco. Along the way, get the chance to see the colonial buildings. Visit the fascinating Koricancha Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here, head to Sacsayhuaman, a former Inca fortress perched atop the hill above Cusco, it presents a work of impeccable engineering (gigantic carved rocks that fit with absolute precision).

Overnight in Cusco

Day 11
Cusco Depart

Departure day. Depart any time. Transfer to the airport or bus station is included.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Superior accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 Comfortable community operated lodged in the Scared & Lares Valleys
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
  • Included Copy 20 All meals during the Lares adventure
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Machu Picchu by train, with entrance fees, tickets and guided tour
  • Included Copy 20 Return airport transfers on a private basis
  • Included Copy 20 Cusco & Lima tours as per itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Guided hiking and/or cultural tours in the Sacred & Lares Valleys
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flights as part of this itinerary*
  • Included Copy 31 2 additional day in the Lares Valley may be added
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
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  • Included Sample the local food in Lima, 'gastronomical capital of the Americas'.
  • Included Discover the ruins of the Inca Empire at Ollantaytambo.
  • Included Travel to Machu Picchu by train.
  • Included Wander the narrow cobble-stoned streets of Cusco
  • Included Enjoy a guided tour of iconic Machu Picchu.
  • Included 5 days in the Lares & Sacred Valley region, hiking and learning about the local culture
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11 days

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$3,872 USD

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