LARES- SHORT INCA TRAIL-MACHUPICCHU 4D/3N
This amazing trek was created to explore from high plateaus to high jungle. Lares is known by its quite Andean life with small local communities which are potato farmers, but also they have a big number of Llamas and Alpacas, which are part of their economy as well. No doubt Lares has a privileged location in the Peruvian Andes, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, valleys, glacier waterfalls and beautiful turquoise lagoons. The Inca trail one of the main ancient trails in South America, built by the Inca civilization to connect the highlands with the low jungle, this part of the Inca trail which connects to Machupicchu through the sun gate has original Inca steps, well preserved Inca sites and amazing flora and fauna, because of that is located into a protected area which is part of Machupicchu National Park.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Camping, Culture
Activity Level Difficult
Group Size Small Group
This amazing trek was created to explore from high plateaus to high jungle. Lares is known by its quite Andean life with small local communities which are potato farmers, but also they have a big number of Llamas and Alpacas, which are part of their economy as well. No doubt Lares has a privileged location in the Peruvian Andes, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, valleys, glacier waterfalls and beautiful turquoise lagoons. The Inca trail one of the main ancient trails in South America, built by the Inca civilization to connect the highlands with the low jungle, this part of the Inca trail which connects to Machupicchu through the sun gate has original Inca steps, well preserved Inca sites and amazing flora and fauna, because of that is located into a protected area which is part of Machu-Picchu National Park.
- Type of tour: Adventure and Cultural.
- Season: April to November.
- Group Size: 2 -8 persons.
- Price: $ 700 usd.
- -Professional bilingual tour guide
- -Private transportation
- -Train tickets
- -Hotel at Aguas calientes
- -Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- -Horses for transporting camping equipment and 8kgs from your belongings
- -First aid kit
- -Emergency horse
- -Oxygen tank
- -Professional cook
- -Entrance tickets to machupicchu
- -Bus tickets from machupicchu to Aguas calientes (roundtrip)
- -Entrance ticket to the Short Inca trail
What do you need to take
- -Enough clothes for cold and warm weather
- -Sun cream
- -Sun glasses
- -Swimming suit and sandals
- -Mosquito repellent
- -Sun cream
- -Sun Hat
- -Flash light
- -Toilet paper
- -Water bottle
- -Extra money in Peruvian soles
- -Rain jacket
- -Sleeping bag
- -Walking sticks
- -Last day lunch
This first day we leave early from Cusco around 6 am, then we will drive through the sacred valley to Lares town around 3 hours, where we will do a short stop for bathroom or to buy some supplies, then we will drive 20 minutes more to Huacawasi village where our trek begins. Huacawasi is a local community located at 3,700 m/12,210 ft where we will have the chance to walk around and visit some local families in order to learn something about their daily life, customs and traditional clothing. After we will start our hike gradually ascending, on the way we will see some small villages and herds of Llamas and Alpacas, after 4 hours hike we will reach the highest point (the Ipsayccasa pass 4,450 m/14,685 ft), from where we have amazing views of the entire chain of snow-capped mountains and one of them is the Veronica mountain (5,750 m/18,975 ft). After some rest we will continue our hike around 1 hour descending to reach our campsite at Ipsaycocha lagoon (4,300 m/14,190 ft), this lagoon is full of wild life, specially birds such as the Andean goose, Puna Ibis and Andean ducks.
Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7.5 miles
Walking Time: 5 hours.
After an early breakfast surrounded by snow- capped mountains, lagoons, we will start our trek descending to Patacancha village around 2 hours, this is another authentic Andean village with colourful textiles, traditional clothes and indigenous culture and customs. After visiting this community, we will take a car or van around 30 minutes to the archaeological site of Pumamarka, then we will visit this amazing Inca site which is locally known as “the city of the pumas” with spectacular views to the sacred valley, after that we will have our lunch and rest for a while. Then we will continue our hike mostly descending, this part of the trail is an original Inca trail connecting to Ollantaytambo town, on the way we will pass by different archaeological sites, local villages, valleys and local flora and fauna. Then we will arrive to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the second night.
Walking Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles
Walking Time: 7 hours
OLLANTAYTAMBO-INCA TRAIL- AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast we will go to the train station, where we will take the train at 7: 45 am to km 104 or Chachabamba (2,200 m/7,260 ft). On the way we will see spectacular snow-capped mountains, local villages and the impressive Urubamba River. After 1 hour 15 minutes of train ride we will arrive to km104 where our Inca trail hike begins. First we will go the check point where we will show our passports and tickets, then we will start the hike through the high jungle. The first part of the trail is gradually ascending with original Inca steps along the way, on the way we will visit different archaeological sites such as Chachabamba and Winayhuyna, but this protected area is home of countless orchids, butterflies and if we are lucky enough we can see the Andean bear. After 3 hours of ascending we will get to Winayhuayna Inca site, a spectacular place with farming terraces, laboratory, urban areas and temples. After visiting this site we go to the lunch place, where we will have our box lunch. After lunch we will continue the hike, this second part is more gentle, after 1: 30 minutes we will arrive to the famous Sun Gate, from where we will have amazing views to Machupicchu, after having a good time at the sun gate we will continue descending around 45 minutes to the main lookout point of Machupicchu (the guard’s house) from where you will take those classic and postal pictures. Then we will go out from the Inca citadel and head to the bus station to take a 25 minutes bus ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Walking Distance: 13 km/ 8, 12 miles
Walking Time: 6 hours
No doubt this is the main day of the tour. After an early breakfast we will take the first busses to go back to Machupicchu, after 25 minutes bus ride we will get to the entrance door, where we will show our passports, then we go to the upper part to have great views and enjoy the sun rise in this magical place. Then you will have a guided tour which last between 2 or 3 hours to explore and learn more about this amazing place, after the tour you will have some free time to explore more by your own. Then we will go back to Aguas Calientes for lunch or simply relax. Later in the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our driver is waiting for us to take us back to Cusco city.
Peru Sensations is a local travel agency based in Cusco, Peru, founded by two local tour guides (Jaime and Elias), together with over 30 years of experiences. We offer personalized and high quality one-stop shop service focusing on treks and adventure tours from Inka trail to Amazon jungle. The company is established with clear visions – to support the sustainability of local communities and the preservation of the nature.