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Lares Trek & Machu Picchu

Cusco, Lares, Machu Picchu...

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Lares Trek is South America’s most popular alternative Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There is more than one way to experience a Trekking Adventure in Peru. Our Lares Trek to MachuPicchu takes you deep into the heart of the Andes. On our Lares Trek 4 Days the trekker experiences the living traditions of the local people and enjoys the spectacular mountains around the Sacred Valley. Along the Lares Trail Peru you will pass through ancient villages and meet friendly Quechua people who will be happy to share their culture with you. Our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is full of adventures and adrenaline rushes.

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Accommodation:

Hotel: 4 nights

Campsite: 2 nights

Requirement: 2 participants as minimum

Transportation:

Bus: Yes

Train: Yes

Departures:

Regular: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun.

Highlights

What’s Included:

  1. Shared transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  2. 3 nights of accommodations in Cusco and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in Standard Room.
  3. Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h00.
  4. Shared transportation from Cusco to Wacawasi.
  5. Professional guide who speaks English
  6. Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Caliente, and back from Aguas Calientes to Poroy. This train ticket is Expedition class, but can be upgraded to the Vistadome class for $ 50.00 per person. The train leaves Aguas Calientes station at 16h22.
  7. Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  8. First aid kit
  9. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back 
  10. Shared transportation from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco
  11. 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary.

Itinerary

  • Arrival to Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.

    Services Included:

    • Transport: Cusco Airport – Hotel (20 minutes).
    • Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath. 
    • Meals: Not Included
  • After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

    Services Included:

    • Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath. 
    • Meals: Breakfast
  • You´ll enjoy a delicious breakfast just before we'll pick you up to go to Calca in the Sacred Valley. Once there we have the last chance to buy anything you think you could need. We keep going to the highest place will be this first day: 4265 meters above sea level (13992 FASL), there Sawasiray and Pitusiray, two big mountains, say hello to us. Then we go down to 3207 MASL/10521 FASL in Lares a typical and small Colonial Town. There we can enjoy the springs, have lunch and finally get ready to start our hiking adventure. We´ll take an Increasing path to Huacawasi (3600 MASL – 11811 FASL) our first stop. This little Town is full of colors and good Vibes. Houses made of adobe and many of the typical Llamas.

    • Hiking Time: .4 hours approx. 
    • Hiking Distance: 10 Km / 6.21 miles
    • Lowest Point: 3,207 m / 10,521 ft
    • Highest Point: 4,265 m / 13,992 ft

    Services Included:

    • Transport: Sacred Valley – Huacawasi (3.5 hours approx.).
    • Tour Guide: Spanish/English. 
    • Entrance Fee: Lares Valley.
    • Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment. 
    • Overnight: Huacawasi Camp.
    • Meals: All included
  • After Breakfast start our trek to Aruraycocha (at 4500 MASL/14763 FASL) the highest point. The view is just amazing, you can see the beautiful Aruraycocha lake; and then go down towards it. Here the vegetation changes. It's the conservation area of Mantanay we can observe a typical kind of tree called the Q’euñas around the other lake: Yuraccocha. Around these lakes we'll have lunch. If we are lucky enough, we can see the famous and huge Andean Condor. We´ll keep going down to Mantanay village our second campsite 3800 MASL/12467 FASL high.

    • Hiking Time: 7 hours approx. 
    • Hiking Distance: 14 Km / 8.69 miles
    • Lowest Point: 3,800 m / 12,467 ft
    • Highest Point: 4,500 m / 14,763 ft

    Services Included:

    • Tour Guide: Spanish/English. 
    • Horsemen and mules: They carry cooking and camping equipment. 
    • Overnight: Mantanay Camp.
    • Meals: All Included
  • Hopefully you had a nice sleep, because this morning is the last day of trekking heading to Yanahuara, located at 2950 MASL/9678 FASL. another beautiful and colorful town located in the Sacred Valley. There the weathers changes; we´ll be warmer. Here also, the important white grain corn is harvested. And here it's where we'll have our last meal together and say goodbye to our staff--Cooks and Horsemen--we'll take a van to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is an archaeological site once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region and now a days is some kind of museum due to the Inca ruins . Located in the sacred valley is the place where we´ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night just before the day we finally climb Machu Picchu.

    • Hiking Time: 4 hours approx. 
    • Hiking Distance: 7 Km / 4.35 miles
    • Lowest Point: 2,950 m / 9,678 ft
    • Highest Point: 3,800 m / 12,467 ft

    Services Included:

    • Transport: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo.
    • Train Tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.
    • Tour Guide: Spanish/English. 
    • Overnight:Hatun Inti Boutique. Accommodation in Suite Room with private bath.
    • Meals: All Included
  • Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 05h40 to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure.

    Optional Service: Wayna Picchu – Cost per person $ 30
    There is time for those whit enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.

    This afternoon, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch later we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

    Services Included:

    • Tour Guide: Spanish/English  
    • Bus Tickets Consetur: Aguas Caliente – Machu Picchu – Aguas Caliente (Per route: 25 minutes)  
    • Entrance Fee: Machu Picchu City. 
    • Train Tickets: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (2 hours approx.).
    • Private Transport: Ollantaytambo Train Station – Hotel in Cusco (2 hours approx.).
    • Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel. Accommodation in Standard Room with private bath.  
    • Meals: Breakfast
  • After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.

    Services Included:

    • Transport: Hotel – Cusco Airport (20 minutes) - Assistant SPS/ENG.
    • Meals: Breakfast

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Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs:

Tips to know before you go to the Inca Trail

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.
Please review the following information before your departure to the Inca Trail to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

  • Know Before You Go

    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

    Getting Ready to Go

    Passports and Visas

    It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.

    Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

     

    Trip Preparation

    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones and Calling Cards

    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Wireless Internet Access

    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling

    All travellers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
    Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.

    Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.

    Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.

    Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).

    You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for the entire trip.

    Climate & Clothing

    In Peru, the sun is strong, particularly in higher altitudes. Please, bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip, you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May through October) are cold. During those periods, you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.

    The highland regions of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba and Machu Picchu) have a dry temperate climate that also experience two distinct seasons. The dry season (May through October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.


    IMPORTANT
    Peru Average Temperatures


    City

     

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Lima

    Low

    68

    70

    70

    67

    63

    61

    61

    61

    59

    61

    63

    67

    High

    79

    81

    81

    76

    72

    70

    67

    67

    67

    70

    72

    76

    Urubamba

    Low

    46

    46

    46

    43

    39

    36

    34

    37

    41

    45

    45

    46

    High

    68

    68

    68

    70

    70

    68

    68

    70

    70

    72

    72

    70

    Cuzco

    Low

    43

    43

    43

    41

    36

    32

    32

    36

    40

    41

    43

    43

    High

    65

    65

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Puno

    Low

    39

    38

    38

    34

    29

    25

    21

    25

    30

    34

    37

    38

    High

    61

    61

    61

    63

    61

    61

    61

    61

    63

    65

    63

    63

    Aguas Calientes

    Low

    45

    45

    42

    41

    37

    34

    32

    36

    39

    43

    43

    45

    High

    66

    66

    66

    68

    68

    66

    66

    68

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Book & Film Recommendations

    Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our tour managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

    Books

    Machu Picchu:
    Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
    Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
    Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
    Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
    Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
    The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

    General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
    The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
    The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
    Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
    Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
    Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
    The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

    Incas:
    The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
    Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
    The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
    Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

    Other Archaeology/sites:
    Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
    Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

    Movies:
    The Secret of the Incas (1957)
    The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
    Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

     

  • About Your Flights

    Airline Seat Assignments

    As a courtesy service, airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of passenger number. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows "N/A". Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on this display. At the time that Valencia Travel Cusco documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please email us at the following: info@valenciatravelcusco.com.

    Luggage

    Although luggage sizes are now fairly standard, each airline does have specific requirements based upon the route and aircraft size.
    Valencia Travel Cusco land tour packages allow for one piece of luggage per person plus a carry-on bag. Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings. Therefore, you must report any loss or damage items immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.

    Code-share Flights

    If your flight itinerary displays a flight as "Operated By" another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the "Operated By" airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

    Airline Flights

    Please check in at least three to four hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time.

    Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

    The Transportation and Safety Administration

    The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three to four hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.

    About Business Class Airfares
    Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.

    Peru Domestic Flights
    The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Valencia Travel Cusco). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change.
    A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.

    Frequent Flier Programs

    Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

     

  • Oficial papers:

    • Valid and Original passport
    • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

    Sleeping Gear:

    • Sleeping bag (can be hire from Valencia Travel Cusco)
    • Thermal rest mattress ( To be upgrade)

    Clothing:

    • Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
    • Fleece pants or tights.
    • Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool.
    • Hiking pants.
    • Hiking shorts.
    • Long-sleeve shirts.
    • T-shirts.
    • Underwear and casual socks.
    • Hiking socks.
    • Liner socks, synthetic.
    • Swimminsuit.

    Clothing accessories:

    • Cap.
    • Fleece hat.
    • Bandana.
    • Fleece gloves.
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

    Footwear:

    • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread.
    • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.

    Travel Accessories:

    • Bottle of water or Camelback.
    • Flash light.
    • Watch with alarm or travel clock.
    • 2 roll of toilet paper.
    • Sunglasses and retainer strap.
    • Sun block and lip balm.
    • Toiletry kit.
    • Small Washcloth.
    • Personal first-aid kit.
    • Hand sanitizer gel.
    • Insect repellent and appropriate clothing for mosquitos.
    • Several Ziploc plastic bags.

    Extra money for:

    • Drinks.
    • Tip or gratitude to Guide, Cook, and porters.
    • Souvenirs.

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