Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 9 days / 8 nights
Day 1: Lima – Arrive to Lima from overseas.
After the International flight from Home you will arrive in Lima, where our representative will be waiting for you and transfer you to your hotel.
Stay overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Miraflores, or Similar.
Day 2: Lima – Cusco – City tour
Morning flight to Cusco, at 11,023 ft. Capital of the Inca Empire. Here you’ll meet your guide for your Cusco tour at the Cusco airport pickup and be transferred to your hotel, after, you will have a morning guided tour to visit the historic sites of Cusco, the colonial Cathedral and the impressive Santo Domingo Church. We will then transfer you to the nearby Archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman with its megalithic stone Walls; Qenqo, with its carved stone surfaces and subterranean altars; and the water temple Tambo Machay. Drive back to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection, or similar.
After breakfast at the Hotel, you begin with your tour visiting the nearby Archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman with its megalithic stone Walls; Qenqo, with its carved stone surfaces and subterranean altars; and the water temple Tambo Machay. The trip will continue with the llama farm, here you will have the chance to admire the different species of South American Camelot Such us Llamas, Alpacas, and Vicuñas. After which we will make a short stop at the Taray view point from where we will take pictures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Pisaq for lunch and them we will have time to explorer the traditional and colorful.
Market of Pisaq, one of the best textile markets in the Andes. There, you’ll be able to look for souvenirs and learn about the local culture, the tour will finish visiting Pisaq another amazing Inca City.
Overnight at the Hotel Pisaq Inn, or similar.
We will leave Pisaq early in the morning; we travel by private van through the Sacred Valley to the town of Calca. From there, we wind up the valley to the trailhead at the semi-tropical village of Lares (3100m). Here we have lunch and relax after the drive with a soak in the hot springs. After lunch, we hike along a stream to the traditional Andean village of Huacahuasi, where the locals produce traditional textiles such as ponchos, hats, and other tempting goods.
Our first campsite will be around Huacahuasi.
Day 5: Huacahuasi – Queuñaqocha
Leaving the village, we begin a steady climb through grasslands to the highest pass on the route, Abra Huacahuasi at 4600m. From the pass we take in the views of the snow-capped peak of Pumahuanka, Mount Veronica. Following on, we cross the second high pass of Wayruruyoc qasa at 4600m. We see spectacular views of Aruraycocha Lake, situated at 4380m. Where our lunch is will be waiting for us; this afternoon we continue on to Queuñaqocha where will spend the night with spectacular view of Salkantay and Veronica mountains. Our second campsite will be Queuñaqocha.
In the morning we continue downhill. Along the way, we pass viewpoints with excellent vistas of the broad valley, herds of alpacas and llamas, farms, cacti and bromeliads as we get closer to the Sacred Valley. We arrive in the community of Huilloc (11500ft.), one of the few villages of direct descendants of the Incas, this will be our first stop. We will see the unspoiled traditional daily activities of the local way of life. Continuing on, we follow the ancient trail to arrive at Marcawasi and Ollantaytambo at 9,200 ft. where we will have lunch. This is a small town with impressive Inca remains, here you will enjoyed another guided experience.
Overnight at Pakaritampu Hotel or similar.
Day 7: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
Morning, transfer from your hotel to the train Station at Ollantaytambo where you will take the train ride to the Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) at 7000 ft. The scenery during the ride down the Urubamba Valley changes from mountain vegetation to cloud forest. Arrival at the train station after 2 hours, check in to the Hotel and then Lunch, after which we will take a half hour bus ride that will bring you to the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu (8,040 ft.). Once here, your Guide will give you an afternoon guided tour at the Citadel, return to Aguas Calientes town by bus at time of your choice.
Overnight at Casa Andina Machu Picchu Hotel or similar.
This Day we will take a half hour bus ride that will bring you to the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu (8,040 ft.). Once here, your Guide will give you an early morning guided tour at the Citadel, Lunch at the town of Aguas Calientes before the train ride back to the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
Overnight stay at Casa Andina, Private Collection Hotel or Similar.
Day 9: Cusco – Lima – Home
After a Delicious breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport in Cusco where you will take your flight to Lima, and Home.
End of this Amazing Andean Adventure.