Take an alternate trekking route from Cusco to Machu Picchu during this 7-day, 6-night hike through the Lares trekking route. Pass through the Peruvian Andes' green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes, and high passes, as you enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks rising up to almost 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). Pass through several small villages and learn about the area's Incan history before finishing your journey at Machu Picchu, which you'll explore with a guide at sunrise. This adventure includes airport and hotel pickups, site entrance fees, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, accommodations, camping gear, and porters and mules to carry gear.
- Day 1 Arrive in Lima and Fly to Cuzco
After your arrival in Cusco, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport to transport you to your hotel. Where you will spend the night. Then, you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings.
- Day 2 Open day at leisure
You may opt to take the Sacred Valley tour at an additional cost and visit Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and the Chinchero market. Otherwise, you can explore Cusco on your own and get acclimated to the altitude.
- Day 3 Time to start our adventure, on the way to Lares Valley
You'll depart from Cusco early in the morning and travel to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. After 4 hours of driving, arrive at the Quechua community of Patakancha, where people live like their Incan ancestors in stone and adobe homes with thatched roofs. The locals weave much of their clothing, work the land with foot ploughs and live off their llamas and alpacas as they are used as porters. Visit the community and school, then meet your trekking crew, load your kit, and start your hike. Lunch and dinner are included on this day.
- Day 4 Huacahuasi - Lares Hot springs
After breakfast, descend for about three hours until you reach the community of Huacahuasi. Trek for 3-4 hours to the hot springs near the colonial village of Lares, where your camp is set up. Take a refreshing bath at the famous hot springs before enjoying dinner and a good sleep in your tent.
- Day 5 Lares - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes!
Board a bus will early in the morning for a 2-hour drive to a short trail by the Totora canyon. Rest and have lunch in the Incan town of Ollantaytambo before taking a train to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. Spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, and soak in the hot springs if you wish.
- Day 6 Machu Picchu in its Glory – big day!
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up at 5:40am for the bus ride up to majestic Machu Picchu. Catch the sunrise and begin your 2-hour walking tour with a guide. After the tour, explore the mysterious city on your own before meeting your guide back in Aguas Calientes to have lunch and to get your train tickets back to Cusco.
- Day 7 Bye Bye Cusco and Fly to Lima!
On your last day (Day 7), you'll have a free day in Cusco before being transferred to the airport to take your flight back to Lima. This incredible trekking adventure includes airport and hotel pickups, site entrance fees, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, accommodations, camping gear, and porters and mules to carry gear.