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US$575 Per Person

LARES-5 DAYS

This trek combines Peru’s magnificent scenery and exotic wildlife with visits to local communities known for their world-renowned weaving and crafts. Leaving the Sacred Valley, we follow an original Inca trail, admiring the variety of native flora and fauna, including brilliant indigenous plants weavers use for dye. The next day we begin a steep ascent towards Pachacutec Pass (4,697 mt /15,406 ft), surrounded by breathtaking views of beautiful lakes. From the pass, our gentle ascent reveals dramatic vistas of the snow-capped peaks of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani, and Chicon. On the third day we see the turquoise Chicon glacier and the seven lakes with native waterfowl such as flamingos. Later, we’ll relax in the medicinal waters of Lares hot springs before our journey to Machu Picchu, for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the “Lost City of the Incas.” Earthbound Adventures won’t let you miss a thing.

This Is a tour is a 5 days trek which the last night will be in a hostle at Machu Picchu town also known as Aguas Calientes.

Dificulty
: Moderate
Tour Code
: LAR5
Activities
: Camping and hiking
Group Tour
: US$580 Per Person
Departures
: Weakly
Private
: 1 person: $1,204, 2 persons: $760, 3 persons: $720, 4 persons:
5379, 5 persons: $541, 6 persons: $437, 7-10 persons: $400.
Seasson
: January-December
Start – End
: Cusco Includes Machu Picchu and backpackers train back to Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha Community (3,800 mt/12.464 ft)

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 a.m. for the drive to Pisaq and Huaran Creek (2,950 mt/9,676 ft). We hike for three hours on an original Inca trail, pausing to examine and photograph exotic flowers and wildlife. At Cancha Cancha (4,000 mt/13,192 ft.), residents welcome us with samples of traditional cuisine while sharing stories of their history, culture, and daily life in the 21stcentury. We will make camp (Duration: 3 hours / Distance: 6 Km/3.8mil). Meals: L, D.

Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani

After breakfast, we hike slowly uphill to Accopata, an extension of the Cancha Cancha Community, where shepherds live in typical stone and ichu (straw) roof huts. Here we begin a rather steep ascent toward Pachacutec Pass (4,697 mt/15,406 ft), with gorgeous views of the unusually pale, blue-green Azulcocha and Suerococha lakes. From the pass, we follow a trail that slowly descends, with panoramic vistas of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani, and Chicon peaks. We traverse Collaycocha Lake (4,200 mt/16,000 ft.), reaching a waterfall near the Community of Quiswarani (3,902 mt/12,798 ft.). Here we rest and make camp, enjoying traditional cuisine and the company of local children and women weavers. Be sure to bring extra cash to purchase their exquisite artistic creations. (Time: 6 hours / Distance: 9 km/5.5mil). Meals: B, L, D.

Day 3: Quiswarani – Cuncani (3,800 mt/12,464 ft)

As we leave our campsite heading toward the Huillquijasa Pass (4,457 mt/14,618 ft.), we’ll have wonderful views of the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and the seven lakes teaming with Andean geese, ibis, and flamingos. Over the summit, we continue downhill until we reach the Community of Cuncani (3,886 mt/12,746 ft.), a picturesque village similar to the previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the Royal Panakas, a fascinating Inca sect. After our picnic lunch, we continue through a narrow valley full of spectacular gigantic boulders, to reach the Trapiche Valley floor. In the afternoon we continue through the ever-changing puna with lakes, farms, and roaming deer, until we arrive in Cuncani 3 hours later, where we will have a hearty supper and settle in for the night.. (Time 6 hours/Distance 9 km/5.6mil). Meals: B,L,D.

Day 4: Cuncani –Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We leave Cuncani at 8.00 a.m. to walk through a fertile valley with lush vegetation and farming communities. Few places in the world are home to such a rainbow of begonias and wild orchids. After this delightful 2-hour walk, we arrive in Lares (3,261 mt/10,696 ft.), capital of the district of the same name. The principle attraction is its hot springs, where hikers enjoy a leisurely and soothing dip. After lunch, a private car takes us to Ollantaytambo where we catch the train around 4:00 p.m. to Aguas Calientes. We’ll spend a restful night in a real bed in a hotel. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

In order to see Machu Picchu at its best, this day begins with an extra-early wake-up call at 5:30 a.m. We will eat a hot breakfast and store our luggage at the hotel. The early tourist bus takes us to Machu Picchu. At dawn, the ruins are not as crowded, so we’ll have the best chance to experience their magic. After a guided tour of about 2-½ hours, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore the whole site by yourself. There is time to climb Huayna Picchu mountain to get the best view of Machu Picchu, as it takes little more than 1-½ hours round trip. Or you may choose to visit the Temple of the Moon, located behind Huayna Picchu. Meals: B

PRICING

Group Service: US$580 Per Person

Private Service Per Person:

  • 2 People: US$730
  • 3 People: US$705
  • 4 People: US$660
  • 5 People: US$635
  • 6 People: US$605
  • 7 People: US$580
  • 8-10 People: US$575
  • 7 People: US$5

Included:

  • Transfers to and From Cusco
  • Train ticket from Aguas Caliente to Cusco (backpacker train)
  • Short bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • 3 nights camping, 1 night in a Hostel (private room)
  • Large, double-occupancy tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, latrine tent
  • Sleeping bag/mat ($30 refundable deposit)
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 1 spare horse
  • Meals as in itinerary: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Oxygen tank

Not Included

  • Breakfast 1st Day/Dinner last day
  • Taxes, tips, international airfare and personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodations in the city

Gear list

  • Passport
  • Backpack or duffle bag
  • Warm clothing/thermals
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled water
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, film and batteries
  • Change of clothes/shorts, T-shirts, pants, long sleeve shirts, socks andunderwear.

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