Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Your guides will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco, to take you to your hotel. You will have a free afternoon to explore the historic town of Cusco. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Camera's at the ready!

Meals included: Not included

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Visit the Sacred Valley

An early start, but totally worth it! Today you will visit the Sacred Valley, gaining some insight into the Inca history. It really sets the scene for the days ahead. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas the Incas settled and there are many remians here that they left behind.

In the afternoon you will visit the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture and explore the local handcraft market. The vibrant colours instantly hit you as you are surrounded by beautiful peruvian clothing and other handcrafts. Here is one of the best places to get your suveniours!

Finally, you will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, were you will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3: Begin the Lares Trek

It will be an early start today (A common theme for this trip), with a drive through the Sacred Valley and the incredible Andes mountains. Arriving at Lares for breakfast, you will have an opportunity to relax in some of the beautiful hot springs. Some are freezing though so you may want to dip your toe in first! 

From here you will have a short drive to the start of your trek. Passing through the Potato Valley, there will be an abundance of local history and rich local culture. Raul, your local guide will tell you all about it!

Before arriving in camp, your horsemen will do a ceremoney with the Llamas. An animal that was considered sacred to the Inca's and fundamental to their economy. If you are not a fan of Llama's then maybe this trip is not for you. They are very curious animals and will follow you for most of the day!

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation: Camping 

Distance: 10km

 

 

Day 4: Quaswarani to Cancha Cancha Village (3750m)

Unzipping your tent in the monring, the views of the lake and Kiswarani Valley will take your breath away! The local people will already be up and about, taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze.

Making your way to the top of Pachacute pass, you will zigzag your way up the mountain until you reach its summit with amazing views from above the clouds. You will then start to decend towards El Mirador where you will enjoy lunch.

After lunch, you will continue along the trail to the village of Cancha Cancha, which is the only village that does not have modern technology. In this Incan village, 85 percent of the houses are still composed of original, ancient construction, made of stone, with grass-thatched roofs. Unlike any other village in the Lares Valley, this village where has no electricity or cars. Here, you will enjoy the wilderness in all its glory. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation: Camping 

Distance: 14km

Day 5: Cancha Cancha - Maras Salt Mine - Aguas Calientes

Raul, our guide is an absolute star! Waking me up with a hot chocolate is exactly what i needed after yesterdays long hike!

Feeling refreshed and ready to go, you will start the day off with amazing scenery and its all downhill! Passing through traditional Inca land and the sacred valley, it is easy to forget all about the tired legs.  

From here, you say goodbye and thank you to your porters before trekking your way through the Salineras salt pans, in the town of Maras. Here, at 11,000 feet above sea level, a salt water spring gushes forth and spills down the side of the mountain. Over 3,000 small evaporation chambers have been created and look as if they are tumbling down the mountainside. These have been in use since pre-Incan times. The salt is said to have healing properties because it is loaded with natural minerals, some of it even comes out pink.

In the evening, you will enjoy a well deserved dinner and catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Upon your arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will check-in to your hotel, enjoy a nice shower and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation: Hotel

Distance: 9km

Day 6: Machu Pichu - The Lost City of the Inca's 

Today is the most magical day! All the pictures you have seen online just don't do it any justice!

Waking up early you will take a 30 minute bus ride up to the gates at Machu Pichu. You will see the Sunrise over the ruins which is just a once in a lifetime experience. You will be given a tour of Mchu Pichu by your guide and then have time to explore this lost city on your own.  In the afternoon, you’ll catch a two hour train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus back to Cusco, where we will transfer you to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Departure Day

Today your guides will say goodbye and wish you safe travels. Your guides will drive you back to the airport to catch your flight home or onwards to your next destination.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

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1. What is included?

Included:

  • Guides and porters
  • Cooks
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • All accommodation (Hotels and camping)
  • All transfers during itinerary
  • Transfers from Cusco Airport
  • Clean water
  • Air matts and pillow for camping, Day pack rain cover, Poncho
  • Guided tour of Machu Pichhu
  • Food on the trek

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Food in Cusco
  • Personal insurance
  • Any tips for porters, guides, cooks

2. Do I need immunisations?

We recommend you check at the Fit for Travel website or your local equivalent.

3. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

4. Do i need a permit?

Unlike the Inca Trail, there are no permit requirements for this remote trek.