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The Lares Trek

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the worlds best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the regions ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so youre free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Latin America

Duration: 7 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Trekking, Hiking, History, Local Culture & Cuisine Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158453
Starts: Cusco, Peru Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Cusco
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note: hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative

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Day 2: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and the small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.
Private Vehicle (95km)

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Day 3: Lares Trek (1B, 1L, 1D)

The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

Additional Notes:
The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)
Cuncani Community Campsite

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

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Day 4: Lares Trek (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)

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Day 5: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day)
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
    • Guided Lares trek hike with cooks and porters (3 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares trek
    • Aguas Calientes stay
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), camping (2 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private van, hiking
    Group Leader
    • G Representative in Cusco, specialist trekking CEO on hike
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Tour Highlights:
  • Soak in the views and culture of the Sacred Valley
  • Learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets
  • Conquer the Lares trek and visit Machu Picchu.