7-Day Package with Lares Hike
This package is ideal for those who want to experience Peru’s rich culture and see the most important sites in and around Cusco. You will get to see and learn about the history of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, followed by the beautiful Lares Hike through the Andean mountains. On this hike we will visit local villages and homes and we meet the amazing people who live here and still practice ancient customs. This hike ends with a visit to Machu Picchu before heading back to Cusco.
|Day 1:||Arrival in Cusco, City Tour|
|Day 2:||Sacred Valley|
|Days 3-6:||Lares Hike|
Day 1 – Cusco City Tour. We will pick you up at the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel. You will have some time to settle in, and then we will return at 1:00 pm to start the Cusco City Tour. We will begin the tour at the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Sun Temple, known as the Qoricancha. Here, you can observe detailed and intact architecture, and within the temple you will see smaller temples dedicated to the moon, rainbow, stars, lightning and thunder, among others. Today, the Santo Domingo church stands on top of the temple. From there, we will go to an important religious site called Sacsayhuamán which features immense stones. Although the site was religious, the Spanish considered it a military fortress because of its location and the way it was built. Next, we will visit Qenqo, a site built in a natural rock formation which was created to represent the Andean constellations and the concept of the three worlds, each one representing sacred animals: the condor, puma, and snake. After that we will travel to Puka Pukara, which was a shelter for travelers coming to Cusco from the Amazon. It was also a military center and used to protect the nearby temple located at Tambomachay. Our last stop is Tambomachay, known as the Temple of Water, where the Incas practiced religious traditions tied to water in order to rejuvenate the land. This tradition is known as the fountain of eternal youth. From there, we will return to the city and drop you off at your hotel at around 6:00 pm.
Day 2 – Sacred Valley Tour. We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 8:00 am. In our private vehicle, we will drive to the Animal Refuge which has Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas, condors, and pumas. Afterwards, we will head to one of the most important archaeological sites in the region, called Pisac, to see Inca burial grounds, ancient irrigation systems and astronomical centers. We will hike around the ruins and terraces for about an hour, and after our tour here will then go down to the town of Pisac located at the bottom of the valley. In this town we will first stop by a local silver factory and will see a demonstration of how they process and form beautiful jewelry. Next, we will walk through the cobble-stoned street to the plaza to see locals selling produce and souvenirs in their stands. You will have some free time to browse and do some shopping here as well. After finishing our visit in Pisac, we will drive to the town of Urubamba to have a buffet lunch which includes both delicious Peruvian and Western cuisine. From there, we will head to Ollantaytambo where we will visit the ruins built up on terraces that features massive stones at the top. This site was an important religious and astronomical center, and was also used as a military fortress in one of the biggest battles the Incas had against the Spanish. After this, we will start to head back to Cusco, and on the way we will stop at another local village called Chinchero where we will see the remaining Inca buildings and terraces here that were important for the administration of farming. We will then return to Cusco and will drop you off at your hotel around 6:30 pm. We will then have your briefing for your hike and will go over the itinerary, provide you with your Therm-a-rest air mattress and pillow, and also give you a duffle bag that you can put in up to 8 kg (18 lbs) of your belongings to have the horses carry on the hike.
Day 3 – Lares Hike. We will pick you up at 6:00 am from your hotel in Cusco and take a three-hour drive through the Sacred Valley and will stop in the small town of Calca where we can visit the local market. Then we will continue driving until we reach the start of the trail located in the town of Lares which is at 3,260 meters (10,695 feet). Here you can take a dip in the local medicinal hot springs to warm up your muscles for the hike. After enjoying the pools, we will have lunch right beside the hot springs. Then we will begin hiking and will trek for about 4 hours. We will first ascend for about 30 minutes before arriving to an area that is relatively flat. We will cross a small stream and continue through the valley until we reach the town of Wacawasi. We will see locals wearing traditional clothing that includes colorful ponchos and hats. After passing through the town we will ascend for about 40 minutes up the side of the mountain before reaching our first campsite which is located at 3,880 meters or 12,730 feet.
Day 4 – Lares Hike. The next morning after having breakfast, we will continue to hike uphill for about 3 hours through the highlands until we reach the highest pass of the trail called Ipsayjassa at 4,450 meters (14,600 feet). As we hike to this pass, we will see llamas, alpacas and sheep grazing close by as well as traditional stone houses. At the pass, we will rest and have time to take in the incredible view before descending for about half an hour to a beautiful lake where we will have lunch. From there, we will continue hiking to our campsite for about 2 and a half hours. Our trail will have gradual ascents and descents as we make our way to the village of Patacancha. We will descend down to our next campsite passing by picturesque farmyards and houses. Our campsite sits at 3,700 meters or 12,140 feet, and here we will be able to meet a local family and perhaps even have the chance to try guinea pig if you choose!
Day 5 – Lares Hike to Aguas Calientes. The next day after eating we will take a local car for 40 minutes to Pallata, where we will hike about halfway up the mountain for about 30 minutes to the Inca ruins of Pumamarca. This site was used as administrative center for the area, and after touring the ruins and having time to explore we will continue hiking for about 3 hours around the mountain on a part that is relatively flat. Our trail will take us through a valley and then we will follow an old Inca Trail until we reach Inca terraces. We will then descend until we reach the bottom of the valley where we will follow a path along the river until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have lunch. We will have some time to rest and then will say goodbye to our crew. Then in the afternoon we can visit the main plaza in the town and do a short hike to the Inca Colcas (storehouses) Hike which takes 1 hour in total. Then we will have supper at a local restaurant and in the evening we will take the train to Aguas Calientes which takes about 2 hours. At Aguas Calientes we will take you to your hotel where you can check in and rest for the night.
Day 6 – Machu Picchu. After having an early breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide and take the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 3-hour tour with your guide where you will see and learn about the most important sites including the Temple of the Sun, the main plaza, Intiwatana, and the Temple of the Condor. After your tour, you will have some free time to explore the ruins on your own and take more pictures of this amazing place. When you are ready you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and in the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco where we will pick you up from the train station and drop you off at your hotel.
Day 7 – Departure. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the airport for your departure flight.
Food: We include lunch in the Sacred Valley (drinks are not included) and all meals during the hike (lunch on the sixth day in Aguas Calientes is not included). Your hotels will provide breakfast.
Accommodations: We include the first, second and last nights in a B&B hotel in Cusco (Cusco B&B or Andenes al Cielo), camping during the entire hike, and your B&B hotel in Aguas Calientes (Killa Inn or Panorama B&B). Please note that all hotels are subject to availability. For hotel upgrade options, please see the “Additional Options” tab.
Guide: Your guide will be with you for the Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley, and the multi-day hike. All our guides are licensed and speak fluent English, Spanish, and Quechua.
Transportation: We will provide you with private transportation to and from the airport, as well as to and from our tour destinations. Round trip train tickets in the Expedition service from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco and round trip bus tickets to Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes are also included.
Entrance Fees: The entrance to Machu Picchu is included, as well as the full tourist pass that will admit you into all major archaeological and historic sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
Camping Equipment: We include 2-person North Face Mountain 25 tents, Therm-a-Rest mattress and pillow for each hiker, and all other camping equipment such as a kitchen tent manned by a professional cooking staff, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a bathroom tent. Please note that sleeping bags and trekking poles are not included, although they can be rented from us.
What to Bring
- Original passport and student ISIC card (if applicable)
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us)
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings (the horses will carry the items that you do not need during the day)
- Trekking poles (or you can rent a pair from us)
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Lares or Aguas Calientes)
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals
- Camera and extra batteries
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
- Comfortable hiking clothes
- Bug repellent
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Cap for the sun
- Warm clothes for the nighttime including thermals, warm hat, and gloves
- Travel towel
- Toilet paper
- Water bottle and about 1 liter of water for the first day until lunch, and after that we will supply you with boiled water for the rest of the hike
- Tips for your guide, chef, and horsemen (optional)
Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, there is an additional fee of $25 USD per person for us to buy your entrance ticket. Spaces are limited, so please let us know when booking whether you would like to hike Huayna Picchu, and we will reserve it for you. For information about this hike, please visit our Huayna Picchu page.
Hotel Upgrade: Included in this package are accommodations in comfortable B&B Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes. However, if you would like to upgrade to 3, 4, or 5 star hotels, we offer the following prices and options for a double/matrimonial room:
- 3 Stars: $90 USD per person (Tambo del Arriero or Rumi Punku in Cusco and Hotel Ferre or La Cabaña in Aguas Calientes)
- 4 Stars: $290 USD per person (Costa del Sol or Casa Andina Private Collection in Cusco and Casa del Sol in Aguas Calientes)
- 5 Stars: $600 USD per person (Palacio del Inka or Casa Cartagena in Cusco and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel in Aguas Calientes)
*Please note that all hotels and room types are subject to availability, and that during holidays prices will increase. Also, we work with many hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes, so if there is a specific hotel not listed that you prefer, please let us know and we can provide you with a price. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for upgrade prices for single rooms.
Sleeping Bags: If you would like to rent a sleeping bag from us, the price is $20 USD per person in total for the hike.
Trekking Poles: We recommend taking trekking poles on the hike especially when hiking downhill. If you would like to rent a pair for the whole hike, the price is $15 USD per person.
Private Tent: In our service we include North Face Mountain 25 tents that are 2-person tents. However, if you would like to reserve a private tent the price is $30 USD.
Vistadome Train: Our price includes a return train ticket in the Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco, however, if you would like to upgrade to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $25 USD per person.
Cuy (Guinea Pig): On the second day of your hike you may try eating guinea pig which is a typical Peruvian dish. If you would like to try this dish, the cost is 30 soles for one guinea pig.
Customized Itinerary: Although this is our suggested itinerary for this 7-Day Package, we can personalize your itinerary to better fit your preferences. For example, please let us know if you will be spending more or less than 7 days in Cusco, if there are additional tours you are interested in, and if there are any other services we can help organize for you.
Additional Information: For more information on rules and regulations of Machu Picchu, please see our Rules and Regulations page here. To see information on cancellations and other policies, please see our Cancellations page here.
How to Book
We only require a minimum of 2 people to start this package, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize this package for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the package that you are interested in and the dates when you are available to start.
To reserve your package, please email us at email@example.com with the package you want to do, the date you want to start, and how many people are in your group. We will also need the following information for each traveler:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Date of birth
- Food restrictions (if any)
- Would you like to climb Huayna Picchu for an additional $25 USD per person?
If you would like tickets to climb Huayna Picchu after your tour of Machu Picchu, we will reserve a ticket for you as long as there is availability.
After sending your personal information, the next step is for each person in your group to make a deposit of $500 USD to reserve your package. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. To receive the student discount, you must send an email at the time you reserve your spot with a scan of both sides of your student ISIC card. This is the only student card accepted by the National Park and you can find more information about this student ID on the ISIC website here. The remaining balance is due in Cusco. You may pay in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles) or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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