Cusco & The Authentic Lares Community Trek

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Overview

Eight incredible days that will take you to discover one of the oldest civilizations in the world. We start our trip in the beautiful city of Cusco, which in it´s streets retains a magical and unique architecture style. It´s history, gastronomy, social life and culture, makes this stop, one of the most visited cities in South America and the most demanded of every visitor who decides to visit Peru. We will continue our way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will visit different communities in the area, during the tour we will see archaeological remains representative of Tahuantinsuyo. The Sacred Valley has a biodiversity of landscapes, and an overview of what the vast Andean culture is. Leaving from the Sacred Valley, on the fi­rst day we walk on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna, including indigenous plants used for natural dyes. The next day we begin a steep ascent towards Pachacutec pass surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha. From the pass, we follow the slowly descending trail, with a permanent view of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani and Chicon snowcapped mountains. On the third day we see the Chicon glacier and “the 7 lakes” with huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl, and enjoy the medicinal waters of Lares hot springs. We invite you to review the full itinerary and observe the many incredible things you can discover along the way. Do not forget to check our tips on the left side of this window, we want you in good condition. See you on the road!

Duration

5 Days / 4 Nights

Season

March – December

Departures

Saturdays

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco & The Sacred Valley

After your arrival to the city of Cusco, we will go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way we will stop at South American Camelid weaving demonstration center. You will arrive to Pisaq and will have the opportunity to walk through the handcraft Market of Pisaq, lunch is at a local restaurant. On the way to the hotel we will make a stop at Incari, a Pre-Colombian museum that holds information on not only Cusco’s but ancient Peruvian cultures. Dinner on your own.

Day 2Communities at the Sacred Valley

This day you will visit various communities in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will learn about their customs and traditions, such as weaving, farming, etc.

Day 3Community of Cancha Cancha

We leave Pisaq by bus until arriving at Huaran creek (2,950 m / 9,676ft). Here we start to hike up a small side valley that narrows gradually while ascending on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna. After a 3 hour hike, we will arrive at Cancha Cancha (4,000m / 13,192ft.), where we will be received with locally prepared food and have the opportunity to see an insight into the Traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community. (Duration 3h / Distance 6km). L/D

Day 4Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani

After breakfast we start slowly uphill until reaching Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha Community, where shepherds live in typical stone and ichu (straw) roof huts. We begin a steep ascent towards Pachacutec pass (4,697m /15,406ft), surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha. From the pass, we follow a trail that slowly descends, with a permanent view of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani and Chicon snowcapped mountains. Traverse Collaycocha Lake (4,200m. /16,000ft.), reaching a waterfall approaching the Community of Quiswarani (3,902m / 12,798ft.), where we will camp enjoying traditional food and spending our time with children and women weavers. (Time: 6 h/Distance: 9Km). B/L/D

Day 5Quiswarani / Cuncani / Baños termales de Lares

As we leave our campsite, and head towards the Huillquijasa pass (4,457 m. / 14,618 ft.) we will see the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and “the 7 lakes” full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl. Over the highest point we continue downhill until we reach the community of Cuncani (3,886 m/12,746 ft.), a picturesque village, similar to the previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the “Royal Panakas”, an Inca sect. After our picnic lunch we will continue past a narrow valley, full of spectacular giant stones, to reach the Trapiche Valley floor, with the trail slowly descending until we arrive at the Lares hot springs (3261 m / 10,696 ft.), where we will camp and enjoy the medicinal waters. (Duration: 6 hours / Distance: 12Km). B/L/D

Day 6Lares / Machupicchu

Enjoy the Hot Springs in Lares before you are picked up to be taken to Ollantaytambo where you will have a nice lunch at a local restaurant, and then take the train that leads to Aguas Calientes. We will leave our baggage at the hotel, and then visit the citadel of Machu Picchu in the afternoon, where you will enjoy a magical sunset.

Day 7Machupicchu / Valle Sagrado

Early in the morning we will climb to visit the rest of the citadel of Machu Picchu and Waynapicchu mountain (opcional), guided tour in the morning and then you will have time to visit the archaeological site on your own. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and take an early train back to Ollantaytambo. If you return early, you can also visit Ollantaytambo. Overnight at Sacred Valley

Day 8Maras & Moray

We continue our route to Moray, a very unique archaeological site in the region, where enormous natural depressions or hollows in the ground surface were used for constructing irrigated farming terraces around them. What is surprising is that the difference of average annual temperature between the top and the bottom reaches even about 15°C (59°F) in the main depression that is about 30 mts (100 feet) deep. In these natural formations, nature has created environmental conditions or micro climates. Similarly, in modern times people create in greenhouses or hothouses. Towards the northwest of the Maras village are the famous “salt mines”, where a considerable volume of solid salt is obtained; about 10 cms. (4 inches) high from the floor. Picnic lunch. In the early afternoon we will return to our hotel. B/PL

Day 9Cusco & City Tour

Leaving early by vehicle we wind our way on the road to Sacsayhuaman, a vast fortress built on three platforms, overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site of worship with a high rock carved into the shape of a Puma, which dominates a series of canals, passageways painted with animals. The road continues uphill to reach Puka-Pucara and Tambomachay, a site with Inca baths. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas – The Cathedral, The Inca walls with its 12 angled stone and the Sun Temple of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Temple. At the end of the walk through the city you will end at your Hotel in Cusco. B

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WHAT TO TAKE

Transportation by vehicle from hotel to the start of the trek, double occupancy tents with Thermarest sleeping pads, porters, kitchen crew and necessary camping gear with all meals included during trek, bilingual guide on the trek who will handle the first aid kit, full day guided visit to Machu Picchu and lunch on day 5, transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy station back to Cusco B- Breakfast / BL- Boxed Lunch / L- Lunch / D- Dinner

Inca Trail entrance fee. Return train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Hotel and dinner in Machu Picchu Village on day 5, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable), sleeping bags, hiking boots and other personal gear.

  • Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers
  • Lightweight pants
  • Regular and long underwear (at over 13,000 ft./4,000 masl)
  • Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down
  • Light cap and wool hat
  • Rain poncho (or rain gear)
  • Water bottle
  • Light gloves
  • Medium weight socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-5º to 0ºC)
  • Small daypack
  • Strong waterproof duffel bag
  • Sunglasses, Sun block, lip balm
  • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
  • Towel
  • Personal First-Aid Kit. On each trip we carry a medical Kit but we suggest a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. A knee and ankle brace are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.

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