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The Lares Trek - Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu


 

Wonderful best option Instead the Classic 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

(A great hike from Lares to Quishuarani – Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Town and final day includes a  full day tour of Machu Picchu Inka city)
 

Lares to Machu Picchu
Lares to Machu Picchu
THIS IS FOR YOU: We have a great 4 days program option, ending at Machu Picchu, having on the last day a full day time between 7 a.m. till 2 p.m. to completely enjoy the great Inkan City, that means you will see Machu Picchu before the crowded trains arrive, good for pictures of the scenery without all those people and enough time for those looking to climb the holy mountain of Huayna Picchu (1:40 minutes round trip approx.), or a quiet hike to the temple of the Moon which is located behind Huayna Picchu (1 hr 50 min. round trip approx.)

Introduction
Trekking in this area takes you into the remote and rarely visited Lares Valley with the spectacular backdrop of the Urubamba Mountains. The Urubamba range lies to east of the Sacred Valley. It stretches for 30km, and has several snow-capped peaks, the best know of which is Veronica (5,750m), the most prominent snow peak that can be seen from the Machu Picchu train. The Urubamba range in its entirety is seen at its best from the road between Cusco and Urubamba. This is one of my all time favourite views. The Lares Valley lies to the east of the Urubamba range and its easily accessible from Cusco. The Area offers moderately strenuous trekking, though small mountain villages, crossing passes of over 4,000m with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon. The trek, described here, gives you the rare snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon. The trek, described here, gives you the rare opportunity to see how the Quechua-speaking Indians of the high mountain villages live by farming potatoes and oca, and herding llamas and alpacas on the inhospitable flanks of the towering peaks.

The Lares Valley is particularly well know for its very high-quality, brightly coloured weavings and characteristic upturned hats, many of the popular tourist markets being supplied from here. There are several variations on this trek which you can do according to how much time you have available. Even in the dry season be prepared fro bad weather. Although in this area always people not far away, they often don't speak Spanish. If you want to take mules or porters and a guide you will probably have to organise it through one of the agencies in Cusco.

(From Peru and Bolivia, The Bradt Trekking Guide)

The trek itself is rated moderate, similar to the Inca Trail. There are, however, One pass over 4000m so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude. If arriving from sea level then plan on spending at least 2 days in Cusco and the surroundings before undertaking the trek. Welcome to the Lares Trek through the Sacred Valley – a stunning trip designed to avoid the crowds found on the traditional Inca Trail, with ample opportunities for viewing wildlife, meeting locals, and immersing yourself in ancient surroundings.

Please Note: We do offer two options of Services, find below all detailed information of the 02 options, Thanks:
1.-Private One
2.-Shared Service
Please find the differences below, thanks.

 


1.- Lares Valley to Machu Picchu Private Service 4 days (LMP405)


 

Departures are available through the year. However, due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is between March - December.

Lares - Llamas
Lares - Llamas

Prices are per person 2013: 2 persons US$530, 3 persons US$480,
4 persons US$460, 5 - 7 persons US$430, 8 - 12 persons US$410,

We can offer a US$15 discount to students with a valid International Student Identity Card ISIC and children under the age of 12 years old.
(University ID or Youth Travel cards NOT valid)

Group Size: Please note that this is a private group trek. This means that if there are just two of you interested in doing this trek, the trek will be organized just for you i.e. US$530 per person. Obviously with more people in your group the cost per person becomes more economical. We do not add other people to you trek and unfortunately it is not possible to join another group

Departures: To suit group requirements March - December
Minimum 02 passengers at the time of departure (actually we are o.k. if you are 02 people, we can leave any day which is fine for your plans)

With this option you can depart on any day of the week that suits you best including Sundays.

Payment details: We will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$200 per person payable within 04 days of Andean Life confirming your trek booking. The deposit is to be paid by Our VISA Payment On-Line, Western Union money transfer and Mail Order System, these are our  fastest & most secure form of payments in Peru.
Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email. The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles), or American Express Travel Cheques (3%)or by VISA (7.5% surcharge - VISA's cost not ours).

For a trek deposit Payment On-line by Amex and Master Credit Cards, please let Us know by email and we will send ASAP further details about how to proceed with it, thanks.
 



 

2.- Lares Valley to Machu Picchu Shared Service 4 days (LMP406)


NEW PRICE:

Prices are per person 2013: US$480
Minimum 02 passenger at the time of departure

We can offer a US$15 discount to students with a valid International Student Identity Card ISIC and children under the age of 12 years old.

Group Size: Please note that this is a shared service group trek and offers visitors the most economical method to trek the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu. A Shared service is basically a group that you can just join. You'll be trekking with like-minded hikers from all over the world, a great chance to meet new friends and travel companions

Fixed Departures 2013: Every Day

Payment details: We will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$200 per person payable within 06 days of Andean Life confirming your trek booking. The deposit is to be paid by Our VISA Payment On-Line, Western Union money transfer and Mail Order System, these are our  fastest & most secure form of payments in Peru. Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email. The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles), or American Express Travel Cheques (3%) or by VISA (7.5% surcharge - VISA's cost not ours).

For a trek deposit Payment On-line by Amex and Master Credit Cards, please let Us know by email and we will send ASAP further details about how to proceed with it, thanks.

 


What is included: (in both options,1,2, Private Service and Shared  Service)

What is not included: (in both options,1,2, Private Service and Shared  Service)

What you need to bring/carry: (in both options,1,2, Private Service and Shared  Service)


Options: (in both options,1,2, Private Service and Shared Service)


(1) Personal horse for riding while on the trek with and extra cost of US$50, you can have a personal horse to ride any time you may need.
(2) Single room at Aguas Calientes town (evening on day 3) the accommodations at Aguas Calientes on the 3th night is based on double or triple occupancy
(DWB or TWB). If a client would like to have a single room, need to add US$15.00 to the base price of the tour. You must decide if you want to have a single room in advance and let Us know when making your trek reservation since we need to purchase the hotel booking in advance as well. You cannot decide it at a later date or once you arrive in Cusco.
(3) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. It is best to make your hotel reservation directly. The web page www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/hotels/machupicchu  has some good recommendations and contact details.
(4) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(5) Sleeping bag hire. If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the the to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$15 per person for the 3 day trek.

Reservation details: All trek reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance (however 65-20 days in advance is recommended especially during the months of Arpil, May, June, July, August and September)
 

Other information: (in both options,1,2, Private Service and Shared Service)


(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.
 

(2) Time of arrival in Cusco. Unless you plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 9pm on the 4th day of the trek. This tickets are subject to availability and at times of high demand we may have to change your departure to an alternative service / departure time without prior notice departing on the someday as stated in your service voucher.  This alternative service may run only as far as Ollantaytambo, in which case we will  provide transport for you back to your hotel in Cusco. If the service is more expensive Andean life will pay additional cost. This applies to return by train only and Andean life will not be responsible for additional costs associated wit returning to Cusco in any other form. If it is your decision to change to a different service or different date you must inform us at the time of purchasing the trek and pay any additional cost yourselves.

(3) If any of the third party costs listed above change to increase the cost of the trek we will immediately update the trek price listed on our website (apart from the exchange rate which can continue to go up and down throughout the year so the website will not be updated to reflect these cost changes). Clients will be liable for paying any increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco.

(4) Trek Itinerary: For a detailed description of our 4 day trekking itinerary see below.

(5)
Andean Life Trek Cancellation Policy (in both options,1,2, Private Service and Shared Service)

1. The trek deposit must be paid prior to the date shown on the trek confirmation email. Clients must email Andean Life to confirm that they have paid the deposit. Failure to pay the deposit and/or inform us of the deposit payment details before this date will result in automatic trek cancellation.
2. The trek balance must be paid in the Andean Life office prior to 8pm, at least 2 days prior to trek departure. Failure to pay the trek balance prior to this time will result in trek cancellation.
3. Trek cancellations made between payment of trek deposit and 8pm, 2 days prior to trek departure date: Return of all payments made, less the trek deposit of US$200 per person, less any costs associated with receiving and returning the payment.
4. Trek cancellations made after 8pm, 2 days prior to trek departure: No cash refund. However we will give to your Machu Picchu entrance ticket, your bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and your round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco (approximate value US$150). Please note that the client will be responsible for changing the dates of any of these tickets (if necessary) and any costs associated with such changes.

In all instances of trek cancellation by the client Andean Life will provide written confirmation of the cancellation and details of any payments lost so as to be used in the event of any insurance claim made by the client.


Trekking Itinerary 2013


Day 1.- Cusco - Calca - Lares village (3100 m.a.s.l.) - hot springs - Quishuarani, (3700 m.a.s.l.)
We will leave from Cusco, by early morning. and then we will travel by bus to Calca, there we take a bus up to Lares Valley.
Once we get the town you will have the chance to enjoy the great hot springs and have a good break for about 1: 30 minutes (Aprox.) refreshing yourself. Lunch is provided there as well.
Then we will go by bus again (20 minutes travel aprox.) to the beginning of the trip know as Pascana and there we will start the hike to Quishuarani (2.30 hours hike aprox.) there we will set up, our campsite, here there is nice chance to meet the locals “campesinos” and share some time together getting weaving exhibition and lessons about its ancient techniques.
This is a beautiful day with stunning views and great landscapes and the experience to visit along the path several Andean villages, and have a chat with the local people. (L/D)

Day 2 .- From Quishuarani to Cancha Cancha (3800 m.a.s.l.)
Early wake Up, breakfast, and start the hike. This Second Day is going to be the largest day (7 hours hike aprox.) with of course a midday lunch break.
We start our ascent to the highest point of the circuit, of course at your own speed and own pass, The climb is pretty hard until the pass of Pachacutec (4450 m.a.s.l.) but with an indescribable panoramic views of snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon and the surrounding snow peaks plus stunning landscapes from the summit are definitely worthwhile, after the pass we hike down hill for about 2.30 hours. Lovely day and chance to see Andean Wild Life and Flowers, Camp at Cancha Cancha. (B/L/D)

Day 3 .- From Cancha Cancha to Huaran and then Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town by train (2000 m.a.s.l.)
After a delicious breakfast we start our easy hike, down hill for about 5 hours (approx.) hiking to Huaran, there we will take a transport as far as Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train (by 12:55 p.m.) in order to get Aguas Calientes town (14:40 min. travel approx.), overnight in a hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 4 .- Machu Picchu (2400 m.a.s.l.) - Cusco (3400 m.a.s.l.) :
Early wake Up (by 05: 30 a.m.), Breakfast and after to leave our Luggage at the
Hotel, we will take the early Tourist bus Up to Machu Picchu, of Course with a guide English speaking, Usually we use to get Machu Picchu by 6: 50 a.m., so from this time we will be able to visit Machu Picchu of course at this time Machu Picchu is pretty empty and we will have the best chance to enjoy the beauty and the magic of Machu Picchu, because at this time is quiet.
A guided tour of about 2: 30 hours, and then you will have "happy hour time", to explore by yourself the whole site for about 3 hours and there is time as well to climb Huayna Picchu mountain and get the best view over Machu Picchu it takes 1: 40 minutes round trip time, or option to go to the temple of the moon which is located behind Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Then We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 14:00 at the latest (assuming train departs at 15:55). Buses depart every 15 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times.
Getting Cusco city by 8:20 p.m aprox,( these can change) there we will provide transfer to Your Hostel, End of the services.

To Make a Lares Valley 4 day Group Trek Reservation CLICK HERE




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Home | About Us | Responsible Tourism | Useful Travel Information | Photo Gallery | Testimonials | Links | Contact Us
INCA TRAIL TREKS: Inca Trail (4D) | Inca Trail Private (4D) | Inca Trail (5D) | Short Inca Trail (2D) | Salkantay (6D) | Inca Trail (3D)
ALTERNATIVE TREKS: Lares Valley (4D) | Salkantay (5D) | Mandor Pampa (2D) | Ausangate (6D) | Choquequirao (4D) | Choquequirao (5D) | Choquequirao (8D)
OTHER SERVICES:  Jungle trips to Manu | Jungle trips Tambopata | Biking Tours | Cusco city tour | Sacred valley tour | White water rafting
TRAVEL INFORMATION: Booking Flights | Weather | Health | Machu Picchu | Choquequirao | Hotels | About Cusco | About Peru | Calendar Events of Cusco | Community
INCA TRAIL INFORMATIONS: Inca Trail Introductions / Inca Trail Day 1 / Inca Trail Day 2 / Inca Trail Day 3 / Inca Trail Day 4 / Weather & Trek Preparations / Services & Prices

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