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The Lares valley trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures, and Machu Picchu on the 4th Day. The trek will take you through stunning Mountain scenery, over high passes, and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. The fourth day you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide. Altitude: 2850 - 4400 m. / 9350 - 14436 f. High season: Whole year Duration: 4 days / 3 nights Level of difficulty: Normal / Moderate

1° day : Cusco - Huaca Casi pass - Lares Hot Springs - Huacawasi
At approximately 7am we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares where we will start hiking. During this journey we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where you will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other supplies you forgot. Your guide might advise you to buy some bread to hand out to the children you will meet during the trek. When arriving at Lares we will visit the hot springs where you will be able to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare a wonderful lunch. After lunch we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). During 3 hours you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day when we will reach the highest point of the trek. The first night we will spend the night at the house of our horsemen who are joining us on the trip. At arrival your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot thee before having dinner. Transport time: 4 hours Hiking time: 4 hours Climate during the day: Warm Climate during the night: Cold
2° day : Huacawasi - Sondor - Paso Sacsayllame - Aruray Cocha - Yurak Cocha - Miski Unu
After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Sacsayllame at 4400m or 14435 feet. The hike will take about 4 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone will certainly be able to reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views. Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass a beautiful lagoon before having lunch next to the river. You will be able to recuperate while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you. Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the "Queuñas" (Polylepis),a typical three from Peru. This walk will take about 1 hour before reaching our campsite at Miski Unu (3550m/11646f). A wonderful place in the middle of nowhere where you will receive hot thee and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner. Hiking time: 7 hours Climate during day/night: Cold
3° day : Miski Unu - Queshuarchalloc - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Today will be another spectacular day when walking downhill through different forests. You will be able to enjoy the rich biodiversity and change of fauna and flora during this 3 hour walk that will end in the Sacred Valley of the Inca's. Watch out, when walking in the forest there are lots of mosquitos. We will enjoy our last lunch in Queshuarchalloc where we will say goodbye to the Horsemen and cooks. After lunch we will take a local bus to get to Ollantaytambo. We will visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo before having dinner at a local restaurant. At 7pm we will take the train to reach our final destination of the day, the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hostal or hotel. Hiking time: 4 hours Transport time: half an hour Climate: Warm
4° day : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:10 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit. Climate: moderate warm
Price
2 / 8 travelers : 625 USD

Prices are per person and are expressed in U.S. dollars.

The service includes

Transport Transport from the hotel to Valle de Lares Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English) High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite, Cima 4, extra light/4.5kgs for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent). Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian) Cook and cooking equipment Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg) Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons) First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

The service does not include

Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one) Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for 12 U.S. dollars or you could have the option to walk down which takes about 1 hour.

Trip notes

**Notes Campsites are subject to change according to trekking operator**. This trek is considered level 2 (on a scale of 1 to 5); it’s a hike for everyone. The trek itself is rated moderate; however there are two passes over 4,500 meters/14,760 feet above sea level, so it is essential that you be 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. PeruEtico doesn’t organize this trek directly. We work with a serious, professional agency that respects the wage and working conditions of its employees. At 7 p.m. on the night before departure, in your hotel in Cusco, you’ll have a briefing with a PeruEtico representative and your guide for the trek. All PeruEtico tours require a project contribution, even if, as in this case, they don’t include a visit to the projects we support. We invite you to get to know the organizations and the children when you come to Cusco (Hogar de las Estrellas and Mosoq Runa) and Lima (CEPROF). From your arrival in Peru onward, any additional cost due to variation of the program will be charged (net cost plus agency fee). **Extra** If you want to ride a horse during the entire long walk, you can rent it by USD 90 for the first 3 days (You couldn’t ride in descent). From 2 to more would be USD 75 per horse. Student with ISIC card have - USD 20 of discount. If you want to sleep alone in the tent you have to add + USD 20 per person. We rent sleeping bags of -10°C = USD 20 per all the trekking. If you want to sleep in single room in Aguas Calientes you have to add + USD 35 per person. If you want to go up Huayna Picchu Mountain you have to add + USD 15 per person.

What to bring

Backpack with rain shelter. Sleeping bag Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket. Rain pants and lightweight pants. Trekking shoes. Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs). Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater. Long- and short-sleeved polo's/T-Shirts. Rain poncho and a hat. Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes). Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper. Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries. Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit. Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles. Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won't dry at night. So take some clothes to change.