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Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 1,899

Embark on an adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, journeying to Incan ruins each day and staying in mountain lodges each night. Expert guides will tailor your hike to your interests as you visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.


This 5-day Peruvian vacation takes you on a mountain trek through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. It features moderate accommodations in mountain lodges each night, small-group tours, and is ideal for adventure travellers.

Your journey begins in Cusco, where you’ll venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Each day of the hike, you’ll have several options to consider, with your guides tailoring your hike to your interests. On the first day, hike from the village of Amaru to Viacha or spend some time in the famous textile centres of Pisac, seeing the weaving process of Peru’s famous Andean fabrics and getting up close with the adorable llamas and alpacas that provide the wool. In the afternoon, hike to the Pisac archaeological site to see its cascading Incan terraces. The next day, visit the small town of Lamay and venture in the Lares Valley to see the hillside ruins of Ancasmarca.

Continue further into the Sacred Valley, choosing between a morning hike to the ruins of Pumamkarka or an exploration of Huilloc and the nearby shepherding community. You can then hike by foot or drive to Ollantaytambo, the living Incan town overshadowed by the ruins of a massive fortress. The following morning, you can arise for an early hiking to the storage ruins overlooking the town. You’ll then explore the fortress ruins on the opposing hillside before riding the train to Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu.

On your final day, you’ll ride up the mountainside and explore Machu Picchu, the famed lost city of the Incas. Head on a guided tour through the mountaintop ruins and gaze out upon the cloud-draped mountains surrounding it. You’ll also have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to enjoy fabulous views of the citadel and the surrounding mountains. After your tour, descend the mountain, ride the train back to Ollantaytambo, and eventually return to Cusco to close out your hiking journey.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,899

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Day 1

Exploring Pisaq

After an early breakfast, your MLP guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to begin your journey from the busy streets of Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, full of lush green fields surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Start your day with either an invigorating hike from the village of Amaru to the community of Viacha, or a visit to the Awanakancha textile center followed by an exploration of the lively town and colorful artisan marketplace of Pisaq. Midday, both cultural explorers and hikers will reunite to enjoy exclusive access to the remote community of Viacha to learn about Andean artisanal farming and enjoy a traditional Pachamanca lunch.

Afterwards, either hike or drive to the Pisaq archaeological site, an afternoon excursion that offers the unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds.

Day 1 Activity Options:

Cultural (morning): Excursion to Awanakancha for an introduction to traditional Andean textile weaving techniques and an up-close visit with some friendly llamas, alpacas, and vicunas, all camelids indigenous to both this region and other high-altitude regions throughout Peru. Next, visit the town of Pisaq for a brief tour and time explore the unique goods for sale in its colorful artisan marketplace.

Active (morning): Hike from the village of Amaru to the community of Viacha. Approximately 3 hours. Moderate. 14,200' / 4,328 m

All-Group Activity: Traditional Pachmanca lunch and demonstration of Andean farming practices with the locals, followed by an optional hike (or drive) and guided exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Lamay Lodge

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    Lamay Lodge



    Located at the edge of the quaint village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley, the Lamay Lodge blends traditional heritage with original contemporary design. The large garden on the grounds is the center of activities and an excellent place to soak in the Andean Mountain ...

    Located at the edge of the quaint village of Lamay in the Sacred Valley, the Lamay Lodge blends traditional heritage with original contemporary design. The large garden on the grounds is the center of activities and an excellent place to soak in the Andean Mountain views. A large Jacuzzi is an ideal place to relax at the end of a long day of adventuring.

    An inventive menu of international and Peruvian cuisine provide a refreshing take on the region's most iconic dishes. All offerings are locally sourced, from organic coffee blends to healthy snacks.

    Facilities

    • Hot Tub
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Into the Heart of Lares

The day begins with a visit to the small town of Lamay followed by a scenic drive into the heart of the Lares Valley. Your first stop will be Ancasmarca for a guided tour of this seldom-visited archaeological site. Afterwards, choose a visit with the expert textile weavers in the remote village of Choquecancha or a hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where both groups meet again to spend the night. Huacahuasi Lodge is operated by members of the local community through a joint venture aimed at protecting the area's cultural heritage and natural environment - a partnership that demonstrates the evolving role of traditional Andean communities in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.

Day 2 Activity Options:

All-Group Cultural Activity (morning): Explore the town of Lamay and visit the archaeological site of Ancasmarca.

Cultural (afternoon): Visit to the remote village of Choquecancha where you will have the opportunity to meet the locals and learn from the community's expert textile weavers.

Active (afternoon):
Option A: Hike from Quelquena to Huacahuasi. Approximately 2.5 hours. Easy to moderate. 14,200' / 4,328 m
Option B: Hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi. Approximately 4 hours. Moderate. 13,838' / 4,219 m

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Huacahuasi Lodge

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    Huacahuasi Lodge



    Built into the side of the valley, perched above the small town of Huacahuasi lies your respite from a day of adventuring. The lodge has 8 rooms, each with a private bathroom and terrace with seating and a personal hot tub. The rest of the ...

    Built into the side of the valley, perched above the small town of Huacahuasi lies your respite from a day of adventuring. The lodge has 8 rooms, each with a private bathroom and terrace with seating and a personal hot tub. The rest of the lodge is open plan and has a restaurant, bar and communal outdoor hot tub.

    The women working at the lodge are from the local Huacahuasi community and dress in traditional clothes.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Hot Tub

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Day 3

The Road to Ollantaytambo

Begin the day with a scenic drive to the community of Huilloc. From there, choose a morning hike from the village of Huilloc to the historic ruins of Pumamarka, or an extended visit to Huilloc and the nearby sheepherding community of Marcacocha before regrouping for lunch and a midday exploration of the Pumamarka ruins. After lunch, choose to hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo or drive and spend the afternoon exploring Ollantaytambo's maze-like alleys and passageways.
Note: Afternoon hikers will meet the rest of the group at the hotel upon arrival in the Sacred Valley.

Day 3 Activity Options:

Cultural: Visit the village of Huilloc and community of Marcacocha to participate in a traditional Andean ceremony to honor Pachamama (Mother Earth) and her blessings for the health of the community livestock. Continue on to Pumamarka for an all-group tour of the archaeological site and picnic lunch. After lunch, explore the farming terraces on your way to Ollantaytambo.

Active (morning): Hike from Huilloc to Pumamarka. Approximately 3 hours. Moderate
Afternoon: Hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo. Approximately 3 hours. Moderate

Optional All-Group Activity (late afternoon): Visit a locally sourced Sacred Valley craft brewery (subject to additional cost).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kuychi Rumi Lodge

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    Kuychi Rumi Lodge



    K'uychi Rumi (The Rainbow Stone in the Quechua language), offers a very special accommodation alternative for your stay in Peru. Six (6) luxurious, rustic Andean-houses, surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards are nestled at the foot of some of the most picturesque mountain peaks. Conveniently ...

    K'uychi Rumi (The Rainbow Stone in the Quechua language), offers a very special accommodation alternative for your stay in Peru. Six (6) luxurious, rustic Andean-houses, surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards are nestled at the foot of some of the most picturesque mountain peaks. Conveniently located in the quaint town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, only one-hour drive from the historic, world famous, Cusco - the capital of the ancient Inca Empire.

    Only minutes away from the train station that will take you on the unforgettable, one-hour scenic-ride to Machu Pichu - The Lost City of the Incas.

    Facilities

    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi

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Day 4

Discovering Ollantaytambo

Today, early risers can choose a pre-tour hike to the Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for a magnificent view of the archaeological site and the adjacent lush Urubamba Valley. Afterwards, the entire group will meet at the entrance of the site for a guided exploration of this revered Inca ceremonial center including its historical context, strategic architectural planning, and mystical attributes.

Midday, you will embark on a scenic train ride (approximately 1.5 hours) along the Urubamba River to the charming town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Day 4 Activity Options:
Active (early morning):
Option A: Hike up Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo. Approximately 1.5 hours. Moderate
Option B: Hike up Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo. Approximately 2.5 hours. Moderate to challenging

All-Group Cultural Activity (morning): Guided exploration of the Ollantaytambo archeological site.

Optional: Hike on the classic Inca Trail, from KM 104 to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu (subject to additional cost). Approximately 6 hours. Moderate to challenging
*Note: Replaces the standard program day itinerary; this activity must be booked upon confirmation of your Lares Adventure departure date in order to secure the necessary permits.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo



    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set on 12 serene mountainside acres of natural paradise in Machu Picchu village. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two story whitewashed ...

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set on 12 serene mountainside acres of natural paradise in Machu Picchu village. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two story whitewashed casitas. Every hotel casita provides authentic Andean ambience.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 5

The Citadel of Machu Picchu

Your journey to Machu Picchu begins with a rollicking morning uphill bus ride. As you enter the citadel, prepare to be awed by the imposing, skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among others. After a two-hour guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own, including a hike up Huayna Picchu*, the iconic mountain that looms over the citadel, or Machu Picchu Mountain** for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River Valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.

At some point, be sure to take a moment and sit quietly - listen to the wind, meditate, and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. After the visit, you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before the return train ride to Ollantaytambo (approximately 1.5 hours) and sunset drive to your hotel in Cusco (approximately 1.5 hours).

As night falls and you arrive amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation that will linger long after your journey home.

*Entrance time - Huayna Picchu: 10:30am
*Note: Permits for Huayna Picchu are subject to availability; please consult with your destination specialist when you confirm your reservation.
**Note: In the event that Huayna Picchu permits are not available for your desired date, Machu Picchu Mountain (the second peak within the sanctuary) permits will be secured instead.

Day 5 Activity Options:

All-Group Cultural Activity (morning): Guided exploration of the Machu Picchu citadel (7,872'/ 2,400m).

Cultural (late morning): Free time for further exploration.

Active (late morning): Hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Approximately 2.5 hours. Moderate to challenging 8,924' / 2,720 m

Accommodation in Cusco on the last night is NOT INCLUDED

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES
  • Transportation during all program days
  • 4 or 6 nights lodging *
  • All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on the last day of the program
  • Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours are led in English.
  • Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archeological sites
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu (including entrance fee and transportation to site).
  • Train service to Aguas Calientes
  • Filtered water, tea, coffee, juice, and soft drinks at all lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included).
  • Gratuities for the staff at the lodges and the staff in the field. Note: Gratuities for your guide are not included and are at your discretion. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Trekking groups operate with a minimum of 2 walkers up to a maximum of 16. Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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3 Dec 2019
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