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Lares Valley Cultural Trek (3 Days)

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Tour Details
Lares Valley Cultural Trek

Lares Valley Cultural Trek is offers a rewarding trekking experience from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It takes you to some of the remote communities of Andean highlands. 

This is completely an off road experience. Hiking through the less trodden road, you will be crossing many Andean farms. Here the locals have preserved their age old traditions and customs. They are untouched with modernity. Most of our campsites are closer to these villages. 

The locals you will be encountering are known for knitting. You will see them wearing their traditional colourful outfits. This is the best option for those wanting to indulge in a cultural experience while witnessing the captivating beauty of Andes on their way to Machu Picchu. This is one of the best alternatives to the Classic Inca Trail.

Lares Cultural Trek is an high altitude trek. This involves over a two high mountain passes. We highly recommend you to spend at-least three days in Cusco, before the trek. This would help you acclimatise and avoid altitude sickness during the trek. 

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

Encuentros Peru Adventure is a specialised outdoor adventure company based in Cusco. We are a team of locals. Our dedicated guides have a wealth of knowledge about the history and traditions. Trekking and mountaineering is our passion. We have been in the Andes since we were kids. On any treks with us we offer an authentic local experience. 

Our crew are certified tourism professionals. They have knowledge on first aid and using Oxygen cans. We are certain to offer you an experience of a lifetime. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Cusco hotel transfer
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu $15 extra)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • Toilet tent
  • Toilet paper, pack-in & pack out
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private transport from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Train ticket (expedition service) Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round Trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic hotel
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes) Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US $16 per personal applies Breakfast on the first morning
  • Entrance to Lares hot springs
  • Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Lares - Maranpqui

At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Lares. This small town is home to the hot springs. So while you will be taking a refreshing dip here, we will be organising your things on our mule. Later, we will gather for lunch. During lunch, our guide will be introducing you to the rest of our crew.

After a nutritious lunch, we will start the Lares Valley Cultural Trek with a gradual uphill hike to a remote village called Maranpaqui. It is a highland village snuggled in between the snow capped Andean peaks. We will be camping here for the night. 

  • Total Distance: 9 KMs
  • Duration of trek: 5 Hours
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 3100 metres
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4000 metres 

Day 2Maranpaqui - Chaullacocha

We will be waking you up to a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. Then we will be serving you a nutritious breakfast. We will be then trekking up to Collquepata Pass.. It is a t 4400 metres above sea level. The route on this leg of the trek is beautiful. We will be crossing many remote highland farms and glacial lakes. 

We will be then gradually descending to Chaullacocha village. Here we will be stopping for lunch at a local community. Our guides will be introducing you to their way of life and culture. After relishing on a freshly prepared lunch, we will be visiting a small village school. This is the day you will be getting a closer look at the remote Andean culture. The local people here are very welcoming.

We will be camping near the community centre for the night. 

  • Total Distance – 14 KMs
  • Duration of trek: 8 Hours
  • Minimum Altitude of the day: 4000 metres
  • Maximum Altitude of the day: 4450 metres 

Day 3Chaullacocha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Rise and Shine! This is the most action packed day of the Lares Valley Cultural Trek. After an early breakfast, we will be driving you from the village to Ollantaytambo. Here we will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Then we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel from here. 

Our local expert will assist you in walking through the security control. Here you will have to present your original passport and your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. Once inside the citadel, our local expert will be giving you a two hours guided tour of the lost city of Incas. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. You will need to have a prior booking to hike these mountains. 

Alternatively, you can walk to Sun Gate. It offers a captivating view of Machu Picchu. This view is exclusive to those who are entering the Incan citadel on Inca Trail. 

After visiting Machu Picchu, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Then you will be boarding a train to Ollantaytambo train station. Our local representative will be meeting you and will be transferring back to your hotel in Cusco.

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Rita Diaz

Couple Traveller

Exceptional tour. Me and my husband, we had a memorable experience. It was nice to see the local communities and their way of living. Jose Luis is a very informative guide. We recommend this.

February 11, 2020