Lares Trek

4 days / 3 nights
Time stopped here...
Lares Trek

(Machu Picchu) tall city of stepped stone, home at long last of whatever earth had never hidden in her sleeping clothes. In you two lineages that had run parallel met where the cradle both of man and light rocked in a wind of thorms.." (Pablo Neruda, Nobel Prize, Heights of Machu Picchu).

The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was.

The route we offer starts in the village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the hot springs of Lares with a visit to the village of Cuncani along the way. On Day 3 of the trek you take a bus from Lares to Ollantaytambo and then carry on by train to Machu Picchu.


Useful Information:

  • Starting Altitude - 2800m / 9186ft.
  • Highest Altitude - 4780m / 15,682ft.
  • Walking Distance - 34km / 21 miles
  • Longest Day - Day 1, approximately 14km / 8.7 miles
  • Coldest Night - Day 1 around 0º celsius
  • Overall Difficulty - Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).
  • Acclimatization is Recommended***

 

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Map:




Very Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.



Day 1: Cusco - Pumahuanca - Puyoc

Our first day of the trek starts of in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We'll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we'll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.

 

This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it's quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.

Day 2: Puyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani

Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite it's about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2 hour walk right at the beginning.

 

As we make our way to Cuncani we'll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha - Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You'll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.

Day 3: Cuncani - Lares

The focus of today is to meet the local people. Waking up early we'll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we'll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them - hopefully by now you'll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyones delight and amusement). After the visit you'll have the opportunity to give any gifts you've brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.

 

Leaving Cuncani it's just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we'll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we'll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they're easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we'll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we'll catch our train to Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Machu Picchu!

Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Map




Very Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

Includes

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up from Plaza Regocijo
  • Transportation by bus to Pumahuanca and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 Star Hotel on Day 3
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Does Not Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Entrance to Lares hot springs
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What you need to take

  • Original Passport
  • Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Group Service Prices 2018

 

Price per person  US$695.00

 

Discounts:


Student Discount: US$20 (Requires Univeristy Student Card to qualify - you must NOT be older than 25 YO).

 

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University Student card (and be NO older than 25 YO). It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


Under 18's Discount: US$20

Important: Prices Include mules to carry up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings.

 

IMPORTANT: Price is based on a DOUBLE room accomodation.


An aditional
USD 35.00 will be charged for a Single Room if there's no one else to share a double room with or if you are travelling alone.

 

Equipment Rental:
Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$8
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35

 

Optional Extras/Not Included (Need to book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance).
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance).
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance).
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance).

Private Service Prices

  • 2 people     US$ 935 per person
  • 3 people     US$ 875 per person
  • 4 people     US$ 855 per person
  • 5 people     US$ 835 per person
  • 6 people     US$ 825 per person
  • 7 people     US$ 815 per person
  • 8+ people   US$ 695 per person

    Important: Prices Include mules to carry up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings.

Discounts:

Student Discount: US$20 (Requires Studen Card to qualify (and be NO older than 25 Years Old)
Under 18's Discount: US$20

 

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$8
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35


Optional Extras Not Included (Need to book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance).

  • How to book, Group or Private Service:

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

 

By e-mail:

 

Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Llama Path to use either of these dates for your reservation. Llama Path within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.

 

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).

 

Payment of deposit: For any of our Adventure treks ending in Machu Picchu.

We request a non-refundable deposit per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:

  • Full name 
  • Passport number,
  • Gender,
  • Nationality,
  • DOB

 Payment of deposit amount is:

  • US$ 300 per person for the Lares Trek only Or
  • US$ 25 per person for the Lares Trek + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

    Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
  • 7 - 8am or
  • 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.

Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.

Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:

 

1) Paypal: NO Transaction Fees from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to www.paypal.com and if you have an account, enter your account
information (username and password).

Choose the option ´send money´ to: deposits@llamapath.com   (IMPORTANT:
please ensure you choose the option ‘purchase’ and ‘services’. Do not
choose the option ‘personal’).

About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.

 

The Local Payment (Final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (Soles or USA dollars) in our office at least 48 hours prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).

The Local Payment can be paid in cash and in US dollars or Peruvian soles.

 

Cancellations:

  • Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
  • Llama Path must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
  • A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
  • Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).

Travel in Peru: Llama Path operates in regions where standards of accommodation, transport and services might not be those you would normally expect. However we strive, with all due care and skill, to provide the best services for our tourists. Travelling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humour and understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances beyond our control (Force Majeure - see below). By booking any of our tours you agree to Llama Path making necessary changes without liability.

 

FORCE MAJEURE: This is any event that Llama Path could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, Llama Path will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel the trip (this is the last option of course!).

 

Increments in Case of Protests, Strikes (FORCE MAJEURE): In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred. 

 

Risks: By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba, Ausangate, Cachicata trek etc.) you assume the risks associated with them. For these Llama Path accepts no responsibility.

 

Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Please forward a copy/ company name and policy number by email or bring the information when you come to our office.

 

Group Discounts or fee Sacred valley Tour: If there are at least 4 people in your group, you will automatically get either: A $20 per person group discount or a free Sacred Valley tour (a Must Do in Cusco). This discount or free tour is valid for the following adventure trips: Inca Trail 4/3 group service, Lares 4/3 and Salkantay 5/4. Please note that this discount does not apply to private treks or any other trek not mentioned here.

Note: discount does not apply if less than 4 people undertake the trek (if a group member cancels).

 

Holiday or Election Increments: An increment of *$35 per person is applicable for all treks (regardless of group / private option / size of group) leaving during these holidays: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).

An increment is also applicable in order to leave during election days (people are fined in Peru if they do not vote).

We use the increments to pay staff a bonus for leaving on their holiday or it is used to pay the fines.

 

Sending your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Llama Path to use either of these dates for your reservation. Llama Path within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.

 

Sending your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University student card (Maximum age 25 YO) . It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


About Inca Trail Campsites:
 


Please note: Campsites may change (be different from those stated in the website) depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

 

Making a Reservation and payment of deposit:

1. For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 or 7 days (Group or Private Service) or for any of our Adventure treks to Machu Picchu. 

We request a $300 non-refundable deposit per person along with your personal details (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, DOB).

The deposit (Non-refundable) amount is:

 

Classic Inca Trails:


US$ 300 per person for any of our Classic Inca Trail (2 days, 4 days, 5 days, 7 days). Or
US$ 385 per person for any Classic Inca Trail + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

 

Please NOTE: If booking (USD 85.00 extra) a Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain climbing a 6% Pay Pal fee must be paid f or this (USD5.00). 

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; this is US$85.00 per person there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour. 

 

Alternative Inca Trails:

 

US$ 300 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ). Or
US$ 325 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ) + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

 

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time. 

 

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour.

 

IMPORTANT: Price is based on a DOUBLE room accomodation.

An aditional USD 35.00 will be charged for a Single Room if there's no one else to share a double room with or if you are travelling alone.

 

Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:

 

1) Paypal:

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to www.PayPal.com and if you have an account, enter your account information (username and password).

Choose the option ´send money´ to: deposits@llamapath.com   (IMPORTANT: please ensure you choose the option ‘purchase’ and ‘services’. Do not
choose the option ‘personal’).

2) By VISA Card.

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to the homepage on our website (www.llamapath.com), click on ‘payment options’ and follow the instructions.

At the end of the transaction, you will have a screen with an order number. Please send an email confirming deposit and the order number you
have been given.

3. Payment for Peru itineraries of 1 to 3 weeks (Incas and Mountains, Peruvian Highlands, Diverse Peru etc). To secure a reservation of a tour package, it is necessary to make a pre-payment of: 50% of TOTAL package cost, the balance must be paid 2 weeks before your tour starts by PayPal.

About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.

 
The Local Payment (Payment of Final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (USA dollars) in our office at least 48 hours prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).

The Local Payment must be paid in cash and in US dollars.


NOTE:
If paying in Peruvian Soles it will be applicable the Exchange Rate of the Day. ( Aprox. 3.40).

 

Cancellations:

  • Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
  • Llama Path must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • City Tours and Sacred Valley Tours can be cancelled with a 100% refund up to 15 days before the tour starts; 50% up to a week, 25% lose of deposit less than 5 days and 100% lose of deposit if cancellation is made with les than 48 of notice.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
  • A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
  • Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).

 

VERY IMPORTANT (1): We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 3000 metres - in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 3 to 4 days (minimum) before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Diamox can also be helpful - please ask your doctor about this.

 

VERY IMPORTANT (2): We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure as we may need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see Force Majeure above).

We hope you have a wonderful time with us !!


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