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Lares

OVERVIEW

      The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable and lesser-known trek combining amazing mountain scenery, glacial lagoons, valley bottom cloud-forest and authentic Quechua textile and llama-herding communities. You start in the village of Lares, where you’ll have the opportunity to take a dip in fabulous local hot springs. We end up at the Sacred Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. This is a unique hike connecting you directly with traditional Andean people who want to share their lifestyle and culture.

Inclusions:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and private transport to the trailhead in the Lares Valley
  • Healing Activity – Offering to the Earth Mother or Blessing by an Andean Priest for protection during your trek
  • Professional bilingual guide, English / Spanish (2 guides for groups over 8 people)
  • Horsemen and horses to carry camping equipment and food
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • All meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). A vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost)
  • Camping equipment (tents, dining tent, cooking tent, toilet tent, and stools), plus two-man sleeping tents. Our tents are 3-season and highly maintained to ensure excellent performance in the field.
  • One foam mattress per person
  • Hostal in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 emergency horse for every 6 people
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing.
  • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch if requested in advance.
  • First aid kit, including an emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Train ticket from: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets.
  • Return bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth)
Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch on the last day.
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, only 10 minutes from the village center. These are a great way to relax at the end of the trip as we await the return train to Cusco. The entrance fee is S/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be rented in Aguas Calientes.
  • Any additional expenses not mentioned.

You should bring:

  • A backpack with extra clothes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
  • Appropriate hiking footwear.
  • Camera, batteries, extra memory cards.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Hat to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Moisturizer for face and body.
  • Insect repellent, minimum 20% DEET. There is no malaria or Zika risk.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruit, etc.
  • 2 liters of water.
  • Swimsuit if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Cash in Peruvian soles and / or dollars.
  • Original passport.
  • Original International Student card in case you have applied for a student discount.
  • Optional: walking sticks.


OVERVIEW

     Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable and lesser-known trek combining amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest and authentic Quechua textile communities to end up in the village of Lares, complete with traditional Andean cultures, llama-hearding communities and the opportunity to take a dip in fabulous local hot springs. This is a unique hike connecting you directly with the Andean people, sharing with you their traditional life-style and culture.


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