The spectacular Lares valley lies just beyond the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The short drive from Cusco will immerse you into an ancient Andean life where hardy locals herd llamas and plant potatoes as they have for centuries amidst beautiful Andean surroundings. Their incredibly bright, high-quality woven red clothes are startling against the mountain background. The expedition itself is an interesting mixture of spectacular mountain scenery, glacial lakes, waterfalls, high plains, hot springs and charming Andean villages. The views of the snow topped peaks of Veronica, Chicon, Pitusiray and Sawasiray keep us company most of the way. The lovely hot-springs at Lares village are another highlight along with a cultural weaving experience at Huilloc. The final location of the Pumamarca ruins and the superb walk down on an original Inca trail along massive, remarkably well-preserved Inca terraces to the back entrance of Ollantaytambo completes this satisfying trek. It is also unique amongst Andean trekking in that vehicle support may be used at several points en-route. This gives extra flexibility with the trek route, allowing us to make for a superbly luxurious camping experience and gives us extra security in case of any emergencies. The trek easily combines allowing us to meet the afternoon train to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo, and includes an overnight in Aguas Calientes allowing us to explore Machu Picchu in depth the following day with a private guide before catching the train back to Cusco. It is recommended to arrive at least one day earlier in Cusco to allow for acclimatization and to enjoy some of the amazing history and culture that Cusco has to offer.
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|13 June 201726 June 2017||10 days||£400 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependant) Self funded £1,925 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
- International flights to Cusco.
- Pick up and drop off to airport.
- 5 nights in hotels.
- local qualified guides and 360 guide UK to UK
- Transport to the Trail head in private vehicle.
- All camping and cooking equipment: this includes Thermarests, spacious two-person tents, dining tent and toilet tent.
- An emergency first-aid kit and oxygen.
- A qualified, English-speaking guide, all porters, a cook team and on-hand vehicle.
- The Skydome / Vistadome train to /from Machu Picchu.
- A guided tour in Machu Picchu.
- All entrances including camping fees, Lares Hot-springs, Pumamarca and Machu Picchu.
- A bus transfers between the ruins, a 4* hotel in Machu ¨Picchu Pueblo.
- Porters’ entrances, transport & insurance.
- All meals provided are indicated in the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
- Personal belongings
- Sleeping bag (available for rent at $10 a night)
- Personal expenses
- Entrance to Ollantaytambo, Huayna Picchu (approx. $15) & Machu Picchu mountain (approx. $10).
Fly from London Heathrow to Lima, Peru.
After your international flight to Lima we will jump on a plane for the scenic one hour flight in the Andes to Cusco. This is the stunning old capital of the Incan Empire. Conquered by the Spanish in the 15th century, many Incan foundations are still there holding up the Spanish colonial buildings that range from magnificent cathedrals to sadly neglected courtyards. We can also visit the local markets and try some of the unusual fruits that come from the jungle not so far away, and the chocolate too. This evening's meal could include a tasting of the local delicacies such as stuffed hot peppers, guinea pig and fish. Stay in hotel
Today we will take a hike through the amazing countryside surrounding Cusco. This will give us time to acclimatise to the relatively high altitude. The options are boundless and include ambling through old Incan ruins, local farming country and passing through small villages with their colourful clothing and traditional houses. Lunch will be eaten somewhere with a view to tire the cameras and inspire us for the next day. We will return to Cusco for the evening and prepare ourselves for the coming adventure.
Cusco - Lares
Departing Cusco early we descend into the Sacred Valley before heading high into the Andes from Calca. In just under two hours we leave the vehicles and start our acclimatisation hike up an ancient Inca trail, through a narrow canyon where Inca burial tombs can still be seen. This is a perfect hike to allow clients to experience first hand the effects of trekking at altitude. We meet our bus further up the valley and transfer over a 4,200m pass to the small village of Lares, where there are some awesome hot-springs. Here we can enjoy a good soak in the “Banos del Inca” – The Inca Baths – a selection of perfectly heated pools. The final short transfer then takes us to Huacahuasi where we camp for the night.
Huacahuasi - Patacancha – Huilloc
We set off to climb over a 4,100m pass and descend towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We take it slowly, stopping beside beautiful lakes with the aim of arriving at the pass just after lunch for spectacular views of the snowy mount Veronica. After taking lunch at lake Ispay Cocha our trekking path borders the native tree reforestation project of ECOAN: this restored eco-system is home to several endangered birds. We then descend following an old mule trail to Patacancha and so to the village of Huilloc, famous as being the home of many of the traditional porters working on the Inca Trail. We camp on the local football pitch, surrounded by the colourfully dressed locals. Where we have the chance to barter for fine weavings.
Huilloc – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo
The start of our walk today is a short sharp climb bringing us to the impressive and rarely visited ruins of Pumamarca. After visiting this extensive site, and after having lunch we follow an ancient Inca trail along the many terraces of the Huilloc valley as we wind our way through eucalyptus forests, ending our trail nearby the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo. We overnight in a hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Train to KM104 and hike to Machu Picchu
We start early in the morning and transfer to the train station for the beautiful journey towards Machu Picchu. The train takes an hour and quarter and at KM104 we alight, and start our walk past the interesting ruins at Chachabamba. Following an ancient Inca trail, we ascend through tropical cloud forest and climb high above the roaring Urubamba River. An initially challenging ascent is replaced by satisfaction as we reach Wiñay Wayna, a beautiful Inca ruin full of swallows and orchids. We enjoy a picnic lunch and, time permitting, visit these impressive ruins before joining what is generally considered to be the most spectacular part of the Inca Trail. The contouring path through the fascinating cloud forest leads to Inti Puncu, ‘the gateway of the Sun’ and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We savour the moment, take photos and then descend to the colourful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (until recently Aguas Calientes), checking in to our hotel for the night. Hopefully we have the energy to visit the extensive artisan market and enjoy the lively restaurants and bars.
Machu Picchu Tour and Return To Cusco
Coordinating with your guide as to what time you want to get up, a short bus ride takes you direct to the "Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu". Once there, your guide gives you an extensive walking tour of the ruin and explains the fascinating history of the Incas. If time permits you may wish to explore further to the Inca Bridge, walk back up the Inca Trail to the sun gate or try the strenuous climb up Huayna Pichu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an awe-inspiring condor's eye view of Machu Picchu. (Due to permit restrictions and extra costs involved, please let us know at the time of booking if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.) Some may prefer to just relax and take in the stunning location. We catch an afternoon bus to Machu Picchu town and transfer to the train station, where you can catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and onwards to Cusco for a transfer to your hotel.
Depart for UK
Depart Cusco for our short flight to Lima where we catch our onward flight back to the UK
1 * 4 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Daysack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Waterproof Rucksack Cover
1 * Buff Or Scarf
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
1 * Woolly Hat
1 * Base Layers
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Gilet
1 * Gloves
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
1 * Mid Layer
1 * Outer Layer
1 * Shorts
1 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * Trainers
1 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Insect Repellent
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Water Purification
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1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Entertainment
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Money
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1 * Penknife
1 * Snacks
1 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
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