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Cusco – Lares - Short Inca Trail
Short Inca Trail – Cusco
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 2 - 10

Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail 4 Days

Explore the charming colonial town of Cusco before embarking on the Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail 4 days. Spend two nights camping in the Andean Mountain as you follow the path of the ancient Incas making your journey along the Weaver’s Way route. Along the way you will enjoy visits to ancient ruins, Snow peaks Mountains, beautiful lakes and the culturally rich Andean communities of Kishuarany and Canchacancha. After 2 night sleeping in the Peruvian mountains we wake early to embark on a full day of hiking on the famous Inca Trail! You’ll twist and wind your way through the stunning cloud forest, finally ending with your descent into the ruins of Machu Picchu. Spend the night in Aguas Calientes and return to the explore the ancient citadel the following morning . Later that same afternoon you’ll take the return train back to Cusco for your final evening.

Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail – Overview

  • 1 Day Cusco – Quishuarany– Cancha Cancha 
  • 2 Day – Cancha Cancha – Condor pass – Huaran
  • 3 Day Huaran – Short Inca Trail hike – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu
  • 4 Day Guided Tour at Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco
Itinerary

DAY 1:Cusco – Wishuarany - Cancha Cancha

We will pick you up from your hotel by 6 am and them we drive you all the way to Kiswarani for about 3 hrs them you will have change to meet your horseman before your trek star.Your trekking will begin with a two-hour gradual uphill hike, until lunch at our first village, Kiswarani. They consider this part of the hike the potato valley section, where people farm many varieties of organic potatoes. Your guide will also point out some indigenous medicinal plants growing along the way. Lunch will be excellent and prepared by your trekking chef.

After lunch, our horsemen (llameros) will do a ceremony with llamas showcasing these beautiful animals. Llamas were considered sacred to the Incas and fundamental to their economy. Our llameros will introduce you to these animals and discuss their importance and why owning one was a sign of privilege. Today they are disappearing, constantly breaded with smaller animals. We hope to continue the tradition of the Incas and give some llamas work. We do this to support the community that helps protect them. Llamas are pleasant to walk with and are friendly animals. Just don´t get too close, they might try to kiss you.

You will also have time to explore the village and visit some local homes, where you will learn about the lifestyle and ancient traditions of the local people. If there is time, we will visit the schoolhouse where the kids still speak Quecha, their native language. You may also bring toys, notebooks, or school supplies to distribute. Perhaps you may even teach them a few words in English. It will be another two hours, gradually uphill hiking until we arrive at the campsite. There you will be welcomed by our trekking staff, who will have your tents set up. We’ll enjoy some hot drinks, as the sky darkens and the stars start appearing. Finally, you will enjoy a lovely dinner prepared on-site. If you want to keep star-gazing, you may stay up for a while longer or, if you’d rather, you can turn in to your tent.

Trekking Distance: 10 km/ 6.21371 miles

Camp Elevation: 3,850 meters / 1,2631 ft

Accomodation: Camp

Food: Lunch / Dinner

 

Day 2Cancha Cancha - Condor pass - Huaran

Today you will be woken up around 5 a.m., with our service of hot drinks. You will have spectacular views of the colorful lake and the valley of Kiswarani. You will see the local people will already be up and about, taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze. Breakfast will be served once you have finished packing your gear. Then we’ll fill up our water bottles, organize snacks, and you will begin your expedition to Machu Picchu. It will be a three or four-hour climb to get to the summit of the mountain. This pass is called Pachacute, or Condor Pass. We’ll zigzag our way up to compensate for the steep uphill. The views of the area are stunning. You will see lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. We will have an emergency horse to ride in case you are tired. Once you arrive at the Condor Pass, you will be above the clouds, above the mountain peaks, and the surrounding 360-degree views are astounding. In front of you will be the beautiful mountain of Pitusiray, which is at 5,700 m/ 18,700 ft high, and the Condor pass is at 4,680 m/ 15,354 ft high. Afterward, we will enjoy a hot drink service that your porters will carry with them. We will take advantage of some phenomenal photo opportunities and start our descent.

You will begin the one hour, downhill, descent towards El Mirador (Vista Point), where you will enjoy lunch. There will be some llamas grazing nearby. After lunch, you will hike the last three hours downhill, with fantastic views of many lakes, llamas, and alpacas, before arriving at your campsite, the village of Cancha Cancha, which is the only village that does not have modern technology. Located at (3,750 m / 12,303 ft), where people still practice original Inca traditions. In this Incan village, 85 percent of the houses are still built by ancient construction methods, made of stone and grass-thatched roofs. Unlike any other village in the Lares Valley, this village has no electricity or cars. Here, you will not only enjoy the wilderness, but your porters will also set up your tents. You will have some time to meet with the local children. We provide them with food and school supplies, so we invite our travelers to share this support in the education and the health of this native village. You can bring anything you would like to give to these Quechuan-speaking children that you think they could use for school or home. When you are done, your guide will take you to one of the local family’s houses, where you will learn about the lifestyle of the locals. You will see how they raise their guinea pigs, and learn about the traditional hand-woven textiles made of llama and alpaca wool. In the evening you will enjoy hot drinks and dinner.

Walking Distance: 14 km/8 miles

hight Elevation: 4,680 meters / 13,723 ft

Camp Elevation: 3,750 meters / 12,303 ft

Weather: Cold

Food: breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 3Huaran - Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu

At 6:10 am we depart Ollantaytambo train station to Km 104, which is the beginning of the trail. At Km 104 the train stops to get off and go walking to the main checkpoint for the respective registration, this place is located at an elevation of 2,150 m/ 7,052 ft, after the registration we will walk for a couple of minutes and we will reach the first Incan site called Chachabamba that consists in having temples, the main patio, sacred rock, etc. In which, our guide will deliver a great information about this site. Afterward, we will continue walking gradually uphill enjoying the spectacular sceneries until reaching the Wiñaywayna Incan temple whose meaning is “forever young”, where our guide will deliver you a great history of the site. After the exploration of Incan temple, we’ll take our snacks or packed lunch at the Checkpoint of Wiñaywayna. We’ll then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours, entering in this wonder of the world through the Gate of the Sun, from where we’ll have the first views of the famed Incan city, and take our time to make great shots from this point. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we’ll take our time to make great shots of the Incan city, as the afternoon is usually with fewer people. We’ll then take the bus to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll stay at cozy hotel Cabaña, and have dinner at the restaurant (this dinner is not included).

  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles.
  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 2,150 m / 7,052 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate.

Day 4Guided Tour at Machu Picchu - Back to Cusco

Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will issue for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm). If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead.
After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.

INCLUDED
  • A pre-trek briefing the night before the start of your Lares trek short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • One English-speaking guide.
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead.
  • Horses and Horseman guides. Horses are for carrying supplies and 8 kg / 16 pounds of your personal items.
  • Camping equipment along the Lares valley hike.
  • 1-night accommodation in Aguas calientes town (Based on Double / Triple room).
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 (the trailhead of short Inca trail).
  • A box lunch for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu ruins – Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fee of Machu Picchu.
  • Private guided tour at Machu Picchu Inca citadel.
  • 3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2-afternoon tea, and 3 dinners.
  • 4-person capacity tents. 2 people will be assigned per tent.
  • Foam sleeping mattress.
  • Water supply (boiled) after every meal.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • A duffle bag, to put in your personal belonging, which will be carried by pack horses.
  • First Aid Kit & oxygen bottle.
Doesn`t Includes
  • Sleeping bag, (you might rent from us).
  • Hiking poles (you might rent from us).
  • Entrance to the hot spring.
  • Entrance ticket of Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Gratuities for the crew (muleteers, cook, guide).
  • Hotel accommodations in Cusco.
  • Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes (There are several tourist restaurants that you can choose for you).
  • Personal expenses (Internet access along the trail, laundry personal taxis)
  • Travel insurance, we strongly recommend you to bring copies with you of travel and health insurance to protect:
What do I need to bring?
  • Original passport & valid International Student Card (ISIC, if applicable), some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (the recommendation is a rating of at least minus 10°c.)
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof). Sneakers are acceptable but expect to get wet
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn.
  • Trekking poles with rubber covers. Without rubber covers, they will be of limited use.
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Headlamp.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Deep or mosquito repellent.
  • Day Pack: We provide a duffle bag, to put in some personal belonging that will no use during the day, and it will be carried by pack horses, and you will need a small daypack for carrying your water, snacks, camera, rain gear, and layers, sunscreen and bug spray, meds every day. Note: Maximum allowed in Machu Picchu is 30 liters, but the smaller the better.
  • Rain gear: (you need to have a rain gear. From April- Oct is dry season and from Nov-Mar is the wet season. Just keep in mind that it can rain any time of the year in the cloud forest and in the Peruvian Andes the weather is very changeable and unpredictable, it’s also good to have rain pants, as well, as a poncho will not suffice)
  • Personal first-aid kit: We recommend you bring anti-inflammatory tablets (ibuprofen), aspirin for headaches or muscle pain and blister kit.). Also, some recommendations meds of the doctor for parasites and stomach bacterial infections (tablets like Ciprofloxacin for bacteria and Metronidazole, Tinidazole) and for high altitude (altitude sickness) Diamox and Ciprofloxacin.
PRICE
  • US $675 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US $20
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35.00

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $10.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome (US $35) or Hiram Bingham (US $375) train for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Tinkuy Buffet Lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge on Day 2 – US $45
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