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The Lares Trek
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Theres more than one way to earn your Peru hiking stripes. On the Lares Trek, youll get three days of trekking through the mountains around the Sacred Valley, passing by remote communities, farms, and friendly faces. Forget just taking in the view theres a bunch of perspective waiting for you at a pottery community and a weaving co-op. And, since youre this close already, well get to you to Machu Picchu with a scenic train ride.

Latin America
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: SPLT.C/201926
  • Starts: Cusco, Peru
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and lookout over the ruins.
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

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Day 3: Lares Trek

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

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Day 4: Lares Trek

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

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Day 5: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

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Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

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Day 7: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sacred Valley guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day)
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
    • Ollantaytambo storehouse ruins and hike
    • Guided Lares trek hike with cooks and porters (3 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares trek
    • Aguas Calientes stay
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), camping (2 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private van, hiking
    Group Leader
    • G Representative in Cusco, specialist Lares trek CEO on hike
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