Day 1: Cusco – Famous Thermal Baths – Kiswarani Waterfall Campsite
We are thrilled to have you join us for the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu! We’ll begin our adventure by picking you up from your hotel at 5 a.m. Whether you’re staying at a hotel, condo, or apartment in Cusco, Urubamba, Huaran, or Pisaq, we’ll pick you up from your location. Our journey will take us on a three-hour drive through the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley and the Andes. The breathtaking views will astonish you.
We’ll arrive at the Lares Hot Springs site where you’ll have your first breakfast while enjoying the stunning views of the Andes Mountains. The hot springs divide into various pools ranging from freezing to hot water, all composed of pure volcanic water that is medicinal and considered to be good for your bones, stress, muscles, and headaches. After a relaxing time in the hot springs, we’ll drive 20 minutes to the trailhead at Punta Carretera at 3,300m / 10,827 ft above sea level.
This is where you’ll meet our horses and riders who will carry your duffle bags, and then we’ll begin our expedition to Machu Picchu with a two-hour gradual uphill hike. Our first stop will be Kiswarani, where you’ll enjoy your first homemade meal prepared by our trekking chef. The area is famous as the potato valley because of the many varieties of organic potatoes that are available there. Your guide will also point out some indigenous medicinal plants growing along the way.
We’ll also introduce you to llamas, which the Incas considered sacred for the fundamental to their economy. Our llaneros will discuss the importance of llamas and why owning one was a sign of privilege. Llamas are pleasant to walk with and are friendly animals, but they might try to kiss you if you get too close. Afterward, you’ll have time to explore the village, visit some local homes, and learn about the lifestyle and ancient traditions of the local people.
We’ll also visit the schoolhouse where the kids still speak their native language, Quechua. If you wish, you can bring toys, notebooks, or school supplies to distribute, or even teach them a few words in English. It’ll be another two hours of gradually uphill hiking until we arrive at the campsite. There, our trekking staff will have your tents set up, and you’ll enjoy some hot drinks as the sky darkens and the stars start appearing. Finally, you’ll 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 retire to your tent.
Trekking Distance: 10 km/ 6.21371 miles
Camp Elevation: 3,850 meters / 1,2631 ft
Day 2: Quiswarani – Condor Pass – Cancha Cancha Village
Good morning! You’ll be gently awakened at around 5 a.m. with a hot drink service. As you open your eyes, stunning views of the colorful lake and valley of Kiswarani will be there to greet YOU. You’ll witness the local people bustling about, already taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze. Once you’re ready, we’ll serve breakfast before you pack up your gear and fill up your water bottles. Then we’ll start our journey to Machu Picchu, beginning with a three or four-hour climb to the summit of Pachacute or Condor Pass. We’ll zigzag our way up the steep incline, taking breaks to enjoy breathtaking views of the lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas that surround us. But don’t worry, we’ll have an emergency horse available in case you need a break from walking.
Once we reach the summit of the Condor Pass, we’ll be above the clouds and surrounded by panoramic 360-degree views. You’ll be in awe of the magnificent Pitusiray mountain towering at 5,700 m/ 18,700 ft high, as well as the Condor Pass at 4,680 m/ 15,354 ft. We’ll take a moment to enjoy the views and have a hot drink service before we begin our descent toward El Mirador. There, we’ll enjoy lunch while watching llamas grazing nearby. After lunch, we’ll hike downhill for three more hours, taking in fantastic views of many lakes, llamas, and alpacas before arriving at our campsite in the village of Cancha Cancha.
This village is the only one in the Lares Valley that doesn’t have modern technology. It’s located at 3,750 m/ 12,303 ft, and 85% of the houses still use ancient construction methods, including stone houses with grass-thatched roofs. Cancha Cancha has no electricity or cars, providing a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the wilderness. Your porters will set up your tents, and you’ll have the chance to meet local children during your itinerary. We encourage our travelers to support the education and health of the village by providing food and school supplies or bringing any other items that may be useful for the children. Your guide will also take you to visit one of the local families and learn about traditional hand-woven textiles made of llama and alpaca wool.
Day 3: Cancha Cancha – Huaran – Maras Salt Mine – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
When you wake up on the last day of your Lares trek, our porters will be there with a hot drink to start your day. After breakfast, you’ll have time to explore the local village and visit the elementary school, where they still teach the ancient Inca language, Quechua. The history and culture will amaze you.
Once you’re ready to continue your journey, we’ll begin the last leg of your trek. You’ll be walking downhill for four hours along a beautiful path, passing by more llamas and alpacas. You’ll also see traditional Incan farming methods and crops, like potatoes and fava beans, which will give you a chance to learn about Peruvian agriculture from the locals who still farm by hand with traditional Inca tools. As we descend to the warmer area of the Sacred Valley, you’ll feel the changes in the microclimate and start seeing different crops like corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados, and other types of fruit. Finally, we’ll end our tour at the Sacred Valley village of Huaran where you’ll say goodbye to your horses, horse riders, chef, and porters.
After Huaran, we’ll take an Apple Travel Peru van for a short drive to visit the Salineras salt pans in Maras. At 11,000 feet above sea level, a saltwater spring spills down the side of the mountain into over 3,000 small evaporation chambers. These are in use since pre-Incan times, and some say that the salt has healing properties because it has natural minerals, some of which even come out pink. Local families own each of these salt pans and make their living by supplying salt to the towns around the area. You can even purchase some of the salt at the small on-site shop.
Next, we’ll take a 45-minute drive along the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, the only living intact Inca village. Your guide will take you around to view this small town until it’s time for dinner at a local restaurant. We’ll then catch the 7 p.m. train to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu (train times may vary depending on availability). Upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check into your hotel and relax.
Walking Distance: 9 km /6.2 miles
Aguas Calientes Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft
Weather: Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Watch out for mosquitoes this day.
Accommodations: inti punku (or similar)
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
On day four of your adventure, you will finally get the chance to witness the most magical experience of all – Machu Picchu. Starting early, around 5:30 am, you will board one of the first buses that will take you on a 30-minute ride up to the ruins. Witnessing the stunning sunrise over the site is an awe-inspiring experience that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Once you arrive, your friendly guide will take you on an informative two-hour tour of the site, where you will learn about its history and significance. After the tour, you will have ample time to explore the site on your own and even hike Huayna Picchu, which is an additional ticket that costs $75 per person.
In the afternoon, you will embark on a two-hour train ride back to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take a bus back to Cusco, where we will make sure that you will have a safe journey to your hotel. It’s been an incredible journey, and we hope that you will cherish these memories forever.
Weather: Warm and humid
- If you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, please let us know in advance. We can adjust your train tickets and arrange for a hotel if you would like us to help.
- Rangers do not allow people to carry large backpacks inside Machu Picchu. Only day packs are allowed inside.
- No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu.
- Snacks and water are allowed, but they must be inside your backpack.
- Professional Guides: Each of our guides concentrated on English and the travel industry at Cusco National University. They all grew up in the Cusco district, and love showing others their legacy.
- Briefing: The night prior to your Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, you’ll come to our office at 6:30 PM for your instructions with your traveling guide. You’ll receive your gym bag for your things. These should incorporate your hiking bed and inflatable cushion. (our own weigh 2.5 kg and 1 kg separately). All gym bags will be conveyed by your watchmen and might be accessible at your camping area every day (morning and night). Any necessary things while climbing ought to be packed in your daypack.
- Porters and Horsemen: We incorporate a personal porter who is liable for conveying your duffel bag containing your things. There is no extra charge for this. Your duffel bag will be given during your preparation the prior night. This is to be filled up with the things you’ll require for the following evening and day. You won’t approach your gym bag until you show up at your night camping site.
- Emergency Horse: Every one of our alternative treks incorporates an additional pony for our clients to utilize in the event that they need a break from trekking.
- Hotel: The trek will incorporate two nights of setting up camp. One night near neighborhood towns and one night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town underneath Machu Picchu. We incorporate a 3-star hotel, normally at Inti Punku (or comparable) if accessible. Your booked hotel will be on your final receipt, and redesigns are consistently conceivable.
- Transportation: You’ll have transportation included for this journey. You’ll be gotten directly from your hotel around 4:30 a.m. (except if you are remaining in Ollantaytambo, then, at that point, prior) and brought to the trailhead to start your journey. Climbing will end on day three, and you’ll make a beeline for Ollantaytambo. When you finish the hike, you’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes where you’ll go through the night in a hotel. Your flight and get the train to Aguas Calientes along with once again to Ollantaytambo will be on the Undertaking Class Train. Your return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo can be moved up to the Vistadome Class Train for $75 per individual. When you show up at the train station, you’ll be gotten back to your inn Cusco. Likewise included is your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- Equipment: APPLE TRAVEL PERU has the best gear. We use Aha Tree line 4-person tents that two individuals share. You’ll have an extensive eating tent to partake in your feasts in.
- Food: The APPLE TRAVEL PERU culinary specialists cook tasty dinners that numerous past adventurers have cherished. We honor all food limitations, so make certain to add any that you have to your booking structure and tell your guide during your preparation. Food is ordinarily totally served family-style. You’ll appreciate breakfast, lunch, and supper every day for the journey alongside a party time of tea and snack. Snacks will be given every morning to you to appreciate along the hike. Your last dinner with your gourmet expert will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch on the last day is excluded.
- Water: Starting from your most memorable lunch until your last breakfast, APPLE TRAVEL will supply all the water required. This water is bubbled, sifted, and afterward cooled prior to circulating. You should bring individual water bottles as well as a camelback. We suggest conveying around 3L worth. You’ll have the option to top off your water at every dinner.
- First Aid: Besides, it’s critical to take note that each APPLE TRAVEL guide has training in first aid from a doctor. We direct required instructional meetings each February for all Apple travel Peru workers. Your tour guide will constantly have an emergency treatment pack for fundamental clinical circumstances (voyager’s runs, cuts, scratches, and so on) and oxygen. We’ll get you off the path as fast and easily as could really be expected if necessary.
- Extras: We accept the thoughtfulness regarding little details differs us from other visit organizations. Each traveler gets a little pad to lay down with, a froth sleeping cushion for protection, a day pack cover to safeguard their things while climbing, and a downpour raincoat.
- Satellite Telephones: Our first concern will continuously be the well-being of our clients and our group. While every one of our guides is ready and prepared to manage issues clients have on the mountain. While having a telephone to call doctors, medical clinics, and companions can be consoling, our guides depend on radios with restricted reach. In this way, APPLE TRAVEL has added Satellite Telephones to each journey. Furthermore, our aides will have completely energized telephones accessible for use by clients in non-crisis circumstances while on the mountain. While they’re not modest to utilize, they are accessible.
- Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
Sleeping Bag: $20
Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
Walking Sticks (Pair): $15
- Huayna Picchu: your tour to Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep if you’re scared of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity.
The Lares Trek can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.
$557 per person
A group tour means that it is open for other trekkers to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you hike.
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
2 Trekkers: $750 per person
3 Trekkers: $725 per person
4 Trekkers: $700 per person
5 Trekkers: $675 per person
6 Trekkers: $650 per person
7 Trekkers: $625 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $600 per person
* All our tours are priced in US Dollars.
This tour includes 2 nights camping and 1 night in a basic three-star hotel, Inti Punku. Rooms all include private bathrooms, hot showers, and wifi. Prices are based on a shared room (Double, Matrimonial, or Triple available) and single rooms are available for a $30 US supplement (all solo travelers are given a single room). Other hotels are available upon request at the prices listed below.
Single Room: +$30 pp
La Cabana: +$40 pp shared (+$110 for a single)
Casa Andina: $40 pp shared ($110 for a single)
El Mapi: +$70 pp shared (+$170 for a single)
Book on your own: -$30 pp
Student Discount: $25 off per person
To receive the student discount, we require proof of eligibility in the form of a valid university student card or a passport indicating that the individual is 17 years old or younger. You can present it either at the time of booking or during the trek itself.
We understand the importance of making trekking accessible to students, and we are happy to offer this discount to those who qualify. So, if you have a valid university student card or if you are under 17 years of age, make sure to bring a copy of your card or passport to receive the discount. We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible can take advantage of this opportunity.
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There are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.Huayna Picchu: $75 per person
Montana: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (one way): $75 per person
Getting to Cusco
If you’re planning to travel to Cusco, there’s some important info you should know about getting there. Currently, the airport in Cusco only services domestic flights. So if you’re coming from an international destination, you’ll need to disembark in Lima and go through Customs there, even if you have a connecting flight to Cusco on the same day with the same airline. When it comes to the best way to reach Cusco, flying is definitely the way to go.
There are a number of airlines that offer flights to Cusco, with LAN being one of the most popular (though also one of the pricier options). Just be aware that due to the high altitude of Cusco, it can be tough for planes to land there, and weather conditions can also cause flight delays or cancellations. If you’re not up for flying, taking a bus is another option. While it may be a long journey, the buses in Peru are generally very comfortable and well-maintained. This is particularly recommended if you’re coming from a nearby city like Puno. However, if you’re departing from Lima, be prepared for a 20-hour bus ride to get to Cusco.
We understand that you may have extra luggage with you during your trip, and we want to assure you that it will be safely taken care of. You have a couple of options – you can leave it at your hotel in Cusco, or with us at Apple Travel Peru while you’re on the trek. We’ll personally take care of storing your luggage on the morning of your trek and make sure it’s returned to you once you’re back in Cusco. To make things easier, we kindly ask that you attach luggage tags to your bags so they’re easy to locate.
Please note that for the trek, you will need to bring your own daypack as Apple Travel Peru does not provide one. It is important to keep your daypack as light as possible during the trek. Please keep in mind that Machu Picchu has strict regulations on backpack size, and only daypacks of 25L or less are allowed. If your pack exceeds this size, you will need to check it at the entrance. Please be aware that while checking your bag is relatively inexpensive, there are often long lines, so plan accordingly.
Once you’ve booked your trip to Peru, it’s common to wonder about altitude sickness. When you’re at high altitudes, the air contains less oxygen than at sea level, so your body has to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. To acclimate to the lower oxygen levels, we always suggest spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes.
Altitude sickness may make you feel like you have the flu or a hangover, with symptoms such as a headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, or trouble breathing during exercise. If these symptoms become severe, please contact our office, and we’ll assist you in getting to a doctor.
It’s important to ease into physical activity slowly, allowing your body time to adjust. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or coca tea, which people have been using for centuries to help prevent altitude sickness. Avoid consuming too much alcohol or coffee as they may dehydrate you, and refrain from smoking as it makes it harder for your body to absorb oxygen. Furthermore, avoid sleeping pills as they may cause shallow breathing, making it harder for your body to get oxygen while you sleep.
Remember, the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race, so take it slow and let your body adjust to the elevation. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication, such as Acetazolamide and Dexamethasone, to help alleviate altitude sickness. If you start taking the medicine two days before arriving at a high altitude, continue to take it while you’re there. Also, don’t stress about getting sick during your vacation. If you do experience altitude sickness, inform your guide right away. Our Apple Travel Peru guides have the training to assist you during such situations.
When trekking in Cusco, it’s essential to prepare yourself for all weather conditions, even during the dry season from April to October. While it is generally dry, rain can still occur, so packing rain gear like a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and gloves is crucial to stay dry and comfortable. Don’t forget to pack warm gloves as well to avoid being cold and miserable.
The Andes have diverse microclimates, and temperatures can vary greatly throughout the day. To be ready for any weather changes, pack layers that are easy to adjust accordingly. It’s also wise to bring a warm, packable down jacket for chilly evenings.
If you plan to trek, Lares, be aware that this trek tends to be colder than others. Apple Travel Peru will provide insulated warm bottles to keep you warm while sleeping. Still, it’s essential to bring extra layers to stay cozy during the colder temperatures.
Apple Travel Peru takes the safety and well-being of our clients very seriously. We want you to have a memorable and enjoyable trekking experience, and that means ensuring that you are in good hands in case of an emergency.
Our guides are well-trained in first aid. They are equipped with a first aid kit to deal with basic medical situations. In addition, we conduct mandatory first-aid training every February. It is to ensure that our guides are up to date with the latest techniques and procedures.
If you are unable to complete the trek due to medical issues, our guides will assist you in the safest and quickest way off the trail. They will accompany you every step of the way until you are safely with a doctor. Once you are feeling better, we will make sure that you still get to visit Machu Picchu and rejoin your group comfortably by train.
We kindly ask that you inform your guide of any chronic medical conditions you may have before the trek. This way, we can be prepared to assist you if needed. At Apple Travel Peru, your safety is our top priority.
Travel insurance is an essential part of protecting your investment when traveling, and we highly recommend that all travelers purchase it. To ensure that you have peace of mind during your trip, we work with a reputable agency in the United States that can provide you with comprehensive travel insurance at an affordable price. Whether it’s for unexpected flight cancellations, lost baggage, or medical emergencies, travel insurance can provide you with financial protection and assistance when you need it most. Don’t let unforeseen circumstances ruin your trip; get travel insurance today.
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Apple Travel Peru is committed to promoting eco-friendliness and supporting local communities. Providing biodegradable soap and portable toilets that allow for proper waste disposal is an important step toward reducing the impact of tourism on the environment. And buying food from local farmers and markets supports the local economy. It also reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation.
Apple Travel Peru sponsors a teacher and provides English classes for their team members. Building a house for the porters is another way to show that the company values their hard work and wants to ensure their safety and comfort.
The twice-yearly trips to Machu Picchu for the porters and their families are heartwarming gestures. It’s essential to remember that the success of the trekking industry in Peru relies heavily on the hard work and dedication of porters, and it’s essential to provide them with fair compensation, insurance, and proper working conditions.
Personal Porter Included
Providing a personal porter for each camping trek is a fantastic service. It allows travelers to focus on enjoying the trek without the burden of carrying heavy equipment. Providing proper uniforms, salaries, and insurance for the porters shows a commitment to fair labor practices.
Apple Travel Peru’s commitment to eco-friendliness, community service, and fair labor practices makes them an excellent choice for travelers who want to explore Peru while supporting local communities and the environment.
- Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoirs like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:
Remember you are packing for 2 nights of camping and 1 night in a hotel. Porters will carry up to 8 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us, these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
- 2 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 2 cold nights of camping
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:
When it comes to choosing a daypack for your hiking trip, it’s important to consider the size. While daypacks can come in any size, we always recommend opting for a smaller one. This is especially important if you’re planning to visit Machu Picchu, as bags larger than 25L won’t be allowed inside the citadel gates. If your daypack happens to be larger than 25L, you’ll need to store it outside the gates.
Now, in terms of what you’ll need to bring with you on your trip to Peru, it’s essential to make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Additionally, you’ll want to have your student card and immigration card on hand, which will be given to you on the plane as you enter Peru.
When it comes to your daypack, again, we recommend choosing a smaller one. It’s also a good idea to bring along water storage, such as a Camelbak reservoir, so that you have enough water to last you for the duration of your hike. We suggest packing enough for at least 2-3 liters.
Lastly, make sure you have comfortable hiking boots with lightweight yet sturdy soles. You’ll want to be able to move easily and confidently on your hiking adventure.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Rain gear
- Music (iPhone)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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