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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

$210 per person

This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insider´s view into traditional Andean life – a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of llama and alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they worshipped as gods. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the Inca trails from the time of the Inca Empire. Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are Inca descendants. The Lares Trek connects the communities of Cancha Cancha, Quisuarani, Cuncani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we’ll take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, having a full day to explore the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and climb Huayna Picchu mountain the last day.

We offer this alternative route to the classic Lares trek to Machu Picchu. We think it is superior because we visit the hot springs on day 3 instead of day 1. On day 3 it is a much deserved reward for completing the hiking portion of the Lares trek.

Additionally our standard package includes a very nice bed and breakfast in Aguas Calientes as well as your ticket to climb Huayna Picchu mountain.

      • This half day tour visits the farming laboratory of Moray and the salt mines of Maras.  These are two special places in the Sacred Valley and even the drive there from Cusco offers spectacular views. On the drive back to Cusco we will visit Lake Huaypo, a lovely body of crystalline water located at an elevation of 3657 meters (11,915 ft).

What is Included?

  • Round-trip transportation with hotel pick up
  • English-speaking Tour Guide

What is not included?

  • Entrance Fees
  • Moray is part of the tourist ticket
  • Maras costs 7 soles

We recommend that you bring?

  • Tourist ticket
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Water
  • Camera and film
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  • Departure/Return Location
    Lima, Perú
  • Included
    Professional licensed guide fluent in English
  • Not Included
    private van to trailhead at km 82

Tour Plan

Day 1
We will pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray.  The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is truly beautiful.  You will drive through snow capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, and past some villages.  Finally you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are about 2 miles away.  This village is known as a former salt-producing center that dates back all the way to colonial times. There are over 3000 salt pools carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water.  The area is amazing and beautiful. Then we head back – but the tour isn’t finished yet!! On the ride back to Cusco we stop at Lake Huaypo. This stunning lake is a great place to take pictures! Also you will see spectacular wildlife and have the opportunity to visit one of the local communities where many of the Inca Trail porters live. After the tour you will arrive back in Cusco in time to enjoy some lunch on your own. Places that are visited
  • Maras village
  • Moray Inca terraces
  • Salt Mines
  • Lake Huaypo

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