Want to hit the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley while challenging yourself with a multi-day hike steeped in ancient history? The three-day Lares Trail trek is still relatively undiscovered and will surprise you with turquoise lagoons and stunning mountainscapes that are practically your own to take in. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Inca culture and history along the way, including overnights in community campsites and meet-and-greets with the local Quechua people, culminating in a visit to Machu Picchu led by a local guide.
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Arrive early and spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.
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, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
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.
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.
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.
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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This tour offers a great glimpse into the once mighty Inca empire. Highlighted by the spectacular trek through cloud and elf forests into Machu Pichu.Overall Rating
Amazing - great mix of fun, adventure and cultural learning.Overall Rating
My overall impression of the Lares Trek Tour was FANTASTIC!!! My main reason for travelling is to "live" the culture of the place that I'm travelling to. This trek through the Andes and its small villages was very humbling to me. This trek put me in the Inca descendants shoes.Overall Rating
The tour was fantastic! Well organised; great tour leader; good hotel and tent accommodation; great food; the porters did a fabulous job. Loved it!Overall Rating
Aly is the best guide ever!!! He was funny, considerate as well as patient to the needs of the group. He knew how to handle the group as well as the porters with a firm hand while also being respectful.Overall Rating
Very well run and excellent customer service throughout the booking process. I did the Inca Trail because it was highly recommended, and I will also highly recommend it.Overall Rating
The Inca Trail was an incredible experience, in so many ways. The scenery was stunning and the journey was truly rewarding. Granted, the altitude made the trek difficult at times, but it was worth every step. We earned every metre of altitude and each km forward. The G Adventures team took fantastic care of us along the way. We're frankly amazed at the level of service.Overall Rating
The tour was excellent. The best part was the unexpectedly fantastic professionalism demonstrated by the Tour Leader Aly Amant, his Assistant Victor, and the various porters.Overall Rating
A really well rounded tour thoughtfully put together with excellent guides who took pride in their country and culture which really shone through. The challenges of the trek were made easier by such a great ground crew who were the silent heroes of the tour and ensured we had all the comforts we needed after a hard day of hiking.Overall Rating
The trip is one of the best things that i have done in my life. The experience will stay with me forever!Overall Rating
Trip Name: The Inca Trail
Duration: 7 Days
From Price: $1,459
Supplier Tour ID: SPIT.E/201372
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