Inca Discovery—Lares

Active, Lima to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time. Along with a visit to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, this trip will reward you with an intriguing combination of mountainscapes and a 3-day Lares trek – a less-travelled but equally rewarding and challenging alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our support staff and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy a glimpse into the rural communities of the highlands around Cusco.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village (full-day)
  • Lares Trek with local guide, cook and porters (3-day)
  • Overnight at Planeterra supported community-owned camp
  • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Conquer the lares trek to machu picchu
  • Marvel at sacred valley scenery
  • Interact with local communities
  • Sample seafood in lima.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
Day 2 Lima/Cusco (1B) Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco (the flight usually departs early, and we may leave the hotel as early 4:30 am). Spend the day relaxing and exploring fascinating Cusco. Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map, and set off to explore! Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L) Travel with our local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project in a local community, the impressive Pisac ruins, and the colourful artisan market (market days only). The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site of another large Inca ruin. Here, we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead. We will have the chance to visit Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry, now running the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant and tour in their own village. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Pisac Ruins Guided Tour Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani (1B, 1L, 1D) The Lares Trek is one day shorter than the Inca Trail, but higher in elevation (33km/20.5 mi, with a high point of 4,600m/14,928 ft). The 3-day hike starts with a van ride from Ollantaytambo to the trekking start point and returns back to Ollantaytambo by van from the trekking end point. From there, hikers will take a scenic train to Aguas Calientes for one overnight stay. Additional Notes: NOTE: The locations and distances may change on this hike as we will camp in different locations depending on pace, ability, and weather. We will stay in a newly established community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, your CEO will hike the Lares Trek with you. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 5 Cuncani/Kuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D) Day 2 of the Lares Trek. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
Day 6 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L) Day 3 of the Lares Trek. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera) Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco From Aguas Calientes, take the bus to Machu Picchu early the next morning for a guided tour of Machu Picchu. There is free time to explore on your own after our tour, and the opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive vantage point. Catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco with the rest of the group. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (3.25 hour(s), 118km)
Day 8 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Note: Return flight to Lima can be arranged if requested. Included Activities: Departure Day
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