Day 1 Cusco Relax and explore the fascinating city of Cusco.
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.
Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting
Arrival Airport Transfer (0.25 hour(s), 8km)
Day 2 Cusco (1B) Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Day 3 Lares Trek (1B, 1L, 1D) 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.
The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.
Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)
Cuncani Community Campsite
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 4 Lares Trek (1B, 1L, 1D) 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.
Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
Day 5 Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L) 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.
Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B) 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.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 7 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time.