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Pisaq Inca Ruins & Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 3D

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Pisaq Inca Ruins & Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 3D

Machupicchu Exploring Peru has the best combined itinerary in which you will explore the Inca ruins of Pisac for 2 hours and hike through the Andes, having the opportunity to interact with the locals who are keeping the Inca culture alive.. You will be accompanied by a professional tour guide in small group, you eat the best fresh meals and of course we use the best camping equipments. Finally you will enjoy the natural hot spring right by the end of the hike and on last day explore one of the new 7 wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. An amazing alternative to the Inca Trail and slightly easier than the Salkantay trek, this 4 day trek takes you off the beaten track.

Itinerary

Day 0 : Evening Briefing In Cusco

Meet & greet with other guests where you receive important information for a great trekking experience.

Day 1: Cusco – Pisaq  – Chancachaca  – Huacawasi

We will pick you up at your hotel at 5am, and then we will drive in our private van towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We will stop on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like carpets. We will arrive at the archaeological site of Pisac where we can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 5000 tombs. We can also admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important Inca city. After time to explore Pisac, we drive to Calca where we will stop to visit the local market and buy the last supplies for our adventure tre. Then we ascend with our van towards the Hualcapunku pass (4,500m/14,847ft). Once here we enjoy the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, rural communities and valleys with plenty of llamas and alpacas. After that we descend and head to the starting point of our trek at Chancachaca, backpacks on! Then we start hiking for 3 hours through the Huacawasi valley till our campsite which is located at 4000mt nearby Huacawasi. There we spend the night in tents.
Meals: Lunch – Tea time – Dinner
Accomodation: Camping facilities with inflatable mattress and 4 season EUREKA tents
Distance: 12km / 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge

Day 2: Huacawasi – Wawaqasa Pass -Yanahuara  – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After a good breakfast we will leave the campsite by 6:a.m. A brief ascent takes us to the pass at Huahuaqasa ( 4500mt). At here we will enjoy an amazing views of lakes, snow-capped mountains and valleys. Then we descend to the lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuracocha which are formed by the melt waters of the snow-capped peaks of Pumahuanca and Kiswarani. We will have lunch close to these lakes. This is a spectacular day trekking through the Urubamba mountain range; we will have ample opportunities to spot a number of andean bird species, including condors. After lunch the trail descends through the Yanahuara ravine, with its farming communities, for almost 3 hours, covering a distance of around 7 kilometers. This valley is situated at an altitude of 2950 meters and has a pleasantly warm climate. The tiny village of Yanahuara is located in the Urubamba Valley. For the Incas, the fertile Sacred Valley was the breadbasket of Cusco, They sowed the terraced slopes with corn and irrigated their crops with water from the glaciers of the great snow peaks which dominate the valley and feed the rive. Finally we will take a bus for 20-minutes to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo, where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel with private room and bathroom, hot shower, buffet breakfast, wifi and storage
Distance: 18km approximately
Difficulty: Challenge.

Day 3: Aguas Calientes  – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we leave our hotel to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins, where we have a 3 hour guided tour and plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu, Machu picchu mountains or going up to the Sun Gate. After plenty of time to enjoy the “lost city of the Incas” we head back to Aguas Calientes. Then we take the return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco arriving at your hotel in the evening.
Meal: Breakfast

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. Machu Picchu exploring Peru will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Inclusions

Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu  included :

  • Briefing at our office which will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm
  • Guided tour for 2 hours in Pisac.
  • Entrance to Pisac Inca ruins
  • Transportation to the trailhead at Chancachaca
  • English speaking professional mountain guide
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu ONLY
  • Admission ticket to Machu picchu archaeological complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes
  • 4 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a Thermarest  mattress.
  • Delicious meals during the 3 days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (5 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles

Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu Dosen’t Include :

  • Sleeping bag (minus 10 ºC)
  • Huaynapicchu mountain
  • Energy snacks such as chocolate bars, dried fruits (recommended)
  • First breakfast & Lunch  and Dinner on the 3rd day
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please) Machupicchu Exploring Peru highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

Upgrades & Additional Things  To Hire :

  • Extra Horse to Carry extra things/10kg-
  • Extra Horse To Ride /90kg-Weight Limit  Day 1 & 2 and Includes an Horseman to control the horse.
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket  (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
  • Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes per person based on twin bed room with private bathroom (This is in case you need to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – for the entire trip)
  • Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.( for the entire trip)
  • Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to Cusco as well)
  • Airport pickup in Cusco

What You Need To Bring :

  •  Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student ). Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you  are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point
  •  Travel Insurance card is essential
  •  Sleeping bag (not included)
  •  hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  •  Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  •  Warm jacket
  •  Sun hat and gloves
  •  T-shirts / shirts
  •  Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
  •  Rain pants
  •  Bathing suit (for hot springs in Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes)
  •  Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  •  Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
  •  Water bottle.
  •  Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
  •  Toilet paper and wet wipes
  •  Personal medication
  •  Camera and films
  •  Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
  •  Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping horseman, cook and guide. and for any emergency.

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ALONG THIS HIKE:
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Price & Availability

Pisaq Inca Ruins & Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 3D 2016 – 2017 

  • GROUP SERVICE BY BUS : USD$ per person & Students US$ per person (08-10 ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum over 10 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. (Based on availablity)If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.
    Note :Travelers MUST be back at the Hydroelectric power plant by 3:00 pm AT THE LATEST! If this time window is missed you will be responsible for purchasing transportation back to Cusco (either by train or other private transport).
  • GROUP SERVICE BY TRAIN : US$ per person & Students US$ per person (04-08 ppl Average – 12ppl Maximum over 10 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. (Based on availablity) If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.
  • PRIVATE SERVICE BY TRAIN: From 02ppl US$0 per person .From 03ppl US$0 per person.From 04ppl US$0 per person.From 05-06ppl US$0 per person. From 07-10ppl US$0. you can leave any day you suit. The Sleeping bag and walking poles included in the price . (Based on availablity)If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.(CLICK HERE TO SEE METHOD OF PAYMENTS )

To Book: We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Machupicchu Entrance and Salkantay Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$100 per person by Wester Union, Money Gram , Bank Account or Paypal .and you are ready to go.

DISCOUNTS:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more. Groups must book together at the same time.

INCA TRAIL PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE. YOU CAN BOOK YOUR TRIP FOR THIS DATE, 2017.

ALL DEPARTURES 100% GUARANTEED AND WE LEAVE WITH 02 PEOPLE MINIMUM.
ENERO 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
FEBRUARY 2017: ONLY PRIVATE TOURS
MARCH 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
APRIL 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
MAY 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JUNE 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JULY 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
AUGUST 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
SEPTEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
OCTOBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
NOVEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
DECEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JANUARY 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.

FAQs

How long is the Lares Trek and how many hours do we hike per a day?
The Lares Trek is 33 kms ( 20.5miles) long and depending on which campsites are used the approximate hours hiked per day are:
Day 1: 5 hours
Day 2: 8 hours
Day 3: 4 hours

How difficult is the Lares Trek?
The Lares Trek is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend purchasing a wooden walking stick while in Peru as it will help with your balance and reduce the load on your knees. We ask that you not use a metal tipped walking stick as it can harm the fragile environment along the trail.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Lares Trek?
It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cuzco (3249m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water, is usually enough for most people.

The highest point you will reach while hiking the Lares Trek is 4550 meters. You will sleep at 3600 meters for one or two nights.

Is it possible to skip the Lares Trek even if the tour includes it?
Yes! If you do not wish to hike the Lares Trek please advise us at the time of booking (it is very difficult to make these arrangements once you have already confirmed). If you choose not to hike the trail you will spend two nights in Cuzco and then take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes for the third night where you will rejoin your group and spend the night before touring Machu Picchu the following morning.

When do we reach Machu Picchu and how much time do we spend there?
You will reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 4. You will be met by a local guide who will take you on an informative 2-hour tour of the ruins. After the tour you will have a few hours of free time to explore the area on your own before the group travels by bus to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cuzco.

Do porters carry our luggage while on the Lares Trek?
No, llamas, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items. You will still need to bring a day backpack to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket, etc.

How cold does it get on the Lares Trek (will I need to bring hats and mitts)?
The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cuzco.

What type of accommodation is used on the Lares Trek?
On the first night and second night of the Lares Trek, we’ll spend the night in three-person tents designed to accommodate two same-sex travellers. Trekkers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during morning hours. On the third night, we’ll stay at a simple hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Is a sleeping bag and mat included?
Sleeping bags are not included and so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. If travelling between May and October a 4-season sleeping bag is recommended. These can be rented in Cuzco for approximately $15 for the length of the trek Some renters may choose to bring a sleeping bag liner or sheet. Foam mats are provided however some travellers also bring their own self-inflating mat (ie. a Thermarest). These may also be rented in Cuzco for approximately $15 for the length of the trek.

Is purified water available on the trek?
We recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle as boiled water will be provided in the morning at breakfast, at lunch and every evening after dinner.

What type of food will we get on the Lares Trek?
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.

 

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