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Quechua Villages Experience and Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

Enjoy 5 days of amazing mountain and valley scenery in a remote area as you visit authentic Quechua communities and the world-famous Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu.

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Quechua Villages Experience and Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

Highlights

  • Learn about the traditional Quechua lifestyle and culture
  • Meet with local Quechua people in their remote communities
  • Trek through the Lares Valley
  • See unique flora and fauna, as well as beautiful lakes and hot springs
  • Experience Machu Picchu

Description

A great hike through Lares Valley, visit local Quechua native people:  Relish in a variety of native flora and fauna, including indigenous plants used for natural dyes as you ascend towards the Pachacuteq Pass surrounded by views of the beautiful Azulcocha and Suerococha lakes.

Duration

5 Days/4 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: Transportation to Huaran – Cancha Cancha Community

You’ll be picked up from the hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am and be driven to Pisac. From here, you’ll hike up a quaint valley, filled with a variety of native flora and fauna, that slowly narrows as you head up an original Inca Trail. After a 3-hour hike, you will arrive at Cancha Cancha where you will be greeted with some delicious typical food. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community as you will also camp here for the night.

Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 7 km (4.35 miles)

Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3800m/12464ft)

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Day 2: Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani

After breakfast, you’ll start uphill before continuing northeast up the valley on your Lares trek Peru adventure, passing small thatched stone houses. After a half hour, the path flattens out for a bit before steeply climbing again for the 2½ hour trek to the first pass at Pachacuteq. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and diverse birdlife. Later, you’ll descend into the next valley following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani where you will camp and get the chance to meet with local children and women weavers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4458m/14622ft)

Day 3: Quiswarani / Cuncani

After breakfast, you’ll head west up a small valley to a nearby lake. From there, you’ll start a steep, zig-zag climb up a narrow trail to the top of the second pass: the Abra Huillquijasa. You’ll be able to see the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers as well as the 7 lakes full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl. After crossing the highest point, you’ll begin the descent to take a well-deserved break beside the lakes before continuing on to the next village of Cuncani at the bottom of the valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 8 km (4.97 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)

Day 4: Cuncani / Lares Hot Spring / Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, you’ll begin the slow downhill trek through the river valley to Lares. On the way, you’ll have another opportunity to meet and spend time with local Quechua people in the village of Huacawasi where you’ll stop for lunch.

Once you’ve eaten lunch, you’ll continue for another hour to the town of Lares. You won’t want to forget your swimsuit on this trip as you’ll have the chance to relax and soak in some open air thermal springs. After having lunch, you will be taken back to the train station in Ollantaytambo town where you’ll head to Aguas Calientes.

Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 6 km (3.72 miles)

Estimated walking time: 2-3 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3100m/10168ft)

Day 5: Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes, you’ll catch an early 5:30 am bus to Machu Picchu for a full day excursion. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel that visits the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, and a large central square. These are all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour, you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to participate in some optional activities such as climbing to Wayna Picchu.

In the afternoon you’ll take a train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco where you will be brought back to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick-up from your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Transport to Huaran (head of the trek) and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Horses to carry camping equipment, food, cooking equipment and personal items of the trekkers (maximum of 9 kg/ 19 lbs per person including sleeping bag)
  • One emergency horse every 4 trekkers
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and train back to Poroy (Vistadome Class upon request)
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes with Tourist Class Hotel (Superior Tourist Class or First Class upon request)
  • Transfer from Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for US$ 30 for the 5 day trek)
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

Price based on sharing one tent 2 people and double room in the Hotel

Optional Services

Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US$ 50

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 30

Upgrade the Hotel to Superior Tourist Class: add US$ 40

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Lares, Cusco, Peru

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