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The Lares Trek
The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was.
The route we offer starts in the village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the hot springs of Lares with a visit to the village of Cuncani along the way.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 34 km
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Activity level:
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Duration: 4 days
Altitude gain: 1980 m
May to September ar the best month in terms of weather, but the trek can be busy.
April and October have pleasant weather and the trails is particularly quiet.
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1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
While on trek we will sleep in comfortable, cozy tents. Every couple of participants will get a four-man tent, so each person has enough room for themselves. If we can't pair you with another traveler, you will be charged additional $35 for a single-person tent. Or, if you'd like, you can get one right away.

On day three we will overnight in a nice 3-star hotel that is included in the price.
Meals
Throughout our adventure a professional chef will prepare all our meals. Two breakfasts, two lunches, two afternoon snacks and two dinners will be freshly made just for you! Our chefs will make sure that every single trekker eats well. 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners are included. If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know beforehand so we can tune our menu!
Guiding team
Our team consists of local professionals, who will make sure that there won't be a single moment when you feel like you don't know what to expect each step of the way. They will tell you stories and legends of these places, support you and make sure that every trekker has the best experience.
Transfers
Our adventure has following transfers included:
  • pick up from Plaza Regocijo, Cusco
  • a bus to Pumahuanca and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance that covers any cancellations, delays, medical expenses, emergencies and any other interruptions due to unforeseen circumstances that may occur during this trip.
Sustainability
Our guides are proud to promote and practice sustainable tourism. They take extra care of their porters, by providing them with the best equipment, uniforms, fair wages and insurances. They also support local communities by running social projects, that support local communities. Another important part is cleaning up the treks. Not only do all our tours adhere to the "leave-no-trace" principle, our guides make extra efforts to clean up after other trekkers.
Equipment
It is necessary to bring
You have to have your personal trekking equipment (comfortable shoes, clothes, a hat, hydroflask, etc) with you. It can get colder at higher altitudes and during the night, so bring some warm jackets and jumpers. Don't forget sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries and personal medication.

We provide
We provide all the camping equipment (sleeping tents, dining tents and cutlery), sleeping mattresses, oxygen tanks and a first aid kit. Also each participant can load up to 7 kg of their personal belongings on a mule.

You can rent from us
a sleeping bag - $25
a walking pole - $8
an inflatable mattress - $25
single accommodation tent - $35

Trekking options

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Private Service - Friends and Family
Grab your friends, family and loved ones and share this adventure with them! Get full attention to detail from our guides and with each trekker having mules to carry some their belongings, you can enjoy the trek to its fullest.

The price scales with the number of participants:
2 people - $935 per person
3 people - $875 per person
4 people - $855 per person
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8 people - $695 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
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You can customize your tour

You can get a single-person tent just for you for $35;
Also there is an option for upgrading your train ride back to Ollantaytambo to be a Vistadome Train for $50.
What's included
Meals
Three breakfasts, three lunches, three afternoon snacks and three dinners will be freshly made just for you! If you have dietary restrictions, let us know in advance! We also provide water refills and hot and refreshing beverages
Accommodation
  • A four-man tent for every two travellers
  • a night in a 3-star hotel on day 3
Transfers
  • pick up from Plaza Regocijo, Cusco
  • a bus to Pumahuanca and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
Hiking and safety equipment
  • Sleeping mattresses;
  • Oxygen tanks;
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs and cutlery;
  • first aid kit
Entry fees
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Guiding team
Professional English speaking local guide, professional chef, assistant guide for groups of 9+ people
What's not included
Airplane tickets
Internation flight tickets and local transportations outside the tour
Personal gear
Comfortable clothes, shoes, sleeping bags, etc.
Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
Tips
Tips (the amount you tip (or if you tip) is a personal decision and it is NOT an obligation.
Entrance to Lares hot springs
12 peruvisan soles
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