7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
1 Night Cusco
1 Night Lamay
1 Night Huacawasi
1 Night Sacred Valley
1 Night Aguas Calientes
1 Night Cusco
STARTING AT $2,250 PER PERSON
- Sacred Valley
- Archeological Tours
- Mountain Views
- Weavers Community Visits
- Optional Day Hikes
- A-la-carte choice of activities
- 6 Overnights at Hotel
- Daily Buffet Breakfasts
- Daily Activities, Hiking, Touring
- Expert English Guides
- Most Meals per Itinerary
- All Transfers
DAY 1 - CUSCO
Arrival to Cusco Airport with reception and transfer to your hotel. Day at Leisure.
This evening you'll be briefed by your trekking guide to start your Lares Adventure tomorrow!
DAY 2 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS | EXPLORING PISAQ
The town square is often the center of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisaq. A morning visit to check out its unique array of products will inspire you with a small taste of the rich culture yet to be explored on your journey. Travelers seeking inspiration in nature can opt for an invigorating morning hike surrounded by amazing views of the Andes Mountains that guard this magnificent valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its artisanal potato farming practices and enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked under hot stones. After lunch you will visit the archaeological complex at Pisaq, an afternoon excursion that offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.
Activity Menu (morning to noon): Cultural activity: Visit Awanakancha (an Andean camelid exhibition and traditional textile center), the town of Pisaq and local market, and experience an encounter with members of the local community of Viacha.
Hike: From the local community of Amaru to the local community of Viacha / Duration 2.5-3 hrs. / Moderate / Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,200´ - 4,328m.
Group Activity: Group lunch in the local community of Viacha. In the afternoon, the whole group visits the Pisaq archeological site together, before heading to the lodge.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
Overnight: Lamay Lodge (el. 9,705’- 2,958m.), located in the town of Lamay, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
DAY 3 - LARES REGION | INCA SITES AND VILLAGES
Now that you have gotten a glimpse into this rich Andean tapestry, today you will have the opportunity to go even deeper with an exploration into the heart of the Lares Valley. A scenic drive into the mountains along the celebrated “Inca Weaver’s Trail” allows you to visit the unique and uncrowded archaeological site of Ancasmarca to the hub-town of Lares. After lunch, you can choose between visiting the traditional and ancient weavers’ village of Choquecancha, or opt for hiking amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where you will spend the night. This lodge, which is run in joint venture with the local community and aims to protect the cultural heritage and the environment, provides an interesting insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.
Group Activity (morning to noon): In the morning, explore the town of Lamay briefly and visit the archeological site of Ancasmarca.
Activity Menu (afternoon, after the group visit):
Cultural activity: Visit the town of Choquecancha, meet with the local weavers and visit the old church.
Hike: From Qelqena to Huacahuasi / Duration 2-2.5 hrs. / Easy to moderate / Mountain pass at an elevation of 12,595´- 3,839 m.
Hike: From Cuncani to Huacahuasi / Duration 3.5-4 hrs. / Moderate / Mountain pass at an elevation of 13,838´- 4,219m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge (el. 12,585’ - 3,835m.), located in the local community of Huacahuasi, in the Lares Region.
DAY 4 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS | EXPEDITION TO OLLANTAYTAMBO
Spend some time in the morning learning even more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. After, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets.
Activity Menu (all day): Cultural activity: Drive back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a local farmer’s market and a Pre-Inca and Inca cultural museum. Enjoy lunch at a countryside restaurant and, in the afternoon, explore the town of Ollantaytambo.
Optional bike excursion (additional cost): Drive back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the valley on mountain bike (2 hrs.). Enjoy lunch at a countryside restaurant and, in the afternoon, explore the town of Ollantaytambo.
Hike: From Huacahuasi to Patacancha / Duration 7 hrs. / Moderate to challenging / Mountain pass at an elevation of 14,646’ - 4,464m. Afternoon arrival in Ollantaytambo.
Note: Guests that opt for the cultural activity and guests that opt for the optional bike excursion will meet for lunch in Urubamba at a countryside restaurant and visit the town of Ollantaytambo in the afternoon together. Guests that opt for the optional hike will meet up with the rest of the group in Ollantaytambo in the late afternoon at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Overnight: Pakaritampu Hotel, located in the town of Ollantaytambo (el. 9,284’ - 2,830m.), in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
DAY 5 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS | DISCOVERING OLLANTAYTAMBO
From its beginnings as the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the temple at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers. On this day, an optional and short early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo will give you a magnificent view of the town as well as of the main archeological site across the valley. After, as your guide leads you through a morning tour of the temple and explains its strategic architectural planning, you will also get a sense of its mystical history…a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu. Around noon you will embark on a scenic train ride along the famous Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, whose charm lies in a history that began as a small railway stop and evolved into a bustling town still bisected by the train tracks.
Activity Menu (morning to noon):
Hike: Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo / Duration 1-1.5 hrs. / Moderate.
Hike: Higher Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo / Duration 2 hrs. / Moderate to challenging.
Group Activity: In the morning, explore the archeological site of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the train to Machu Picchu town.
Overnight: At hotel in Aguas Calientes town (el. 6,232´-1,900m.), located in the town below Machu Picchu.
DAY 6 - MACHU PICCHU | THE SANCTUARY
At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the ‘Sanctuary’ (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind…or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. Either way, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back to the city lights, and hustle and bustle, of Cusco.
Group Activity: Early in the morning, visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary and the Inca citadel.
Activity Menu (late morning)
Cultural activity: free time to explore Machu Picchu Citadel. (el. 7,872´ - 2,400m.).
Hike: Guided hike of Huayna Picchu peak / Duration 2-2.5 hrs. / Moderate to challenging / Mountain elevation 8924´ - 2,720m.
DAY 7 - Cusco
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Day at leisure to rest after your adventure, or explore the fascinating city of Cusco.
Departure transfer to airport for your flight home.