See the highlights of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and hike the rugged Lares Valley on your way to Machu Picchu! This is the perfect itinerary for those who want to see the archeological wonders of the Inca Empire and also the wilds of the Andes Mountains. You will see the most important wonders of the ancient Inca culture and also learn about modern Quechua people, who still follow many of the cultural practices of their Inca ancestors. This itinerary takes you deep into the connections between ancient Inca and current Quechua culture.
DAY 1: TRANSFER + CITY TOUR
Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Our guide will give you a short briefing and you will have the rest of the morning to acclimatize. In the afternoon, we will begin the tour of the Imperial City of Cusco, a living example of the mixture of Andean and Spanish culture. Continuing your trip, you visit the Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the Inca Koricancha temple, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun Inti.
Our tour continues through the incomparable and fascinating archeological site of Sacsayhuaman and its Inca military architecture, which dominates the city. Finally, we explore the archeological sites of Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, located to the northeast of the city. We will return to your hotel in Cusco early in the evening.
3* Accommodation: Waman Qoricancha or Maytaq Wasin Hotel
DAY 2: CUSCO – PISAC – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA
We will start the tour with your pick-up at 5 am from your hotel in Cusco, then go to the town of Pisac. Continuing with our trip we will visit the archeological site of Pisac where we will have beautiful views of the Sacred Valley. Our guide will share with you the history of the ancient Inca Citadel of Pisac. After the visiting Pisac, we will have a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef at our private guesthouse. Then we will drive to Huaran, with a quick stop at the Calca market on the way. At the trailhead, we will meet our horseman and horses. We will get ready, lace up our trekking boots and give our duffel bags to the horsemen. The pack horses will carry your personal gear, so you only have to carry a light daypack on the trek! It’s time to start our hike for 3 hours, gradually ascending until we reach Saqra Machay.
During the hike, we will observe, rivers, mountains and enjoy beautiful views all around us. We will stop at the point called Saqra Machay, where lunch will have been prepared by our chef and is ready to be served when you arrive! We will replenish our energy for the next section of the hike. After lunch will continue our hike to our campsite at Cancha Cancha.
Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the homes of some of the local families in the Andean village. Your guide will be your interpreter as you learn from the local indigenous people who speak Quechua. If you have some small gifts or fruit, these families who welcome us to their homes would much appreciate it. Some families may also have things to sell. Buying from the woman who raised the alpaca, sheared the wool, spun the yarn and wove the product is true Fair Trade! After this memorable experience, we will continue another 2 more hours till we reach our first campsite. Hot tea or coffee will be ready when you arrive with your appetizers before dinner. Our guide will then explain about the Inca constellations, which are still used today by the Quechua people to guide their agricultural cycles.
- Meals included: Breakfast- Lunch- Tea break- Dinner
- Accommodation: Campsite
- Distance: 12kms / 7 miles
- Hours: 6hrs approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 3 : CANCHA CANCHA – QUISHUARANI
Energized after another hearty and delicious breakfast, we will then be ready to begin our 7 hours hike up and over the Pachacutec pass. Starting off with high passes and intense walks, you will also get to experience the view of blue glacial lakes, llama herds, and of course the stunning mountain vistas. Enjoying the 360 view, we descend 30 minutes more taking lunch with a fantastic view of the Lares Valley.
After being mesmerized from the glacial view of the mountain, we will make our way down for 3 hours towards our campsite taking a unique trail, noticing local farmers with their traditional clothing shepherding their alpacas. We will spend a little more time on the trail until we reach the seven waterfalls. We are about to arrive at our second campsite, where our trekker chef will prepare some hot tea and delicious meals for the night. Fully satisfied, it’s time to get some rest beneath the stars.
- Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch- Tea break – Dinner
- Accommodation: Campsite
- Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
- Hours: 8hrs approximately
- Difficulty: Challenging
DAY 4: QUISHUARANI – CUNCANI – LARES – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
The adventure continues, at the beginning of the most memorable day so far! We begin our hike for 3 hours until we reach the Hullkiccasa Pass (4,200 m / 13,779 ft) where we will have magnificent views of the reflections of the images of the glacial lakes. Time to descend for 2 hours through high Andean farmland and small cirques to the community of Cuncani. Connecting with local indigenous children, we will visit the Andean school and share quality time with the students.
After this memorable experience, we will head to Veronica View Hotel in Ollantaytambo where you will be taking a well deserved rest after the intense hike. You will enjoy the comfort of our sauna and heated swimming pool, with optional spa treatments, massages and much more. Refresh and revitalize your comfort with a stunning view of Veronica Mountain and glacier.
- Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodations: Veronica View Hotel
- Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO
After a relaxing night, we will begin our tour early. After breakfast will be transferred to the train station where will be board the train which departs at at 6:10 to Aguas Calientes. You will get to enjoy the train ride experiencing the view of white glaciers, formed valleys and the layers of the ancient Inca terraces. The sacred Vilcanota River will be our companion until our arrival in Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes at 7:30 am and transfer you to the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Following the ancient and remote steps of the Lost City of the Incas, this guided tour will take you to the magical Machu Picchu. Your guide will walk you through the rediscovery of these enigmatic ruins. Then you will be given free time to explore, take pictures or walk to the Sun Gate. Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will have time to have lunch and take the afternoon train at 4:22 pm with the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo, From there we will transfer back to Veronica View Hotel to have dinner and another round of relaxation.
- Meals included: Breakfast – Dinner
- Accommodations: Veronica View Hotel
- Difficulty: Easy
DAY 6: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MORAY – MARAS – CHINCHERO – CUSCO
Waking up early today, after breakfast we will be visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be the archeological site of Moray, also known as “The Greenhouse of the Incas.” The levels of the terraces are carved in a huge bowl, part of which was excavated by the Incas for their crops. The terraces have varied microclimates according to the depth of the basin, so it is believed that the Incas have used them to experiment with hybridization and discover the optimal conditions for their different crops. We will then head to the colonial city of Maras, where you will see the Salineras. Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of water heavily laden with salt, which is diverted to the salt flats and evaporated to produce a high quality salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt! Finally, we go to Chinchero, where you will see the historic colonial adobe church, from the early seventeenth century which was built on the foundation of an Inca temple or palace. The interior is covered with beautiful floral and religious designs. In addition, you will discover the Inca archeological ruins and agricultural terraces. After this fascinating tour, we will head to Cusco City and take you to your hotel.
- 3* Accommodations: Waman Qoricancha or Maytaq Wasin Hotel
- Meal included: Breakfast
DAY 7: DEPARTURE FROM CUSCO
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the remaining time in the city of Cusco. We recommend visiting the San Pedro market and Plaza de Armas. In the afternoon, we will take you to the airport for your departure to Lima.
- Meal included: Breakfast
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE LARES TREK PACKAGE?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE LARES TREK PACKAGE?
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE FOR LARES TREK PACKAGE
***The Sacred Valley & Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is available on any date that its best for you as long as we have two participants.
Price: $637 USD per person without hotels
Price: $737 USD per person with 2 nights 3* Cusco hotel + 2 nights Veronica View
Price: $867 USD per person with 2 nights 4* Cusco hotel + 2 nights Veronica View
***Private service is available for $100 USD more per person.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the cardis required at booking for government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person
- Single Supplement: $40USD 2* and $60 USD 3*, $100 USD 4* for solo travelers
Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Lares Trek Package
WELCOME TO CUSCO!
You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to the your hotel in Cusco. Please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your arrival. Look out for our representative holding an orange Veronica Group sign at the arrival terminal.
The evening before the tour you will receive a briefing at your hotel in Cusco.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?
Of course! During the Lares trek Package, your main luggage can be stored at the hotel in our secure storage.
HOW TO BOOK
FIRST, to book your Sacred Valley & Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase a ticket to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a your Inca Trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page..
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles). There are ATMs within the historical center of both Cusco and Ollantaytambo to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
- According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need universty cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
- All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
- For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
- For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
- All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
- Send us a copy at email@example.com
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, but with some restrictions. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Lares trek Package, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your ticket for Machu Picchu, train ticket, other tickets and reservations.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter into Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON LARES TREK PACKAGE?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers, which makes it easier to adjust to the different microclimates through which you trek.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Veronica View Hotel destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
The Sacred Valley & Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Package includes an extra packhorse for your personal gear on the Lares Trek. Please read about the weight limits below.
What you have to take with you for the Lares trek Package?
- Original passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (25-30 liters)
- Water storage: 2-3L reusable bottles (please do not bring disposable)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Toilet paper and small plastic bags
- 2 t-shirts
- 1 hiking pants at least
- Warm undergarments
- Hiking socks
- Polar or sweater
- Jacket if cold season
- Waterproof gloves – rainy season
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- Sun hat
- Wool hat if cold season
- Rain gear – rainy season
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or dry fruit
- Rain poncho (provided by VV Hotel)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips