Discover the vestiges of the Inca culture in Lares Valley and the Inca Trail: an incredible combination of experiences between the living culture of the Huayruros in Lares and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the sacred citadel of the Peruvian Andes.
This trek offers you the incredible combination of the Lares trek with its breathtaking landscapes and ancient Andean culture, and the connection of the classic Inca Trail, which will take you to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to visit Machu Picchu twice. This 4-day trek will allow you to discover breathtaking landscapes, mountains, snow-capped peaks, and two nights camping.
The Inca Trail is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the Americas; an unforgettable experience not to be missed. The trail passes through the heart of the Peruvian cloud forest, passing several Inca archaeological sites and breathtaking landscapes. The Incas used this route for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.
Creating incredible memories!
Reduce carbon emissions by creating a culture of good environmental practices and by participating in reforestation campaigns.
Day 1: Cusco – Cuncani – Cuncani pass – Huacawasi
Day 2: Huacawasi – Huacawasi C’asa pass – Mantanay – Pucara
Day 3: Pucara – Ollantaytambo | Inca Trail: Km 104 – Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
At 6 am, our private transfer will drive you to the community of Cuncani (3,750 m) in Valle de Lares. During the trip, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Calca local market and discover the natural products that come from the interior of the Cusco region. Cuncani (3,750 m) is the meeting place with the local culture and starting point of the trail that will take you to the Cuncani pass (4,200 m) from where you will discover beautiful landscapes of hills and lakes. Then, a downhill trail will take you to the community of Huacawasi (3,800 m). Here, we’ll have the opportunity to experience the ancestral culture, interpret their philosophy, beliefs and try the culinary art of the local gastronomy. We’ll spend the night in a rural community touristic accommodation or camping tents.
Andean textile art in Lares Valley
In the Andean community of Huacawasi, a new operational model of community tourism is being promoted, highlighting the living culture of the Peruvian Andes. In this sense, the women of Huacawasi propose the exhibition and ancestral technique of textile art. These women will teach us all the secrets of weaving, from shearing llama or alpaca wool to making colourful typical textiles, which represent the activities of daily life and the cosmology of the Andean symbols. Live a friendly experience and support local entrepreneurship!
The most challenging day of the trek. A trail will take you to the Huacawasi C’asa pass at 4,500 m altitude. Here, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Urubamba mountain range, snow-capped peaks, streams, a mosaic of farmland and colourful lakes in the Peruvian Andes. Next, a downhill trail will take you to the natural reserve of Mantanay Park where you will be able to observe and photograph the native flora, Queuñas forest, and bird watch. Then, we’ll arrive at our camp in the community of Pucara (3,000 m), a cozy and quiet place to spend the night camping.
At dawn, we’ll leave Pucara in a private vehicle towards the village of Ollantaytambo, where we’ll board the train that will take us to Km 104. Along the Inca Trail, you’ll see the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,270 meters), a place where agricultural products were collected to supply the citadel of Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll continue along a path with impressive views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and, at the bottom, the course of the Urubamba River, where the flora has been able to develop thanks to its microclimates. Next, the path will take you inside the main archaeological centre of Wiñayhuayna (2,700 metres), a fabulous urban complex, perched on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Urubamba Valley and dominated by a vast set of terraces.
After lunch, we’ll head to the Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) located at 2,780 meters. We’ll make it here in time to marvel ourselves with a breathtaking sunset over Machu Picchu.
Then, we’ll go down to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400 meters), to take some pictures considering that the official visit will take place the following day. We’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes (2,050 meters).
After breakfast, we’ll leave our hotel to take the first bus that will take you up to Machu Picchu citadel (2,400 m). Our bilingual guide will help you to discover the Inca culture in the territory of the Tahuantinsuyo (4 regions of the Inca Empire), as well as the cults and ceremonies performed in the numerous temples and sacred places present in the citadel. After a 2-3 hour guided tour, you’ll have some time to enjoy the magic of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Then, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo, where our transport will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Subject to availability at the Flower`s house hotel
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Tinkuy, Sanctuary lodge restaurant: a buffet lunch experience while you`re visiting MachuPicchu!
Train services included
If you are looking for an adventure on your way to Machu Picchu at an unbeatable price, the Peru Rail Expedition train has just what you need, with all the on-board services you could wish for.
(*) The carriages of the Peru Rail Expedition train are infused with the designs of the Inca culture, making them the perfect way to begin your journey to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Peru Rail Expedition gives you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible scenery and take amazing panoramic photographs of a journey like no other.
Optional services to be hired
Note: The group of Porters/Horsemen and horses are only present in the trekking part.
On Demand – Vistadome Train
The “Vistadome” train offers you breathtaking views during your journey to Cusco, offers fashion shows, dinners, a refined service and premium travel conditions. In addition, the carriage is built with large windows that offer unparalleled panoramic views and the possibility to take beautiful photographs. The Vistadome also has air-conditioning and heating, and ergonomic leather seats that are very comfortable after so many hours of walking.
The Vistadome offers you a first class service, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the Andean culture, through the landscapes, the music, the dance and even the food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
On Demand – Hiram Bingham Train
The Hiram Bingham Train category is optional and it is a luxury service of the Orient Express, operated by the company “Peru Rail”. You will experience an exceptional journey. The Hiram Bingham carriages are distinguished by their blue and gold colour, their warm and cosy interior and their elegant upholstery. The service includes 4 carriages, 2 restaurant carriages, as well as a panoramic view carriage with bar. Brunch and dinner on board are also included.
For the optional services, contact our staff to check availability.
What we recommend that you bring
1. During high season (May to September), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of entry, due to the restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture to limit the number of entries to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; therefore, the date of entry to the Inca Trail could vary for one or two days; then we will adapt the program so you can make the most of it.
2. Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain: To hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is required to book well in advance, because the entrance tickets are limited to a certain number of people daily. Therefore, we’ll take care of the reservation and confirm your entrance with an additional charge of 75 USD for adults and 55 USD for students.
Note: If you wish to visit any of the extra mountains, please inform us in due time before purchasing the entrance tickets to the Inca Trail / Machu Picchu citadel.
3. Student card: To qualify for the 20 USD student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when you book, not just when you arrive in Cusco! It must be valid for the current year. When booking, we need a picture of the card sent to the contact email. The Ministry of Culture is strict when verifying student cards. If you do not have a valid ISIC student card, you will be charged the regular price.
4. A solidarity trip: Feel free to bring pens, notebooks, picture books or other school supplies to give to the children’s community school. The villagers will be very grateful. You can also buy bread on the way to share with the locals you meet.
5. Tips: for porters, cooks and guides tips are always welcome. Porters are also very grateful for a small donation, such as school clothes or supplies for their children.
6. Cancellation policy: For any cancellation; the costs already incurred by the travel agency will be at your expense. For more details on the cost of cancellations by certain participants, please refer to articles 6, 6.4 and our cancellation policies in the sales terms and conditions.
For more information, you may wish to check or consult our FAQ, Safe and Healthy Travel, and Flexible Booking with Explorandino.
Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel having been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Entrance to Machu Picchu is limited to 250 visitors per day. Thus, it is important to book at least 3 months in advance, especially during the high season (between May and September). During the low season, between December and January, it is possible to still have some places available before your visit. However, it’s always best to book in advance.
If you are interested in this trek, please contact us for more information.
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An incredible experience! Our guide Christian is a local expert and we were in good hands the entire trek. I enjoyed learning history from Christian and he knows so much about the land and how people use natural remedies for ...
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Our guides were so friendly and were very patient when teaching us Quechua words. They brought a lunch for us that was absolutely delicious and very filling. They were also so attentive to food restrictions and allergies. Would recommend to friends
I was originally scheduled for the Inca trail hike but ended up doing the sacred valley and Machu Pichu tours due to some last minute schedule issues. The tour operator was very accommodating in setting me up with hotels, train tickets and entry passes. Guides were knowledgeable and they...
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