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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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    Day 1: CUSCO – PUMAHUANCA – PUYOC

    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    Our first day of the Lares trek starts of in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.
    This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it’s quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campsite.

    Day 2: PUYOC – YANACOCHA – CUNCANI

    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite it’s about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2 hour walk right at the beginning.
    As we make our way to Cuncani we’ll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha – Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You’ll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campsite.

    Day 3: CUNCANI – LARES

    Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
    The focus of today is to meet the local people. Waking up early we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them – hopefully by now you’ll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyones delight and amusement). After the visit you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.
    Leaving Cuncani it’s just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we’ll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we’ll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they’re easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we’ll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we’ll catch our train to Machu Picchu.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Golden Sunrise Hotel *** or similar.

    Day 4: MACHU PICCHU!

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, 08680, Peru
    Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have an extra time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain if you have the permits. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 30 April 2019

    We booked this tour after learning that Inca trail passes were sold out for our dates. However I don't regret a bit of choosing this tour as we experienced a real beauty of Peru far from the touristy paths. Our guide Wilfredo was amazing. He...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    lisseth sofia m, marketing at Inkayni Peru Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2019

    Dear Helena, Thanks a lot for your commentary. All our staff is grateful for your recommendation, it is good to know that you enjoyed in your Inca trail to Machupicchu and around the wonderful Sacred valley. Our guide Wilfredo thanks your review, it helps him...More

    Reviewed 2 November 2018

    The Lares trek with Inkayni was easily the highlight of our Peru trip. Inkayni is still a growing company and truly puts it's clients' needs first. They plan their Lares trek in the reverse direction to all the other tour operators, which works very well...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    Alex Marco H, Gerente at Inkayni Peru Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2018

    Dear Daniel, thank you so much for your commentary and recommendation. We are happy to know that you enjoyed so much during your tour for the Lares trek to Machupicchu. For us, organizing your tour and having everything ready for your new experience in Peru...More

    Reviewed 22 September 2018

    30th of August we started the 4 day Inca hike to Macchu Pichu, through up down hot and cold we made it. Herlin, Justin, Mario (the chef) and all of the Chaskis were incredible. Herlin is one of the most knowledgeable tour guides I've ever...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    Alex Marco H, Gerente at Inkayni Peru Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2018

    Dear Customer, many thanks for your commentary. We appreciate the trust placed in us, it motivates us to move forward and we are very happy to have been part in this wonderful experience. All our staff are grateful with you review and everybody thanks you....More

    Reviewed 10 July 2018

    I have always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, and Inkayni Peru Tours made this possible. Everything about the trek was well thought out and professionally planned. Our guide, Herlin spoke excellent english and was very knowledgeable about Peru and Machu Picchu's history. The crew made...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
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    Alex Marco H, Manager at Inkayni Peru Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

    Dear Kendall, thanks so much for your commentary. We are so happy to know that our help could be so helpful to organise all for your trip to Machu Picchu. Our guide Herlin is grateful with your review, because now he knows the did a...More

    Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

    If you are thinking about doing the Machu Picchu trek, I can highly recommend this company! The trip was well planned and our excellent guide (Ernesto) had a huge knowledge about everything we saw on the way to Machu Picchu. However, the biggest surprise on...More

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    marco h, Manager at Inkayni Peru Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

    Dear Hans, Thanks a lot for your commentary. It's good to know that you had got a big surprise with the food. Your review helps to our guide Ernesto continue improve. We hope that you come back soon. Warm regards, INKAYNI PERU TOURS.

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