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An alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, the Lares Trek journeys through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu.
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Four nights lodge accommodation, meals as indicated, guided tours, entrance fees and permits to sites as specified, transportation train from Aguas Calientes
Selected dates, Mar - Dec
The Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu, a journey through the ancient history, living culture and magnificent landscape of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Expert guides will tailor your individual experience with a choice of adventure activities and cultural encounters. Then, as breathtaking sunsets paint the Andean sky, you will settle into deluxe mountain lodges to prepare for the next day.
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The astounding scenic beauty and mountain ranges
Tailor your adventure by choosing from various authentic and experiential activities each day, such as a trip to see the local communities rarely visited on the Inca Trail Trek
Indulge in the comfort of two world class mountain lodges
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Early morning departure from Cusco. Option to visit to the market at Pisac or take a moderate hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its unique farming practices. Afternoon excursion to the archaeological complex at Pisac. (L)(D)
Go deeper into the heart of the Lares region. A road journey into the mountains will take you through remote archaeological sites. After lunch, choose between visiting a traditional weaver’s villager or a scenic drive and a moderate/strenuous hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi. (B)(L)(D)
Morning visit with the community of Huacahuasi to learn more about their heritage and daily life. Then embark on another spectacular hike to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Lunch along the route. Another option is to drive back through more towns in the Sacred Valley and visit an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past. Lunch in the Urubamba countryside on the way to Ollantaytambo to explore this charming town on foot. If you feel like some action before the drive back down to the Sacred Valley, an afternoon bike ride through fields along an old path can be arranged. (B)(L)(D)
Early morning short hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for magnificent views of the town and the temple. After, enjoy a guided tour of the fortress, one of the best examples of Inca architecture and revel in its mystical history, a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu. Midday, embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes. (B)(L)(D)
At dawn, begin your visit to Machu Picchu and experience a guided tour of the Sanctuary. Time for self exploration. Optional uphill hike on Huayna Picchu. Return to Cusco by train and private coach. (B)(L)
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