This Lares Homestay trekking offers a glimpse at an area where traditional Quechua life continues to this day. This includes centuries-old weaving and farming practices and traditional dress, and the opportunity to participate in optional homestays with local families. As well as taking on the world renowned Inca Trail on this much quieter route, you have a chance to really immerse yourself in traditional and culture, by staying with local Quechuas families along the way. After trekking through mountainous valleys, enveloped by snow capped Andean peaks, you will finally reach the great ancient citadel of Machu Picchu by Inca trail
Day One: Cusco - Lares Wacawasi Village
We pick you up by 5:am, then we ride our private car to Calca province where we stop by the local Market to buy some staff for our homestay families. we still ride our private car for 1 hour arriving to Community of Huacawasi. People here produce some of the finest weavings in Peru. Here we can observe their talented skills and brilliant techniques in the fabrication of ponchos and other garments. Tonight we staying with a local family.
Day 02 Wacawasi village- Iqsaycocha lake - Patacancha Village
After breakfast with a local family before setting out on the trail. From there, we begin the ascent up a long to the pass of we will arrive at the highest pass on our trek- Ipsaycochaccasa (4,400 masl). Here we will rest for a bit, feeling the cold of the air high in the Andes, almost touching the clouds after all nice views and pictures we descending into the Ipsaycocha lake them We still hike 2 hours for a late lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon learning about traditional weaving and potato cultivation. Tonight we staying with a local family.
Day 3: Patacancha Village – 104kms – Winayhuayna – Sungate - Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
We take the early morning Expedition train from Ollantaytambo through the picturesque Sacred Valley to Km 104, where we enter the trail. Our hike continues gently upwards for approximately 4 hours until we reach the beautiful Inca complex of Winay Wayna, where we stop to eat a nutritious and plentiful bagged lunch. Sub-tropical flora and fauna surrounds us as we continue 2 hours to the Sun Gate, from where we will see Machu Picchu. We will walk down past the majestic ruins, and then take the bus to Aguas Calientes to spend a relaxing night in a comfortable hotel.
Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES/ LOST INCA CITY, MACHU PICCHU
Lares valley inca trail trek After breakfast and an early start, we take a 30 minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu ruins, where we will tour the amazing architecture and mysterious temples left by the Incas. A professional, English-speaking guide will help us understand the sophisticated ideas and technology of this highly-advanced culture. Once the official tour is completed, we will have plenty of time to explore the Sanctuary on our own before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon.
With the Lares Trek Homestay package you will receive:
Transportation and Tickets
Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek
Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
train tickets to km 104
Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel
Entrance tickets to Machupicchu
Entrance tikets to Inca Trail
We use four-season Eureka tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
Foam mattresses, tables, and seat for each tent
Food and drink utensils
Dinner tent and kitchen tent for the group
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide
A cook to prepare your meals
Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters can be hired to carry your personal belongings)
Our guides are professional and multilingual. Not only do they possess an excellent knowledge of the Inca Trail, but they’re also wholly familiar with all of the intricate archaeological, historical, and cultural Inca traditions. All of our tour personnel are also highly qualified in tour group management and in first
Basic hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes, Local Homestays
High quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens, water bottles, or hydration packs (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
Cultural Immersion ExperienceTravel is about meeting the local people and experiencing different ways of life. That is why EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU immerses you in the local communities. Visit the most interesting and off the beaten track locations to experience the real Peru! Have a unique cultural adventure at local communities, COMMUNITY STAY and CULTURAL IMMERSION before each trek and take part of our tours.
We are a 100% locally owned and operated company! Proud to be Quechuas!!!
EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU offers an assortment of adventurous treks and exciting tour packages in Peru, specially designed to appeal to most visitors' budgets that doesn't have a negative impact on the environment or adversely affect local communities. EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU employees are local, Peruvian people. We work to invest in our own country and develop social work to offer our people a better lifestyle and provide opportunities to keep growing. This is the main difference between local companies and foreign companies and associated companies.
Our Group Services have a maximum group size of 8
Most tour operators work with a maximum of 16 on the Inca Trail, since this is authorized by law, or even higher on other trekking routes.
We treat our staff
Including chefs, porters and wranglers with the utmost respect and fairness. EXPLORE ADVENTURES not only complies with the Porter Law and Regulation, but our wages are over the minimum requested by law and above the average pay by most tour operators.
We have expert Top Tour Guides
For special requests (ornithology, history and archaeology, flora and fauna and also generalist guides). All our guides have been trained in advanced first aid by certified doctors in Peru. On all of our treks, not only on the Inca Trail, there will be a guide for every 8 guests. The head guide will ensure the utmost safety to our guests by providing them undivided attention.
We use innovative equipment
Such as an igloo, waterproof, spacious tents, camping equipment specialized for high mountain treks, such as Vaude, Eureka and Doite tents. Each tent has a capacity for 3 people, but are used only for 2 people.
We have one of the most outstanding meal services in the field
Our chefs have been highly trained by several institutes in Lima and Cusco. You should be prepared to not only have a superb trekking experience, but also a culinary one, including generous and delicious breakfasts, snacks, lunches, tea services and dinners. Our delectable menus include a variety of Peruvian and international food and also cater for vegetarian and other dietary needs at no extra cost. EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU is recognized for its buffet meals, the quantity and quality of food, and its freshness.
EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU performs responsibly.
Making sure to cause minimal impact on the environment of the natural protected areas where it operates.
We pay legal taxes (19% IGV or consumption tax)on all services contributing to the country’s growth and development. Further to this, we pay a 30% tax on all earnings.
Our superb treatment to our staff is not reduced in the low season: porter and chef wages are maintained, same as guide fees.
Finally, EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU strives to provide top quality service to its clientele and will continue to listen to their comments on how to improve our services and take it to a higher level. Our clients are extremely satisfied as our numerous testimonials prove. Please read their trip reports on the Testimonials section of our website and also on Tripadvisor.
Price per person: US$ 720 (Minimum 2 persons; departures all year)
* We include duffle bags 8kls and a horse that will carry your personal belongings in all of our treks at no additional cost.
*Emergency horse available throughout the trek, in the event someone is not feeling well.
Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – $25
Under 15 Discount – $25
Under 7 Discount – $35
Black Diamond Hiking Poles- US$15.00 (pair)
Sleeping bag -4 season - US$25.00
Private Tent - US$30.00
Air mattress -$15
Would you also like to hike Huayna Picchu? Sure you we can make it! Its price is US$85.00 per person and there are 2 turns (at 7 am and 10am), Only 400 people can hike Huaynapicchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu, starting around 10:00 a.m. We recommend that you book your tickets in advance to let us know of your interest in Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu Mountain is an alternative climbing mountain, which also offers fantastic views of Machupicchu. We recommend it if Huayna Picchu Mountain is full.
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