Lodge to Lodge to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Lares Llama pack expedition is ideal for those that love fascinating archeological sites, get contact with nature, adventure spirit and over immerse in the local culture. This trip is highly culture, giving you the opportunity to close you up to hidden communities and its local people unchanged for centuries, that offer a unique & fascinating insight into their traditional Andean life (pasturing their alpaca, llama and sheep herds), giving you the opportunity to make local interaction. To re-valorize and continue and ancestral tradition is important for us, a reason why we use just llamas as pack animals for carrying the luggage. On this route, you will experience green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes, high passes, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks, and different small villages.

OVERVIEW

Location: Through Villages of Lares–Wakawasi–Patakancha, Ollantaytambo , Pisqa K´uchu and Machupicchu
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Night
Trip style: Cultural Immersion
Physical demand rating: Experience needed.
When to visit: Year-round

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Wakawasi (Meals: L/D)
Day 2: Wakawasi – Patakancha (Meals: B/L/D)
Day 3: Patakancha –  Pisqa k´uchu (Meals: B/L/D)
Day 4: Pisqa k´uchu – Machu Picchu Pueblo (Meals: B/L/D)
Day 5: Machu Picchu, the new wonder of the world (Meals: B)
*B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Highlights

  • Local villages still wearing their traditional outfits
  • Andean shepherds pasturing their sheep, llamas and alpacas
  • Enjoy cultural interaction with local people, their culture, beliefs and traditions
  • Discover a unique culinary tradition of Peru
  • Stoning snowcapped mountains and Andean landscapes
  • Incredible Inka trails and farming terraces
  • Ollantaytambo, the alive Inka town

What is included

  • Orientation briefing in Cusco, previous to departure date
  • All transfer in private service
  • 04 Nights (03 nights in home stay accommodation and 01 in hotel)
  • 12 Gourmet & Andean cuisine meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • 04 Breakfast
  • 04 Lunch
  • 04 Dinner
  • Return train ticket from Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Roundtrip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Service of English & Quechua speaking lead guide
  • Filtered and boiled drinking water supply during the trek
  • 01 Duffle bag per person for personal luggage
  • Local Chef and family hostage.
  • Llamas for carrying the whole food, equipment and your personal duffle bags
  • First aid kit with oxygen.
  • Short wave radios.
  • Sanitary care (Disinfect dishes, filtered water, etc.).
  • Environment care (Organic waste is locally treated and used as fertilizer and non-organic is recycled and delivered to Cusco).

Not Included

  • International flights.
  • Domestic Flights.
  • Extra services not mentioned in the program.
  • Tips and extra expenses.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Wakawasi (Meals: L/D)

Early in the morning (7:00 am), your professional lead guide will pick you up from your hotel on a private transportation. The van journey is about 3 1/2 hours until the village of Lares which is the starting point of your trek. Along the way enjoy the beauty of the famous Sacred Valley and stroll through the largest Inka warehouse, Ankashmarka. Before start the expedition meet all the crew that will look after you very well making sure you immerse in the local culture and have an unforgettable experience. The trek starts in a beautiful valley called Lares, the trail goes along the side of a small river until reach the lunch spot, located in a small picturesque valley. After lunch continue your trek walking on a original Inka trail that once connected to the amazon jungle where according the history is located the lost city of the Inkas “El dorado”. The trail terrain is easy to handle and soft inclined up with spectacular views at every breath taking resting stops.

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,270 m. – 10,791 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.
  • Homestay lodging: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.

Total distance: 08 km. /5 mi. – 6 hrs. Approx.
Overnight: Family homestay – Wakawasi village
(Altitude: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.)

Day 2: Wakawasi – Patakancha (Meals: B/L/D)

Start your day with a delicious Andean breakfast prepared by our chef and the local family. The hike starts with a gentle climb to the first pass from where the view of the valleys, snow-capped mountains and tranquil Andean lakes and lagoons are just amazing. Along the way it will be an opportunity to visit a local family house and witness their daily lives which didn´t changed much through centuries, also see the locals pasturing their llamas and alpacas and weaving flat textiles. The ascent has some short sections of steep parts (10-15 min aprox.) and also inclined flat parts which in general makes not very difficult to summit this mountain, you might find hard mostly because the high altitude.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.
  • Highest point: 4,420 m. – 14,586 ft.
  • Homestay Lodging: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.

Total distance: 13 km. – 8.1 mi. / 8 hr. Approx.
Overnight: Patakancha village, Family homestay
(Altitude: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.)

Day 3: Patakancha village – Pisqa K´uchu (Meals: B/L/D)

This morning, after a tasty breakfast, you start the expeditions towards the great Ollantaytambo, considered the last alive Inka town. On the way visit and get amazed by ancient villages, that guards the Inka traditions, and the Inka site of Pumamarka and its incredible system of farming terraces that still are being used by local farmers. The trail is in its 90 % downhill and the landscape is just great for supreme photographic opportunities. Lunch will be on a beautiful platform with a spectacular view of the valleys around. After a nice rest and visit the Inka site you continue downhill to the great town of Ollantaytambo. After a short visit of the Last Inka town (Ollantaytambo) your transportation will take you to Pisqa K´uchu village (km 82 bigining of classic Inka trail) for spending the night at local family house.

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.
  • Highest Point: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.
  • Overnight place: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.

Total distance:

  • 15km./9.3 mi. – 8 hrs.  Approx. (90% downhill)

Overnight: Ollantaytambo Town, hostel
(Altitude: 2, 800 m. – 9,240 ft.)

Day 4: Pisqa K´uchu – Machu Picchu Town (Meals: B/L/D)

In the morning after breakfast you will take a local bus with your guide to the starting point of your trek. Along the trek enjoy the different archeological sites located on both sides of the Urubamba river and also get marveled with the beautiful landscape. This trek is mostly through flat terrain, at some parts the trail goes along the train track until Machu Picchu pueblo.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.
  • Highest Point: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.
  • Overnight place: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.

Total distance:

  • 19km./11.8 mi. – 9 hrs.  Approx. (90% downhill)

Overnight: Machu Picchu town hotel
(Altitude: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.)

Day 5: Machu Picchu New Wonder of the World (Meals: B/L)

In the morning, after 1:20 hr. hike, you will arrive to the incredible “Lost city of the Inkas” scorted by your tour leader and be able to take a private guided tour of this incredible remains, enjoying the complicated history of the site, the surprising degree of technology achieved by its builders, the provision of water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, and its exceptionally fine stonework. All this magnificent building allows you to go back in time and with the help of your tour leader revive the existence of those builders truly admirable taking in the awe-inspiring scenery. After a complete overview of the site you will have the remainder of the day to further explore the site either alone or with your tour leader. After such a wonderful experience, you will take a 2:30 hr. hike to hydroelectric station, from where you will take a bus transportation to Cusco.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.
  • Highest Point: 2,400 m. – 6,600 ft.
  • Overnight place: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.

Total distance:

  • 10km./6.2 mi. – 6 hrs.  Approx.

Overnight: Cusco city, your hotel (Altitude: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.