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7-Day Lares & Classic Inca Trail Adventure

Experience the Lares trek and combine it with the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

7-Day Lares & Classic Inca Trail Adventure Overview

Discover the heart of the Andean world on our 7-Day Lares & Classic Inca Trail Adventure, a journey that seamlessly blends cultural richness with the historic majesty of Peru’s most famous trails. This experience is more than just a trek; it’s a deep dive into the vibrant tapestry of Andean life and an exploration of ancient Inca pathways leading to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. As you traverse through breathtaking landscapes, from soothing hot springs in Lares to the cloud-forested heights of the Inca Trail, each step is a story unfolding the timeless splendor of Peru.

Immerse yourself in the authentic Andean culture with a homestay in Willoq, where you’ll live alongside local families, sharing their traditions and daily life. The journey then takes you along the legendary Inca Trail, a path etched with historical wonders and natural beauty. Embrace the challenge of high mountain passes, the tranquility of lush valleys, and the thrill of uncovering hidden Inca ruins. This adventure is meticulously crafted for those seeking to connect with nature, history, and the enduring spirit of the Andean people, promising an unforgettable experience filled with moments of awe and inspiration.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Lares Hot Springs, Wacawasi, Ipsaycocha Lagoon, Patacancha, Willoq Homestay, Inca Trail, Dead Woman’s Pass, Pacaymayo Valley, Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
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  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs – Wacawasi

Your adventure commences with a journey from Cusco to the serene Lares hot springs. This scenic drive, a visual feast, winds through the Sacred Valley, showcasing the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range. In Lares, you’ll indulge in the rejuvenating hot springs, an oasis of relaxation and natural beauty.

As the afternoon sun dips, embark on a captivating trek to Wacawasi. Amidst breathtaking Andean landscapes, this hike is an exquisite blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion. Your night camping under the vast, starry sky near a Quechua community offers an unparalleled experience of Andean life.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4 hours, 10 km

Rise to the tranquil ambiance of the Andes and a warm cup of coca tea. Today, you ascend to Ipsay Pass, an exhilarating challenge rewarded with magnificent views of the Pitusiray, Sawasiray, and Veronica peaks. This trek is not only a physical journey but also a cultural exploration, as you walk paths traversed by the Incas centuries ago.

After relishing the beauty of the Ipsaycocha lagoon over lunch, descend to the culturally rich village of Patacancha. Here, amidst local traditions and vibrant customs, your camping experience transcends the ordinary, offering a deep connection to the Andean spirit and community.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

Begin your day in Patacancha with an insightful glimpse into Andean life. From here, venture to Willoq, a vibrant hub of living Andean culture. In Willoq, you’ll engage directly with local families, understanding their customs, traditions, and daily life. This is experiential tourism at its finest, offering a rare and authentic insight into the heart of Andean civilization.

Your night in Willoq will be spent in a homestay, a unique opportunity to live alongside local families, sharing meals and stories. This immersive experience is both humbling and enriching, deepening your understanding and appreciation of the Andean way of life.

Accommodation: Homestay in Willoq
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours, 4 km

After breakfast in Willoq, you will be driven to Km 82, the starting point of the famed Inca Trail. This is where your hike along the legendary path begins. The trek from Km 82 to Wayllabamba showcases the Urubamba River’s splendor and the enchanting Andean landscape, a perfect introduction to the wonders of the Inca Trail.

The Wayllabamba campsite, nestled amidst lush greenery, is your first stop on the trail. Here, you’re surrounded by the natural splendor of the Andes and the echoes of ancient civilizations. The evening offers a chance to connect with fellow trekkers, sharing the excitement and anticipation of the journey ahead.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7 hours, 11 km

Embrace a day of physical and spiritual ascent as you tackle the trail to Dead Woman’s Pass. This highest point of the Inca Trail offers not just panoramic views but also a deep connection with the ancient path you tread. Surrounded by diverse flora and fauna, this climb is a testament to the Inca Trail’s natural beauty and historical significance.

Descending to Pacaymayo Valley, you’ll find tranquility and a sense of achievement. The campsite, set in this picturesque valley, is a peaceful haven, allowing you to rest and reflect on the day’s journey. This evening under the stars is a perfect blend of relaxation and the satisfaction of conquering one of the trail’s greatest challenges.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 12 km

Today, your journey takes you through the second pass and past the captivating Runcu Raccay ruins. Each step on this part of the trail is a walk through history, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Andes. The path leads through varying landscapes, from the majestic waterfalls to the mystical cloud forest, each offering its unique allure.

Arriving at Wiñay Wayna, you’re tantalizingly close to the journey’s climax at Machu Picchu. This campsite, surrounded by verdant greenery and historical intrigue, is a place of rest and reflection. Here, the excitement for the final day’s trek to the iconic Inca citadel builds, offering a moment to contemplate the incredible journey so far.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 13 km

The final chapter of your adventure unfolds with an early hike to the Sun Gate, where you’re greeted with the first breathtaking glimpse of Machu Picchu. This iconic moment, as the ancient citadel reveals itself in the morning light, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Explore Machu Picchu’s mysteries with our expert guides, delving into the history and marvels of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterward, enjoy some free time in Aguas Calientes before embarking on your return journey to Cusco. The train ride to Ollantaytambo followed by a transfer to Cusco marks the end of an unforgettable trek through the Andean landscape and Inca history.

Accommodation: None (Return to Cusco)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

Tour Highlights

7-Day Lares & Classic Inca Trail Adventure Highlights

  • Scenic Start from Cusco: Embark from the historic city of Cusco, immersing yourself in its rich culture and history before venturing into the Andes.
  • Relaxation at Lares Hot Springs: Unwind in the therapeutic waters of Lares hot springs, renowned for their natural healing properties and serene surroundings.
  • Cultural Immersion in Wacawasi: Experience authentic Andean life in Wacawasi, engaging with local Quechua communities and witnessing traditional lifestyles.
  • Breathtaking Views at Ipsay Pass: Ascend to the panoramic heights of Ipsay Pass, surrounded by the stunning vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks.
  • Serene Ipsaycocha Lagoon: Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Ipsaycocha Lagoon, a perfect spot for lunch amidst the peaceful highland scenery.
  • Homestay Experience in Willoq: Live alongside local families in Willoq, gaining unique insights into the daily life and traditions of Andean villagers.
  • Inca Trail Adventure: Trek the legendary Inca Trail, an ancient path leading through diverse landscapes, from cloud forests to high mountain passes.
  • Conquering Dead Woman’s Pass: Challenge yourself with the ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest and most exhilarating point on the Inca Trail.
  • Explore Pacaymayo Valley: Descend into the lush Pacaymayo Valley, enjoying its tranquility and the beauty of the surrounding Andean nature.
  • Mystical Wiñaywayna Campsite: Camp at Wiñaywayna, close to Machu Picchu, surrounded by enchanting greenery and historic intrigue.
  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Witness the breathtaking sunrise over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, an unforgettable moment marking the climax of your trek.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Delve into the history and mystery of Machu Picchu with a guided tour, exploring this ancient Inca citadel.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Cusco.
  • All transportation to and from trek starting and ending points.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry 7 kg of personal gear during the Lares section.
  • Muleteers to manage horses.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • Porter Service to carry camping equipment, food, and other essentials.
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options available at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • All entrance fees to the Lares Trek and Inca Trail, including Machu Picchu.
  • Camping during trekking days and one night in a Willoq homestay.
  • Authentic experience in Willoq with local families.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition-class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent; carried by trekkers unless opting for porter service on the Inca Trail).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 7 lunch and dinner.
  • Personal Porter Service for the Inca Trail Section: Additional charges based on requirements: Full Porter for personal gear (12kg) at US$150, Half Porter for personal gear (6kg) at US$75, Extra Porter for sleeping gear (4kg) at US$50.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (an additional US$80 per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Porter for Personal Belongings on Inca Trail: A dedicated porter will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items directly to each campsite during the Inca Trail section, allowing you to trek more comfortably.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

1890

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

1950

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

2100

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

2420

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

3250

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

3620

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport and student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots and extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including a jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch or flashlight with spare batteries.
  • Camera, film, and batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET, no reported risk of malaria).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen and water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (include special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Layering: Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered easily to adapt to the variable weather conditions.
  • Space: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to organize your gear and to maximize space in your backpack.
  • Footwear: Break in your hiking boots before the trek to avoid discomfort or blisters.
  • Dry Gear: Even if your daypack is water-resistant, consider packing your gear in dry bags or garbage bags for added protection.
  • Essentials: Keep essentials like passport, cash, and personal medication in a secure and easily accessible place.
  • Sleeping Bag: If you have not opted for the porter service during the Inca Trail section, please note that you will be responsible for carrying your own sleeping bag.
  • Lightweight: Aim to pack as light as possible, especially if you haven’t opted for a porter service. Consider your stamina and the trek’s difficulty when packing.
  • Deluxe Package: If you’ve opted for the Deluxe Package, make sure your personal belongings do not exceed the weight limit for the porter service during the Inca Trail segment.

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