Inca Empire - Lares Trek

Inca Empire - Lares Trek


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco, witness life on Lake Titicaca, haggle at Sacred Valley markets

From the bustling market-filled streets of La Paz to Incan culture high in the Andes, this 2-week adventure provides a panoramic view of Peru and a glimpse of Bolivia. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco and La Paz and interact with locals from the region's communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of the world's best known and challenging hikes, and experience the stunning views of majestic Machu Picchu. As the region's largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters, quality food, service, and equipment.

Day 1: La Paz
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)

Day 2: La Paz
Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to this spectacular pre-Colombian archaeological site. It was the capital of an empire that extended into Peru and Chile from 300 to 1000 AD. Check out the fantastic buildings, architecture, sculptures and carvings firsthand and get a taste of an era long gone.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: La Paz/Puno
Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Italia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Puno/Lake Titicaca
Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Activity: Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.
Activity: Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well.
Accommodation: Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.
Activity: Take a tour of these unique islands. Learn about the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months ). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time exploring the area.
Activity: Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).
Accommodation: Hotel Italia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 6: Puno/Cusco
Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco
Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.
Free Time: There's so much to the colonial city— go see for yourself.
Accommodation: Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Transport: Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.
Activity: Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.
Activity: In the rural village of Cuyo Chico in the Sacred Valley, a group of families joined together to create a small business based on their traditional adobe ceramic crafts. Using clay from their surroundings, they mold bowls, plates, and all manner of decorations. Learn about the ceramics process as well as the traditional adobe brick-making that forms the basis of houses throughout the valley, all while taking in a spectacular view of the Pisac Ruins. After the demonstration, peruse the items for sale directly from the artisans in their shop.
Activity: Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.
Accommodation: Casa de Mama Valle (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Enjoy buffet-style lunch at Parwa Community Restaurant in the Sacred Valley.)

Day 9: Lares Trek
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Start early and drive (3 hrs) to Lares town where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 4km (2.5 mi) to Chancachaca then stop for lunch. Be sure to rest and rehydrate because the altitude here is around 3480m (11,417 ft). Continue trekking along rocky mountain paths 4.7km (3 mi) to the isolated village of Cuncani. Camp here for the night at 3872m (12,703 ft) at the G Adventures-supported community run campsite.
Activity: Spend the night at the Lares Community campsite, owned and managed by the 71 families that belong to the Cuncani community. The earnings from the campsite are allocated for investment in social projects such as health, education, nutrition, and infrastructure improvements to water and electricity.
Activity: Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. This G Adventures for Good project empowered local Cusqueña women to start their own business in order to reduce the environmental impact of treks in the region. Planeterra provided $10,000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell them to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks.
Accommodation: Cuncani Camp Site (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Lunch in Chancachaca.) Dinner

Day 10: Lares Trek
Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.
Activity: Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain 12.2km (7.6 mi) to its high pass at 4750m (15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. Hike downhill another 2.2km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata, for lunch and to take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill another 2.6km (1.6 mi) to our second campsite near a stream. Sleep tonight at about 4,114m (13,497 ft) elevation.
Accommodation: Suttoq Pacchaq Camp Site (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes
Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a good night's rest at your hotel.
Activity: Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca and meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way. Trek 3-4 hrs to reach the town of Pumahuanca. Enjoy lunch then hop a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue by train to Aguas Calientes.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 12: Machu Picchu/Cusco
Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Cusco
Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Free Time: Finish up anything you didn't get to the first time around.
Accommodation: Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Cusco/Lima
Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or wander the neighbourhood of Miraflores.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Suyay 2 (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Lima
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport
Public bus, plane, train, boat, ferry, hiking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Cuncani Community Campsite, Cuncani Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Tiahuanaco visit. Floating islands of Uros visit. Lake Titicaca guided tour and homestay. Sacred Valley guided tour. Pottery making demonstration. Lares Trek guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days). G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek. Machu Picchu guided tour. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts), camping (2 nts), homestay (1 nt).

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