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Peru & Machu Picchu: Comfortable Camping on the Inca Trail - Lares Trek

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Tour Itinerary

Explore the imposing Inca ruins of Pisaq, Interact with the locals in the Sacred Valley, Hike the Lares Trek en route to Machu Picchu with comfortable camping, Wander the temples and terraces of Machu Picchu with an expert guide.

Countries Visited

Peru

Cities Visited

Aguas Calientes , Cusco

  1. Day 1
    Cusco: The Land of the Incas
    The air is a bit thinner when you step off of the plane and you can immediately sense the magic of Cusco as you make your way to the city centre along the cobblestone streets past grand buildings and ancient Inca stonework. We welcome you to Peru, a diverse land of natural beauty and traditional cultures and we invite you to open yourself to curiosity and wonder as you embark on this adventure up in the Andes.
    Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.
    Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. 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: Novotel Cusco Hotel (or similar)

    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    The Sacred Valley: Pisaq Ruins and Cultural Traditions
    The Sacred Valley is aptly named for its importance to the people who have lived there and it is also stunningly beautiful with mountain scenery and colourful farmland along the Urubamba River. You'll see the massive ruins of Pisaq perched up above the town as you approach and you'll get to spend time with a local community on the way up to the site. Lunch is an experience unto itself at a community-run restaurant, using locally-grown ingredients for a delicious and traditional meal.
    Transport: Sit back and scan the scenery from the comfort of your private vehicle with stops along the way to Cuyo Chico, Pisaq, and Parwa.
    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. Visit this community learn about the ceramics process and partake in an empanada making demonstration.
    Activity: Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.
    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 Andina Premium Sacred Valley (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    The Sacred Valley: Your OMG Day
    Sitting at a slightly lower altitude than Cusco, spending time in the Sacred Valley helps to get you used the altitude in these parts. Choose from a scenic acclimatization hike to a waterfall or get the adrenaline flowing by scaling a via ferrata network of rungs and ladders for lunch with a view. Back at the hotel, feast on a traditional pachamanca meal consisting of various types of meat, potatoes and vegetables cooked for hours in the ground under hot stones.
    Activity: Option 1: Start the day with an acclimatization hike to Perilnilloq waterfall. Follow a meandering trail through the mountains to the gorgeous waterfall, and to the Inca ruins of Raqaypata that lie just beyond. Option 2: Get the adrenaline flowing and scale a via ferrata for epic views. Test your fear of heights as you climb the rungs and ladders and enjoy lunch with a view.
    Free Time: Enjoy free time back at the hotel this afternoon and evening before your group dinner.
    Activity: The thousand year-old tradition of Pachamanca involves baking an assortment of meat and vegetables in an oven of hot stones, earth, and grass. Meat is usually seasoned with local spices and wrapped in a banana leaf before it's placed on the hot stones and can include lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig. Savour this traditional meal prepared by an experienced chef.
    Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Lares Trek Day 1: Setting Off
    The Lares Trek will take you to new heights both literally and figuratively, with high mountain passes to tackle and majestic Andean scenery. Setting off from Ollantaytambo you'll head up the valley with porters and pack animals to help carry the gear, who will accompany you for the next few days. Let the cool mountain air fill you with energy as you head off into the mountains.
    Activity: Start early and drive to Yanahuara where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 8km (5 mi) to Mantanay Camp where you will stay for the night. Half-way through the hike the group will stop for lunch with a view. Trek Distance: 8km Trek Duration: 6 hours Trek Elevation: 2850m - 3800m
    Accommodation: Cuncani Camp Site (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Lares Trek Day 2: Mountain Vistas
    Awake at the mountain campsite and enjoy a cup of tea and a warm shower. The morning mist and the joviality amongst the porters make for a homely atmosphere as you get ready for the day and prepare your things to walk.
    Activity: Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass at 4,800m (15,748ft), 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 to your second campsite near a stream and sleep near a pine forest. Trek Distance: 10km Trek Duration: 8 hours Trek Elevation: 3800m - 3600m
    Accommodation: Suttoq Pacchaq Camp Site (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Lares Trek Day 3: Hot Springs
    Open your tent to the cool air and see some warm washing water and a cup of tea waiting for you. You'll get wafts of something delicious being cooked and the increasing murmur of the cooks and porters going about their morning. Savour the moment and be present to your surroundings.
    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 9 hrs to reach the town of Lares. Enjoy a soak in the local hot springs and then relax at camp for your final night sleeping on the trail.
    Activity: Have lunch at a 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: Alternate between the pools of varying temperatures, rich in minerals with healing properties and many health benefits, soak them in while enjoying the Andean scenery.
    Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Aguas Calientes: Scenic Train
    The sense of achievement you feel for completing the hike is one of the biggest rewards for your efforts, and the best is yet to come as Machu Picchu awaits you. Looking out at the mountains from the train as you wind along the Urubamba River makes it feel that much sweeter for the time spent walking the trails and through the remote Andean communities that you visited.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Free Time: Spend a free evening in Aguas Calientes and perhaps enjoy a soak in the local hot springs.
    Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Cusco: Discover Machu Picchu
    Exploring the mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a magical experience, no matter how many pictures you may have seen of it. The history of the ancient Inca that you've heard in the days leading up to this moment seem to all come together as you wander the site's temples and terraces. Relive the memories and take in the views as you return by train on the way back to Cusco.
    Transport: Climb aboard, take 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 Sun, 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 to and from Aguas Calientes is provided with the tour.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Accommodation: Novotel Cusco Hotel (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Cusco
    Your adventure comes to an end, and you can depart at any time.
    Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals:
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transportation:
Public bus, private van, train, hiking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Cuyo Chico Visit & Empanada Making Demonstration, Valle Sagrado Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Cuncani Community Campsite, Cuncani Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your OMG Day: Hike to Perilnilloq Waterfall or Via Ferrata, Valle Sagrado Your Foodie Moment: Traditional Pachamanca Dinner, Yanahuara Your Wellness Moment: Lares Hot Springs, Lares. Complimentary arrival transfer. Welcome dinner. Explore the ruins of Pisaq in the Sacred Valley with a local guide. 3-days trekking the Lares Trail with an expert local guide, cooks, and porters. Upgraded camping experience with included cots, air mattresses, blankets, portable toilets and warm showers. Included sleeping bags and trekking poles along the hike. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Farewell dinner. All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Global Connection Officers

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Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

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Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

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  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
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Where you'll be staying safe

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Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


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A healthy goodbye

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