Lares & Inka Jungle 6D/5N

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Duration: 
6D/5N
Itinerary

 

FIRST DAY: CUSCO – LARES – HUACAWASI

The tour begins at 6:00 AM with a pick-up location that is set during your meeting with us in our office the day beforehand. From the pick-up location, we will travel to Lorenzo’s lodge where we serve the first breakfast (buffet style) and from there; continue on to the small town of Lares (3,100 meters above sea level) with a travel time of about 3 hours. Upon arrival, we will head directly to the medicinal thermal baths to enjoy some relaxation time.  After lunch, a long walk of approximately 4 hours to the campsite of Huacawasi (3,900 meters above sea level) awaits us. On the way, we will pass through incredibly beautiful Andean scenery and a few small towns where we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the High-Andean culture. Once we arrive at the campsite, we will eat dinner and receive an informational about ancestral knowledge related to Incan astronomy.

SECOND DAY:  HUACAWASI – PATA CANCHA

After breakfast, we begin our longest and most difficult day of the entire trip with a hike lasting 7-8 hours. The first 3 hours will be a continuous ascent to the highest point of our journey – the Ipsay Pass at 4,490 meters above sea level. During the entire ascent, you will have the opportunity to pass through truly indigenous Andean towns, learn about their culture and traditions, as well as see alpacas, llamas, vizcachas (Peruvian hares) and if we have luck, the occasional condor that passes through the area. At the top of the pass, our guide will explain a bit more about the region and the importance that those mountains held within Incan religious practices. After descending from the pass for the following 40 minutes, we will arrive at the Ipsaycocha Laguna and eat lunch. After lunch and a well-deserved break, we will continue our walk to the second campsite. This part of the trek will be completely downhill. At the campsite, we will have the option to visit a house belonging to a local family and learn about their day-to-day life. We will then eat dinner and our guide will hold an informational meeting about the next day of the tour. 

THIRD DAY: PATACANCHA – ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARIA: Bicycling (34 miles, 55 km) (OPTIONAL RAFTING: S/.100 SOLES).

After breakfast, we will travel by car to Ollantaytambo where private transportation will be waiting to take us to the Málaga Pass (4,316 meters above sea level) (14,160 feet above sea level).  This is where we begin our bicycle tour down the mountain. 
Your guide will give a quick informational briefing and provide all riders with the appropriate safety gear before the 3-hour mountain decent (about 34 miles or 55 km) to the town of Huamanmarca. From there, we continue our journey by bus for approximately 30 minutes until we reach the town of Santa Maria, where we have our first lunch and spend the first night in a basic hostel. During this part of the journey, you will experience the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and their fast-changing climate from a dry cold to a humid heat.  Upon arrival to Santa Maria, you will have the option to go rafting (level III and IV, during April-November) in the Urubamba River, which crosses through part of the jungle.  The rafting price (S/100 Soles) is not included in the tour.

FOURTH DAY: SANTA MARIA - SANTA TERESA: TREKKING (14 miles, 23 km)

After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the trekking course to Santa Teresa at approximately 6:00 AM. The first 2 hours of our tour is an ascent, but there will be various stops in order to learn a bit more about the rich variety of flora and fauna that can be found in the region we are in.  One of these stops will be a family house where we will rest for 20 minutes and supply ourselves with more water and some regional tropical fruit. After resting for a bit, we will cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machupicchu with the city of Vilcabamba. Here, our guide will explain a bit more about the history of the Incas, as well as the system of communication that existed during that time. At this point, we will also see one of the most impressive views in all of the Huancarccasa Canyon. Afterwards, we will descend to the small town of Quellomayo where we will stop to eat lunch and rest in the near-by hammocks. We then continue 2 more hours on foot to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the naturally heated water of the baths.  After bathing, we will continue on to the final destination of the day, Santa Teresa, and spend our second night in a basic hostel. 

FITH DAY: SANTA TERESA - AGUAS CALIENTES: TREKKING (10 miles, 16 km) (OPTIONAL CANOPY ZIPLINE: S/100 soles)

After breakfast, we will begin the trekking course to Aguas Calientes at approximately 7:00 AM. We will walk for 3 hours in the Aobamba Valley until we reach the Intihuatana sector, where we pass a government control post and continue the trek. Lunch will be included along the path and we will have the opportunity to see a series of waterfalls and admire the majesty of the mountains surrounding Machupicchu and Haynapicchu. Here you will also have the opportunity to see an astronomical sundial used by the  Inka´s, as well as other constructions such of the Incan citadel of Machupicchu. After 3 hours of walking, we will arrive in Aguas Calientes alongside the train tracks that lead to the small town. 

SIXTH DAY: MACHUPICCHU

This is the most important day of the tour – the day that we arrive to one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Our last day of the tour begins very early in the morning in order to be able to watch the sun rise over the Incan citadel of Machupicchu. We begin the ascent from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu at 4:30 AM, with the option of hiking the 1,500 Inka steps or paying a $12 bus fare to reach the citadel. Once inside the park, your guide will provide a 2 hours tour of the ruins and most important temples within the ancient city. Afterwards, you will be free to explore Machupicchu yourself and maybe even hike Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (previous reservations are needed with two months of anticipation, plus a fee of $20. There are only 400 entrance tickets per day to climb these two mountains). On your own time, you will need to return to Aguas Calientes (via stairs or bus) in order to take a return train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.