Last update 09/20/2023

Luxury Trek Sacred Valley y Lares Adventure 05 Days / 04 Nights

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 0: CITY OF CUSCO / TRIP BRIEFING 

Meet your MLP guide and fellow travelers for a general trip briefing and Q&A. 

  • Time: 6pm 
  • Location: El Mercado, an MLP Signature Property.
  • Address: Calle 7 Cuartones 306, Centro Histórico de Cusco, Cusco. 
  • Duration: Approximately 45 minutes* 

*We recommend that you stay for dinner at ‘La Taberna’ in El Mercado, which offers Peruvian and other international cuisine in a cozy, elegant setting

DAY 1: EXPLORING PISAQ

Begin your journey from the busy streets of Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, full of lush green fields surrounded by striking mountain peaks. Start your day with either an invigorating hike from the village of Amaru to the community of Viacha, or a visit to the Awanakancha textile center followed by an exploration of the lively town and colorful artisan marketplace of Pisaq. Midday, both cultural explorers and hikers will reunite in the village of Viacha to learn about traditional Andean farming techniques. Afterwards, hike or drive to the Pisaq archaeological site for a guided tour, followed by a traditional Pachamanca dinner back at Lamay Lodge.

Day 1 Activity Options

Cultural (morning): Excursion to Awanakancha for an introduction to traditional Andean textile weaving techniques and an up-close visit with some friendly llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, all camelids indigenous to both this region and other high-altitude regions throughout Peru. Next, visit the town of Pisaq for a brief tour and time explore the unique goods for sale in its colorful artisan marketplace. 

Active (morning): Hike from the village of Amaru to the community of Viacha. 

Approximately 3 hours – Difficulty: Moderate. 

All-Group Activity: Meet the Viacha locals and learn about their traditional Andean farming practices, followed by an optional hike (or drive) and guided exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site.

Meals: L (box lunch in route), D (Lamay Lodge)

Overnight: Lamay Lodge.

DAY 2: INTO THE HEART OF LARES

The day begins with a visit to the small town of Lamay followed by a scenic drive into the heart of the Lares Valley. Your first stop will be Ancasmarca for a guided tour of this seldom-visited archaeological site. Afterwards, choose a visit with the expert textile weavers in the remote village of Choquecancha or a hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi, where both groups meet again to spend the night.

Day 2 Activity Options:

All-Group Cultural Activity (morning): Explore the town of Lamay and visit the archaeological site of Ancasmarca. Cultural (afternoon): Visit to the remote village of Choquecancha where you will have the opportunity to meet the locals and learn from the community’s expert textile weavers.

Active (afternoon): 

  • Option A: Hike from Quelquena to Huacahuasi 

Approximately 2.5 hours – Difficulty: Easy to moderate

  • Option B: Hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi

Approximately 4 hours – Difficulty: Moderate.

Meals: B (Lamay Lodge), L (Cultural – Choquecancha; Active – Box lunch in route), D (Huacahuasi Lodge)

Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge 

DAY 3: THE ROAD TO OLLANTAYTAMBO

Begin the day with a scenic drive to the community of Huilloc. From there, choose a morning hike from Huilloc to Pumamarka, or explore the village and nearby sheepherding community of Marcacocha before regrouping for lunch and a midday exploration of the Pumamarka archaeological site. After lunch, choose to hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo or drive and spend the afternoon exploring Ollantaytambo’s maze-like alleys and passageways. 

Note: Afternoon hikers will meet the rest of the group at the hotel upon arrival in the Sacred Valley. 

Day 3 Activity Options: 

Cultural: 

Morning: Visit the village of Huilloc and nearby sheepherding community of Marcacocha to participate in a traditional Andean ceremony to honor Pachamama (Mother Earth) and her blessings for the health of the community livestock. Drive from Marcacocha to Pumamarka for an all-group tour of the archaeological site and picnic lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, take a scenic drive to Ollantaytambo and spend the afternoon exploring this charming Sacred Valley town. 

Active:

  • Morning: Hike from Huilloc to Pumamarka. 
  • Approximately 3 hours – Difficulty: Moderate
  • Afternoon: Hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo. 
  • Approximately 3 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

Optional All-Group Activity (late afternoon): Visit a locally sourced Sacred Valley craft brewery (subject to additional cost). 

Meals: B (Huacahuasi Lodge), L (Pumamarka), D (Hotel in Sacred Valley) 

Overnight: Hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas 

DAY 4: DISCOVERING OLLANTAYTAMBO 

Begin your day with an optional early morning hike to the Inca storage houses high above the town for an impressive view of the Ollantaytambo fortress and ceremonial site. Afterwards, the entire group will meet at the entrance of the site for a guided tour before embarking on a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, followed by your first visit to Machu Picchu in the afternoon. Alternately, opt for an all-day hike from train marker KM 104 to the Machu Picchu Sun Gate on the classic Inca Trail (subject to additional cost). 

Day 4 Activity Options:

Active (early morning): 

  • Option A: Hike up Lower Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo

Approximately 1.5 hours – Difficulty: Moderate

  • Option B: Hike up Pinkuylluna Mountain above Ollantaytambo 

Approximately 2.5 hours – Difficulty: Moderate to challenging 

All-Group Cultural Activity (morning): Guided exploration of the Ollantaytambo archeological site. 

Optional: Afternoon visit to the Machu Picchu citadel. 

Optional*: Hike on the classic Inca Trail, from KM 104 to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. (Subject to availability and additional cost).

Approximately 6 hours – Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.

*Note: Replaces the standard program day itinerary; this activity must be booked upon confirmation of your Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure departure date in order to secure the necessary permits.

Meals: B (Hotel in Sacred Valley), L (Box lunch on the train), D (Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel) 

Overnight: Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes.

DAY 5: THE CITADEL OF MACHU PICCHU 

After breakfast at the hotel, you will once again have to opportunity to visit Machu Picchu for a two-hour guided tour of the citadel. After the tour, you will have free time to explore on your own or hike up Huayna Picchu*, the iconic mountain that looms over the citadel, or Machu Picchu Mountain** for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River Valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before the return train ride to Ollantaytambo (approximately 1.5 hours) and a scenic sunset drive back to your hotel in Cusco (approximately 1.5 hours). As night falls and you arrive amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation that will linger long after your journey home. 

*Entrance time – Huayna Picchu: 10:30am 

*Note: Permits for Huayna Picchu are subject to availability; please consult with your specialist when you confirm your reservation.

**Note: In the event that Huayna Picchu permits are not available for your desired date, Machu Picchu Mountain (the second peak within the sanctuary) permits will be secured instead.

 Day 5 Activity Options:

All-Group Cultural Activity (morning): Guided exploration of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Cultural (late morning): Free time for further exploration. 

Active (late morning): Hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

Approximately 2.5 hours Moderate to challenging 8,924’ / 2,720 m Meals: B and L (Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel)

END OF ITINERARY

 

 

 

Details

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES: 

  • All Transfer in Cusco.
  • 04 nights in the lodge mentioned in the program.
  • All the activities mentioned in the program. (except those that have additional cost).
  • Full board mentioned in the program.
  • Ticket train Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo.
  • Entrance to the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Bilingual guides Spanish – English.
  • Taxes.

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