Through Lares and Patacancha to Machu Picchu
This package is designed for all of you who want to discover the Andes in Peru without the crowd. If you dream about an active holiday in the beautiful parts of Cusco combining trekking and the visit in the local, Andean communities as well as in many Incas ruins, this tour is recommended for you. Learn about ancient Peruvian cultures, the Inca Empire and visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu in just 4 day.
Cusco region is one of the most beautiful and attractive parts of Peru. The Andean landscapes offer great trekking, bicycle and horseback riding routes, as well as a chance to learn about the history and archaeological sites. The warm and friendly inhabitants make it a desirable place to visit and witness the rich traditions and culture. From Cusco you can easily reach the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu as well as jump down to the jungle or reach the dizzy heights of the mountains. This region provides you with many attractions and unique experiences. Do not miss the opportunity to see it all!
Day 1: CUSCO - PISAC - LARES
The Sacred Valley, also known as the Valley of Urubamba, is unique. It offers not only breathtaking landscapes, but Peruvians believe it is full of positive energy. Here is where you find ruins from the Inca Empire, which are viewed as the most important and strategic in the entire region and also the country. You can spend many days discovering new entities in this part of the Cusco region. There are two important and beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
During first day you will have a chance to explore cosy town of Pisac, as well as the ruins situated just above the city. Besides the lovely market you will learn here about the history of the Inca Empire when we will visit unique ruins that differ in beauty and structure from others.
You will start the tour early in the morning, around 7:00 am. First on the agenda is a visit to a small zoo where the Peruvian animals include: jungle birds, llamas, alpacas, vicunas and condors. Next is a visit Pisac where you can explore the town center and local, colourful market. The tour also includes visiting the Incas ruins situated just above the town. From Pisac we will travel directly to Lares town, where you will have the chance to relax and unwind in the hot springs, which are open late into the night. Then we will continue to the hotel situated in the small Andean village, from where the next day you will start full day trek.
DAY 2: LARES TREK TO PATACANCHA VALEY
Today you will enjoy approximately 8-hours of trekking from a lovely mountain village Huacahuasi to a unique Patacancha Valley. The trek towards Patacancha valley will begin at 7 am. You will pass through small mountain villages along the trail. On the road you come across herds of llamas, and learn how local communities live in this part of Peru. The day comes to an end in the beautiful little town of Huilloc in the valley of Patacancha, where you will meet with local family and share with them the evening.
DAY 3: PATACANCHA VALLEY - OLLANTAYTAMBO
This day will also be very various. We will serve breakfast around 7:30 am, eat delicious local breakfast, in the local atmosphere, after which we will strat a lightweight and comfortable trekking through the valley Patacancha to the beautiful Inca town of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo as well as we will have time to walk around through lovely streets of this amazing town. We will also have unique oportunity to participate in the preparation of the dish called Pachamanca. It is one of the most famous dishes in the Andes, so we just have to try it – but not only. We will also see how it is made. After lunch in the garden, with the spectacular view for the mountains, you will go by train to Aguas Calientes, from where the next day you will explore the most spectacular Inca ruins.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU
During this day you will explore Machu Picchu from many diferent points. Inside the ruins there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge. Once you’ve completed your Machu Picchu adventure you will return to Aguas Calientes from which you will have a train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will have bus transfer diectly to Cusco, where your tour will finish around 22:30 pm.
Your tour “Through Lares and Patacancha to Machu Picchu” comes to the end today. If you would like to stay in Cusco region or in any other part of Peru longer and explore much more, feel free to contact us. We can add or modyfiy each tour in the way which will meet your expectations.
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|Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu||Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain|
|Entrance ticket to the ruins in Ollantaytambo and Pisac (boleto turistico)||Single rooms|
|Entrance ticket to hot springs in Lares||Breakfast on day 1; luncha and dinner on day 4|
|Train tickets to Machu Picchu (both sides)||Spending money – for snacks, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tips on included excursions|
|Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (both sides)||Optional excursions – Please see details in Itinerary|
|3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners||International flights, domestic flights, airport taxes|
|Accomodtion 3 nights||Visa|
|Tour leader and/or English-speaking local guide(s)||Travel insurance – obligatory|
|Travel by private transport, local bus and train|