8 Day Sacred Valley & Lares Lodge Adventure
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! After gathering your luggage, simply exit the airport and walk across the street to your Lima hotel, Costa del Sol.
Day 2 - Lima to Cuzco
In the morning you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Cuzco, the capital city of the former Inca Empire. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you’ll be met at the airport by your guide and driver and escorted to your Cuzco hotel. Since you’re going from sea level to 11,500 feet, you will want to spend today slowly adjusting to your new beautiful but literally breath-taking surroundings. Cuzco is one of the most charming towns in all of South America, and extremely pedestrian and visitor friendly.
Day 3 – Sacred Valley
Early morning departure from Cusco. Option to visit to the celebrated market at Pisaq or take a moderate hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its unique farming practices. For lunch, delight in a traditional “Pachamanca” meal here, cooked under hot stones. Afternoon excursion to the archaeological complex at Pisaq, a wonderful opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.
Day 4 – Lares Region
Go deeper into the heart of the Lares region. A road journey into the mountains will take you through remote archaeological sites. After lunch, choose between visiting a traditional weaver’s villager or a scenic drive and a moderate/strenuous hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi. Locals will give you insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.
Day 5 – Sacred Valley
Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America; or try an easygoing hike from Lares Pass- through an astonishing authentic Inca trail- along a beautiful canyon down to the Local Community of Totora. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets.
Day 6 – Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Town
Early morning short hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for magnificent views of the town and the temple. After, enjoy a guided tour of the fortress, one of the best examples of Inca architecture and revel in its mystical history…a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu. Midday, embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes, a bustling town below the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
Day 7 – Machu Picchu Tour to Cuzco
At dawn, begin your visit to Machu Picchu with a rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the Sanctuary, the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the skillful architecture of the many Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind…or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Let your imagination soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Optional uphill hike on Huayna Picchu. Lunch in Aguas Calientes. Afternoon/Early evening return to Cusco by train and private coach.
Day 8 – Cuzco to Lima
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.
Trek through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu in comfort. This route combines adventure with cultural exploration, taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys, all while staying in picturesque Mountain Lodges.
1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights in rustic-luxury lodges, 1 night in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel
- Comfortable lodge accommodations
- 4-days of active and cultural exploration
- Fresh mountain air and stunning valley views
This fully customizable tour can be crafted by a Destination Expert to match the vacation of your dreams. From the moment you contact us, until the day you return home, we will cater for your every whim.
8 Day Tour from $3,190 per person
- 4 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver (outside Lares Trek)
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance (outside Lares Trek)
- 3 nights on guided small-group Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek
- Nutritious meals, snacks and water
- Guide and assistant guide support
- Porter assistance to carry your personal belongings
- Return train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins
- All required entrance fees
- All breakfasts
- 24hr support
- All taxes
8 Day Lares Trek & Tour
1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights on the trail, 1 night in Machu Picchu town
A trek that begins in the high puna of the Lares valley, passes by high Andean lakes and snow-clad mountains. While still a multiday hike at elevation above 10,000 feet, it probably required the least exertion compared to the other trails to Machu Picchu.
12 Day Great Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Tour
1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town
Walk five days on one of the greatest and most important roads in pre-industrial man, the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road system that connected the entire Inca empire. You will hike through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes of the Andes mountains to see for yourself how this road is alive, evolving, and ready to be discovered. Then continue on to Cuzco to explore the fascinating Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
8 Day Great Inca Trail Expedition
1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail
Walk five days on one of the greatest and most important roads in pre-industrial man, the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road system that connected the entire Inca empire. You will hike through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes of the Andes mountains to see for yourself how this road is alive, evolving, and ready to be discovered.