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What’s included

  • A Local English-speaking leader
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in Cuzco, Ollantaytambo and Aquas Calientes on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Lunches in Cuzco and Aquas Calientes (except on day 10)
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Trail permit for Royal Inca Trail
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive bookings)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

Lares Trek & Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Peru | Walking & Trekking

Lares Trek & Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  11 days from the UK  
On trek: 3 days
Walks on: 4 days

Flight inclusive from £3,315,
Land only from £2,550

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Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, trek for three days across the beautiful Lares region and explore the impressive sights of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a superb trek in the beautiful Lares region
  • Enjoy your first views of Machu Picchu through the iconic Sun Gate
  • Explore impressive Inca sites including Machu Picchu, Pisco and Sacsayhuaman
  • Take a walking tour of Cuzco and an acclimatisation hike in the Sacred Valley

Reviews          

Everything went like clockwork from first to last. Our local guides looked after us amazingly well and were mines of information about everywhere we visited. We saw fantastic sights - from remote mountain villages on the Lares Trek, to tourist hot-spots around the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, to city sophistication in the Miraflores district of Lima. We met interesting people, encountered...
Mr K Siddle, Rutland

It was great to visit mountain communities and to trek traditional ancient paths once used by the Incas and still in constant use by the local farmers today. The high passes that you cross feel wild and remote, but one of the great pleasures of the trek was meeting locals along the way, herding their llamas and tending to their high pastures. The Sacred Valley, with its amazing Inca remains, can...
Seraphina Berry, Mountain Kingdoms

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A superb alternative to the classic Inca Trail, this fantastic two week holiday reaches its climax at Machu Picchu the most celebrated of all the Inca ruins, where we arrive through the iconic Sun Gate having trekked the final day of the Royal Inca Trail.

Before this, our journey takes us away from the crowds on a three day trek in the beautiful Lares region. Here, we follow trails through verdant valleys and over high passes, meeting the local Quechua people who have retained a way of life little-changed through the centuries. Terraced fields are still hand tilled and traditional clothes handwoven from soft alpaca fur dyed into a rainbow of colours. The scenery in the Lares area is outstanding and, as we climb to over 4,400m, we enjoy breathtaking views across to the peaks of the snow-clad Urubamba mountains.

To acclimatise for our trek we enjoy time in the attractive city of Cuzco and explore key Inca sights in the Sacred Valley. But it is the magical views of Machu Picchu, laid out before us in its full glory as we emerge through the Sun Gate, that live longest in the memory.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  11 days from the UK  
On trek: 3 days
Walks on: 4 days

Max. Altitude: 4,450m/14,600ft, Huchayccasa Pass, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Cuzco

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: 8 x breakfasts, 7 x lunches, 6 x dinners

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1
(This is the itinerary for our 2021 departures). Overnight Flight London to Cuzco
2
Arrive Cuzco and transfer to hotel. Cuzco walking tour.
3
Visit Inca ruins above Cuzco and transfer to Sacred Valley.
4
Explore Pisac town and ruins. Acclimatisation walk Moray to Salt Pans.
5
Drive to Totora to start Lares Trek. Trek and drive to Quishuarani.
6
Cross Huchayccasa Pass to Chancacacha. Optional hot springs visit.
7
Trek to Patacancha Valley. Transfer to hotel in Ollantaytambo.
8
Transfer by train to Km104 and walk Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
9
Tour of Machu Picchu and return by train/car to Cuzco.
10-11
Free time in Cuzco and transfer to airport for overnight flight home.
Leader: Local leader, Peru
Local leader, Peru

You will be accompanied throughout your holiday by a local English-speaking guide. These leaders are very knowledgeable and extremely charming and friendly and in their company you will enjoy an insider’s view of Peru.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Cuzco.

    Depart London on your overnight flight to Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Cuzco. Group transfer to hotel. Walking tour and leisure time.

    On arrival in Cuzco you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are at 3,353m/11,483ft here so for the rest of the day you will need to take it easy to help your body acclimatise to the thin air at this altitude.

    Cuzco is a fascinating city. It was formerly the capital of the extensive Inca Empire which stretched from Ecuador through to Chile. Today there are still reminders of this Inca city with many foundations and walls of Inca buildings still visible, even when overlaid today by Spanish architecture. Much fine Inca stonework has survived the ravages of centuries of earthquake and Spanish colonialism. Your hotel is located in the attractive San Blas area of Cuzco, formerly the artisans' quarter and located not far from the central square - the Plaza de Armas. There are plenty of excellent little cafés on the main square and in nearby streets, some with balconies overlooking gardens, fountains and cobbled streets.

    To help get your bearings, you will have a gentle walking tour of the historic city centre. The elegant Plaza de Armas is dominated by the majestic cathedral and surrounded by fine colonial buildings. There are also impressive Inca remains and you will continue to the splendid Inca Temple of the Sun, the Coricancha, one of the most important and sacred temples in the whole of the Inca empire.

    You can rest at your hotel in afternoon, and in the evening you may like to eat in one of the many good restaurants in the area, where really excellent food from a wide range of national cuisines is available. You may find you have the added bonus of sitting alongside a finely worked Inca wall while you eat your dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Quinta San Blas Or Similar, Cuzco
  3. Day 3 - Full day to visit Cuzco’s outlying ruins including Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay and drive to the Sacred Valley.

    After breakfast you will travel up to visit Inca sites above Cuzco including two of the most celebrated of all, Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay. Firstly Sacsayhuaman, the most impressive of these sites, with its magnificent Inca walls built from huge rocks fitted together with such precision that not even a piece of paper will fit between them. The site was originally thought to be a fortress but more recent theories suggest a great temple to the Sun with evidence of an altar and seats cut into the rock. From Sacsayhuaman you can enjoy the fantastic views over Cuzco. Not far from Sacsayhuaman lie the ruins of Tambo Machay. These ceremonial Inca springs or baths are still in excellent condition and comprise several water fountains on three different levels and a rock pool which is ingeniously filled via a hidden channel. This is a very atmospheric spot.

    You continue over the hills and descend into the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley, known as Vilcamayo by the Incas, is a beautiful, fertile valley carved by the Urubamba River which flows from the high Andes all the way to the Amazon Jungle. High above the valley, snow peaks glisten in the sun while in the fertile fields below local people harvest crops such as maize, quinoa and many kinds of potato - this valley was the breadbasket of the Inca Empire. Everywhere there is evidence of earlier Inca settlement with a host of terraces, walls, temples and burial towers in varying states of repair. And marking the opposite ends of the Sacred Valley stand the two remarkable Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Villa Urubamba or Similar, Urubamba
  4. Day 4 - Explore Pisac town and market and acclimatisation walk from Moray to Salinas.
    lares trek and royal inca trail to machu picchu sacsayhuaman s patel.

    This morning you will head along the Sacred Valley to the town of Pisac, which lies at the eastern end of the Valley. Here, situated above the town is found an extensive Inca hilltop complex clinging to the mountain top. The citadel at Pisac was originally positioned on a major Inca route into the Sacred Valley and controlled access to the eastern jungle. The ruins are set high above the valley floor and have tremendous views. Terraces, water ducts and steps are cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Intihuatana is equal to any of the Inca structures at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden. Pisac town itself dates back to colonial times and has an interesting artisan market where you can check out the local handicrafts and test your bartering skills. Ask you guide to show you the guinea pig 'castle' located in one of the town's bakeries!

    Later you drive out of the valley and across the grassy plain to the extraordinary Inca earthworks of Moray. There is no other Inca site quite like Moray - three crater like depressions are lined with a series of concentric circular terraces disappearing down into the earth. Some think that this may have been the site of sophisticated Inca agricultural experiments with each terrace representing an altitude zone. It is thought that the terraces' containing walls were filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems which enabled the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.
    From Moray you then follow an old mule trail the short distance to the ancient town of Maras with its vast church and outstanding colonial Spanish door arches. Maras was formerly famous for its spies, due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley enabling the local inhabitants to keep track of the movement of all travellers in and out of the valley. From Maras you will then walk back down into the Sacred Valley, a descent of a couple of hours. En route you will walk through the shimmering terraced salt-pans of Salinas where salt has been harvested since pre-Inca times. The salt pans cover the whole hillside and in sunny weather you will be dazzled by the white of the pools.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Villa Urubamba or Similar, Urubamba
  5. Day 5 - Transfer to Totora for the start of the Lares trek. Trek and then transfer to Quishuarari.

    A scenic two hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to the start of your trek at the small village of Totora. From here you start walking following an ancient Inca Trail into a narrow canyon where you will find Inca tombs perched high up in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities where it seems time has stood still before reaching a lovely spot where you will have a picnic lunch. After lunch you are transferred by vehicle to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarari, 3,700m/12,139ft, where you will be camping overnight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Cuncani via the Huchayccasa Pass, 4,450m/14,600ft. Bus to camp at Chancachaca, 3,440m/11,286ft.
    lares trek and royal inca trail to machu picchu moray inca ruins l denniff.

    This is a stunning day's trekking. You leave camp behind and climb past colourfully dressed locals, and up towards the native forests that our partners, Amazonas Explorer, have been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbour Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area.

    A further push and you reach the stunning views from your highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa Pass, 4,450 m/14,600 ft. A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance rise the snow clad Urubamba mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields you come to the upper reaches of the ancient community of Cuncani at, 3,800m/12,4600 ft. From here our bus takes you twenty minutes to your camp at Chancachaca, 3,440m/11,286ft. There is an option to visit the Lares hot springs after lunch.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Trek to the Patacancha Valley via the Ipsaycocha Pass, 4,200m/13,780ft. End trek and transfer to hotel.

    This is a day filled with encounters with locals. Men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden ploughs slung over their shoulder. Women sit, legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms. And small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side.

    You start your trek this morning fifteen minute's drive from camp to begin towards the final pass. Lying at 4,200m/13,780ft the Ipsaycocha Pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start gently and then climb one final steep section to gain the summit. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. You take lunch by the beautiful Ipsay Lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and the village of Patacancha where the trek ends. A vehicle takes down the valley and to your hotel for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Pakaritampu or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Transfer by train to Km104 and trek the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
    lares trek and royal inca trail to machu picchu view from huchayccasa pass smb.

    From the station at Ollantaytambo you catch a train to km104, the starting point for those taking the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Your trek starts by visiting the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest up towards the base of the spectacularly situated Inca ruins called Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Here you climb more steeply on old Inca stairways through beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features.

    After a picnic lunch you continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail. Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and brightly coloured tropical birds fill your ears with song. Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. A truly magical sight. After plenty of photos you carry on along the trail and then through the incredible ruins to catch the bus down to the lively town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: El Mapi Hotel Or Similar, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)
  9. Day 9 - Return to Machu Picchu for a guided tour. Return to Cuzco by train and car.

    After an early breakfast, you drive the short distance back up the zigzag road to Machu Picchu to get there before the main crowds and also when the light is better for those all-important photos. Machu Picchu is a place that really lives up to expectations; the setting is breath-taking and the ruins themselves are sensational.

    For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations.

    You will enjoy a guided tour lasting around two hours covering all the main points of interest such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Sacred Plaza and Intihuatana - 'the hitching post of the sun'. Before the tour you have a few hours free to wander amongst the old Inca walls and just sit and take in the scale of the place on your own.

    Eventually the time comes to catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes and board your train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the train jolts softly along, allowing you to sit, stare out the window and reflect on a wonderful adventure. You alight from the train and make the final stretch of the journey back to Cuzco by car.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Quinta San Blas Or Similar, Cuzco
  10. Day 10 - Morning free in Cuzco. Group transfer to airport for return flight to UK.

    This morning is free to enjoy a final wander through the streets of Cuzco and perhaps buy some souvenirs to take home. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  11. Day 11 - Arrive UK.

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What’s included

  • A Local English-speaking leader
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in Cuzco, Ollantaytambo and Aquas Calientes on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Lunches in Cuzco and Aquas Calientes (except on day 10)
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Trail permit for Royal Inca Trail
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive bookings)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Sleeping bag
  • 2 lunches and 1 evening meal
  • Optional trips
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable), excepting UK Departure Tax
  • Tipping


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

A fantastic Peruvian holiday - Private Departure          

Everything went like clockwork from first to last. Our local guides looked after us amazingly well and were mines of information about everywhere we visited. We saw fantastic sights - from remote mountain villages on the Lares Trek, to tourist hot-spots around the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, to city sophistication in the Miraflores district of Lima. We met interesting people, encountered amazing wildlife, ate (too much!) wonderful food and all in all had the most memorable experience on a continent we had never visited before.

Lares Trek & Royal Inca Trail          

It was great to visit mountain communities and to trek traditional ancient paths once used by the Incas and still in constant use by the local farmers today. The high passes that you cross feel wild and remote, but one of the great pleasures of the trek was meeting locals along the way, herding their llamas and tending to their high pastures. The Sacred Valley, with its amazing Inca remains, can at times feel quite busy, but out on the Lares trek you really do get away from it all.


Extend your holiday

Puno & Lake Titicaca extension

Puno & Lake Titicaca extension
  • A visit to Lake Titicaca will prove a very worthwhile addition to any trip to Peru.
  • Enjoy a spectacular rail journey from Cuzco with stunning views, climbing to a height of 4,319m /14,170ft before descending to Puno.
  • Get an insight into a unique soceity and culture that has adapted to this harsh but beautiful environment.

More Details

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and set on the high altiplano of Peru at 4,103m/12,507ft it is generally considered to be the highest navigable lake in the world. On this extension you leave Cuzco on a comfortable coach to cross a high pass at La Raya at 4,319m /14,170ft, before descending to Puno, a city on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

The lake itself is starkly beautiful and views of both Lake Titicaca and the mountains beyond are truly spectacular. You will spend a whole day on the lake observing the unique way of life of the people of the Uros Islands before a visit to Taquile Island gives you the opportunity to see how a distinctive and independent minded society has adapted to this harsh but stunning environment. There may also be time to visit the fascinating pre-Inca ruins at Sillustani before catching your flight back to Lima.


Amazon Extension from Cuzco
  • Spend 2, 3 or 4 nights deep in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Stay in a choice of jungle lodges.
  • Enjoy a selection of wildlife viewing activities accompanied by expert guides.
  • Fly from Cuzco with all transfers, meals and activities included.

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For a complete contrast to your trek or tour in the Andes why not visit the lush Amazon jungle? A short but spectacular flight will take you over the mountains and down to the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin encompasses nearly 3 million square miles, of which two thirds is covered by rainforest and comprising the largest and most bio-diverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. For your Amazon extension you will fly to the city of Puerto Maldonado and from there travel down river to your jungle lodge.

We offer a selection of jungle lodges with various standards of accommodation and wildlife experience. You may also choose whether to stay for 2 or 3 nights in the jungle or even a longer more adventurous expedition of 5 days downstream to the Tambopata Research Centre.


Galapagos extension
  • 8-day itinerary or 5-day itinerary options
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in Ecuador or Peru
  • Abundance of wildlife including Blue Footed Boobies, giant tortoises and Darwin's finches

More Details

Before or after your trip to Ecuador or Peru why not add on an exciting Galapagos island cruise.  Cruise boats in the Galapagos are quite small and tend to get booked up well in advance. If you wish to travel to the Galapagos we would check out available boats in various classes for your dates and could then offer you a choice of boat and itinerary. For more details download the pdf sample itinerary, or contact our office to discuss your options.


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