THidden beyond the Sacred Valley of the Incas lies Lares, a land forgotten by time. Low stone houses huddle into the hillside, their smoke blackened thatch, providing scant warmth against the cold Andean night. As day breaks their occupants emerge into the light of day. Alpacas are released from their corrals to head upwards in search of pasture. To graze beneath dwindling glaciers, watched over by small children, clad in hand woven ponchos worn by their fathers and their fathers before them. If you want to experience Peru as it was in Incan times, to experience rural Peru as it still is today, this is the trek for you. It is our most popular alternative trek when Inca Trail permits are sold out. It is also perfect for families or those looking to escape the crowds and get a real insight into local Andean culture.

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Duration: 5 days/4 nights.
Starting point: Cusco/Calca/Totora Canyon.
Ending point: Machu Picchu/Cusco.
Physical Demands Rating: Moderate.
Age Restriction: 12 years old.
Tour Type: Trekking, Cultural, Adventure.
Accommodation: Camping/3 nights/Hotel.
Service Level: Standard – Deluxe.
Guarantee: Satisfaction and Safety Guaranteed.
Style: Personalized.
Carbon Emissions: 320 CO2-E.
Group Size: 2 Minimum, 10 Maximum.
Transport: Train, walk, Mini-Van.

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. You follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities before emerging to a delicious picnic lunch. Your bus then takes you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your camp for the night (3700m/12,140ft).

This is a stunning day hiking. You leave camp behind and climb past colourfully dressed locals, towards the native forests that Haku Travel has 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 (4450 m/14600 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 ancient community of Cuncani at (3800m/12,4600 ft.).
Fuelled by a tasty lunch you carry on along the valley floor to reach the once notorious village of Huacahuasi. Once home to bandits and cattle rustlers it is now a peaceful place to spend the night. You are sure to be visited by local women selling the hand woven textiles for which the area is famous and entertained by the cheery local children who accompany you as you walk.

Another great day awaits you. After a hearty breakfast you begin to climb gently towards your final pass. This is a day filled with encounters with locals. Strong legged men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden ploughs slung over their shoulder. Rough handed 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.
From your camp you 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 your final camp.

You start with a short but sharp climb to the impressive and little known ruins of Pumamarca. After visiting this extensive site, you take an Inca trail along old terraces, before winding your way through eucalyptus forests to the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo.
Enjoy lunch before exploring this charming village. This was the site of the last battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. The presence of the Incas is still evident, with most houses still containing Inca stonework and the local women still washing their clothes in the old Inca canals that run through the village. Late afternoon you catch the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and your hotel for the night.

Relaxed after a comfortable night, you head back up to explore Machu Picchu with your guide before the crowds arrive. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s hut or else just wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere.
In the afternoon you descend to the waiting train to enjoy one of the great train journeys of the world back towards Cusco.

What is Included?
  • Transportation.
  • Transport from the hotel to Lares Valley.
  • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist train Aguas Calientes-Cusco/Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo & bus to Cusco.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in Lares Valley.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Hotel room with private bathroom in Aguas Calientes (Tourist Category).
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish/English).
  • High-quality camping equipment (Pro tents: Doite Cima 4, extralight-4,5kg for 2 persons), mattresses, eating tent with table & chairs, bathroom tent.
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & snacks/Vegetarian option).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Horseman & mules, for all camping & personal equipment (up to 7 kg).
  • Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons).
  • First-aid kit, including Oxygen bottle and safety rope.

What is Not Included?
  • Breakfast on the first day & last day lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).
  • Lodging in Cusco.
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu
  • Tips

Group Service Prices

Price per person : This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation

  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional Extras:
  • Sleeping Bag US$25
  • Walking Pole US$18
  • Single Tent Supplement US$30

Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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