Perfect for those looking to experience the region's archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time. Along with a visit to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, this trip will reward you with an intriguing combination of mountainscapes and a 3-day Lares trek a less-travelled but equally rewarding and challenging alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our support staff and the quality of food and equipment so that you're free to enjoy a glimpse into the rural communities of the highlands around Cusco.
G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Carte Blanche: Cusco. Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village (full-day). Lares Trek with local guide, cook and porters (3-day). Overnight at Planeterra supported community-owned camp. G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Conquer the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Marvel at Sacred Valley scenery, interact with local communities, sample seafood in Lima.
Plane, train, van, hiking.
Hotels (5 nts), camping (2 nts).
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Lima/Cusco (1B)
Rise early for a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day for shopping and exploring the city. Opt to take a city tour.
Day 3 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village, for lunch. Opt for some shopping at a local market.
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani (1B, 1L, 1D)
3-day guided Lares trek to Ollantaytambo, spending the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite. In Ollantaytambo, board the train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.
Day 5 Cuncani/Kuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 2 of the Lares Trek.
Day 6 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)
Day 3 of the Lares Trek.
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Day 8 Cusco (1B)
Depart at any time.