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Inca Discovery—Lares

Marvelling at Sacred Valley scenery, interacting with the locals, sampling seafood in Lima and conquering the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
Activity: Trekking
Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days
Price: From £749 Meals included Accommodation included
Trip details
Perfect for those looking to experience the regions archeological 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 four-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 youre free to enjoy a glimpse into the rural communities of the highlands around Cuzco.

What's Included

- Guided tour of Sacred Valley
- 3-day Lares Trek with local guide, cook and porters
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners. (Allow USD120-190 for meals not included.)
Hotels (5 nts), camping (2 nts).
Plane, train, van, hiking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in Lima, local guide from Cuzco onwards.
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12

Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Cuzco
Early flight to Cuzco. Free day for shopping and exploring the city. Optional city tour.
Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a Planeterra weaving project in a local community. Shopping opportunities at a local market.
Days 4-6 Lares Trek (3B,3L,2D)
3-day guided Lares trek to Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco in the evening.
Day 8 Cuzco
Depart at any time.

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