BLISSFUL EXPERIENCE HIKING THE LARES & SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN LUXURY!
Words cannot describe this combination trek of Lares with the Short Inca Trail to the phenomenal Machu Picchu of Peru. Encounter lush valleys, snow-covered peaks, pristine lakes, colorful Quechua communities living in the highlands, and stunning landscapes on the Lares trail. Sleep in luxurious tents, feast on gourmet meals prepared by our top chef, and royal treatment throughout this cultural trek. Then connect by train to Km 104 to start the best leg of the Inca Trail traversing through the cloud forest, taking in breathtaking vistas of the vegetation, many bird species, vivid colored orchids, flora and fauna, and Incan archaeological sites as you reach Sungate the entrance to the iconic Machu Picchu.
REJOICE IN A FABULOUS GLAMPING EXPERIENCE ON THE LARES TRAIL
Following an early breakfast in your hotel in Cusco (or box breakfast from your hotel), our well-versed guide will escort you in our private transportation through the lush Sacred Valley. After 1.5 hours, we will reach the town of Calca (2925 mt. / 9596.5 ft.), where you will be able to pick up some last-minute purchases. Then continue the drive for 30-minutes to Huaran (2966 mt. / 9730.9 ft.), the starting point of our wonderful Glamping Lares trek in Peru. Our View Peru professional crew will welcome you with a bright smile and make you very comfortable during this incredible experience in nature. The thrill begins with an uphill climb for about 3.5 hours traversing a parallel trail to the Cancha Cancha River appreciating vistas of traditional Andean crops and the queuña forests endemic to Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Arrive at our first lunch place locally named “Piedra Grande” or Great Rock (3780 mt. / 12401.6 ft.) because of the giant rock formation located nearby. At this perfect spot, we will feast on an exquisite Peruvian gourmet lunch prepared by our Chef using flavorful ingredients to entice your palettes. After a lovely meal, we start hiking for about 2. 5 hours with wonderful views of the Peruvian Andes Mountains and valleys. We will arrive at our first luxurious campsite, Cancha Cancha (3980 mt. / 13057.7 ft.) surrounded by snow-capped Andean peaks. Relish in glamour and luxury at this campsite arranged by our professional staff. Lose yourself in a hot shower in the shower tent and then a soothing massage using aromatic natural oils by our professional massage therapist to relax your muscles and release all tensions. After rejuvenation, enjoy a fabulous flavorful Peruvian gourmet dinner prepared with fresh ingredients by our top chef and served by our waiter in the dining tent. Then retire to your personalized luxury bedroom tent with all amenities and sleep like a baby under the twinkling stars of Peru.
A calming Yoga session with a bright sunrise to start your day hiking the Lares Trek.
Wake up to a bright lovely morning dawn in the Peruvian Andes to begin a calming Yoga experience in nature to inspire you for the day. Following a rejuvenating time, enjoy a succulent breakfast to energize you for the challenging part of the Lares trek. We start with a climb for about 4 hours ascending to the highest point of our trek to reach the Pachacutec Pass (4690 mt / 15387.1 ft.). On the climb, we will observe incredible views of the pristine lagoons of Azulcocha and Suerococha surrounded by the tremendous Peruvian Andes Mountains. Throughout this trail, we will encounter local children and families cheering us to the finish. You could offer the children school supplies for drawing etc. Finally, you will reach the high Pachacutec Pass, where you will feel triumphant and well rewarded. Catch sensational vistas of the glaciers, valleys, lakes, and llamas grazing, and catch your breath. After a toast to your achievement, we begin our descent for about 2 hours to the Qoyalaycocha Lagoon (4140 mt. /13582.7 ft.), where our chef and staff will be waiting with a delicious gourmet lunch amidst the gorgeous lake as a backdrop. Following lunch, we will head down for another 2 hours until we reach our posh Quiswarani campsite (3902 mt./12801.8 ft) to unwind and relax. Experience a cultural immersion intermingling with the locals that live nearby and maybe purchase some beautifully designed woolen items. Enjoy a hot shower and massage to soothe your body and mind. End the day with an exquisite gourmet dinner before reclining to your luxury bedroom tent for some shut-eye under the twinkling Andean stars of Peru.
Wow, an amazing day awaits with unbelievable visions of nature, and Andean camelids, to culminate this fabulous Luxury Lares trek with a dip in the relaxing Lares hot springs.
This morning, rise and shine with a nurturing breakfast, to boost your spirits and energy for the final leg of the Lares trek. Begin hiking to the second pass with surprising scenery of the majestic Peruvian Andes, until you reach the Huillquijassa Pass (4400 mt. / 14435.7 ft.) to gaze at the sparkling pristine lagoons and lakes. Then descend for about 2.5 hours to the town of Cuncani (3900 mt. / 12795.3 ft.), accompanied by adorable herds of alpacas, llamas, and sheep grazing in their natural habitat. Our transport will be waiting to take you to the soothing Lares hot springs (3260 mt. / 10695.5 ft.) for a dip into the hot springs to relax your muscles, body, and mind. Following a soothing soak, it’s time to delight your palette with a flavorful picnic lunch in nature. After lunch, it’s time to say farewell to our outstanding View Peru staff, and thank them for their first-class royal attention and quality service. Board your private transport to your luxury hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to enjoy some tranquil moments and sleep as a baby tucked away in the precious valley of Peru.
Our adventure continues with a hike of the exhilarating Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
This morning after listening to the songs of the chirping birds, and a divine breakfast in the Sacred Valley of Peru, we set off to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo for a smooth train ride aboard the Vistadome train with panoramic windows for great views of the countryside en route to Km 104 our starting point of the fantastic Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our first visit is to the Chachabamba archaeological site (2178 mt. / 7145.7 ft.) in the abundant cloud forest. Hike on the amazing trail appreciating stunning views of the endemic colorful orchids, beautiful bird species, and the gorgeous Andes Mountains of Peru. We will arrive at the Inca archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2650 mt. / 8694.2 ft.) meaning “forever young” for a visit. Then we will find a terrific spot to have a delicious box lunch nearby enjoying the tranquility of nature. Following peace of mind, we continue our hike up some steep steps for about 1.5 hours to reach Sun Gate or Intipunku (2750 mt. / 9022.3 ft.), where we will get our first glimpse of the iconic Machu Picchu below. Snap some perfect pictures to frame, of the famous majestic citadel of Peru, before descending for about an hour until reaching Machu Picchu (2430 mt. /7972.4 ft.) to exit and take the shuttle bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes (2040 mt./6693 ft.) to spend the night in a comfortable luxury hotel.
Finally, a dream come true, touring the glorious Machu Picchu of the Incas in Peru!
Take a ride on the shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to the magical Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Get a feeling of exhilaration as you approach the iconic Machu Picchu (2430 mt. / 7972.4 ft.) coming face to face with the perfect citadel built by the Incas. Immerse yourself into the history and theories retold by your well-versed guide as you experience magic strolling by the many temples and corridors. After a mesmerizing time, exit the mystic Machu Picchu to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge to have a succulent Peruvian meal a la carte. Following an exclusive lunch, return to town to board the luxury Hiram Bingham train with a festive Andean show and an exquisite dining experience aboard the fancy train to the Poroy station. Upon arrival at the Poroy station our friendly View Peru representative will whisk you in private transportation to your hotel in Cusco.