The most famous hike to reach Machu Picchu is the Inca Trail, yet other great and less crowded alternatives exist, such as the Lares Trek. This high altitude trek will please hikers interested in interacting with the local communities and seeing their way of life in the countryside.
Enjoy authentic views of community life
Hike through Andes mountain villages
Camp in the midst of snow-capped peaks
See magical Machu Picchu in the early morning light
Located in the central square of the Incan capital, it features the only gin bar in the city as well as on-site restaurant— a culinary hotspot for locals and travelers alike. Head to San Pedro Market, just a 5 minute walk away and browse alpaca sweaters, palo santo, and rare medicinal herbs. Back at Selina, enjoy daily yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy at our wellness center. Plus, make the most of our fully-equipped common kitchen, read up about Incan history in the library room or unwind with a Pisco sour at the bar.
Day 2: Wakawasi, Peru
Cuzco to Lares Town & Trek to Wakawasi (3,850 m) (L/D) Today, you will be picked up at your accommodation between 5:00- 6:00 am and transferred by bus to Lares Town (2,900 m). You will get the opportunity to relax in the Hot Springs (at an extra cost) before starting your 6-hour trek. You will hike a zigzagging climb to reach the town of Wakawasi (3,850 m). There, you will enjoy beautiful views of glaciers, wildlife, and local communities. You will have the chance to meet local families that live in harmony with nature. Note: Today, you will hike for about 6 hours (14 km).
Day 3: Patacancha, Peru
Trek to Patacancha Town (3,800 m) (B/L/D) Today, you will trek up for about 4 hours to the top of Ipsayccocha Pass (4,400m) where you will enjoy a peaceful moment before stepping down for 40 minutes until your lunch stop next to the lake. You will continue 3 more hours to Patacancha town (3,800m) where you will get the chance to camp surrounded by llamas, alpacas and amidst native crop plantations. Note: Your today's trekking will be about 15 km (8 hours).
Day 4: Aguas Calientes, Peru
Location: Aguas Calientes
Trek to Ollantaytambo & Train to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D) Today, you will walk for 4 hours until Ollantaytambo. After lunch, you will take off on a train that will lead you to Aguas Calientes, where we will overnight in a hotel. Your guide will give you indications for the next day. If you have time, stroll through the streets where you will find many cafes, plenty of shops and places to relax. Note: Your today's trekking will be about 12 km (4 hours).
Day 5: Cuzco, Peru
Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B) This morning, you will take the bus early at 05:30 am to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) so that you will enjoy the mysterious city as the mist dissipates in the early morning light. You will get the opportunity to have a 2-hour guided tour of the spectacular archaeological site and learn more about the history of the place. You will then explore this incredible city on your own. You will also be able to climb the Huayna Picchu Peak (to book in advance at an extra cost). You will then head towards Aguas Calientes by bus where you can visit the local marketplace next to the train station before returning to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take a bus back to Cuzco arriving around 08:00 pm. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice.
4 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s),
Some of the activities
Handy extras and accessories
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What's Not Included
Sleeping Bag (Rental $15 USD for the trek)
Accommodation drop-off in Cuzco
Airport pick-up/drop-off (please make your own way)
Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
Small gift for communities
Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
Day 1 breakfast, day 4 lunch & dinner
Accommodation in Cuzco
Hot springs Lares Town (10 soles)
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Up to 60 days before tour starts:
100% of deposit
At 30 days before tour sarts:
50% of tour cost
At 15 days before tour sarts:
100% of tour cost
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