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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights - Sam Corporations
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Tour Price
From 543 USD
Per Person
Departure

4Days

Travel time

Cusco

Group size

Up to 8 people

Travel Style

Adventure

Difficulty

Moderate to Challenging

Availability

departure every day

The Lares trekking route is one of the most scenic and culturally enhancing trail you will ever experience. Our four-day trek through the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu takes you to isolated villages, spectacular snow covered mountain peaks, striking lakes, rivers and streams that snake their way through the most tranquil and serene places in the Andes Mountains. What makes this trek the most unique and special is your encounters with indigenous communities, a truly culturally enriching experience that can only be exclusively experienced on this amazing trail. Discover the Inca culture through their descendants who maintain their ancestors’ way of life by herding llamas and alpacas, weaving, farming with ancient techniques, and using star constellations to guide their planting and harvesting seasons. This tour is perfect for someone looking to emmerse themselves in a cultural adventure with untouched indigenous communities. Book now to make unforgettable memories!

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights

Day 1: Cusco – Huaran – Cancha Cancha

Wake up for an early 5:00am pick-up for your Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Trek. Pick-up will be at your hotel lobby in Cusco or a little later if hotel is along the Sacred Valley. Please coordinate with our office in terms of your location. After pickup, we then drive to our trailhead in Huaran. 

We meet our trekking team and settle along the river bank for the first of many meals from our talented chef and his/her team. While we emjoy our meal, the horsemen pack up our duffel bags onto the mules and horses and prepare for the journey ahead. You will only keep your backpack with just the essentials.

Our hike starts at a pretty warm climate, that gradually gets chillier as we gain elevation and get closer to camp. The first section of the trail is steep, so pace yourself, it will eventually level out and become more of a gradual climb. To accompany us along the way we have the Pachachaca river gently flowing downstream and an opulence of unique flora lining the towering mountains above us. Pick your guide´s brain as they are well versed in all things related to Andean culture and enjoy sharing their knowledge. On day 1, we gain over 900m/2953ft in elevation.

We make a stop along the way for a buffet style lunch, prepared with a delectable mix of local and international ingredients. The rest of the journey leading to the farming community of Cancha Cancha has absolutely stunning scenery. On arrival we are greeted with a selection of snacks and hot tea. Later, we spend time with this isolated indigenous community, who predominantly only speak Quechua (the indigenous language of Peru). Your guide will translate and teach you a few phrases in Quechua, don’t be shy to share some your own culture!

After sometime immersing ourselves within this community that’s still keeping their ancient culture and traditions alive, we head into our dinner tent for yet another abundant and scrumptious dinner. To end the night, we get into our warm and cozy clothing, to spend the night admiring the star-studded night skies. Learn from your guide about the intricate farming methods of the locals and ancient Incas, and how they used the constellations for guidance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with a building with clean flushing toilets
  • Distance: 9kms / 5.6 miles
  • Time: 3.5hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani

Your guide will wake you with a hot cup of tea or coffee to enjoy in your sleeping bag before having to get up for breakfast. Feeling all revved up to begin our second day, we indulge in a delicious and abundant breakfast before we begin our 7 hour hike northeast. It starts out as an intense walk, accomplishing high passes on our way to the highest point of our trek at Pachacutec Pass(4,500m /14,800 ft). This is where you pat yourself on the back and embrace the satisfaction and exhilaration for making it up to the summit. Motivating you along the trail for this intense part of the trek are the views of glaciers, remote lakes, alpaca herds, rugged valleys and spectacular mountain vistas. Keep your eyes on the sky for the Caracara falcons and Andean geese!

After enjoying the summit, we descend for 3 hours until we reach our campsite located by the Quiswarani community, (3,700m/12,139ft). On the way, we will be taking an isolated trail where we will see indigenous highland people in their traditional outfits herding their llamas and alpacas. The friendly local indigenous people will open their hearts and interact with you in Quechua (the indigenous language) with your guide as a translator. The spectacular seven waterfalls, is a stones throw away from your campsite!

Our campsite will invite you in with everything already set up. Enjoy hot drinks and appetizers before a rejuvenating dinner, then snuggle in for a comfortable night sleep.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with bathroom building
  • Distance: 12kms / 7.5 miles
  • Time: 7hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: challenging

Day 3: Quiswarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo

Your adventure continues as you begin the most scenic day yet! We begin our ascent for 3 hours until we reach the Willqaqasa Pass, (4,200m/13,779ft) getting a bird’s eye view of the reflections of the mountains in the glacial lakes below. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are awe inspiring and we will spend plenty of time to admire them from the pass. We continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, productive agricultural sites, and natural pristine lakes. We descend for 2 hours to the Cucani community. Connecting with the local indigenous children, you may have the opportunity to visit a local school and share in some quality time with the students.

From Cuncani we meet our driver and ride down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit bearing trees, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination, the Lares Hot Springs (3,100m/ 10,170ft), where we get to soak in the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour, have lunch and relax. Time for our goodbyes to our remarkable chef and horsemen.

After lunch in Lares, we take our private transport to 2.5 hours Ollantaytambo, where we have dinner. We then take the train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner
  • 3* Accommodation: Ferre Hotel Machu Picchu
  • Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
  • Time: 6 hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today’s highlight is the amazing Machu Picchu!

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you a private guided tour of about two hours. You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meal included: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

***IMPORTANT:

  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55 or 3:20, 4:22, or 4:43pm. The cost is $67 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized on request and it has to be done at booking.

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Transfer from the Airport to Hotel (on any date)
  • Private transportation from the hotel to trailhead
  • Local Licensed guide, fluent in English
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a transfer back to Cusco
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Archeological Complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours
  • 2* hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 4 person Eureka Timberline Ten
  • Comfortable foam mattress
  • Delicious gourmet meals during the 4 days, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency – In case of illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
  • Interaction with the local kids and community people
  • Backpack rain cover

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent -$30 USD – (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade -$67 USD per person (Return Only )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain -$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes

**Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES

  • Vistadome Train Upgrade: $67 USD per person (Return Only)
  • La Cabaña Hotel: $40 USD per person
  • Tierra Viva Hotel: $70 USD per person
  • El Mapi Hotel: $120 USD
  • Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on choice and availability)

The best Lares Trek to Machu Picchu around is available on any date that is best suited for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers!

PRICES:

  • Group Tour -$543 USD per person (with 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes)
  • Group Tour -$513 per person (without hotel)

***Minimum 2 persons required to open up a new group – single trekkers may join an existing group

*** This price includes the extra pack horse who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos is included in the price and we will provide you with a duffel bag.

***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.

Private Tour

  • 2 Trekkers: $627 USD
  • 3 – 4 Trekkers: $597 USD
  • 5 – 6 Trekkers: $567 USD
  • 7 – 8 Trekkers: $537 USD

*** Without hotel in Aguas Calientes, $30 discount from above prices.

***The 5 person discount for the private trek is already factored into the pricing above.

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: $15 USD. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal Tent -$30 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade -$67 USD per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain -$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Macchu Picchu Mountain -$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single Supplement -$40 USD 3* for single travelers

**Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.

ADDED VALUES FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price
  • EXTRA PACK HORSE is included in the price, the porter will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs /14p like sleeping bag, mattress, clothes etc
  • BOILED WATER is included along the Lares Trek Machu Picchu
  • OXYGEN TANK will be available along the Lares Trek Machu Picchu
  • EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick
  • PILLOW
  • GUIDED TOUR INTO PISAC INCA RUINS: Enjoy and explore the amazing Inca city of Pisac which is one of the most important Inca cities of the famous Sacred Valley
  • BEST ITINERARY operated by Lares Trek Machu Picchu specialist only

WHY CHOOSE SAM CORPORATIONS?

SAM CORPORATIONS is a family owned travel agency and a tour operator that specializes in tours all over Peru. We are based in Cusco with many years of personal experience trekking and traveling every nook and cranny of Peru. SAM CORPORATIONS is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.

Our focus is on creating small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in personalized and high quality service. We guarantee a luxurious service and promise to never cut corners.

We take pride in our reputation as a responsible and sustainable tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We support them financially and ensure long term growth by offering them a fair salary. We are proud of our team, without them we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.

SAM CORPORATIONS knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create an unforgettable adventure while in Peru. We stand by our word and deliver on our promises

SMALL GROUPS

To ensure a more personalized service for our guests, at SAM CORPORATIONS we have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups. It also allows us to create a more tailored and personal tour.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES

We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about their country. Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. They are adventure and travel enthusiasts, sharing only the best of what they have personally experienced. Our crew is fun loving, great sports and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.

OUR PACK HORSES

Trekking the Lares Trail with SAM CORPORATIONS is a life changing experience with a fully portered trek, where your comfort and enjoyment are our first priority. We make sure that you get the best experience for your holiday in Peru, while interacting with locals, exploring fantastic sites and re-discovering remote ancient Inca towns. Our pack horses will carry your gear and are well cared for!

OUR COOKS

The food on the Lares trek to Machu Picchu has been the highlight for most of our clients, they gush about how delicious and abudant it is. Arguably better than most gourmet restuarants. Peruvian and international cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. We cater to most dietery restriction, incuding and not limited to vegetarians, vegans, Halal, Kosher and Gluten sensitivity and allergies.

OUR EQUIPMENT

Our team (Guides, cooks and horsemen) and our equipment are what really makes SAM CORPORATIONS stand out from all the competitors…. For all our adventures we hike we include the following items:

  • OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4 person tents, but ONLY sleep 2, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt.
  • OUR FOAM MATS: They are used to separate and insulate you from the ground.
  • AIR MATTRESSES: They can be rented for $15 USD.
  • OUR KITCHEN & DINING TENTS: The dining tent is used as our meeting room at meal time. It’s a place to enjoy our meals and the company of fellow trekkers.
  • OUR TABLES & CHAIRS: The interior of the dining room includes tables and chairs with two doors on each side, which are adaptable to weather conditions.
  • DUFFEL BAGS: Will be provided at briefing time the night before the trek.
  • MORE: Pillows, backpack, rain covers, survivor t-shirts, hot shower and the biochemical camping toilet, are provided on trek.

OUR SERVICE PROJECTS

At SAM CORPORATIONS, we have always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.

SAM CORPORATIONS is proud to be able to support our beautiful local people. We use a holistic approach to sustanability and community development. We participate in multiple social projects, we employ from these communities and pay them an above average wage. Self- sustainibilty and long term growth is our main focus.

A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is that we wish to make life richer and more meaningful for all involved.

Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

You will be greeted at the Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Look for our representative holding an orange SAM Corporations board at the exit from the arrivals terminal.

THE BRIEFING FOR THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Garcilaso 210, office 213 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the Lares trek to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

HOW TO BOOK THE LARES TREK MACHU PICCHU

FIRST, to book your Lares trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click the link here: BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FOR EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Lares trek to Machu Picchu permit without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

*** We will need each participant’s passport at the time of booking. They will be need, in order, to purchase tickets.

SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares trek Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address samtravelperu@gmail.com to complete your payment.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you must have a valid university ID card to qualify for the student discount.

  • University students must provide a copy of their ID card showing a photo, University name and card expiration date. Cards must be valid for the current academic year only.
  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30 USD.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40 USD.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a copy at info@samtravelperu.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is: No. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, the deposit is non-refundable!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?

YES! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport you sent to us to book your Lares Trek, other entrances and reservations. In case, you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or get on the train.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

The mountain weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers to facilitate adjusting to the quickly changing weather conditions.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

In general, if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually takes 1 to 2 days.

The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is water, coca tea and rest. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are usually between 2-6 people. Sam Corporations specializes in small, private groups and provide a more personalised service.

HOW MANY COOKS and PACK HORSES FOR THE GROUP?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of pack horses depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 horses, 4 trekkers will have 6 horses, 6 trekkers will have 9 horses, 8 trekkers will have 12 horses.

HIKING THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of pack horses will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horses will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 40L backpack is sufficient.

IS THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Lares trek to Machu Picchu is a 39 km hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,700m. On the second day of the trek, we climb two mountains. The trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. In preparation: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or working out in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU ?

This has been highly appreciated by most of our clients, especially by our trekkers, who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! SAM Travel Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.
There are hot showers and hot water pools to soak in and relax on the 3rd day of your trek at the Lares Hot Springs. Be sure to bring your bathing suit.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

In the unlikely scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the Lares trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL?

Absolutely!! Hotel drop off is included in your trek package. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!

AT WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability (high season it could book out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore, you we usually book the train at 14:55 or 15:20.

HOW MUCH IS THE VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE?

The Vistadome train service has nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered snacks and a dance show will take place on board. You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $67 USD. These trains run from Aguas Calientes to Poroy. We will you up in Poroy and drive you back to Cusco, which takes about 25 minutes. Please request in advance.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the Lares trek to Machu Picchu. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you would like, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a locally sustainable & responsible tourism operator. That incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid student card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: 2-3L (please bring reusable, not disposable, bottles)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Corp)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR DUFFEL BAG FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office to line your duffel bag
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch stop. Please bring your water bottles.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

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Sam Corporations has flexible departure dates, willing to accommodate your needs and travel requirements as far as possible. We guarantee exclusive luxurious tours of the hidden gems of Peru, whilst providing the best quality and personalized service.

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UNA DE LA MEJORES

feb. de 2023 • Pareja

Este Viaje es una de las mayores experiencias que tuvimos .con muchas cosas por aprender, conocer otras culturas, escapar de la rutina y romper barreras, miedos y prejuicios. Una de las de las mejores experiencias que pudimos tener es y sobre todo abrir horizontes, descubrir cosas nuevas .

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Oasis de Huacachina

ene. de 2023 • Amigos

El mejor tour de mi vida, visitar el desierto de ICA y el Oasis de Huacachina fue maravilloso, fuimos un grupo de amigos para conocer el sur peruano y nos fascino, nuestro guía fue muy divertido y muy informado sobre la historia del Perú, todo estubo excelentemente organizado sin ningún error y...

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David es el top!

ene. de 2023 • Familia

Esta compañía superó nuestra expectativa en el tour del Valle Sagrado y Machu Picchu, nuestro guía David fue estupendo y muy informado de la historia de los Incas. Nuestro conductor Junior fue increíble y muy apasionado con su trabajo.
Muchas gracias.

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Sam Corporations

Why Choose SAM CORPORATION

Local Peruvian Company

Our company is 100% locally owned. We directly contribute to economic development and environmental sustainability in Peru.

Service Quality

The quality of our service is one of our most important values which demands all our effort, determination, and courage to be successful in what we are doing and the services we provide

Responsible travel

We aim to have a positive impact in all the areas that we visit. Through our training sessions and social projects, we empower women, indigenous communities and children

Small Personalized Groups

Our groups never exceed 10 people, giving you a personalized tour in our small comfortable vans

100% Customised Itinerary

Interested in visiting only specific destinations? No problem, all our packages can be fully customized to suit your budget and schedule. Contact our travel advisors to plan the most comprehensive trip of a lifetime.

Community and Environment

We commit socially and culturally to the community and adapt our business strategies to the preservation of the environment

  • 100% Locally owned and operated.
  • Best Tour guides & trip leaders.
  • Quality-Touch & Personalized service
  • Highest quality, name brand equipment.
  • All Inclusive Tours with no hidden fees.
  • Sustainable Prctice and responsible travel.
  • Safety conscious with first aid training annually.
  • Unique Tours & Trekking routes
  • Customized Tours & Packages forFair and kind travel.
  • Personalized Attention with the Most Dedicated Team
  • Giving back to our local communities
Why Choose SAM CORPORATION

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