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    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
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Price Information

US$ 790.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

US$ 750.00 with University student card or under 16.
Rates in USD $ per person.
2-4 person group US$ 890 pp
5-9 person group US$ 790 pp

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This trek takes us into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and high passes, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters. Our route takes us through many small village communities that offer a rare & fascinating insight into traditional Andean life. Finally, we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes and continue on to Machu-Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore this renowned and fascinating site, climb to Huayna Picchuand walk to Sun-Gate as well if you like.
Group Service
Depart from: Cusco
Duration: 4 Day/3 Night
Highlights: no crowded campsites or trails, walking with the local andean people, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley and Machupicchu !

Is it for me?

If you are interested in trek the Inca Trail and permits are totally sold out This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some great Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. This is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek. Where the inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning emerald lake from a high mountain pass! There will most probably be some alpacas accompanying you. There are less Inca arquelogical sites along the trail itself until you get to Machu Pîcchu but if you like awesome scenery and alpacas then this is for you!
Also this is a great trek if you have already visited Machu Picchu and just want to do another high altitude 3 day trek as you can return to Cusco from Yanahuarra instead of going on to Machu Picchu and this cuts the cost of course as well!
BOOK EARLY ... to avoid disappointment
Remember there are a limited number of spaces available for MachuPicchu and Huaynapicchu mountain for each day so call us now with your questions or book online to reserve your spot !
4 Day Inca Trail:Challenging
5 Day Salkantay Trek:Challenging
4 Day Lares trek: Moderate.
5 Day Choquequirao :Challenging
3 Day Huchuy trek: Moderate.
2 Day Short Inca Trail: Easy


Distance: 34 Km/ 21 Miles
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude:2750m/8883ft to 4780m/15134ft
Difficulty: especially in the second day of the trek (arriving to the 4780 mtrs pass on day 2,) you will most likely feel difficulty breathing in altitude, will have to stop frequently to regain your breath and will find you have very little energy and will need to walk far slower than usual. It is very common to feel extremely short of breath while ascending and this is always a shock at the end of the first day and arriving to the pass on the second day as it is a steady continuous climb to the pass. This is to be expected and every one finds this very difficult so state of mind is very important at this point..but well rewarded once you reach the top of the pass!
..we walk in the footsteps of the local people, farmers, arieros and their mules along rocky trails. My feet still hurt!

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Briefing 7pm night before your trek departure at our SAS office.

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Tourist bus and Train

Recommended Hotels

We highly recommend Marqueses Boutique Hotel in Cusco, it is a beautiful and charming Colonial house built at the end of XVI century that has recently been restored and refurbished, located just one block from Cusco`s mayor Plaza. This great location is part of its popularity, close to all of the most important tourist attractions in the famous capital of Inca`s Empire. Well known for its incomparable hospitality and professional service. We can reserve the hotel and transfers you from the airport on your arrival and back on your return, you will enjoy a safe visit, wonderful attention and be pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the Andean Hospitality.

Due to the safe and strategic location you are within easy walking distance of the many historical places, museums, restaurants, cultural, artistic and traditional places of the Imperial Inca City.

SAS Travel Tour Operator & Agency offices are located alongside Hotel Marqueses so we at SAS Travel can assist you at any time.


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Lares ValleyTrek, Machu Picchu 4Day /3Night -Small Group Service. Confirmed Departs

Last Minute Information

  • LARES VALLEY Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Day / 3 Night.
  • DAILY DEPARTURES... upon your request. 4 people minimum. If you are 2 or 3 people and your dates are confirmed, book this trek anyhow and we will find other hikers to make a small group and confirm a departure of your tour or sort it out.
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  • When permits for Classic Inca Trail trek is booked or you are looking for a trek with views of snow capped mountains this is a great trek, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the visit of Machu Picchu on Day 4 th. Our Lares trail Trek is the nicest and the challenging trek -the one not crowded yet, start near Urubamba on the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Pumahuanca valley, Puma Pass, Cuncani, Lares hot spring.) takes you into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing through small villages that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes, turquoise color lagoons, an ancient inka trail, colorful dressed local people and impressive flocks of llamas and alpacas, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters, see the ancestral farm customs, andean traditions and amazing textiles. Finally afternoon on Day 3 we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes town and continue on to Machu-Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and train return to Cusco.
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  • HOW TO BOOK.-Choose the date of departure of your Tour on the Calendar. Fill in the required details. Please ensure that you provide your details -or group details in case you are traveling with a group.You will generate a reservation code.To confirm your reservation, make an online payment immediately a booking deposit or pre-payment of US$ 200 pp + 5% using your reservation code with a card. There is 5% fee for payments with cards. You will receive your tour confirmation and details of your Tour in your email within 24 hours.
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  • SPECIAL: 8 Day / 7 Night Lares Valley trek to Machupicchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Hotel Marqueses Package. Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares Valley hike with 8 Kg porterage service. Find more information here: Lares 8 Day Package
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  • FREE UPGRADE to a Deluxe rooms at MARQUESES Boutique Hotel in Suite, Deluxe or Standard rooms plus a FREE pick up from airport at your arrival to Cusco. Find more information here: www.hotelmarqueses.com “Charming and Amazing Hotel, Great Location one block near centre, Wonderful Staff and Excellent three star Hotel”. © 2021 TripAdvisor LLC

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Program Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Urubamba – Pumahuanca Valley – P´acchayoq - Cuyoc campsite

Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05.40am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chincheros and stopping in the town of Urubamba, (2,700 masl) for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc, Small packed breakfast is served here. Departing Urubamba around 07:15, we have a further 20 minutes drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, land of the famous white corn crops and the Chicha, the Inca´s favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses and handlers, (arrieros), and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. We commence our hike through this beautiful polylepis qeuñas Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2,800 mt to 3,600 mt with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. 4 hours walk to the Inca complex of Inca–Kancha for a guided visit, and where we stop for our first lunch. Our expert cook will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes. Time to relax or a little nap, Continuing afterward along the way you will be able to observe native trees of qeuñas, eucaliptus, then we reach a small Andean community of P´accha, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps and goats. Then final 2 hours further we will reach a series of small waterfalls and beautiful campsite named Cuyoc, .. our first campsite at 4,000 masl.

B,L,D - Snacks




approx 14km

7 hours

Day 2: Cuyoc – Pumahuanca Pass – Cuncani Campsite

Early wake up at 06:00 am with a cup of coca leaf tea, then a good breakfast with quinua panqueques. At 07:00 am we recommence our trek with scenic views of Chicon, San Juan and Veronica mountains. Surrounded by a native forest for a challenging 5 hours climb along a dirt road with some stone steps, in some parts there are zig zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass located at 4,580 masl (A sacred Apacheta is a series of piled stones, made by pilgrims as a symbol of gratitude and respect to the Apus), Once we get to the pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local customs. Enjoy the amazing views of part of Moray, Maras and Salineras. Then we are ready to descend for an hour along a stone road with a nice view on both sides, arriving to enjoy lunch near impressive lakes by which we rest. After our lunch we walk for 2 more hours mainly dowhill and enroute we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local village) in colorful costumes as is traditional with all villages around Lares. Impressive landscape views, mountains, flocks of llamas and alpacas. Cuncani is the major district in the area. Campsite at Cuncani community, located at 3,750 masl where we enjoy Dinner and Camp. Cuncani is also very famous for their textiles produced with ancestral weaving techniques; weavers will offer their work

B,L,D snacks


4580m /15682ft


approx 13km

7-8 hours

Day 3: Cuncani Campsite – Lares Hot Springs- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Morning to relax, before our final leg of our trek, so you can sleep until late 7:00 am. Breakfast. At this little village we have the chance to visit the house of our arriero who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants etc. Then 4 hours of easy downhill walk to reach the Lares village, once we arrive to the pools, we can soak in the springs. The village is known for its medicinal hot springs, After our lunch, 3.5 to 4 hours drive in our private transport to Ollantaytambo town, 2-hours train to the town of Aguas Calientes Overnight, Dinner.


Hostel Viajeros Aguas Calientes or upgrade option as requested


2750m /9022ft

approx 6km

3-4 hours

Day 4: Aguas Calientes 2100 masl – Machupicchu 2400 masl – Ollantaytambo – Cusco 3400 masl.

Early breakfast (05.00am) before taking the 5.30am bus directly to Machupicchu arriving around 06.00am. **Optional for those still able/wanting to walk!: leave 04.30am and walk up to Machupicchu arriving approx 06.00am but only if you really want to hike in the dark so have torches but remember you do not get into Machu Picchu earlier than people who take the bus as they also arrive around 6am to the entrance with the guide.

In Machupicchu it is still a 15 minute walk from the drop-off point to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy the early tour of Machupicchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it! Your guide will spend about 2 hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machupicchu should finish between 10 and 10:30am then you have free time to take your photos before the 10:30 crowds arrive.
At approx 10.45am the guide leaves you at the trail head to to climb Huayna Picchu or if your booking was done too late then for the Machu Picchu mountain permit . so best to book well in advance .
Also the Inca bridge or Sun´s gate are other good walks in that order!. We provide a Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes after the walk down from Machupicchu. (If you prefer a box lunch to have in Machupicchu you must sign up for it in the office before your trek)

Most people walk or take the bus to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where lunch will be provided at “Viajeros hostel" down in the town of Aguas Calientes. There you will also be able to store your backpack, take a shower and/or look around the town a bit before catching the train back to Cuzco. Arrival to Cusco is generally around 8-8.30pm.




5 -6hours exploring

What is Included:

  • Collection from your hotel from 05:30 to 05:45 am or meet at Hotel Marqueses.
  • Private SAS Travel bus to Pumahuanca-Urubamba (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
  • (6-8 ppl with1 guide) 2 Guides for a group of 9-16 participants.
  • 6 kilos porterage service for your personal items eg: extra clothes, sleeping bag, toiletteries to be carried by mules, A duffle bag is lend for each passenger. (so you just need to carry your small daypack with bottle of water and everything you will need during the day). A duffle bag is lent to you.
  • Full board meals 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners. (Buffet Style Peruvian Gourmet Cuisine).(Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Dining tent and cooking tents with tables and chairs.
  • Experienced Chef, assistants and cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Mules to carry tents, mattress, food, cooking equipment.
  • Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles each morning.
  • Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Private rooms) Double Accommodation. Dinner.
  • Early on Day 4th Bus ticket to Machuppicchu from Aguas Calientes.
  • PeruRail 1st Class train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or (train to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco).
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex.
  • Complete guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your ow.
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Hotel Marqueses near SAS Travel office.

What is not Included:

  • Water to drink on Day 1
  • Sleeping Bags USD$ 25.00
  • Dinner on Day 4th
  • Bus ticket down to Aguas Calientes $12 pp / or 1 hr walk.
  • Tips for your crew: Cooks, horse herders, guides are at your discretion... well appreciated.

Additional Options:

  • Additional 3 Kg porter service $30
  • Single tent for trail extra $35
  • Single room in Aguas Calientes extra $ 20
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20
  • Inflatable Thermal rest matress $25
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  • UP-GRADING your train return to Cusco with VISTADOME train.- To Up-grade (with Vistadome Deluxe train service) it is extra of US$ 60.00 p/person. (or if you are are a party of 4 then cost is $50 per person for the train return plus transport to Cusco.) at 15:37 pm depart from Aguas Calientes -Arrives at 19:05 to Poroy Train Station and transfer from here to Cusco City. Arriving approximately 19.45pm If you want an upgrade train then you need to contact us directly on: [email protected] for this to be done and confirmed to you.
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  • RECOMMENDATIONS: (All our trekkers stay at Hostel Viajeros as part of the tour). Please Note that Hostel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system, it has one of the best locations in town, far enough from the riverside so it is not noisy, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only a few blocks from Train and right near the Buses and you don`t have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hotspring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this tour to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes town to celebrate your accomplishment of your trek to Machu Picchu or any special date then please request one of the recommended hotel Upgrades options below:
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  • UP-GRADING HOTELS in Aguas Calientes. (Based on double occupancy).
  • Hotel Wiraqocha Inn USD$ 25.00 p/person
  • Hotel Inka Town USD$ 35.00 p/person
  • Hotel Andina Luxury US$ 46.00 p/person
  • Mapi -Inkaterra US$ 90.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 240.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Machu Picchu Pueblo Inkaterra US$ 260.00 p/person.(Dinner and Breakfast).
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  • Please note if you are travelling alone, by yourself the Up-Grading cost is more, as often Hotels in Aguas Calientes charge the same price for a room shared by 2 people or one person.

We recommend that you bring:

  • Backpack or a daypack to carry water to drink and personal items.
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at SAS office)
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machupicchu
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets.
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
  • OPTIONAL : Little presents for kids of Communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, toys, etc.

Please Note

  • - It is possible you will feel the effects of altitude on arriving in Cusco,(3,400m/ 11,152ft) especially if you fly from sea level, eg Lima.
  • - It is best to wait at least 2,3 days (acclimatization time) before setting out on the trail.
  • - Bring a comfortable water bottle and start drinking liquids to keep you hydrated since you leave home.
  • - Once you are settle at hotel have a couple of cups of coca leaf tea with bit of sugar and try to sleep additionally drink water as much as you can.
  • - Do not drink alcohol, smoke or take sedatives.
  • - Try to eat light your first days.
  • - In high altitude you breath rapidly and shallow causing you to dehydrate more quickly.
  • - Drink extra water or coca tea to avoid this as coffee also tends to cause dehydration.
  • - On the trail do not drink water from waterfalls and streams. (Bottled water is sold en route).
  • - We provide drinkable boiled water at the campsites and refill your bottles.
  • - You can purchase bottled water in all shops and hotel.
  • - If you have any medical conditions, allergies or special food requirements etc. Please write this clearly in the registration book.
  • WATER.-We suggest you take a 1.5 or 2. litres bottle of water on the first day and then you can refill this on the trek. We boil water each night which is available after breakfast each morning for your water bottles. We still suggest you take water purification tablets or filters for any unboiled water you take directly from streams or Waterfalls etc. You can buy bottle water from the 3rd afternoon in Ollantaytambo and onwards.
  • TEMPERATURES.- during the day...If you are walking in the sun it is very hot and feels like 26 degrees celcius, but when you walk through the forest or in the shadow of a mountain it can feel like 14 degrees almost immediately. At night it could get to -5 degrees celcius if you are really unlucky but more likely just freezing ! Main hint for dealing with the temperatures is to try and keep your body temp as regular as possible by using layering of clothes so when you feel cool put on an extra layer before you get cold and if you start to feel warm take off a layer before you perspire which will leave you with a chill later if you don´t take care..
  • The weather from Dec through to early March is usually the wettest on the trail.
  • Somedays it may be drizzly all day or you may have a burst of rain and clear skies for the rest of the day or it could be wet off and on all day. You need good rain gear for walking as well as something to protect your pack. We have dining tents for all meals so you are protected at this time.
  • TIPPING for your STAFF.-
  • As for all American countries, tipping is normal and it is apart of the experience. Generally groups prepare a collective tip at lunch on the last trekking day which is shared out between the cook,assistant, horse helders. The recommended amount for this purpose is US$ 40 - US$50 per client.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you need any further assistance with Cusco accommodation, other tours in Peru or domestic flights don`t hesitate to contact us or check out the tours / packages on the site.
  • http://www.sastravelperu.com/home.php
  • On arrival to Cusco you must come to our office at Calle Garcilaso 270 (2 blocks from main Cusco Plaza de Armas) and present your ORIGINAL PASSPORT and the TAM immigration card. (This TAM is only given to you as you pass through immigrations in Lima but must be presented to the office in Cusco ) This is extremely important and otherwise may incur additional fees. We cannot finalize your checkin until you present these documents so please bring them with you to the SAS office. We also need, reconfirmation of your hotel´s exact contact details (and see your ISIC card if applicable as student).
  • (Please report any changes in the condition of your passport numbers status to: [email protected]
  • [email protected] )
  • If for any reason you organize a NEW PASSPORT after we have purchased your entrance /permits, you must bring with you the original old passport to authorise your permit entrance. If you no longer have the original old passport , you must advise us of need to travel on a new passport at least 3 weeks before your trek. Ie sending through the new passport number. Please ensure that we confirm the new passport details in writing to you. If we are only made aware of a different passport at last minute you must pay a fee of at least $15.00 pp in Cusco.
  • Pre-Departure briefing, remember we have a briefing in our office for the trekkers the night before the tour with your guides at 7:00 pm. If you have not already presented your ORIGINAL PASSPORT and the TAM immigration card, you must come to the briefing at 6.15pm with these documents or incur a $15 fee.
  • We are located near Plaza San Francisco: Calle Garcilaso 270 CUSCO- PERU Tel: 051 84 256324 - 051 84 249194 - 051 84 261920 Emergencies: 051 984 652232 You can contact us at our office between 8.00am and 7.00 pm every day. Only closed between 10am and 4:30pm on Sunday. In emergency or out of hours contact us at home 051 84 234284 or 051 984 652232 (David or Robyn) or SKYPE US : sas.travel or sas.travel.info
  • We understand that you have read ALL the pertinent information of the trek on the webpage: http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/340/lares-valley-trek-machupicchu-huaynapicchu-4day-3night-group-service
  • Some of the queries people generally ask in the office on arrival are these so we are letting you know now so you don´t waste valuable time on your vacation in the office.!
  • If for any reason you are not going to attend the briefing the night before the trek with the guide (for instance you are staying the night in Pisac), you must ensure we know exactly where to pick you up and that you receive the phone number and name of the guide. But remember if you want to recheck info such as: suggestions of what to bring, general explanation of itinerary, or tipping of porters and crew, etc then please just go to this site... also Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Some of the queries people generally ask in the office on arrival are these so we are letting you know now so you don´t waste valuable time on your vacation in the office!
  • 1.- Departure points for the trek: There are fixed pickup points to help reduce time going to numerous hotels. Standard meeting point is Hotel Marqueses 05.30 am. If you are in any Hotel in San Blas please wait for us in front of the Church of San Blas for your transfer departing from 5.10 am. If you are at Loki Hostal, Niños Hotel or other in that area please wait for us at the corner of Cuesta Santa Ana and calle Meloc from 5.50 am. This information will be clarified by your guide at the briefing the night before the trek.
  • 2.- Left Luggage: It is best to leave extra luggage in your Hotel since you arrive back around 9-9.30pm on the 4th day. Free storage of your belongings while on the trek is available at Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso # 265, telephone 257819). If you want to use this service you must collect a luggage deposit tag from the briefing the night before and have this secured on your left luggage in Hotel Marqueses by 5.50am on departure day. You can pick up your belongings at any time from Hotel Marqueses with your tag receipt.
  • 3.- Extra Porter: You already have 6 kilos included in the price so this will assist in carry your mat and sleeping bag and about 3 kilos of sleeping gear. If you would like to have more kilos worth carried you can organise an extra 3 kilos for $15.
  • This is carried by mules and SAS Travel provide a duffle bag at the briefing the night before your hike. You should bring only what you absolutely need/want on the trek, and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco (see the information on our Free Luggage Storage). Please note: you will still need a day pack with you so that you can carry such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, remember glucose is a big help and imperative in the heights), flashlight, sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) ie anything you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will usually meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.
  • At the final breakfast with the trek crew on the 3rd day, staff will collect up the mats and sleeping bags and take them back to Cusco as you sleep in a bed with bedding tonight.
  • 5.- Take Extra money for:
  • Tips for trekking crew and guides
  • 200.00 soles emergency money.
  • Purchasing water along trail and items such as hot springs etc.
  • 6.- Water: We suggest you take a full 2 liter bottle of water for Day 1 and then you can refill this on the trek. We boil water each night, which is available the following morning for your water bottles. We still urge that you take water purification tablets or filters for any unboiled water you take directly from streams or Waterfalls etc. You can buy bottled water again from Day 3 lunch and onwards for the rest of the tour.
  • 7.- Temperature: Day temperatures vary from 12 -22 degrees celcius
  • You must always use layering of clothes to manage the temperatures well. Night temperatures,( in the coldest season May to Sept) average -2 to -5 degrees celcius on the 1st and 2nd nights.
  • 8.- Environmental issues: Please carry your personal rubbish to each campsite where the porters will pack it out. There are toilets at points along the trail and in campsites. At other points please leave the trail on the non-river side at least 30m and burn or bury toilet paper. Please encourage your group and staff to protect the environment.
  • 9.- Tipping: The recommended tip to cover this tradition is approx US $30-40. As for all American countries, tipping is common practice and is a part of the experience but not obligatory. Generally groups prepare a collective tip which is shared out between the trekking crew and cook on the 3rd lunch. A tip for the horsemen is given on the 2rd night as they return to their village at that time. It is customary to thank the guides with a voluntary tip after the Tour in Machupicchu on the fourth day.
  • Please only use this information as a “guideline” requested by some trekkers but don`t let it cause you, or any other person in the group discomfort. Some will not tip at all and some may want to tip more but it is a personal and private decision for each individual and should be respected in that way. Please don`t allow it to become stressful and just tip what you feel is correct. Remember some trekkers are students and others successful business men. More detailed information on tipping is available on the website in the frequently asked questions section...Please read this before the trek as the guides don´t tend to give a lot of details when asked since tips are voluntary so they don`t want to make people feel uncomfortable.
  • 10.- Climbing of Huayna Picchu on Day 4: For many high season dates June, July, Aug you need to book about 2-3 months in advance to guarantee the Huaynapicchu Ticket since there is limited availability. For people who book at last minute there may not be any Huaynapicchu permits left and so we can buy the Machu Picchu mountain permit instead which also gives a view from high above Machu Picchu site.
  • 11.- Bus Down from Machu Picchu and Lunch: After your visit in Machupicchu you can walk down to Aguas Calientes via the inca steps or purchase a $10 bus ticket for the ride down to Aguas Calientes which is about 25 minutes and arrives just near the meeting place in Aguas Calientes., Hostal Viajeros close to the bus arrival area and this is where your buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes is provided from 1.45pm.
  • 12 .- Duffle Bags / Personal Porters: At lunch the staff will provide blue sacs as the porter duffle bags must be collected at this time. The blue sacs are for transporting your belongings back to Cusco, please return it to our Cusco office so we can recycle them.. Thankyou.
  • 13.- Peru Rail: Any changes to train tickets after the start of the trek must be made in person at Peru rail in Aguas Calientes with proof of identity ( ie your original passport.) They may charge fees for change of date and coach options will be according to space availability.
  • 14.- Illness: If you are unable to complete the trek, you will be accompanied by a staff person to the closest area for transport out to assistance. If you are more seriously ill you will be accompanied by the assistant guide and may need to return to Cusco for medical assistance. You can still join up with the group on the 3rd day and take your train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo with overnight here and continue the tour of Machu Picchu as usual but the cost of the train from Cusco is payable by the passenger. All evacuations are at the expense of the passenger. Please have suitable travel insurance.
  • Remember we have a briefing at the office for the trekkers the night before the tour with your guide.
  • The time of this will be confirmed at your checkin with the Main Cusco office 2 days before your trek when you reconfirm all your booking details.
  • Please Skype: sas.travel if you are unsure of any info or if you would like us to book your accommodation with Hotel Marqueses Cusco
  • http://www.hotelmarqueses.com which includes free transfer from the airport....
  • If you have any queries just let me know.
  • Warmest Regards.
  • Robyn Quintana
  • [email protected]
  • Skype: sas.travel

Booking Information

  • Choose in the Calendar the date of when you would like to start this Tour -select the month, year and the day, (Starting Date). Fill in your details as requested, and details of the people traveling with you, once you have finished and sent us your reservation, you are logged to pay a booking deposit of US$ 200 + 5% pp. If you have not paid on this page, you can also pay on the How to Pay button, using your reservation code. Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your tour in your email and send you more details.
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  • BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- Online payments.
  • 1.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 200+5% per person. US$ 525 pp with debit,credit card.
  • 2.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 200+6% pp through Paypal.
  • 3.- For group bookings, transfer to our bank in Peru, US$ 200 pp, or pay with the methods mentioned above.
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  • FINAL PAYMENT: We require the remaining balance payment of your tour 1 month before of your tour start, paying online with your reservation code in our website in How to pay OR pay in US$ cash or with a card in our office in Cusco at your arrival.

Terms & Conditions

  • 1.- You must advise SAS Travel of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 69, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate as Lares trek goes to 4600 masl. (2,3 days acclimatization days previous this trek is highly recommended and also a good physical condition is strongly advised ).
  • 2.- You must advise your guides if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the guide or tour please advise the guide in that moment so he can resolve any problems as soon as possible.
  • 3.- If you get vertigo we do not want to climb Huayna Picchu for any reason then indicate No in the reservation format and write this in the comments section. (Limited spaces so Book from 5-4 months in advance. If Huaynapicchu mountain passes are sold out, Montaña walk is an alternative.
  • 4.- You must carry your original passport and valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the trail, If you do not take the correct original passport as indicated in your permit, the control will annul your permit and refuse you entrance to the trail. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring the old passport with you, or if this is impossible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the INC with official documentation to avoid problems. Administration charge for this formal change is (US$ 15 pp). (Group Service with minimum of 6 Passengers).
  • 5.- The student US$20 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS Travel. All student ISIC cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid ISIC card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it was confirmed. A Youth Travel card or International Teachers cards are not accepted by the control.
  • 6.- We include in this trek a 6 kilos for porterage for your camp belongings (Mattress,sleeping bag and personal clothes, a duffle bag is provided) due to the strenous nature of the trek but if you will require more let us know. If you have no experience in high altitude trekking please hire more porterage. This is a serious requirement and 3 kilos more is only US$30 for the entire trek so well worth it.
  • 7.- Please note Hostel Viajeros is not a 3 star hotel but is clean, safe and comfortable. If you are wanting alternative accommodation this can be organised, these are some upgrade options and the corresponding supplemental cost based on double occupancy see Recomendations. Please let us know of this request at the time of booking.
  • A.- Cancelation of the tour once you have paid a deposit and received a confirmation incurs in the loss of the booking deposit. (US$ 200.00) per person. Non-refundable booking deposit.
  • B.- Cancelation of tour within 45 days to 31 days before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost...
  • C.- Cancelation of tour within 30 days to 8 days before departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost...
  • D.- Cancelation of tour within 7 days - 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost...
  • E.- Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost...
  • 9.- However if you are unable to participate on this tour we can organize an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your train tickets and entrance, completing the tour as normal from Aguas Calientes (Day 3 and 4, Train to Aguas Calientes, Night in a Hostal, bus to Machu Picchu, Guided tour, Lunch at Aguas Calientes and Train return to Cusco.
  • 10.- Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum and the train tickets and Machu Picchu entrance have not been finalised. US$ 25.00 is charged.
  • Change of dates when train tickets have been finalised incurs a further fee as Peru rail also charges for changes of dates. This administration charge of US$20.00 per ticket in this case is incurred. At times a change of date may only be possible in an upgrade to a higher standard carriage and so the difference in price would need to be paid additionally.
  • 11- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger. If you fail to complete the tour due to illness we will assist you to meet with your group at Machupicchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
  • 12- SAS Travel will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. SAS Travel cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • 13.- SAS Travel does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • 14.- Lares trek is recommended in dry season (From April to November. Unexpected rain can cause snow falls causing difficult trekking conditions and possibly closure of the pass. In the case of snow falls SAS Travel cannot be held accountable for the need to take an alternative route. You would also need good quality trekking boots and equipment to protect you against snow related conditions, cold and glare. In extreme cases when “Lares trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS Travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 5 Day Choquequirao trek and your booking deposit money will be used for this or if you prefer an alternative tour such as 5 Day lake Titicaca package or Jungle trip etc to give you some of the many options.
  • 15.- We strongly recommended to organize a Travel Insurance. Eg: (Nomade Travel Insurance).