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4 Days Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 2021

Cyber Special

  • This offer will apply to those bookings from February 13th to February 28th
lares trek to machu picchu offer
From $559 USD
Per person

Trip Overview

Max Altitude4700 m.s.n.m
Group SizeUp to 8 People
ServiceGroup
TransportationVan, Bus, Train

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Pisac – Huaran – Cancha Cancha

The excitement of your Lares trek to Machu Picchu will help you arise early for your pickup at 5:00am whether in Cusco or Sacred Valley. Within the hour, we will arrive at the ancient remnants of this truly awesome Pisac Inca Citadel. If you are able to take your eyes off the ruins and look up towards the skies, you will be memerized at the flight of the Caracara falcons hovering and circling in the endless sky. Our guide will share with you the history of the Pisac Inca Citadel in all its brilliance.

Breakfast is served high above, looking down at the plunging gorges and awesome views of the Inca city and valleys. Driving onward for 40 more minutes to Huaran, we meet our horsemen and horses. Time to saddle up, boots on, and begin our first 3 hours gradually ascending to Cancha cancha, replenishing our energy for our trek ahead with a delicious lunch prepared by our trekking chef.  Cancha cancha being the most isolated and self-sustainable community, traditional to the core, with no bus route or electricity. Make your connection with nature and the realness of life with the locals that share their homes. It would be of much appreciation to share some toys, old useful clothes, notebooks, fruit or any items with the locals.  Two hours later, we have completed our first trekking day and arrived at our campsite. Boots off, time to enjoy afternoon tea with amazing views of the frozen Andean peaks. After dinner, our guide will show you the Inca’s constellations in which they depended on for their agricultural guidance and still do to this present day.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities 
  • Distance: 12kms / 7 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani

Feeling all revved up to begin our second day and have eaten a delicious breakfast, we begin our 4 hour hike northeast, an intense walk accomplishing the three high passes to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutec Pass (4,700m /15,420 ft). This is when to pat yourself on the back and embrace the feeling of total exhilaration and self-achievement for making the summit.  Compensating for the intense hike, the views of the rigid glaciers, amazing blue glacial lakes, llama herds, rugged valleys and undulating farmlands.  After a time to enjoy the 360º views, we descend for an hour, taking lunch by the mirrored glacial lake, with its picturesque views of the Lares Valley with plenty of llamas and alpacas.

After a siesta time, we descend for 2 hours until we reach our campsite located by the Quishuarani community, (3,700m/12,139ft). Taking the back roads to Machu Picchu Llama, where herders are readily available and the local indigenous people will open their hearts and interact with you in the Quechua language (Inca language). Your guide will act as your mediator to translate and teach you some Quechua language, and then you get to enjoy the stunning waterfall.

At the campsite, everything will be ready. Enjoy afternoon tea time and dinner then snuggle in for a comfortable night sleep.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, inflatable mattress´s, blankets and pillows
  • Distance: 14kms / 10.3 miles
  • Time:8hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: challenge

Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Your adventure continues as you begin the most memorable day yet!  We begin our ascension for 3 hours until we reach the Hullkiccasa Pass, (4,200m/13,779ft) getting a bird’s eye view of the reflections of the mirror images of the glacial lakes. Time to descend for 2 hours through the boundless farmlands and pristine lakes to the Cucani community. Connecting with the local indigenous children, we will visit their school and share in some quality time with the students.

A little further, on we are welcomed into the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour to soak, have lunch and take a siesta. Time for our goodbyes for our remarkable chef and cowboy. With the body relaxed, the mind begins to sway toward preparing for the ultimate experience. We take our van for 2.5 hours to Ollantaytambo where we will have dinner at a tourist restaurant. At 7pm or 9pm, we take our train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night at our hotel. (private room with hot shower included) One more night to sleep before the big day!

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
  • Distance: 15kms / 9.3 miles
  • Time: 6hrs approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of Inca wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stone stairways. You can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.

If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu
  • You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or to the hot springs.

When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Train Station, where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and arrive at your hotel around 8pm.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Transfer from the Airport to Hotel (it can be done on any date).
  • Private transportation from the hotel to Pisac Inca ruins and then Huaran (Trailhead)
  • Local Licensed & Fluent English speaking guide ( 2 guides for more than 8 people)
  • Entrance tickets for Pisac Inca Ruins
  • 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 Archaeological Complex
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours. 
  • Hotel with private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, storage and buffet breakfast included
  • 4 person EUREKA TIMBERLINE TENT
  • THICK 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
  • Rain poncho
  • Transfer back to Cusco only for our group
  • Interaction with the local kids and community people
  • Backpack rain cover

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • 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  -$57 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)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $75 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes

OPTIONAL UPGRADES

  • VISTADOME TRAIN from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) at 4:43pm:$57 USD per person (Only 1 way)
  • La Cabaña Hotel:$50 USD per person
  • Tierra Viva Hotel:$75 USD per person
  • El Mapi Hotel:$120 USD
  • Additional Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on choice and availability)

Price & Availability

“The best Lares Trek 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 (This offer will apply to those booking from February to April)

Group Tour -$559 USD per person 

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

*** This price includes the extra personal porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos,  guided tour in Sacred Valley (Pisac Inca ruins) are included in the price and we will provide you with a duffel bag.

***We provide large Eureka 4 man 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

***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 at booking is required & 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:$20 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  -$57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43pm )
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  -$35 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $35 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single Supplement -$30 USD 2* for single travelers

ADDED VALUES  FOR FREE

  • TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
  • DUFFLE BAG AND TRASH BAGS – included in the trekking price!
  • EXTRA PORTER 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.
  • SMALL PILLOW
  • PLASTIC RAIN pocho made by SAM Travel Peru is included.
  • 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 SAM

WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL

SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking.  SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.

 The company owner’s was to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.    

We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. We are proud of our team without them ,we couldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.

SMALL GROUPS

In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we, at SAM Travel Peru  have a policy that our groups will not exceed 10 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.

BEST LARES TREKKING ROUTE 

SAM Travel Peru is the only tour operator which treks OFF THE BEATEN PATH with the LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU, passing through the most isolated communities, ending at the hot springs. We are the only tour operator including the PISAC INCA RUINS on top of the Lares Trek to Machu PicchuNO ONE HAS A BETTER DEAL than SAM Travel Peru.

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 for Incan heritage and history.  Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Incan and Andean culture. Our crew is fun lovinggreat sportsmen and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.

OUR SUPER COOL PORTERS

Hiking the Lares Trek Machu Picchu with SAM Travel Peru 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 you interact with the locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns and buildings. Having the opportunity to learn some words in Quechua and about the fascinating Inka history. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and simply feel the magic of Mother Nature (Pachamama) and the Andes. We carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents avoid crowded campsites and take care of  you while you sit back and relax.

We provide the following  items to our porters and cooks for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffle bags, canteen and girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattress´s and insurance.

OUR COOKS 

The food on the trek has been highlighted by all our clients  they say “that it was better than in the restaurant’s. “Delicious and abundant gourmet style meals, Peruvian and International Cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. If you are vegetarian or have food allergies of any kind, we can cater our meal to adjust to your needs.

SAM Travel Peru honours any food restrictions.!

OUR EQUIPMENT

Our team (Guides, Cooks, Porters, Cowboys) and our equipment are what really makes SAM Travel Peru stand out from all the competitors…. For all our adventures we hike we include the following items:

  • OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good nights sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4 man 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 MATTS: They are used to separate and insulate you from the ground. They all are big and thick.
  • AIR MATTRESSES: They can be rented for US$15.
    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 SOCIAL PROJECTS

SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities, we pass by through when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

Important Info

Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the Lares Trek – 

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 trek´s start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board of SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING FOR THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm at our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

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, both are for free.

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 here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM 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 on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (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 $200.00 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?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles). We have many ATMs within the historical center.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of samtravelperu@gmail.com. 

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  1. According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit 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 do not qualify for a student discount.
  2. All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30 USD.
  3. For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40 USD.
  4. For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
  5. All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  6. Send us a copy at info@samtravelperu.com

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

Unfortunately the answer is generally No. Once the tickets have been bought the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks, we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased.  Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
*** If you cancel your Lares Trek Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

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. The rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. 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. They are very strict about this here!!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE LARES TREK?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. You will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates and will depend on the location. We highly recommend you dress in layers and good rain gear in your day backpack.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS 

In general, if you exercise regularly and spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley , you will better acclimate.

The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN, IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you  for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness. 

We offer the Cusco City and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimating.  Check out our day tours on our Main Page.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specialises in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?

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

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/14p. Your team of porters 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 porters 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. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

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

The Lares trek is a 39 km hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,700mt. 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  a day or go to the fitness club 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 (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by lady 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?

In the 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 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu

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. The price is $57 USD per person which includes the transfer from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, all the way back to Poroy, the trip lasts 3.5 hours, then 25mins by taxi to your hotel. Usually our clients are back at the hotel by 8pm.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the Lares trek. 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.

Packing Checklist

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR LARES TREK

  • 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 (Camelbaks are encouraged).
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
  • 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 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • 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 — Please ask for them.
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us.
  • Swimming Suit

TOILETRIES

  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR LARES TREK

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: essential
  • Wool Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
  • Coca leaves.
  • Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

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Joe L
Joe L
2020-12-02
Local guides, world class service We were blessed to find some amazing tour companies in Peru. SAM handled our hike to Machu Picchu and we couldn't be happier. Their guide was a local native and had real life views of the culture. He really made the hike special with all his local knowledge and great personality. Their communication was outstanding and they were extremely flexible to our needs. And the extra bonus was they ran the group trips even though it was only two of us. Please don't hesitate to use this amazing company.
nuria p
nuria p
2020-11-09
Increíble. Muy excelente Fue una experiencia, INCREÍBLE estamos muy contentos al poder ganado experiencia nuevas, agradecidos con el equipo muy profesionales.
Sonia P
Sonia P
2020-11-07
An incredible experience that exceeded my expectations. The short Inca trail trip was above and beyond my expectations. Everything was so well planned and our guide Auqui was excellent, he shared so much wonderful knowledge about the history of the Incas and he was fun and friendly. Arriving to Machu Picchu this way was surreal and I am glad we chose this option as it made it feel like a real expedition. Seeing the ruins from a far at the sun gate was simply incredible and then the hike down to the ruins was so magical. I feel it was much better than just arriving at the entrance with lots of people and buses. Also the bonus of seeing Winya Waynu ruins on the way. Highly recommend this tour.
K Baker
K Baker
2020-06-30
Absolutely spectacular tour by Sam Tours I was travelling in March in Peru and of course, Machu Picchu was a must see! I had planned to do the the Inca trail with Sam Travel but that was closed due to a landslide. So they offered to put me on the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour. Our guide, Jhordy was absolutely spectacular. Extremely knowledgable and really interesting to listen. He really made the experience. We started on the first day going through the Sacred Valley which is awe inspiring. Machu Picchu is mind blowing. We had plenty of time to really explore. I was lucky to find myself as part of really great small group and this added to the experience. It was a little more expensive then other trips but really worth it. I would highly recommend Jhordy and the team at Sam Travel. They really looked after us.
Dioselina M
Dioselina M
2020-05-27
UNA EXPERIENCIA INCREIBLE!!!! Realizamos el camino inca de 2 días, gracias a Dios antes de la pandemia y fue la experiencia mas increíble que hemos vivido la cual recordaremos por siempre en nuestras vidas. Caminar por el senderos de los incas, contemplar sus maravillosas construcciones fueron mas que sorprendentes. También destacamos bastante la organización previa y durante el tour no pudo ser mejor y en todo momento nuestro estuvo pendiente de que todos los detalles para que nosotros pudiéramos disfrutar de la aventura. Estamos completamente de que hicimos la mejor elección con SAM TRAVEL y en definitiva superaron nuestras expectativas los recomiendo son un 10/10.
Neal
Neal
2020-04-27
Great Machu Picchu tour with SAM Travel Peru SAM Travel Peru hosted our MP tour. We intended to hike the 2 Day Inca Trail & MP tour however landslides closed the trail. SAM Travel gave us timely notification and offered a refund but instead we accepted their Sacred Valley tour. Sam Travel provided transportation to/from the Cusco airport and hotel, providing suggestions of Cusco sights and gave us a trip briefing the day before we left. Both Sacred Valley and MP tours were terrific! I found Sam Travel to be accomidative and adaptable to the changing circumstances. I highly recommend this agency.
Erica
Erica
2020-03-24
Machu Picchu by Vistadome train I only had a short time in which to visit Machu Picchu so I decided to do a train trip. As a solo traveler with a not-so-flexible schedule, I had difficulty finding a tour company to accommodate me, but SAM was very willing to offer me a private tour on the day I requested since there were no group tours that day. Their team was prompt in responding to emails. The airport pickup and hotel transfer upon arrival in Cusco was a nice bonus. And the trip to Machu Picchu itself...WOW! Pictures don't begin to do it justice. My tour guide, Henry, was phenomenal. He stayed with me for about 3.5 hours, serving as photographer, historian, and overall excellent guide. We had time to visit Inca Bridge in addition to a thorough exploration of the ruins themselves. I highly recommend SAM and would definitely use them again!
Amanda2112
Amanda2112
2020-03-22
Amazing trip, with incredible variety & a great guide! I loved my tour with Sam Travel in February! I was very lucky that during the rainy season we didn't get a prohibitive amt of rain during the trip. A nice, SAM van picked me right up from my doorstep and I joined a nice, small group. We went all through the Sacred Valley that day. What we got to see was so diverse and I got to learn a ton about the country on day 1 from our awesome guide, Auqui! He took great photos of us @ all the stops we made that day. SAM booked a great hotel for me and Auqui was diligently watching me to make sure I was ok with the altitude--he even carried my bag! The next day was Machu PIcchu and it was incredible!!! I learned so much and got some great photos ;-) Auqui then directed us to lunch which happened to be one of the best meals I had on my trip and even bought my my 1st Pisco Sour! The impression he and SAM Travel made on me was so heartwarming, they took GREAT care of me! I didn't have to worry about a thing, I'd highly recommend booking with them and ask for Auqui!
Hugh M
Hugh M
2020-03-20
Very well organised, good equipment, brilliant guides and well worth the money We did the four day Wilderness Salkantay Trek. From start to finish everything was very professional and well organised. The tents and equipment seemed very good quality, and any of the staff we talked to were always very friendly and helpful. Our guide, Auqui, was brilliant and he really made the trip for us. He was extremely knowledgeable about everything on the trail, in Peru and Machu Picchu. He was able to give us very detailed and interesting information on the history of the area, and was generally very helpful throughout. I don't think he could have been any better and I would be very happy to go on another trek with him. Every meal on the trek, cooked by Leo and Javier, was excellent and some of the best that we had in Peru. We were very surprised, and impressed, at how it could be so varied and such high quality when cooked on the side of the mountain. Our porters (Alex and Pablo) were very friendly and helpful. I would 100% recommend SAM Travel - along with Auqui, Leo, Javier, Alex and Pablo - to anyone doing a trek. I don't think I could find a fault in any part of the trip. Definitely worth the money.
Sergei D
Sergei D
2020-03-19
Great and convenient way to see the iconic place Great tour, especially if you are in a hurry. The guide Henry provided a lot of local perspectives on the various Inca sites on the way and went above and beyond to get us to as many interesting places as we could squeeze into the schedule. Big thanks for that :) The group was small - just 4 people, the tour was well organized. Not without hiccups, but the guide was babysitting us so diligently that everything resolved easily.

SAM TRAVEL REALLY CARES ABOUT THEIR CLIENTS, TEAM, LOCAL COMMUNITIES & PLANET

Tree Planting Project

SAM Travel Peru is a socially responsible tour operator concerned about the environment. Our Plant A Tree campaign creates awareness to local communities and the citizens of the city of Cusco that deforestation issue in the Andes Mountains is a serious one. As each year, many mountain slopes are void of trees and that causes a huge decline in the wildlife.

Dreams Come True For Student

December of 2017, SAM Travel Peru fulfilled the dreams of 36 children and their parents from the indigenous community of Pampamarca way up in the Andean mountains in the south of Cusco. They got to tour Cusco City, Sacred Valley and the Citadel of Machu Picchu all paid for by SAM Travel Peru. These are children do not have the resources nor ability for many reasons to be able to experience the historical sites of their Inca heritage. Sam Travel Peru wants to give them a once in a lifetime experience up close and in person of their heritage and restore their pride in their culture, history and Inca heritage.

Our Christmas Party In The Andes

We kick off our annual Christmas social project focused on helping communities surrounding the imperial city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. We journeyed towards the community of Pacchanta, located within the district of Ocongate (home to Ausangate Mountain). This quaint and isolated community is home to about 400 people or so. SAM Travel Peru was able to complete this project successfully with the help of its dedicated team members!

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