Peru Cultural Explorer

Peru Cultural Explorer – Andean Adventure

Lima – Cusco – Lares Trek – Machu Picchu – Lake Titicaca – Lima

*12 Day Experience – Available anytime – Best time to go is between May – December

Next Small Group Tour: November 1 – 12, 2019

Prices: Starting at $2,899 CAD plus 5% GST (based on a group of 2 -4) – Recommended group size from 2 – 8 people, maximum is 12.

Optional Add-On: 1 Day Inca Trail Hike with Entrance to Machu Picchu through Sun Gate – $450 USD / $650 CAD

Peru Lares Trek

*Prices may change depending on the time of year booked. Customized itineraries available upon request.

Our Peru Cultural Explorer Adventure is perfect for those wanting a unique trekking experience in the Andean mountains where they have a chance to interact with the locals, dive deep into the culture, and create a strong connection with the people and places you encounter along the way. Your journey begins at the birthplace of the New World’s most advanced society, the Incan Empire. Feel as though you’ve travelled back in time when you explore this incredible region in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.  Situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley northwest of Cusco is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.

This region will send your camera into overdrive as you trek through jaw-dropping terrain, colourful markets & villages, forgotten temples entangled in jungle vines and archeological wonders. Connect with the locals that call the Andes their home throughout the Lares Trek and at Lake Titicaca – they are still so in tune with the environment and their traditional lifestyles.

  • Enjoy a custom experience tailored to you and your groups interests
  • Spend 1 night in Lima before or after your trekking adventure in the Andes
  • Spend 3 full days in the colourful town of Cuzco where you will have free time to explore Incan ruins, Sacred Valleys, colourful markets, and acclimatize at 3300 meters above sea level
  • Hike through the amazing Andes on the Lares Trek and experience Incan traditions and village life
  • Witness the spectacular Machu Picchu Site
  • Optional hike to Huaynapicchu (additional fee of $65 USD per person)
  • Venture to Lake Titicaca where you will experience the highest navigable high altitude lake in the world. Time has stood still in the island communities on the lake
  • Your journey ends back in Lima where you can take in the cities vibrant culture and incredible cuisine

Day 1: Arrive in Lima & spend one night there. Free time or group activities can be planned.

Day 2: Fly to Cusco and spend 3 nights there to acclimatize and adjust to the altitude. The altitude in Cuzco is 3400 m or 11,152 feet. There are a variety of day trips and activities that can be organized from Cuzco or you’re free to just chill and relax before the trek.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour - Your guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 8 a.m. You will be taken on a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. On the way, we will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point). From there, we will be able to see the Sacred Valley and gain some insight into the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas the Incas settled. There is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes. You will also witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas.

Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of CHINCHERO. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture. You will see amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces.

Then we will go to the archeological complex of moray where we will visit the experimental laboratory of the Inca time where they acclimatized various varieties of products.

After our visit we will go down to the town of Urubamba to make a stop and have lunch.

After lunch, we will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site because you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. Afterwards, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

Day 4: Free day to explore Cusco.

The evening of Day 4 you will get an orientation/briefing for your Trek. The local operator will provide you with duffle bags for your overnight bags during the trek.

Day 5: Cusco - Lares Trek – Thermal Bath Waterfall Campsite

We will pick up you from your hotel at 5:00 am to begin the famous Lares trek. It will be 3 hours’ drive along the beautiful landscape of the sacred valley and through the Andes. We will travel until we arrive at the Lares hot springs, where you will have the first breakfast surrounded by amazing views of the Andes mountains. After lunch you will enjoy the hot springs which are medicinal in nature and considered to be good for bones, stress, muscles and headaches after that we will board your vehicle and drive 20 minutes to meet up with the horses and horseman and you will give your duffle bags to the horses to be transported to the campsite.

You will then start hiking 2 hours gradually uphill until we reach our lunch spot called Kiswarani. This place is considered to be the potato valley sector, where people farm many varieties of organic potatoes. We will then arrive to the lunch spot where you will enjoy our first delicious meal prepared by our trekking chef. After a siesta, you can visit the school where the kids still speak Quechua their native language. You are welcome to bring toys, or note books for the kids, and you can teach a few English words, then we will walk another 2 hours gradual uphill until we arrive at the campsite where you will be welcomed  by our trekking staff with your tents already set up. We will enjoy some hot drinks upon arrival. On a clear night, we can see the deep blue sky and tinkling stars showing up, we can see the southern cross ( crus del sur ) cosmic constellation  and many others.

Trekking distance: 10 km /6miles/
Camp elevation: 3850 meters/12631 ft.
Weather: cold

Day 6: – Quiswarany – Condor Pass – Cancha Cancha Village

This day you will be awakened by your porters with our service of hot drinks in your tents around 5:00 am. You will have amazing views of the beautiful lake and the local people will take theirs llamas and alpacas out to graze. Breakfast will be served as soon as you finish packing up your gear. Then you will fill up your water bottles and take your snacks and begin the most memorable day of your expedition to Machupicchu. It will be 3 - 4 hours climb to get to the summit of the mountains. This pass is called Pachacute or condor pass, it can be a little difficult (quite steep). We will see stunning lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas. We will have an emergency horse to ride in case you are tired.

Once you arrive at the condor pass you will feel like you are in the heaven. You will see the majestic mountain, Pitusiray which is at 5700 m/18700 ft. And the Condor pass is at 4680 m/15354 ft. We will start our decent and say goodbye to the toughest part of the hike. Here you will have a hot drink and sandwich, after that we have 3 hours downhill with fantastic views of many lakes, llamas and alpacas until the campsite.

You will end up in the Cancha Cancha village, which is the only village that does not have the construction of modern technology. 85% of the houses are original ancient dwellings, made of stone with grass thatched roofs, this is the only village like this in the Lares valley. We will enjoy a delicious lunch, after that perhaps meet with the local children!

Walking distance: 14 km /8 miles
Elevation gain: 830 meters /2723 ft.
Camp elevation: 3700 meters /12303 ft .
Weather: cold.

Day 7: – Cancha Cancha Huaran – Maras Salt Mine – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today our porter will wake you up with a hot drink, you will have some time to pack your backpacks and duffle bags, and enjoy breakfast, after the breakfast you will have time to visit the local elementary school, and once you are ready, you will begin the last leg of your Lares trek. It will be 4 hours downhill along this lovely path seeing more llamas and alpacas, we will pass by a farm where they cultivate potatoes, fava beans, and many other traditional foods in the traditional Inca style. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Peruvian agriculture where people still farm by hand using traditional Inca farming tools.

Now we will start to descend to a warmer region, the sacred valley, and you can begin feel the microclimate changes and start seeing other kinds of crops that people farm. Around the sacred valley, people farm corn, quinua, kiwicha, peaches, avocados and other types of fruits. The tour guide will explain to you about the Incas and their history and you will end the tour at the little village of Huaran in the  sacred valley at 2700 m/8858 ft.

This is where you will say goodbye to the horses, horsemen, chef and porters because they will go back to Cusco.

From Huaran, we will catch a van and make the short drive into the valley to visit the salineras salt mines at the town of Maras. Here at 11,000 feet above sea level, a salt water spring gushes forth and spills down the side of the mountain. Over 3000 small evaporation chambers have been created and look as if they are tumbling down the mountainside. Here you can take spectacular panoramic photos. The tour guide will explain all about the history and the procedure that local people use to take the salt. There is a small shop on site if you care to take some salt home salt with you.

After visiting salineras, you will board the van again for 45 minutes along the sacred valley to Ollantaytambo. Here in Ollantaytambo we can witness the beautiful streets and water channels as well as some free time to explore the town until the dinner time which will be at the local restaurant. We will catch the 7pm train for Aguas Calientes. Upon your arrival to Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel, and enjoy a hot shower.

Walking distance 9km/ 6.2 miles
Aguas Calientes elevation: 2000 m /6562 ft
Weather, cold in the morning ,warm by the afternoon .

Day 8: – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco *Or One Day Inca Trail Add-On (see tab below for itinerary details - please note an extra day will be added to the overall itinerary if you choose this option)*

This day is the most important and magical day. Machupicchu!!!!! You will wake up really early to take the first bus around 5:30 for the 30 minutes ride up to Machupicchu to see the sun rise. Your guide will take you for a very informative 2 hour tour and then afterwards you will have plenty time to explore on tour own and take more photos or hike Huayna picchu (extra fee for this). In the afternoon you will catch a 2 hour train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco where we will transfer you to your hotel.

Weather : warm and humid.

Day 9 – Cusco – Puno by the Sun´s route – Puno - Amantani

At 06:45hrs, we will pick you up from your hotel and start boarding a first class bus with service on board. On your way there, you will have few stops to visit different sites such as the Andahuaylillas Andean village, host of the Sistine chapel of South America. This chapel is not only plentifully gilded in its interior, but also displays fascinating paintings from XVI-XVII- XVIII century. Later as we continue we will stop at Raqchi, here there is an amazing Inca architecture built in order to worship their Viracocha God. (The master of the world). Then we will move onto Sicuani Andean town, here we will have our Andean buffet lunch.

Next, we will ascend to the highest point of our journey (4,335m) from where you will have the opportunity to observe an endless high plateau. One more stop is done at Pucara town, where we will visit the Pucara museum that stores a perfect set of artefacts from Pre-Inca time. Then we will arrive into Puno, soon after we will head straight to the port of Puno, from here we will board our boat to travel for 03 hours to Amantani Island, where we are going to be welcomed by the local family and spend the overnight at a basic descent accommodation with low facilities (shared outdoor bathroom). You will partake in an evening fiesta that evening.

The service includes:

  • Private transport Cusco / Puno
  • Entrance fees to the sights
  • English guide
  • Lunch at Sicuani
  • Private boat from Puno / Amantani
  • Entrance fee for the island
  • Accommodation at Amantani
  • Dinner at family house

Day 10: Amantani – Taquile – Puno – Cusco

At 07:00hrs, we will have our delicious and organic breakfast, afterwards the local families will take us to the main port, from where we will board our boat to travel for 55 minutes to Taquile Island, upon our arrival we will start hiking up for 50 minutes to the main village of Amantani.

Our guide will enrich with reliable information about this great place, then a free time for everybody will be given in order to explore yourself. Later we will re-joined and head to a restaurant where this allow us a perfect breath-taking vista, enjoying a delicious lunch. Next we will head back to the port by 700 hundred pre Inca steps. (Please walk slowly and steady).

Board your boat and travel for 03 hours back to Puno, here our bus will be waiting to pick us up and travel for 07 hours to Cusco, our services end at your hotel.

The service includes:

  • Breakfast at family house
  • Private boat
  • English guide
  • Lunch at Taquile
  • Entrance fees to the island
  • Private transport Puno / Cusco

Day 11: Cusco – Lima

You will fly into the beautiful city of Lima where you will enjoy a self-guided experience of what the city has to offer.

Day 12 – Depart for Home

Budget: $2,899 CAD plus 5% GST for a group of 2-4 people

The price will drop to $2,699 CAD plus 5% GST for a group of 6 people

Price Includes:

  • Airport pickups
  • All accommodations with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional Guides
  • Domestic Transportation throughout the trip includes domestic flights (Lima to Cusco & Cusco to Lake Titicaca to Lima), trains, and vans
  • Lares Trek – tickets to the thermal baths, camp fees, tents, train tickets, salt mines, Machu Picchu, posters, horses, all meals, English Speaking Guide, private transportation
  • Sacred Valley guided tour & transportation
  • 2 Day Lake Titicaca Tour and return transportation to Cusco.
  • 2 nights in Lima
  • 4 nights in Cusco

Price does not Included:

  • International Airfare
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sacred Valley Tour – entrance fees to tourism sites and lunch – this will be a minimal fee
  • Additional activities and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

Optional Extras for the Trek:
Sleeping Bag US $25
Walking Pole US $10
Inflatable Mattress US $20
Single Tent Supplement US $35

Peru Pack List

What to Bring:


  • Passport
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better – I recommend somewhere between 18 – 25L)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbacks are encouraged - but enough for at

least 2-3 liters.

  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  • Copies of Passport and important travel documents such as insurance policies, etc.


  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts and/or long sleeves – Merino wool works well
  • 2-3 hiking pants – comfortable pants such as yoga tights – you may want to bring a warmer pair for hiking through the mountain passes
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • Sleeping attire – long johns and comfortable shirt, warm socks if you get cold
  • 5 - 7 sets of good hiking socks and 1-2 pairs of lighter socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and rain pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp such as slip ons, flip flops or moccasins
  • Walking/Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Bathing suit (Optional for hot springs)
  • Quickdry towel. Alpaca provides small ones, but you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Small bottle of soap or bar of soap cut into small one use pieces: they provide warm water each day to clean - might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
  • Battery Charger: However there is no place to plug in while trekking! Or bring extra batteries for devices such as phones and cameras.
  • Large plastic bags or zip lock bags: to help organize items and keep the clean from the dirty.Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Trekking Poles (rubber bottoms)
  • Sunglasses


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Lip balm
  • Kleenex – tissue for running nose
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, blister kits, hydration tablets, immodium, pepto bismol, etc.


Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates – storage options are safe.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch. You can fill your bags up at the Hotel
  • Sun protection – sunscreen & sunhat
  • Woolhat/toque
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (iPhone)
  • Handsanitizer & wet wipes
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Quickdry towel
  • Soap
  • Some First Aid Kit items – blister stuff, bandages, cleaning wipes, etc.


Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items in your overnight duffel bag. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one).

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts – long sleeves
  • 2-3 hiking pants – comfortable pants such as yoga tights or trousers with zip-offs into shorts
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 5 - 7 sets of good hiking socks
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Bathing suit (Optional for hot springs)
  • Battery Charger: However there is no place to plug in while trekking! Or bring extra batteries for devices such as phones and cameras.
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize items and keep the clean from the dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Air Mattress


  • Phrasebook
  • Journal / Notebook
  • Spot Satellite Messenger with GPS Track
  • Duct tape
  • Safety pins
  • Extra camera memory cards
  • Money belt / money wallet
  • Ear plugs if you’re a lighter sleeper
  • Extra snacks
  • Watch with an alarm
  • Sleeping bag liner – helps with staying warm at night too
  • Iron pills, O2 Drops, pills for altitude sickness
  • Cipro – Traveller’s Diarrhea pills – need a prescriptions for this
  • Anti-nausea pills for motion sickness while travelling
  • Pain medication for headaches


  • Pair of jeans
  • Extra shirts to wear out for dinners, touring Cusco, Lima, etc.
  • Repellent with a minimum of 40 % deet
  • Binoculares
  • Sandals / flip-flops

An extra day can be added to the itinerary to include a one day hike on the Classic Inca Trail. This shorter version of the Inca Trail still allows you to visit the most beautiful ruins along the way to Machu Picchu, Winawayna. Enjoy lunch before visiting and then continue through the Sun Gate for your first view of the Lost City of the Incas. You will continue down to Aguas Calientes village and have dinner at the best restaurant in town before heading to bed. For those who want a small taste of hiking the Andes, this 1 day hike with the next day spent at Machu Picchu can not be beat.

Hiking to Machu Picchu

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4 a.m. Following, we will go to the train station and leave on the 6:10 a.m. train, from Ollantaytambo. The train follows the Urubamba River, until we reach Km104, where we'll begin our trek. Along the way, you will see spectacular views of the farmlands, snow-capped mountains and the mighty Urubamba River, one of the sources of the Amazon River. At 104 km (2,000 m), we will begin our trek. Once you have everything you need, we will provide you with a packed lunch, energy drinks and take a group photo, before visiting our first Inca site. After an orientation and tour of the Inca site, we will begin hiking upwards, as we head for the Classic Inca Trail. If the weather is clear, we'll have tremendous views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Sites.

After hiking for thee hours, we will reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Most people do not get the opportunity to see an elaborate water fountain, temples and some agricultural terraces, which provide a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the Incas. The backdrop of this site drops off a cliff, with beautiful mountains surrounding the area. From Wiñay Wayna, we will walk to the Sun Gate, where we will see the picturesque landscape of Machu Picchu. After taking in the once-in-a-lifetime views, we will begin our descent to Machu Picchu.

A big advantage of this hike, is that by the time we reach Machu Picchu, most of the day travelers will have returned home, so you will have the area to yourself. After taking photos, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and head to your hotel. Following, we will head to Indio Feliz for dinner (included). This restaurant is considered to be the best food in Aguas Calientes. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

Tour Add-On Price: $450 USD / $650 CAD plus 5% GST

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