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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU BY ANDEAN GREAT TREKS

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 598 USD pp $ 630 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The Lares trek is a hike in Cusco,  starting nearby the town of Lares, approximately 64 kilometers north from Cusco and 56 kilometers east from the citadel of Machu Picchu.

It is placed on the mountain rage of Urubamba (on the east) crossing part of Sacred Valley.The Lares trek route crosses typical zones from the mountains of Peru.This tour combines the best of the Andean traditions and original indigenous villages. Valley of Lares takes you truly to remote locations and unknown destinations. This trip takes you to the heart of the Andes where few tourist have ventured, mountain forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and all the time enjoying majestic views.

Embark on an incredible Cusco Andean exploration through Lares trek with a taste of the iconic Incas Culture. Take a guided tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping at a women’s weaving in Calca, before beginning your hike. The Lares Trek might not be as touristy but it’s no less breathtaking with scenic views of lagoons, the snow-capped mountains of Chicon,Sawasiray, Pitusiray, andean flora, and opportunities to meet local Quechua people along the way.

INCLUDED IN THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS:

  • Private transportation Cusco to Lares
  • Licensed guide fluent in English and Quechua.
  • Round trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission ticket to the Machu picchu
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in aguas calientes
  • 4 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and thick confortable mattress.
  • Delicious meals during the 4 days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipments (5 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Transfer back to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED IN THE LARES TREK:

  • Sleeping bag ($ 20 usd)
  • Trekking poles ( $ 20 usd)
  • Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pad ( $ 20 usd)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain ($ 30 usd, it depends of the availability)
  • Lunch & dinner on the last day
  • Tips for the crew: guide, cook, horseman
  • Take the ultimate cultural vacation to ancient and mystical sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Gain an intimate understanding of centuries-old customs and traditions with expert local tour guides
  • Visit historic sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Discover the rich artistry of the Lares region’s weavings
  • Explore the best museum of interpretation of the pre-inca cultures of Peru, Inkarry museum.
  • Visit rural communities preserved in rich Incan culture
  • Learn more about the Inca’s religion and ceremonies with coca leaves.
  • Enjoy a train ride, with rapid changes of landscapes from the sacred valley to the cloud forest.

 

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu has two hiking levels, Vigorous (the first two days will be challenging) and  Moderate  hikes, participants should be able to hike 3–6 hours (up to 8 miles) without major discomfort over terrain with some steep grades. For vigorous  hikes, participants should be strong hikers in excellent shape and able to hike 6–8 hours (5–10 miles) on trails with steep ascents and descents. Much of the trip is between 11,000’–15,000’ in elevation, making activity more challenging.

We highly recommend a conditioning regimen consisting of activities such as hiking, jogging, stair climbing or cycling beginning several months prior to departure to get in shape for the adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy all this trip has to offer.

The first two days will be a very steep terrain with little oxygen, and very cold temperatures. The third and fourth day is the tour by bus, train and short walks.

  • Confortable camping tents ,02 nights.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town,01 night.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3150 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 5 hrs

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am to start our expeditions to the best Trek to Lares, then we will drive for 1 hour to the city of Calca during the trip we will stop at the taray viewpoint, from see the highest mountains of the Sacred Valley, this day we will have our breakfast in the middle of the road, in the ruins of Ancashmarca, which in Inca times was a bigger place for the deposit of food, clothing, weapons, metals, etc. We continue with the trip to Lares for 1 more hours, there we meet our muleteers and horses, who will take the whole team for three days. Then we descend to the thermo medicinal baths of Lares, there you can enjoy for 2 hours, since afterwards we will make our trek to the community of Quiswarani, about an hour; there we will have our fresh and delicious lunch prepared by our chef, after a good nap, we explored the community very famous for its weavers who still maintain the textile traditions of the Incas. In the afternoon we make our walk of the last section that will last 2 hours, through the beautiful landscape of the Andes, we will arrive to our camp that is next to the Yanacocha lagoon, at 4:00 pm.

Accommodation: Confortable Camping Tents

Included Activities:

  • Lares Trek – Taray,Viewpoint of the Sacred Valley
  • Lares Trek – Ancashmarca Ruins, Photo stop viewpoint
  • Lares Trek – Valley of Lares, Photo stop viewpoint
  • Lares Trek – Thermal baths of Lares
  • Lares Trek – Observation of the sky, where you can learn about the astronomy of the Incas

Meals Included:

  • Lunch, Dinner

 

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4700 m
Hiking Distance 14 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

After a delicious breakfast, we will start our trek to about 4 hours to reach the highest point of our trek, during the journey we will meet the villagers who also take care of their llamas, Alpacas, others go to their agricultural tasks, of native potato crops. Today we are going to learn in situ about the agricultural technologies of the Incas, from sowing to harvesting, taking into account that Peru is one of the countries with the largest amount of potatoes, also exotic tubers such as Añu, Oca, Smooth At noon we will reach the highest place in our trek, the Pachacuteq Pass (4700 meters), once there, we will enjoy incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of the Sawasiray, Pitusiray, San Juan, Veronica, glacial lakes, after a time to enjoy the 360-degree angle view, the descent begins towards the lunch spot, just about 1 hour downhill and will be located in the glacial lake, with stunning views of the Sacred Valley. After a short nap we start a downhill hike for 2 more hours to our camp located by the community of Canchacancha (3700 meters), in the way down we use a part of the Inca trails paved, around the lakes large number of Andean birds like Puna Ibis, Andean Goose, perhaps a Condor flying near of the mountain cliffs. Today we end at 5:00 p.m.

Accommodation: Confortable Camping Tents

Included Activities:

  • Lares Trek – Explore the trails of the Andes, where you can see alpacas and llamas grazing, Andean lakes, and local people with their colorful ponchos in their potato fields.
  • Lares Trek – Pachacuteq Pass, Photo stop viewpoint
  • Lares Trek – Valley of Canchacancha, Photo stop viewpoint

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

After a very nutritious breakfast we will depart to the Huaran Valley, which is surrounded by high Andean forests, with native tree species such as Chachacomo, Queuña, Kiswar, etc. The descent is very pleasant since we will enter the valley floor, this place was very respected by the Incas, for its climate and abundance of water. At 9:00 am we will arrive at the town of Huaran, where we say goodbye to our amazing cook and muleteer. Then we take our van to visit the Archaeological Museum of Inkarry, one of the best in representing the experiences and beliefs of all the cultures of Peru, such as Caral, Chavín, Nazca, Mochica, Wari, Inca. At noon we go to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have our lunch, and you can also stroll through one of the most beautiful Inca cities, which still maintains the layout and construction of the Inca architects. At 16:36 pm we will take our train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will sleep. The train trip is a beautiful experience due to the contrasts and beauty of the landscapes along the Vilcanota River.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Included Activities:

  • Lares Trek – You will visit a typical rural house in the Andes of Cusco. And you will learn about their textile techniques, organic agriculture.
  • Lares Trek – Inkarry Museum, You will learn about the ancient cultures of Peru.
  • Lares Trek – Unu Urqo, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek – Inca town of Ollantaytambo
  • Lares trek – Train to Aguas Calientes Town

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

This day is one of the most important as you will have the opportunity to visit the fabulous temples and sacred sites of the Incas. You should get up at 5:00 am, and then take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. Our Machu Picchu tickets are authorized to enter the first time 6:00 am; Within the citadel you will have a guided tour of the most important sites for an hour and a half, then you can stay a little longer and explore on your own. Since the Machu Picchu ticket is valid only for one use, if a person goes out to use the hygienic services for example, he will not be able to re-enter the sanctuary, we recommend going down to the town of Aguas Calientes  at 11:00 am, since that the 5 hours inside Machu Picchu are enough to know and take all the possible photos. The return train is scheduled at 14:30 pm, bound for the Ollantaytambo station, this trip takes approximately 1h 45m. Then you will be picked up by our condutor and will be arriving at your hotel in the city of Cusco at 18:45 pm approx.

Included Activities:

  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Guard House, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Agriculture Terraces in Machu Picchu, Archeological Site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu  – Royal Houses in Machu Picchu,  Archeological Site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Great Temple of Machu Picchu, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Temple of the 3 Windows, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Temple of the Sun, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Temple of the Condor, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Temple of the Sacred Rock, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Sacred water fountains, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – House of the King, Archeological site
  • Lares Trek to Machu Picchu –  Train to Ollantaytambo

Meals Included:  Breakfast

PACKING LIST FOR THE LARES TREK  TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

When packing for your Lares trek, you should keep in mind that it is best to dress in layers due to the weather variation. The variety of clothes that you must pack to dress in layers is key to your walk, from the morning when it is quite cold until mid afternoon when the temperatures rise and reach their peak and then freeze again at night. Stratification is also useful as you ascend high passages that are exposed to winds or descend into shady valleys.

Effective stratification only works if each layer allows moisture to pass and escape into the external environment. In fact, the best layered clothing, such as wool, promotes moisture transfer through its absorbent properties. Cotton and denim absorb moisture and, therefore, should be avoided.

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS warm jackets
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS Hydration bladder
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS wool socks
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS camera
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS scarf
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS first aid kit
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS hiking shoes
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS Dry bags
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS Trekking Poles
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS sun cream
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS Snack
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS sun hat
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS bathing suite
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS rain coat
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS Sandals
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS insect repellent
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS Passport
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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS toilet paper
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS daypack
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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS head lamp
LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS gloves
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ALL ABOUT THE LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Lares trek is not a little known route. But, it comes to captivate every visitor. During the tour you will be able to appreciate natural wonders; like waterfalls, rivers, beautiful landscapes, thermal medicinal waters and snow-capped mountains; as well as, you can find cultural attractions.

The Lares trek 4 days and 3 nights, is a trek that you should not miss, one of its main reasons is the diversity of attractions that you will be able to appreciate during the 4 days, thus being the fourth day one of the most anticipated, since that this day you will visit one of the wonders of the world, Machu Picchu!

 

WHERE IS LARES TREK LOCATED?

Lares Trek  is  located to the north of the city of Cusco, about 98 kilometers by road (almost 3 hours 30 minutes by car).

Lares village is also 45 kilometers from the town of Calca, the most important in its vicinity, which also offers tourist attractions to visitors. Geographically the town of Lares is 3,150 meters above sea level.

Lares is one of the eight districts that make up the province of Calca in Cusco. It has an Andean geography with beautiful landscapes and close to lagoons and snow-capped mountains. Its main tourist attractions are its thermal baths and the hiking route known as the ‘Lares trek to Machu Picchu’ (4-day route).

The town has a total area of 74,467 square kilometers. According to statistics taken in 2017, it has 5,743 inhabitants. The town is located in a small valley surrounded by the high snow-capped mountains: Sihuasiray, Chicón, Sirihuani and Capacsaya.

HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF LARES

In the Inca era, according to Martin de Murua in his work “History of the Incas”, he states that before the arrival of the founders of the Inca empire, the Cusco valley was inhabited by three partialities; The Laris, Poqes and Huallas; that they were people of low and poor social status who had dominated the entire area that now constitutes the province of Calca; these were belligerent tribes that integrated the communities that inhabited these fertile valleys. Thus, the Laris would have formed the Lares culture in what is now the Lares district, and the Hamp’as would later become the current Amaparaes community.
With the expansion of the Inca Empire, this very productive valley was conquered by the Inca Wiraqocha, who dedicated great importance to these lands, so he built an Inca capital in the city of Calca, from where he controlled the production of fruits, coca leaf , and maiz.
The Lares district previously seems that the capital or center of the Lares culture has not been the current capital of the district because in it there is no trace of ancient cultures, nor in the urban conformation that is completely Spanish, nor in the walls and foundations of the buildings, it is thought that the center of the Lares culture was the population of Choquecancha, already displaced from the citadel of Antawala.

In the Colonial era (1535-1824), the entire area of ​​Lares, therefore Choquekancha, was not exploited by the Spanish because it was located in a completely uneven terrain, they only maintained relations for the trade of some products.

In the Republican era (1824 to the present), the region acquires its greatest splendor as part of the Province of Calca, Department of Cusco, Lares acquires the category of District by virtue of the Law of October 22, 1,892, with its capital the current town of Lares.

Etymologically, the word “Lares” comes from that other word of Aymara origin “Laris” which means maternal uncle and sometimes, all relatives on the mother’s side.

ALTITUDES TO CROSS DURING LARES TREK

During the route of “The Lares Trek” you will cross different altitudes from 4,800 meters above sea level, the highest point, this will be the second day of the walk and will descend to 2,050 meters above sea level, this being the last day.

The district of Lares has a geomorphology that generates different landscapes varied and microclimates. The southwestern area has characteristics associated with cloud forest, while to the north-west Andean characteristics. Regarding its physiography, it is varied with plains, hills, knolls and terraces.

GEOLOGY OF THE LARES VALLEY

The study area of ​​Lares has very young geological formations, whose geological structure has the same initial process as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, for which it is named for a landscape of mountains, with rock structures assigned to the Permian. The outcropping rocks are sedimentary among them we have: shale, conglomerate limestone, quartzite, slate, metamorphic, phyllite; belonging to the Lower Paleozoic, “in Lares there is an abundance of epsomite, that is, magnesium sulfate (Ccollpa), used in dry cleaning; the most used are; cupric pyrite, iron carbonate and quartz, there is also porphyry, sandstone, feldspar, micaceous”. The Peasant Community of Lares presents a very uneven topography of pronounced reliefs with hills with steep flanks and variable slopes; moderately inclined from 15-25%, with strong steep inclines from 25-50% and very steep from 50-76%.
The Ollantaytambo – Lares – Huaran Valley stretch locally crosses three large geological domains, whose nature is sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous; whose ages vary from the Cambrian, Paleozoic (like the oldest rocks) to the Cenozoic (with the recent Quaternary).

IT IS NECESSARY TO ACCLIMATIZE FOR THE LARES TREK

Yes it is necessary, most tourists suffer from altitude sickness, body imbalance, among others, due to lack of acclimatization, but rest assured! It is completely normal and natural for our body to react to changes in height, temperature, change in diet, among other factors.

If you go on a long hike at a higher altitude than where you came from, you can take advantage of the acclimatization period by doing light physical activities without putting too much strain on your body. An acclimatization period of three days is recommended; It is suggested that the first day you rest, if you start to suffer from altitude sickness you can drink Coca leaf tea (highly recommended natural remedy) or a pill for altitude sickness, if the situation worsens remember to consult a doctor before self-medicating. If all goes well, then from the second day you can do short jogs, yoga, aerobics.

If you miss this acclimatization period, it is likely that your body may suffer a decompensation in the middle of the route and it could be dangerous if you are very far from a health center, the staff would have to take you to the nearest health center and they would be in a race over time in case you are in very poor health. All travel agencies carry a first aid kit and the staff constantly receive training in first aid, among others, but sometimes it is not enough if the situation gets out of control and worsens.

Remember that your health is very important!

WHAT IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Altitude sickness or soroche as some call it is very common; It is a natural reaction of the body when going through sudden changes in height. Subsequently, the cause for this is the lack of oxygen in the body (hypoxia). It usually occurs in people who come from a very low altitude. Whose destination has an altitude greater than 2000 meters above sea level which presents with the following symptoms:

Mild symptoms:
This list of symptoms can be alleviated with coca leaf tea (highly recommended; only drink it during the day. Therefore, at night it is not recommended as it does not help you fall asleep and could be mistaken for a symptom). Altitude sickness pills (check with a doctor before self-medicating). Descend to a lower altitude area. Drink hot infusions and remain completely rested. If the situation does not improve, it is advisable to call a doctor.

  • Difficulty to sleep
  • Feeling of vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea – vomiting
  • Tachycardias
  • Respiratory distress

Severe symptoms:
This list of symptoms, unlike the previous one, is more dangerous. These can be alleviated with the administration of oxygen through a mask. Immediately descend to a lower altitude. Medical attention is necessary since an inappropriate maneuver can be fatal for the patient. Likewise, it is suggested to keep the body hydrated by drinking at least 3 to 4 liters of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, and add a diet of carbohydrates and sugars.

  • Chest stiffness
  • Cough
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pallor
  • Soft spot
  • Inability to walk
  • Respiratory distress

HOW TO AVOID ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  • The main thing is the acclimatization period so that the body assimilates the changes in altitude.
  • Eat light foods, diets without much seasoning, consume carbohydrates and sugars
  • Constant hydration
  • Drink hot infusions, the coca leaf is the most recommended
  • To rest well
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER DURING THE LARES TREK?

The weather during the walk is cold and temperate since it is located within the provinces of Calca and Urubamba. Likewise, these provinces have two very defined seasons such as:

Rainy season:
This season includes the months of November to March. During these months there will be rainfall, mighty rivers. Therefore, the roads will become bumpy and the sky will always be cloudy; As for the temperature, the maximum registered is 18° C and drops to 7° C.

Dry season:
This season includes the months of April to October. During these months it is advisable to take walks; because the roads are in better condition. However, the presence of rains is very occasional and snow is rarely present in higher altitude areas. Of course, the months of June and July are frost season. Therefore, these months will be colder than usual with the presence of snow.

During this season the maximum temperature is 22° C and the minimum is 2° C.

WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO DO THE LARES TREK

It is recommended to do the Lares Trek during the dry season between the months of April to October. Because in this season the presence of rain is minimal. The roads and highways will probably be dry. During the months of June and July there is presence of snow during the first night. The presence of this weather phenomenon is due to the intense frost that is very common in the high Andean areas of Cusco. Therefore, it is recommended to bring warm clothing.

HOW COLD DOES IT GET ON THE LARES TREK (WILL I NEED TO BRING HATS AND MITTS)?

The high altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven hats and gloves in Cuzco.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

Before you embark on your trekking adventure, you will meet with our Trekking Operations Manager for an extensive briefing. Route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and you have enough time to ask any remaining questions. Your trekking gear will be inspected to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable. If you are missing any gear, you can rent it from us.

During your LARES TREK, you only carry your small backpack with essentials such as water for the day’s hike. Our Horses will carry all equipment, food and additional luggage.

Our permanent mountain guides will lead the way. They are responsible for your safety and will encourage you and lend a helping hand, but also call the trekking off due to weather, altitude sickness or injury, if necessary. Your safety is paramount to us. Most of our mountain guides have been part of our team for many years, been at Machu Picchu hundreds of times and all receive regular training. You are in good hands.

Our cooks are miracle workers. With simple gas cookers, they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish you when you need it most. Drinking water comes from mountain streams and is boiled before you drink it.

On LARES TREK to Machu Picchu, you will sleep in high-quality two-person tents. The tents will be pitched and taken down by our team of porters. When you arrive at camp after a long day’s hike, your tent will already be waiting for you. While there are no showers on the camping routes, you will be provided with a bowl of hot water in the morning to start the day fresh.

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF LARES TREK

This walk is not very challenging, the only day in which you will have more physical effort will be the second day. Because part of the route is uphill until you reach the highest point of the entire tour. Next, descend for approximately 4 hours to the camp; the other days will be easy to moderate walking level. However, it should be noted that to carry out any type of walk you must be in constant physical preparation.

THERE ARE AGE RESTRICTIONS TO DO THE LARES TREK

Yes; the minimum age to do the lares trek  is 12 years old, if necessary you can rent a mule, so that it helps the little one in sections that are too challenging for him; and the maximum age is 65 years, in this case it is necessary to have a medical certificate, which guarantees the good physical condition in which you are.
To do the Lares trek or any other, it is important to be in good physical condition or to be in constant training. Due to the fact that part of the sections of these treks become challenging and it is necessary to be prepared for it.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE LARES TREK

It is important that you bring the physical document that you provide to the travel agency, since the data on this document will be used to purchase your entrance tickets to the citadel of Machu Picchu, trains and accommodation.

It is important that you carry the original identity document (passport, immigration card, identity card) that you provided to the travel agency, since these data were used to purchase all your tickets and accommodation reservations.

It should be noted that, at no entrance (archaeological site, hotels, train, bus) do they accept photos or photocopies of the identity document.

DO PORTERS CARRY OUR LUGGAGE WHILE ON THE LARES TREK?

No, llamas, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items. You will still need to bring a day backpack to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain jacket, etc.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION IS USED ON THE LARES TREK?

On the first night of the Lares Trek, we stay at a community-owned campsite that features composting toilets, solar showers, and a solid-waste management system that’s the first of it’s kind in the region. On the second night, we’ll spend the night in three-person tents designed to accommodate two same-sex travellers. Trekkers will be served a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) in their tents during morning hours. On the third night, we’ll stay at a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.

LARES VALLEY HIKE – PRE-TREK BRIEFING:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Lares trek to Machu Picchu. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD THERE IS ON THE LARES TREK

Andean Great Treks is proud to have the best staff of chefs specialized in high mountains, with more than 15 years of experience, in the different trekking routes in Cusco. On our Ausangate route we provide you with the best food service every day, our chefs will prepare meals with 100% fresh and organic foods, since our company is focused on community work and support for farmers who provide us with their best fruits. You can taste the best Peruvian and Cusquenian cuisine, during the breakfast we will have pancakes, omelettes, coffee, milk,butter, cereals, and very nutritious breakfast of Cusco based on oatmeal, quinoa, wheat, etc.

Lunches and dinners are served buffet style, such as sauteed loin, quinoa chaufa, salads, vegetable soups and products from the Andes, chicken, steak, alpaca.

If you are allergic to any type of food or do not consume gluten, or are vegetarian, it is no difficulty for us as we are trained to provide food under these food standards.

In general, Andean Great Treks handles an order and quality in the handling of the products, taking care of their safety so that no illness or discomfort happens during the days of hiking on the Ausangate mountain.

THE TOUR GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

Andean Great Treks has professional, knowledgeable, dependable and experienced guides, who all are well trained for us every year. All of our guides have spent years exploring the mountains and studied in Universities and Institutes of Cusco. All guides speak fluent  English and have a great knowledge of the various trekking routes. Our Guides will have the pleasure of guiding you in the most beautiful trails in the Ausangate Trek, Inca Trail, Lares Trek, which will enhance your holiday experience and make it a real success. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to do in any emergency situation. And most importantly our guides are very friendly and enjoyable and want to share with you the faith of Peru.

IS REQUIRED A TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THE LARES TREK

We recommend purchasing travel insurance if you plan to trek in Peru. Most of the trekking spots in Peru are very remote so if something goes wrong you will likely need an emergency evacuation and that can be incredibly expensive.

When choosing travel insurance, be sure to purchase a plan that covers high-altitude treks and helicopter rescue, just in case.

IS A SLEEPING BAG AND MAT INCLUDED?

Sleeping bags are not included and so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. If travelling between May and October a 4-season sleeping bag is recommended.  These can be rented in Cuzco for approximately $20 for the length of the trek. Some renters may choose to bring a sleeping bag liner or sheet. Foam mats are provided however some travellers also bring their own self-inflating mat (ie. a Thermarest).  These may also be rented in Cuzco for approximately $15 for the length of the trek.

IS PURIFIED WATER AVAILABLE ON THE LARES TREK?

We recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle as boiled water will be provided in the morning at breakfast, at lunch and every evening after dinner.

WHAT TYPE OF FOOD WILL WE GET ON THE LARES TREK?

Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request at the time of booking.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO THE LARES TREK ON YOUR OWN?

There is no restriction for a visitor to try the Lares  Trek on their own. However, unlike other walks such as the Salkantay Trek or the Choquequirao Trek, the routes are not well marked, so it is difficult to follow the course. Remember, there are six different routes, so it is best to have a guide who knows the route that you intend to do.

To do the Lares Trek on your own, you must understand which route to follow. For this, a good map is necessary. In addition, the inhabitants of this region are mostly Quechua speakers. If you get lost, don’t count on everybody knowing Spanish, or finding somebody who speaks English.

WHY I SHOULD CHOOSE LARES TREK?

Take the Lares Trek to get to know about life in the Peruvian Andes Mountain, because you will witness a more authentic way of life of the Quechua People living in this part of Cusco; and there you will have a chance to learn about their wisdom, religion as well as their philosophy. Besides only mountain villages and the local culture, enjoy the clear blue lakes, valleys inhabited by Alpacas, the alluring mountain peaks, and many marvels this trek has yet to offer.

DO YOU NEED HIKING POLES?

If you are used to hiking with poles, bring them, they are going to be worth it. You are going to use them to avoid nasty falls hiking down as well as to keep your ankle joints and knees safe on the mountain trail.

IS THERE INTERNET ON LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

No, for most of the hike, there is no Internet on the Lares Trek  until the Ollantaytambo town, or if there is, it will be a slow and broken internet connection.

LARES TREK DISTANCE

The most common Lares trek covers a 37 km pathway, starting in Lares Hotsprings, throughout Quiswarani camp to Huaran hamlet in the Sacred Valley. It involves a 3-day trek, and after the 37 Km hike, the adventure ends with a magical visit to Machu Picchu park on the fourth day.

LARES TREK HIGHEST POINT

The highest point to get to, when hiking the standard Lares trek to Machu Picchu, is the 15 400 ft / 4 700 mountain pass, a mountain pass by the name of Pachakuteq pass. And this mountain hike is completed on the second day of hiking, then on the third day is the entry on the Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo, and subsequently the train ride to Aguas Calientes town.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP IN THE LARES TREK?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Andean Great Treks specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.

HOW MANY COOK/ HORSE MAN FOR THE GROUP IN THE LARES TREK?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of horse man depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 1 horse man, 4 trekkers will have 2 horseman, 6 trekkers will have 3 horse man, 8 trekkers will have 4 horse man.

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!! Andean Great Treks  toilet facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” 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.There are hot showers and hot water pools to soak in and relax on the first day of your trek at the Lares Hot Springs. Be sure to bring your bathing suit.

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

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the lares trek due to a health issue, Andean Great Treks  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 the Lares Village and then to Calca Town, 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.

HOW LONG IS THE LARES TREK AND HOW MANY HOURS DO WE HIKE PER A DAY?

The Lares Trek is 33 kms ( 20.5miles) long and depending on which campsites are used the approximate hours hiked per day are:

  • Day 1: 5 hours
  • Day 2: 8 hours
  • Day 3: 4 hours

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY CREW MEMBERS?

Tipping is not mandatory on a guided Lares Trek, but it is highly recommended. You will be amazed by the amount of work and dedication that the guides, chefs, porters and other crew bring to your experience. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the incredible experience. A good rule of thumb is 30-50 soles ($8-$15) per hiker per day. All the hikers on the team can pool their tips and then hand to the trekking team, who will distribute among themselves.

IS WATER INCLUDED ALONG THE LARES TREK ?

On the  Lares Trek  it is possible to find shops to be able to supply water on the first day. You will then be provided with water that is boiled and then filtered, to avoid any kind of illness or discomfort. It is not a good idea to drink water from waterfalls, lagoons or streams, as many of them could contain toxic minerals or bacteria that are harmful to human health.

DO I NEED TO BRING EXTRA MONEY FOR THE LARES TREK?

Yes. This is very important!!! We recommend that you bring 300 to 400 Peruvian soles. It is possible that you may not need any of this money, but just in case of an emergency you should make sure to have plenty of cash. If you are struggling on the route, you can use the money to purchase alternative forms of transportation such as: car, horse.

THERE ARE THERMAL BATHS ON THE LARES TREK

Yes, there are hot springs on the Lares trek route, these waters have their origin in the underground strata of the planet and that is why they are warm, something that differentiates them from the water of the sea or rivers. Many times the thermal waters are located in the zone of geological faults: groundwater penetrates through these faults, which, when reaching greater depth, heat up. Then they return to already hotter surface areas or even as steam. The thermal waters of Lares are sulphurous waters (with a high sulfur index).
Made up of three medicinal pools nestled in the Peruvian Andes. The temperature of the hot springs ranges between 36 ºC and 44 ºC, the medicinal mineral water outcrops have the following chemical composition: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chlorides, Sulfates, Bicarbonates, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron, Copper and dissolved solids. Due to this mineral richness they have a yellowish coloration.

I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTACT WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES ALONG THE LARES TREK

On all Lares Trek routes, you will cross many indigenous communities, who will receive you very happy for your visit, and will also offer you their handicrafts that they produce, if you want to support these people, do it, since the little, that they produce in their crop fields, it is not enough to lead a comfortable quality of life. Our friends of the high Andean communities are also very kind, do not worry when conducting an interview or a photograph, since your guide will be the one who can translate it so you can establish a conversation and thus learn more about their experiences and customs. It should be understood that these communities on the Lares  Trek route are considered one of the last that still practice the traditions inherited from the Incas. They still perform ceremonies of offerings to the Pachamana or Mother Earth, coca leaf ceremony and the most important festivals according to the Quechua calendar.

DO YOU BRING OXIGEN TANK, FIRST AID KIT?

Andean Great Treks is a serious and formal tour operator travel agency. As such, in all our Trekking and Lares Trek activities we normally carry the oxygen tank, which can be used if one of our clients requires it. Remember, it is a medium oxygen tank, which is used as an emergency mediation to stabilize the tourist, if it still requires more oxygen, you will be evacuated to a closer control point where a vehicle passes, and will also descend to a lower height, to avoid altitude sickness or a tachycardia.

A first aid kit is also carried, which serves to help tourists in emergency circumstances. But have this information: No person who does not have the certification of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse can prescribe any medication, since we do not know the true medical history of the patient, which instead of improvement can worsen their situation. That is why we suggest as an important measure, if possible, bring your own first aid kit with the pills that a doctor has prescribed before starting the Lares Trek.

HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING FOR THE LARES TREK?

STEP 1

  • Fill out the form
  • Fill out the passenger details form in a word document. This should be attached in your email.

STEP 2

  • Pre payment
  • Pay your deposit, and let us know when you have paid! This is important because our system does not automatically notify us when you’ve paid your deposit.

STEP 3

  • Confirm reservation
  • Once you’ve received your booking confirmation in the form of a PDF, please check it over to confirm that everything is correct.

STEP 4

  • Informative session
  • Your all set!! Remember to come to our offices the day before your departure date at 5:00 PM for your briefing.

IF I DECIDE TO CANCEL, WILL I BE REFUNDED?

Our company will be able to refund your reservation deposit, in case you cannot complete your adventure in the Lares Trek circuit. But this request must be sent to the company’s mail, with a minimum of 15 days before starting your Trekking. Otherwise you could be charged some administrative costs.

A very important issue to give, is that if you paid for the entire tour, and for any reason you decide to cancel the tour less than 48 hours, this can only be done under certain conditions, by your travel agent, who will inform you of the expenses that should cover.

WHY IS THERE AN 5% CHARGE FOR PAYPAL AND VISA? IS THERE ANY WAY TO AVOID THIS CHARGE?

Unfortunately, the 5% charge is completely out of our hands. This fee does not go to us, but to PayPal and VISA. There is really no way around it.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BOOK THE LARES TREK

For the purchase of Lares trek to Machu Picchu, it is necessary to have an identity document, if you have a passport, it must have an expiration date greater than 6 months from the date you will enter the country. For example, if you plan to visit on July 1, 2021, the expiration date of your passport must be at least February 1, 2022, if you have a higher expiration date it will be favorable, otherwise. You must renew your passport and enter the country with the renewed passport.

In case you have an identity card or foreigner’s card, the 6-month rule mentioned above also applies to this type of document. Also, you should make sure if the country you come from needs a Visa to enter Peru.

Once the purchase of the tour has been made, you must send your personal data so that the agency in charge can make the purchase of your tickets such as: entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, bus tickets to the citadel of Machu Picchu, hotel reservations and travel tickets. trains.

WHAT IS THE AVAILABILITY OF THE LARES TREK

The Lares trek is not subject to availability of space on the route as is the Inca Trail. But, it is recommended to book at least 2 months in advance. Due to the fact that the entrance ticket to the citadel of Machu Picchu does have limited permits.

In case you want additional tickets for Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain. However, it is necessary to make a reservation at least three months in advance. Because, the entrance tickets to the mountain have even greater restrictions than for the citadel of Machu Picchu.

CAN I CHANGE MY STARTING DATE FOR THE LARES TREK?

Once we have purchased your tickets, with your security deposit, you can only change your start date if you pay an additional amount. This amount is usually around $50 USD. The reason for this is the tickets we purchase are non-refundable and non-transferable, so we are not allowed to simply change your tour date.

LARES TREK PACKING LIST

It’s best to pack lightly for Lares Trek. Generally hikers leave the bulk of their belongings safely in storage at their Cusco hotel, and bring only their hiking pack for the trek. This list ensures that you have everything you need for a guided trek without overburdening yourself.

Mountain clothing

Head:

  • Hat for the cold
  • Glacier goggles with 100% UV protection (spectra / spectrum 4 or 5 appropriate for trekking activities)
  • Extra sunglasses (with UV protection – emergency glasses)
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun hat or hat (Buff, balaclava)

Thorax / Core:

  • First Layer / Longsleeve: Merino, Polypropylene, Capilene, Driclime (not cotton or cotton blend)
  • Second Layer / Soft-Shell Or Polartec: Wind-pro, Schoeller, Fleece, etc. (recommended; comfortable, insulating and waterproof)
  • Third Layer / Hard Shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex, Event or similar)
  • Fourth Layer / Insulation: Down jacket or synthetic fill jacket (Down, Primaloft or Polarguard)
  • Vest: Polartec, Fleece (extra half layer)

Bottom:

  • Thin Socks: Liners (polypropylene or Capilene) and extra socks
  • Base Layer / Long Interior: Merino, Polypropylene, Capilene, Nylon, Driclime (not cotton or cotton blends)
  • Second Layer / Fleece (in case you are sensitive to cold)
  • Trekking Pants (water and wind resistant – Gore-Tex, Event or similar)
  • Trekking Pants: Soft-shell, nylon, etc. (for the walk and/or use at the Camp)
  • Walking Shoes (for daily walks, waterproof Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Sandals / Crocs (comfort for base camp)

Hands:

  • Fine Gloves: Polypropylene or Wool (liners)

Personal Team

  • Down or synthetic sleeping bag 15-20°F / -20 to -25°C
  • 60/65 liter backpack for luggage
  • 15/25 liter backpack for the daily walk
  • Trekking sticks
  • Solar charger (optional)

Hiking gear

  • Backpack, 50-70L
  • Hiking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Water bottle
  • Water filter
  • Purifying tablets
  • Zip-lock bags (for money, maps etc.)

Electronics

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Earphones
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Dry shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel

Others

  • Personal first aid kit (medication you use often)
  • Personal hygiene accessories (towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, comb, etc.)
  • Photographic material
  • Sunscreen and lip balm

WHAT SIZE BAG DO I NEED TO TAKE WITH ME?

We will provide you with a duffel bag for all of the treks. You can carry about 7 kilograms in the duffle bag. These duffle bags will be carried by horses throughout the trek. You only need to carry a small backpack/day pack with the items you might need throughout the day like sunscreen, bug spray, jackets, or snacks.

CAN I LEAVE LUGGAGE AT THE ANDEAN GREAT TREKS OFFICES?

Yes. You can leave your luggage at our offices.

You can bring it with you to your briefing, or you can bring it when you are picked up in the morning to leave for your trek. The driver will bring it back to our offices. You can also arrange to have it dropped off at your hotel once you return from the Lares trek.

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 598 USD Per Person $ 630 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 598USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 540USD Per Person
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 100 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
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OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
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YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
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CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
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SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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