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Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

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Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

Lares is a place located in Cusco, this trek is ideal for travellers taking you through rural communities in the breathtaking Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will enjoy a wide variety of flora, fauna, wildlife and spectacular scenery. Not to mention that on our last day we are rewarded with the magnificent Machupicchu.

Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are Inca descendants. The trail connects the communities of Cuncani,Huacahuasi, Quisuarani, Patacancha and lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we'll take the afternoon train to Machu picchu Pueblo, having a full day to explore the Machu picchu Sanctuary the next day.

Hiking to the native community of the Lares Valley is a wonderful trek and an unforgettable experience. Lares is the name of a small village on the highlands, north of Cusco city, to arrive there we need to make a nice trekking tour. We start on the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Huaran and climb inside a narrow valley, there you will have the opportunity to see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. Inside the houses you will see some guinea pigs running loose. This hike, takes place on a hidden valley that very few outsiders have ever heard of or entered.

This unforgettable and less-known hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest and authentic textile Quechua communities to end up in the village of LARES, where you will enjoy its fabulous hot springs. A unique hike to get in touch with Andean people and learn about their traditions and life-style.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Huacacasi - Lares’ Hot Baths - Huaca Wasi

We’ll leave early in the morning by bus from Cusco. During the transport we’ll pass a lot of archaeological remains, local handcraft-markets as well as large tracks of cultivated lands inside the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley is one of the most fertile places in South America with one of the best products such as maize which is the first export-product of this area.

Halfway the Sacred Valley we’ll enter in the province of Calca (2940m) where we’ll change roads and ride up to the highest part of this trek called Huacacasi (4400m). After this pass we’ll be going down to the little populated Lares Valley (3250m). A few moments later we’ll arrive at the hot medicinal springs of Lares (3200m). Here we’ll have time to enjoy each bath with different natural charms and temperatures between 28 and 34 degrees Celsius. After lunch at the hot baths we’ll start hiking until Huaca Wasi (3600m) where we’ll camp for the night.

Our transport-time will be around 5 hours. Our trekking time will be about 3 hours in a rather cold climate.

Day 2: Huaca Wasi - Abra Ipsay - Patacancha

Today is the toughest day on the trek: After early breakfast we start trekking with a moderate up-hill climb to reach to the highest point of our trek, Ipsay Pass (4,550m/15,017ft). From here we enjoy the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, isolated communities, Andean locals, llamas and alpacas.

After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend to Ipsay Lagoon for lunch. Then continue downhill interacting with the real descendant of the Incas. Finally we arrive to our camp at Patacancha (3,750m/12,377ft), where we’ll spend the night in a hotel.

Day 3: Patacancha - Willoq - Pumamarca - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Another day of hiking where we’ll pass local communities and small villages such as Willoq (3400m), Pumamarca (3200m) and many others. From Patacancha through the landscape, crossing these villages we can taste the traditions and habits passed on by our ancestors throughout the times of the Tahuatinsuyo Empire (the Inca-culture and traditions).

After a couple of hours hiking and visiting the land we’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo (2850m) that speaks from its archeological sites, a wide story of Andean history and anthropology of these times. From Ollantaytambo we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m), the touristical town build beneath the ruins of Machu Picchu where we’ll spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early rise and breakfast we’ll take the first bus up to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu (2400m). A few moments later we’ll enter this untouched Inca-sanctuary to have a guided tour with a professional guide. After this tour that will last for about two hours you’ll have plenty of time to wonder around the ruins by yourself…And for the bravest among us there is always the ascension to Huayna Picchu or the nearby Temple of the Moon. We’ll all meet afterwards to go down to Aguas Calientes (2050m) where we’ll take our train back and bus to Cusco.

Optional: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machupicchu, please let us know so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. Inka Trail Expeditions Perú can provide a guide and hotel for the extra day at an additional cost. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machupicchu Inca City.

What's Included

  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco-Lares Village. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners. ” Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Inka trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse men
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “therma rest”
  • 01 night in touristic hostel in Aguas Calientes “Machupicchu Village”.
  • Return train tickets in Expedition Service (Machupicchu.Ollanta and bus to Cusco) transfer to Hotel.

Not Included

  • 1st Breakfast, Last Lunch
  • Extra Porters or Horses for carry persona staff (Optional US$ 80.00 per 4 days)
  • Other not mentioned

What's Need

  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Trekking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket (Rain jacket)
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 50 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 300 Peruvian Nuevos Soles

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