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The Lares valley trek to Machu Picchu, offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu on the 4th day.
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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Location: We offer you 3 options through the region of Lares, area located  2-3 hours  from Cusco by car.

 

Duration: 4days/ 3 nights.

 

Altitude: 2850 – 4400 m. / 9350 – 14436 ft.

 

Level Difficulty: Moderate

 

Adventure Rating: although this route can be quite popular in high season, it still may entail a physical effort.

 

Inca Trail alternative:  this is an excellent option, with the bonus of visiting  isolated Andean communities.

 

Departure Dates: any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best. Wet Season trek, Suitable for December, January or February (depending on weather conditions).

 

Group Size: Maximum group size 12.

 

Meals: Full meals service with 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 Dinners.

 

Price: US$

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

This is a completely itinerary to feature. It has been designed to visit remote weaving villages, as well as give you a taste of hiking in the Andes and finish up at the hot springs of Lares for a well-deserved soak.

 

This is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail with the bonus of visiting the isolated Andean communities and beautiful landscapes.

 

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, is sometimes known as “The Way of the weavers ‘ or path of the weavers.

 

OVERVIEW:

 

The Lares valley trek to Machu Picchu, offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu on the 4th day.

 

The trek will take you through stunning mountain scenery, over high passes and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. On the 4th day, you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.

 

The mystery of Machu Picchu has been part of the research of several archeologists from all over the world because of its immense architectural and natural beauty.

 

Most visitors are keen to get to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail or by 4 hours on the train, but Machu Picchu itself has a lot to offer the visitor and most travellers usually end up seduced with this vibrant citadel and stay longer than first planned.

 

Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2,400m masl; Cusco was referred to as the “Navel of the World”.

 

When arriving in Cusco from the coast, you will immediately notice the thin clear mountain air, a result of the City’s high altitude. The first day in particular should be spent quietly relaxing and taking things easy as you gently acclimatize. Plan to spend at least 3 days in and around Cusco before starting any serious trekking such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

 

  • TIMING:  4 days and 3 nights
  • Starting Point:  Pick up at centrally located hotels in Cusco.
  • Finishing Point:  Drop off at centrally located hotels in Cusco.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO – HUACA CASI PASS – LARES HOT SPRINGS – HUACAWASI.

 

At approximately 07:00 am, we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares, where we will start hiking.

 

During this journey, we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other supplies you forgot. Your tour guide might advise you buy some bread to hand out to the children you will meet during the trek. When arriving at Lares, we will visit the hot springs where you will be able to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare a wonderful lunch.

 

After lunch, we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811ft). During 3 hours, you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day, when we will reach the highest point of the trek.

 

The first night, we will spend the night at the house of our horsemen who are joining us on the trip.

 

At arrival, your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot tea before having dinner.

 

Transport time: 4 hours.

Climate: cold during the day and hot during the night.

Hiking time: 4 hours.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 2: HUACAWASI – SONDOR –  PASO SACSAYLLAME –  ARURAY COCHA –  YURAK COCHA –  MISKI UNU.

 

After a nutritious breakfast, we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Sacsayllame at 4400m or 14435 ft. The hike will take about 4 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone will certainly be able to reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views.

 

Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass a beautiful lagoon before having lunch next to the river.

 

You will be able to recuperate while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you.

 

Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis), a typical tree from Peru. This walk will take about 1 hour before reaching our campsite at Miski Unu (3550m/11646ft). A wonderful place in the middle of nowhere where you will receive hot thee and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner.

 

Climate: cold.

Hiking time: 7 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 3: MISKI UNU – QUESHUARCHALLOC – OLLANTAYTAMBO –  AGUAS CALIENTES.

 

Today will be another spectacular day when walking downhill through different forests. You will be able to enjoy the rich biodiversity and change of fauna and flora during this 3 hours walk that will end in the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s. Watch out, when walking in the forest there are lots of mosquitoes. We will enjoy our last lunch in Queshuarchalloc where we will say goodbye to the Horsemen and cooks.

 

After lunch, we will take a local bus to get to Ollantaytambo.

 

We will visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo before having dinner at a local restaurant.

 

At 19:00 hrs, we will take the train to reach our final destination of the day, the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostal or hotel.

 

Climate: moderate warm.

Hiking time: 4 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.

 

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 05:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft) by tourist bus.

 

We will arrive at the citadel around 06:00 am. after a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own.

 

We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 14:55 hrs or at 18:10 hrs. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.

 

Climate: moderate warm.

Meals: Breakfast.

INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

 

  • Transport.
  • Transport from the hotel to Lares Valley.
  • Train ticket Expedition class from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket Expedition class from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares.
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish/English).
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite, Cima 4, extra light/4.5kgs for 2 persons.
  • Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg).Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons).
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).
  • Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for US$ 12.00 or you could have the option to walk down which takes about 1 hour.

WHAT TO BRING

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING:

 

  • Backpack for medium to large with rain shelter.
  •  Sleeping bag (in case you have not, you can rent one in Cusco).
  • Suitable shoes for trekking
  • Raincoat (may be purchased in Cusco).
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, rain pants and        Lightweight pants.
  •  Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long and short sleeved polo´s/T-Shirts.
  •  Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  •  Flashlight (we recommend two pairs of batteries).
  •  Sunscreen and insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel.
  • Some snacks like Chocolate bars and dry fruits, sweets, etc.
  • Personal things and towel.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  •  Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), batteries, etc.
  • Since the weather can be very cold, your clothes once gotten wet won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

 

IMPORTANT:

 

  •  Prices with hotel accommodation based in double occupancy.
  •  Optional: Vistadome train service, add $ 60.00 per passenger.
  • Your passport details are required for Lares to Machu Picchu Trek (Full Name and Passport Number). Please provide your passport details in the additional request box when booking. In the event you do not provide your passport details we reserve the right to not confirm your arrangements.
  • At 7:00pm the day before you will have a briefing with a guide about the tour to Machu Picchu in the lobby of your hotel (please provide hotel details).