Lares Trek 4 Days | 3 Nights
This is one of the best hikes in the Cusco region. Passing through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will see snowcapped peaks and subtropical valleys, and enjoy scenic lakes, natural thermal baths, and archaeological remains. The area’s geography has enabled its people to preserve their traditional llama and alpaca wool weaving, the growing of native highland crops such as potatoes, chuño and moraya, and the wearing of multicolored hand-made clothing decorated with Inca motifs.
-Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, cultural education
-Good For: All hikers, including families with younger, active children
-Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
-Starting Altitude – 2800m / 9186ft.
-Highest Altitude – 4780m / 15,682ft.
-Walking Distance – 33km / 20 miles
-Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º
-Overall Difficulty – Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).
– ACCLIMATIZATION IS RECOMMENDED
DAY 1: CUSCO – CALCA – LARES – WACAHUASI
You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to begin our adventure by passing through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on our way to the village of Lares, where we will have time to relax in the medicinal Lares thermal baths. Along the way, we will have fine views of the majestic Sacred Valley, with its fertile lands. We will have lunch in the valley, after which we will pack all our gear onto the mules that our mule drivers will lead throughout our entire hike. After passing through beautiful communities, we will arrive at our camp, at Huacawasi (3770 meters above sea level).
DAY 2: WACAHUASI – IPSAYCOCHA – PATACANCHA
We will begin the day very early in the morning with a nutritious breakfast, before starting our walk. This will be a long day, as we ascend to the Ipsay high pass. Along the way, we will pass rural communities and be able to appreciate the beauty of the customs of each community, through the multicolored clothing and textiles they weave for their daily use. At midday, we will stop for lunch, and after time to rest we will continue as far as Patacancha, where we will spend our second night.
DAY 3: PATACANCHA – WILLOQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO
After breakfast, we will continue our hike to the picturesque village of Willoq, with its many original Andean customs. We will also pass small communities where experiential tourism is now being introduced. During our walk, we will also pass the archaeological sites of Qochapata and Pumamarca, where there will be time to appreciate the famous agricultural terraces built by the Incas. At around noon, we will arrive in the village of Ollantaytambo, situated on the banks of the Vilcanota River, in a fertile valley. This village is known as the most important surviving example of an Inca settlement in the Cusco region. After lunch, there will be time to explore the village before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. We will spend the night in a local hostel with private bathroom and hot water. During our last evening meal together, you will be given a briefing as preparation for the visit to Machu Picchu.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
In the early morning, at around 4:30 a.m., we will begin the walk to the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu, where we will meet with the guide and the rest of the group. Please note: There are two options for the ascent to Machu Picchu; on foot to see the sunrise, very early; or taking the bus. At the ruins, we will receive a guided tour of the site lasting approximately two hours, after which you will have free time to visit the rest of the citadel, including for example the Inca Bridge and the Sun Gate. After leaving the citadel at the time agreed with the guide, we will descend on foot or by bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we will board the return train to the village of Ollantaytambo, where a bus will take us back to the city of Cusco.
- A briefing at your hotel, the night before you depart.
- Pick up from your hotel
- Transport from Cusco to Lares
- Professional guide
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 evening meals, snacks (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know)
- Horse for carrying 8 kilograms of baggage per person
- Horses (equipment, food)
- Camping equipment (tents and sleeping mats)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- 01 night’s accommodation at a hotel in Aguas Calientes( 3 star)
- Train tickets in tourist train service (expeditions)
- Transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the final day
- Bottled water during the itinerary
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu
- Bus tickets to or from Machu Picchu
- Sleeping bag
We recommended to bring
Things you should bring
- Warm clothing for the nighttime
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent
- Plastic rain poncho
- Water purification tablets
- First aid kit
- Bottle of water
- Student (ISIC) card if you have one
- Extra cash in Peruvian currency and dollars
- Walking poles
STUDENT DISCOUNT: 20.00 USA dollars
If you are a student, you need to send us a copy/picture of both side of your student card to verify, to get 30 dollars discount.
The student card must be an original student ID given from the university in PVC material and it must have the next requirements: University information, personal student Information, student Picture, and Expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.
ADITIONALS/EXTRAS NOT INCLUDED
– Machupicchu Mountain climbing: USD 20.00
– Huaynapicchu Mountain climbing: USD 20.00
– Vistadom train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo ( panoramic train): USD 30.00
– Extra night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of hotel desired.
– sleeping bag: USD 20.00
– walking pole: USD 8.00
PRICED PER PERSON
2-3 Trekkers: $580.00 per person
4-5 Trekkers: $550.00 per person
6 or more Trekkers: $500.00 per person