The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu offers a combination of stunning scenery, Peruvian culture and a glorious visit to Machu Picchu on the 4th day. This trek will take you through breath-taking mountain scenery, high passes and you will spend 2 nights near the traditional Andean villages. On day 4 you will see the magnificent treasures of Machu Picchu with your professional guide. The Lares Trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail. It is slightly shorter and at a higher altitude than the Inca Trail.
Lares Trek 4 days Overview:
- Duration: 4 days/3 nights.
- Starting point: Cusco/Calca/Lares.
- Ending point: Machu Picchu/Cusco.
- Physical Demand Rating: Moderate.
- Age Restriction: 12-years old and older.
- Tour Type: Trekking, Cultural, Adventure.
- Accommodation: Camping/2 nights/Hotel.
- Service Level: Standard - Deluxe.
- Guarantee: Satisfaction and Safety.
- Style: Personalized.
- Carbon Emissions: 350 CO2-E.
- Group Size: 2 Minimum, 10 Maximum.
- Transport: Train, walk, Mini-Van.
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Lares Trek itinerary:
1st day: Cusco – Huaca Casi Paso – Lares Thermal Baths – Huacawasi
Your journey begins with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and drive towards Lares. We will pass several archaeological sites and handicraft markets in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the province of Calca (2,940m/9,646ft) we will first head for the Huaca Casi Paso (4,400m/14,436ft) and then descend to the thermal baths of Lares (3,200m/10,499ft). Here we will have some time to relax in the pools between 28-36 degrees Cº/82-97 degrees Fº. After lunch, we will continue our journey towards Huacawasi (3,600m/11,811ft) where our campsite is located.
Transport time: 4 hours.
Hiking time: 3 hours.
2nd day: Huaca Wasi – Sipsay Pass – Patacancha
The second day is possibly the most beautiful, with its stunning views. After breakfast, we will start a 4-hour hike up to the Sipsay Pass (4,400m/14,436ft). Up there, we will visit local families living from agriculture and textile design inspired by their Andean gods, perpetuating the Quechua tradition. Thereafter, we will head down to our camp site, the village of Patacancha (3,650m/11,975ft).
Hiking time: 7 hours
3rd day: Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
On this gorgeous day we will visit several communities and native towns such as Willoq (3,400m/11,156ft), Pumamarca (3,200m/10,499ft) and Ollantaytambo (2,850m/9,350ft). The latter is considered to be the last citadel of the Incas, constructed according to Inca architecture. From Ollantaytambo we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft) where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Hiking time: approx. 6 hours.
4th day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30AM and head for Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,874ft) by tourist bus to arrive at the citadel around 6:00AM. After a guided tour of the archaeological site visiting the sacred temples and more, you will have time at your own leisure to further explore Machu Picchu or climb Huayna Picchu (2,750m/9,022ft). We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55PM or at 6:10PM. Until then, you will have time for lunch in one of Aguas Calientes' restaurants, or even visit the hot springs in in the city before departing to Cusco.
Hiking time: 2 hours.
- Transport from the hotel to Lares Valley.
- Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- Tourist train Aguas Calientes-Cusco/Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo & bus to Cusco.
- Entrance to the thermal baths in the Lares Valley.
- Entrance to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- Hotel room with private bathroom in Aguas Calientes (Tourist Category).
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish & English).
- High-quality camping equipment (Pro tents: Doite Cima 4, extralight-4,5kg for 2 people), mattresses, eating tent with table & chairs, bathroom tent.
- Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & snacks/Vegetarian option, at no cost).
- Cook and cooking equipment.
- Horseman & mules for all camping & personal equipment (up to 7 kg).
- Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons).
- First-aid kit, including Oxygen bottle & safety rope.
- 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/buying one).
- Lodging in Cusco.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu (optional).
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