LARES TREK & MACHU PICCHU 4DAYS / 3NIGHTS

Another great alternative to the Inka Trail trek. This route offers opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote Andean mountain communities in the impressive Sacred Valley, snow-dusted peaks, and the impressive highland landscapes with full of llamas and alpacas.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO – CALCA – LARES HOT SPRINGS – WACAWASI

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up to start the journey to Lares village.
After driving for almost 3 hours, arrival to the hot springs of Lares (3250m.a.s.l./ 10662ft), you will have enough time to enjoy the thermal pools. Time for the lunch.
Here you will meet the rest of the trek team, horses and the arrieros (horse handlers) will be waiting for you to start the hike.
After meeting the group, you will start the hiking; three hours of uphill trekking to Wacawasi (3800m.a.s.l./ 12426ft), here you will spend the night. Optional to visit a local family (they are shepherds and weavers).
Camping at Wacawasi community.

  • Hiking distance (thermal baths to Wacawasi): 6 km – 3.9 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: (3800m.a.s.l./ 12426ft)

DAY 2: WACAWASI – ABRA IPSAY – PATACANCHA:

After breakfast, you will start the largest and hardest day of the trek, on the beginning you will go uphill to the Abra Ipsay (4450m.a.s.l./14600ft). The climb is pretty hard with indescribable panoramic view of snow-capped peaks, surrounded by a stunning landscape. A long the way, you will pass Andean communities, people of this area have a large knowledge about agriculture and ancient ways of working textile that is why they have such colorful clothes, unique in this region. After the pass, you will continue the journey downwards until get Patacancha (3720m.a.s.l/12205ft), where you will spend the last camp night.
Campsite in Patacancha community.

  • Hiking distance: 15 km – 9.3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: (4450m.a.s.l./14600ft)

DAY 3: PATACANCHA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES:

After breakfast, you will start to hike downhill, along the way you will pass local communities such as Willoq 3400ma.s.l./11154ft (famous around the sacred valley, because the colorful of their wearing clothing – red and black predominant), Pumamarca (3200m.a.s.l./10498ft) and others.
This route through the landscape, crossing these communities will allow you to taste the traditions and habits handed down on by their ancestors throughout the times. Arriving to Ollantaytambo where you will board the train to Aguas Calientes town.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

OPTIONAL: instead hiking downhill, you can take the bus directly until get Ollantaytambo town, where you will have a guided tour of this archaeological site.

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO:

Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.
If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures.
You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to your hotel.

OPTIONAL: hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit; allowed just 400 per day. It is a 1.5-hour hike)

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED:

  • Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to departure date).
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Transfer from Cusco hotel to Lares (starting point of the trek)
  • All balance meals during the trekking (4 days/3 nights), including snacks.
  • All common camping gear: 3 men mountain tent for 2 people, mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dinner tent, toilet tent, table, chairs.
  • Cook
  • Horses for the whole equipment.
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Train service (VISTADOME – first class or EXPEDITION- tourist class) Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit with oxygen
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meal not described in the program
  • Tips and extra expenses
  • Entrance fee to Huaynapicchu ($20.00 per person)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking stick
  • Entrance fee to Lares hot spring / Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Travel insurances