Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 DAYS
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Cusco is a city full of wonderful destinations for adventurers and everyone who wants to disconnect from daily routine, disappear in and feel all the nature around you. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a path that will take you by various landscapes like snow mountains, fertile valleys, mighty rivers, archaeological ruins and a first-class modern wonder: Machu Picchu. Why choose the Lares Trek? .- The reasons why Lares is popular among the walks is because on your trip you are more likely to appreciate traditional culture and Andean folklore.
During the hike, you will visit several Andean communities. The first night your campsite will be located at the Quishuarani community where you will be able to interact with locals. In addition, the second night your campsite will be located next to the Ipsaycocha Lake and the very small Andean community of the area.
The Lares trek is considered a moderate trek. In order to complete the Lares Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, and age shouldn’t be a barrier. Before starting the trek, you should be well acclimatized to the altitude. The highest mountain pass on the Lares Trek is located at the ‘Pachacutec pass’ at about 4400 m(14436 ft)
Since the Lares trek will take you to Ollantaytambo town, you will have the option to visit the beautiful Ruins of the town before taking the train that will
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
Starting Altitude – 2800m / 9186ft.
Highest Altitude – 4780m / 15,682ft.
Walking Distance – 34km / 21 miles
Longest Day – Day 1, approximately 14km / 8.7 miles
Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius
Overall Difficulty – Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).
Acclimatization is Recommended
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 7kg of your personal items.
- Pick-up from you hotel
- Transportation by bus to Pumahuanca and from Lares to Ollantaytambo
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
- 3 Star Hotel on Day 3
- Sleeping mattress
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
- Breakfast on the first morning and lunch and dinner on Day 4
- Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on day 4 of the trek.
- Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$20 for the 2 day trek.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Entrance to Lares hot springs
- moderate First Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Cusco - Pumahuanca - Puyoc
First Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc
Our first day of the trek starts of in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We’ll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we’ll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.
This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it’s quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
- moderate Second Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Puyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani
Second Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Puyoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani
Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite it’s about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2 hour walk right at the beginning.
As we make our way to Cuncani we’ll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha – Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You’ll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
- moderate Third Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Cuncani - Lares
Third Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Cuncani – Lares
The focus of today is to meet the local people. Waking up early we’ll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we’ll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them – hopefully by now you’ll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyones delight and amusement). After the visit you’ll have the opportunity to give any gifts you’ve brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.
Leaving Cuncani it’s just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we’ll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we’ll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they’re easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we’ll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we’ll catch our train to Machu Picchu.
- moderate Fourth Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Machu Picchu!
Fourth Day on LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU: Machu Picchu!
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.