The Lares trek in Peru, is a wonderful alternative to the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This trek, along the spectacular Lares Valley, traverses the beautiful, pristine Peruvian Andes. This is a relatively untouched area with stunning landscapes and mountain views. Here you will see the farmers and weavers in traditional dress. Although the trek is only slightly harder than the Inca Trail, it is all at high altitude, so it is essential that you have acclimatised, before undertaking it. On the final day we have the special experience of visiting the fascinating Machu Picchu, where we can marvel at the precision Incan construction skills. On the way back to Cusco, we enjoy the panoramic views of the landscape and mountains from the comfort of the Expedition train.
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Departures: All year round
Fitness Level: Moderate
ITINERARY: MACHU PICCHU AND LARES TREK
Day 1: Cusco – Lares – Wacahuasi
Transfer from the hotel at 5am and leave by bus to Lares. Along the way we appreciate the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas with its fertile lands. Next we arrive at Calca’s little village (2940m)and get our last provisions or supplies and then continue up to the little villages of Totora and Maucaupata, where inhabitants dress in their traditional dress. They work on textiles, agriculture and cattle raising, in the main.
Finally right after a journey of approx. 4 hours by shared transport, we arrive at Lares (3,100m) and visit the hot springs. After lunch, we meet with our muleteers and began the long trek to our first campsite in Wacahuasi (3700 m). Camp here overnight.
Day 2: Wacahuasi – Ipsaycocha- Patacancha
After breakfast, we begin the trek to the second campsite. This day we begin early, because it’s a long trek and we have to cross by the Ipsaycocha high path at 4450m. From here, we admire the snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Chicón and the famous La Verónica. We also appreciate the different landscapes. Then we get to Ipsaycocha’s Lagoon (4100m) where lunch is served.
After a siesta, we will continue toward Patacancha (3600m), an Andean village, whose inhabitants still preserve the ancestral traditions and customs, including handmade items. Here we spend the second night.
Day3: Patacancha – Willoq – Ollantaytambo
After breakfast, we leave for the little population of Willoq (3400m), whose inhabitants still preserve their original customs; also we pass by the little village of Pumamarca(3200m) and Qochapata’s archeological centre. At 2 pm, we arrive at Ollantaytambo (2850m), the tourist village and train station place, where we have lunch and spare time to explore its fascinating uphill fortress. Then we transfer to the departure point to board the train to Aguas Calientes about at 7 pm. Here we have the last night at the hostel with all services.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Early in the morning we start the trek to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. When we reach the Sun Gate, we can appreciate the sunrise at this magical place. Next we have the guided tour for the area for approximately 2.5 hours. Then we go back to Aguas Calientes for lunch and spare time for a siesta or to explore the town and its markets. At 4:00 pm we take the Expedition train to return to Cusco. Along the way we get wonderful panoramic views of the mountains, river and countryside.
- Transfers to/from hotel and to Lares’ hot spring
- Shared tourist transport from Cusco to Lares
- Professional guide English/ Spanish
- Entry tickets to Machu Picchu
- All meals, from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
- Mules and muleteers
- Equipment for campsite (sleeping tent, dining tent , sleeping mat, tables, chairs )
- Expedition train tickets
- I night’s accommodation in Aguas Calientes (Double).
- Breakfast on first day
- Entrance fee at Lares hot springs
- Walking poles
PRICE:US$430.00 per person (Shared accommodation)
Note: The price is based on twin share accommodation. A single supplement applies, if you require a tent or room to yourself.
Note: For your convenience we can customize this program to suit your needs and/or make it a private trip that is, use private transport. Please contact us for a quote. Discounts may apply for more than 3 passengers.