Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Come and enjoy the Lares trek with us. This trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Still offering the beauty of the Andes with less crowds, it offers an outstanding combination of amazing mountain and valley scenery in a remote area.

This tour will really give you an insight into authentic Quechua communities where you will see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas, and even guinea pigs running loose inside the houses. This hike starts in the Lares Valley, in the village of the same name, where you can enjoy a night dip in its relaxing hot springs. We then head to the Andean communities of Huacahuasi, Patacancha and Willoq, reaching the village of Aguas Calientes on the third night after a 2-hour train-ride from Ollantaytambo. Finally, the fourth day is devoted to exploring the impressive Inca citadel of Machupicchu.

Day 01: Cusco – Lares Hot Springs – Huaca Wasi.
Early morning departure from Cusco. During the bus journey we will pass some archaeological sites and craft markets in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This valley is one of the most fertile regions of South America, where a large amount of corn, highly symbolic in the Inca Andean religion, is produced. Once we reach the province of Graneros (2940m / 9646f) we change our route and head upwards to the Huacawasi pass (4400m / 14436f), before descending to the town of Lares hot springs (3200m / 10499f). Here we will have a few hours relaxing in the pools that have a temperature of between 28 and 36 degrees C / 82 and 97 degrees F. After lunch at the spa, we walk towards Huacawasi (3600m / 11811f), where our camp site is situated.

Bus travel time: 5 hours hiking time: 3 hours in cold weather. 

Day 02: Huaca Wasi – Ipsay Pass – Patacancha.
This day will be the most difficult due to the varied terrain and climate that we will pass through. For example, getting through the Sipsay pass at 4,400 meters (14436f) will take us 4 hours. During this walk, we will pass through some communities where we may observe Andean farmers, their agricultural land and their traditional rustic houses. These people have a great knowledge of natural farming methods and the communities also still produce traditional colorful textiles inspired by Andean gods and symbols. After this pass, we drive to the village of Patacancha (3650m / 11975f), our camp site for the night.

Hiking time: 7 hours in cold weather. 

Day 03: Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.
This will be another spectacular day, passing through communities and small towns like Willoq (3400m / 11156f) and Pumamarca (3200m / 10499f). As we pass through the valley of Patacancha we will have a chance to witness ancient Inca traditions and customs that have survived the passage of time in these remote villages. After visiting this area for a few hours, we arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo (2850m / 9350f), also an archaeological site of the Inca dynasty. From here we take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m / 6726f), where we spend the night in a hotel. 

Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
The lost city of the Incas is at its best in the early morning. After an early breakfast, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu (2400m / 7874f), where a professional guide will take us on a tour of the site, explaining the history, politics, ancient agricultural techniques, astronomy and religion that our ancestors left us in this wonderful city of the Incas. After the tour you’ll have enough free time to further explore the site on your own and take some of the short walks, before returning to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco (Cuzco). The weathr in Machu Picchu (Machu Pichu) is warm with mosquitoes. 

Included:

  • Private transport from the hotel to the Valley of Lares.
  • High quality camping equipment.
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / vegetarian option).
  • Professional guide
  • Cook and cooking equipment. (kitchen and dining tents plus table and chairs)
  • Mule driver and mules, for all camping and personal equipment.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Entrance fee to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valley of Lares.
  • Round trip bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or to Ollantaytambo then bus to Cusco.
  • First-aid kit, oxygen bottle and safety rope.
  • Basic hostel in the village of Aguas Calientes. 

Does not Included:

  • Breakfast on the first excursion day.
  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Backpack
  • Air tickets
  • Last lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • Extra horse for the personal items.
  • Lunch and Dinner on fourth day
  • Sleeping bag & walking stick (If you don’t have this, you can rent it from Peru Agency).
  • Entrance ticket to the hot spring.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee subject to availability.
  • Insurance.
  • Personal Ítems.
  • Tips, please feel free to tip or not as you wish. 

Important

  • Special discount for students and children.
  • Daily departures.
  • Hotel with double occupancy.

You should bring:

  • Good sleeping bag (minus 10 degrees).Original passport and if you are a student your ISIC active card (must be submitted at the time of booking)
  • Rain gear (plastic to cover your bag, raincoat).
  • Good hiking shoes.
  • 2 sets of clothes (packed together in a plastic bag).
  • Camera and batteries (batteries drain more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Sun Block.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Water bottles and tablets to purify the water (very important).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Additional snacks like cookies, coca candies, chocolate, energy bars, fruits, muesli bars etc.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Optional: water- sterilizing tablets in case you take water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we will provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink.
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs – Aguas Calientes village)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for your own expenses.
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles. If you do not have any, you can rent through us.

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