Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days
Come and enjoy the Lares trek to Machu Picchu with us. This trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Still offering the beauty of the Andes with fewer 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 Machu Picchu.
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 campsite is situated.
Bus travel time: 5 hours hiking time: 3 hours in cold weather.
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 campsite for the night.
Hiking time: 7 hours in cold weather.
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.
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 weather in Machu Picchu (Machu Pichu) is warm with mosquitoes.
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|Single Occupancy Supplement US$ 64.00|
According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published in the official newspaper El Peruano on Nov 12, 2004, modifying chapter III of the Inca Trail Regulation, which refers to Inca Trail space bookings. Bookings will be guaranteed by the government institutions when providing full names; nationalities and passport numbers of passengers; and when having paid the full amount of passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees. (NON-REFUNDABLE)
**Since the Inca Trail has a maximum allowance of 500 people per day (including passengers and agency staff), we strongly recommend making your bookings, as much in advance as possible to make sure you will find spaces on the desired departure date. We are already receiving bookings for departures scheduled as far as one year prior to the trek departure date, so if you wish to travel with us to the Inca Trail, please make sure to confirm your booking as soon as possible. Otherwise, we have also available alternative routes of equally awesome beauty and interest to offer to you.
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Travel Policies Update 2021 – 2022
The Peruvian Government has taken these measures to fight against COVID-19:
Peru Agency applies more flexible booking policies.
This gives you more time to make decisions about your future trip, and the security of knowing that if for any reason you need to rearrange your trip, we are here to help you! In addition, We have a very attractive group’s policy, for groups of 8 or more people, the ninth passenger goes free.
Lima, April 1 2022