Lares Trek To Machu Picchu in 4 Daysfrom
Different option to travel to Machu Picchu in combination with adventure sports.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
The Lares expedition is an excellent alternative to reach Machu Picchu, an unusual route that crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas and part of the Urubamba Mountain Range.
Among the Andean landscapes are snow-capped peaks, lakes, subtropical valleys, thermal baths and, regions of ancestral culture.
Communities that receive travelers and invite them to become part of their customs and daily experiences such as the process of weaving wool (llama and alpaca) and the cultivation of potatoes or corn, offering a real vision of the old Cusco.
Lares is an experiential tour for trekking and nature lovers who come to Cusco looking for ancient traditions.
- Transportation Cusco – Lares Valley / Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
- Professional Guide (English – Spanish)
- Vegetarian food has been ordered from the tourist and at no extra cost.
- Bicycles and Cycling Equipment.
- Horses and Porters (only carry camping equipment)
- 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
- 3 nights of Hostal: in Santa María, Santa, Teresa and Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance to Choquequirao
- Entrance to Machupicchu
- Train tickets Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
- First aid kit
- Oxygen balloon
- The first breakfast (first day).
- The last lunch and dinner
- Sleeping bag
- Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.
CUSCO – LARES – WACAHUASI
We will begin our adventure by picking up our travelers from their hotels at 5:00 am to head towards the town of Lares, on the way will appreciate the popular “Sacred Valley of the Incas” named for the synergy of nature with archaeological sites.
We will arrive at Calca, a small community at 2 940 masl. Here will observe its population in their daily activities, among them textile, agriculture, and cattle raising.
After a 4 hour drive, we will arrive at the town of Lares at 3,200 masl. Here we will start the trek, but before will relax in its warm thermal waters and lunch prepared with local ingredients.
At the end of our activities will hike for 4 hours among beautiful Andean landscapes covered with green pastures and over them llamas grazing freely.
At dusk will arrive at Wacahuasi, a small village at 3 600 masl, where we will meet with the locals and have dinner together while sharing with us stories of daily life.
WACAHUASI – IPSAYCOCHA – PATACANCHA
The singing of the birds will wake up to taste an energetic breakfast.
We will cross for different rural communities that will show us their skills in weaving and making garments based on sheep wool, alpaca and vicuña.
Ascend through rocky roads until we reach the “Abra Ipsay” at 4 100 masl that shows in the distance the Veronica or Wakayhuillca Mountains.
After a short rest will descend to the Ipsaycocha lagoon, where we will make a stop to taste a traditional lunch by our cook.
Continue with our way by trails that will go down through Andean landscapes covered with ichu (straw) to reach the town of Patacancha, a cozy place that will become our second camp where we will taste a nice dinner and sleep until the following morning.
PATACANCHA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
We will wake up with cold-weather by our placement among snow-capped mountains.
The first destination will be the town of Pitumarka, a place that hides Inca archaeological centers, here we will give a tour with our guide.
Continuing will go to Ollantaytambo, enjoy a delicious lunch and have free time to appreciate The Living Inka City, named for its colonial-type constructions on Inca bases.
In the afternoon will board a train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night comfortably in a lodge.
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
At 4:30 am, we will begin our hike up to Machu Picchu.
Arrive at 6:00 am and start our tour visiting streets, squares, terraces, houses, and temples knowing in detail their history (The tour will last 2 hours).
Concluding the tour you can climb the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu (reservation in advance), you can continue exploring in the Inca citadel until the time specified by our guide.
At mid-day, we will descend to Aguas Calientes, where you can visit the market, lunch or relax in the thermal baths up to half an hour before the train leaves.
At your arrival in Ollantaytambo, our private transport awaits you to return to the imperial city of Cusco.
We will conclude our services leaving our travelers in the safety of their hotels.
Carry a small backpack for the trip to the Salkantay trek – Machu Picchu
Thermal clothing, waterproof, sunscreen.
Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, lipstick.
Jacket or Poncho (in case it rains)
Photo camera, external battery, photo memory
The answer is yes! But, as with all countries, traveling to Peru with pets does require paperwork, certifications, and fees. This applies whether it is an emotional support dog, mobility assistance dog, or just your best pal.