The Lares and Valle trek is another high altitude alternative hike, beginning near the town of Lares, province of Urubamba in Cusco approximately 40 miles north of Cusco and 36 miles east of Machu Picchu. The walk offers a combination of stunning landscapes, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu on the 4th day.
To get to the beginning of the trek, people will drive approximately 4 hours from the town of Cusco. On the other side of the route, appreciate the impressive landscape and the typical Andean mountains...
...... Where people live day to day, dress today with the clothes of their ancestors, this is the perfect opportunity to learn about our Andean culture. Each day is totally different with enough time to enjoy the incredible landscape of the mountains whose snowy peaks are also visible on a clear day. The walk is hard, but all that is compensated with a beautiful conference of the local people, the farmers, the rustic houses and especially the llamas and alpacas (South American camelids) the breakfast in a local house, the lunch next to a lagoon, at the top (3550 m.) and you will spend two nights in the camps in the countryside near the traditional Peruvian villages. You can share time with the environment and tell us if you want more activities on the way, all this with the help of the tour guide. The fourth day will visit the treasures of Machu Picchu and the city of Aguas Calientes.
Day 1: Cusco - Termas de Lares - Huacawasi (lunch (L), dinner (D))
We leave at 6:00 am from Cusco by private bus, picking it up at your hotel. Through the Sacred Valley to the town of Calca where we will spend almost half an hour to have a breakfast and buy other supplies that he forgot that the guide could advise. to buy bread to distribute to the children who will be during the walk. After Calca, we will continue towards the village of Lares, where we will arrive to the thermal baths and we will be able to enjoy the medicinal wells, then we will continue for an hour until the lunch place. After lunch we will start our trek for 3 hours, we will gradually walk uphill to the first camp called Huacawasi (3780m). The first night we will spend the night in the house of our horsemen. Upon arrival, your tents will be ready and you will have tea time before dinner.
Transport time: 4 hours
Walking time: 4 hours
Climate during the day: Warm
Climate during the night: cold
Day 2: Wacawasi - Ipsay pass - patacancha (B, L, D)
After a nutritious breakfast first thing in the morning, the local children will welcome us with traditional clothes on the way to school and see the great skills of the settlers with regard to the fabrics and the making of alpaca weavings. . We will start walking towards the highest point of the hike which will take approximately 4 hours and will be very steep up the Ipsay Pass (4490 masl or 13451 ft). Of course, an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone can reach the top, during this hike. Here you can enjoy huge mountains and the incredible view of the Veronica or Wakayhuillca Snow Mountain (5750 masl or 18865 feet) and breathtaking views. Keep in mind that we will reach great heights and that the weather can be very cold. After arriving at the highest point we will descend and pass a beautiful lagoon ipsaycocha before having lunch by the river. You can recover while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you (3550m / 11646f). A wonderful place in the middle of the mountains. Then we will descend through a field where you can enjoy the mosaic of agricultural lands through which we will make the last walk to Patacancha, where we will receive hot tea and some appetizers before dinner.
Walking time: 7 hours
Climate during the day / night: cold
Day 3: Patacancha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
After breakfast, today will be another spectacular day as you walk downhill through different forests. We begin to walk downhill from Patacancha, where we will observe textile and weaving practices. Then we walk for four hours to finish in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and enjoy the terraces of the Incas. We will enjoy our last lunch in Ollantaytambo where we will say goodbye to the horseman’s and the cooks. After lunch, we will board the train from the Ollantaytambo Expedition - Aguas Calientes between 12:55 p.m. and 1:37 p.m. When we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we will spend the night in a hostel or hotel and have dinnerWalking time: 4 hours
Walking time: 7 hours
Transportation time: half an hour
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)
Today we will get up early to appreciate the sunrise at the Inca citadel of Machupicchu and take the bus to Machu Picchu or walk to Machupicchu (2400m / 7874f). We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 a.m. We begin with a guided tour through the different sectors of the archaeological complex, which includes information about the life and culture of the Incas. After the tour you will have free time to explore explore Machupicchu on your own and maybe climb the mountain Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu (book two months in advance, ask for availability plus $ 20 dollars) or visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. The return to Aguas Calientes will be done on your own at the time informed by your guide for the train back to Cusco. We will board the Aguas Calientes town train back to Ollantaytambo and it is recommended to be at the station at least 30 minutes in advance. In Ollantaytambo our transfer and our bus await us to return to Plaza Regocijo or hotel in Cusco.
Walking time: 4 hours
Climate: warm moderate
- Professional English / Spanish guide
- Private transportation from your hotel, Cusco - Lares vice versa ollantaytambo - cusco
- Riders and horses to carry all the luggage, camping equipment and personnel (up to 5 kg)
- Cook and kitchen assistant
- All meals as indicated in the schedule (3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and daily snacks)
- Dining tent, kitchen tent with tables and chairs.
- High quality camping equipment (Doite professional tents, Top 4, extra light / 4.5kgs for 2 people, mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Aguas Calientes Expedition Train - Ollantaytambo and vice versa.
- Sleeping bag (sleeping bag for rent 0 ° C = USD 15 and -10 ° C = USD 25).
- Tips for cooks, horsemen’s and guides.
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day.
- Horses to ride
- Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valley of Lares
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or go down by 12 U.S. dollars in one way or you can have the option to walk that lasts approximately 2 hours.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
- Backpack with rain cover.
- Sleeping bag
- Clothing for warm and cold weather like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and light pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- Wool or synthetic socks and a sweater.
- T-shirts / polo shirts with long sleeves and short sleeves.
- Rain poncho and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol and gel disinfectant, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- Some sandwiches such as chocolate bars and dried fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- Because the weather can be very cold and humid, your clothes, once they get wet, do not dry out at night. So take some clothes to change.
Price per person 2017:
$ 000 usd (group service max. 10 people)