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LARES TREK 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 

Day 1: Cusco - Lares (hot springs) - Huacawasi

Trekking distance 12 km Walking time 4-5hrs

We will pickup from your hotel at around 6:30 am by bus. During this trip we will drive through the Sacred Valley passing several archeological sites and handcraft markets until Calca where we stop for about 40 minutes for breakfast and buy some snacks, after that we will head off the 3 hours to Lares where we´ll begin our adventure but before we will have some time to relax in the pools Lares Hot springs. We will then begin walking up for 4 hours to campsite, along the way we stop in Vilcabamba for lunch then continue up the valley to Huacawasi (3700 meter above sea level) where we will set up camp and spend the night.

 

Day 2: Huacawasi - Ipsaycocha Lake - Patacancha

Trekking distance 9 km walking time 6-7hrs

Today is the toughest day on the trek After early breakfast we start trekking with a moderate up-hill climb to reach to the highest point of our trek, Ipsay Pass (4,550m). From here we enjoy the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, isolated communities, Andean locals, llamas and alpacas. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend to Ipsay Lagoon for lunch. We will then descend gently for about 1 hour until we reach the site of our second night's camp beside the beautiful Ipsaycocha Lake. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other wetland birds

 

Day 3: Patacancha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Walking distance 12km walking time 6-7hrs

We will continue with our trip through the Patacancha Valley, the people from this area are known locally as "Huayruros" - the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the colour of their ponchos. We'll have a chance to view some textiles made by the people of this community - the high quality weavings are famous for their intricate designs reflecting aspects of their everyday lives and culture.  Our second stop will be in Willoq (3,600m/11,877ft), then further downhill to Pallata. After Pallata we head uphill to explore the archaeological complex of PUMAMARCA, an amazing Inca site. The route then follows the course of an original old Inca highway or roadway through farming terraces and ancient cemetery. Finally we arrive to Ollantaytambo for lunch.

Ollantaytambo is one of the oldest, largest and most magnificent ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch, we explore this living Inca city and some ancient Inca store houses which are located on the hillside. Late in the afternoon we take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,040m/6,727ft) where we spend the night in hotel

 

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - - Cusco

In the morning you will start your 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu to arrive in time for sunrise, or at the time you desire (bus is optional, $10 each way, first bus departs at 5:30am). If you have purchased a pass for Huayna Picchu in advance you will have the opportunity to climb the mountain (climbing time will be determined in advance depending on availability). There will be a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu following which you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore Machu Picchu. You need to return to Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes prior to your 9:30pm train departure. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco, arrival time approximately 1:30am,  If you prefer to be back in Cusco earlier, you can select the 16:22 pm  or the 18:45 pm return train.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NO INCLUDED

 

• Tourist-Class Transport: Cusco - Lares

• Professional English speaking guide

• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (Vegetarian option available)

• Snacks

• Double-occupancy tents

• Cook and equipment

• Pack horse to carry equipment

• Admission to Machu Picchu

• First aid kit

• Train Ticket from Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo

• Bus from Ollantaytambo - Cusco

 

 

• Sleeping bag

• Breakfast day 1 , Lunch/dinner day 4

• Entrance fee to hot springs (10 soles)

• Bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu (optional US$10 each way)

 

 

• Hiking shoes

• Backpack (25 to 40 liters)

• Comfortable clothing for trekking

• Rain jacket or rain poncho

• Sandals

• Warm clothes

• Thermal clothing (for sleeping)

• Sleeping bag

• Hiking sticks

• Flashlight + extra batteries

• Camera

• Sun hat

• Sun block

• Sunglasses

• Water bottle

• Insect repellent

• Toilet paper

• Snacks

• Swimsuit

• Extra money (soles)

• Original passport

• ISIC card (if applicable)

 

 

AVAILABILITY: All Year  (groups of 2 people)

DURATION: 4 Days 3 Nights

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

+ Huayna Picchu  US$ 10

+ Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 5

ISIC CARD APLICABLE  (International Student Card)

 

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