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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

Lares trek  lovely girl from Lares community

This trek is an excellent alternative (one of the best in our opinion) for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ and have an insight into authentic encounters with Quechua communities and spectacular scenery give these treks a wonderful blend of tradition and splendor.

Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Cordillera Urubamba, we traverse high mountain peaks and sub-tropical valleys, stopping along the way to enjoy scenic lagoons, natural hot springs, and Inca remains. The remoteness of the area has allowed its people to preserve traditions of llama and alpaca herding, potato cultivation, and colorful weaving dating back to the Incas.

 

Overview

Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days / 2 Nigths

Trek Duration: 4 Days /  3 Nights
Trek grade: Easy
Trek Style: Active
Type of Trek : Arqueological,cultural and History
Altitude: 3800m / 12,467ft-4300m / 14,107ft
Accommodation: 2 nights in tent and 1 nights Hotel
Group Size: Small Group (Maximum group size 08)
Short Itinerary Walking Distance 

Day 1: Cusco-Huaran To Cancha Cancha 
Day 2: Cancha Chancha To Quishuarani 
Day 3:
Quishuarani To Lares & Ollantaytambo 
Day 4:
Machu Picchu & Return To Cusco

Day 01:
Day 02:
Day 03:
Day 04:

Useful Information

Minimum  Altitude: 3800m / 12,467ft.
Highest Altitude: 4300m / 14,107ft.

T° Maximum: 24°C - 25°C
T° Minimum: -2°C

Itinerary

Lares nature and peaceDay 1: Traditional villages and Andean forest

Today we pick you up at 5:00 am and travel by bus for the 1 hour ride to the village of Pumahuanca (2840m/9400feet) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran is the start of the trail. We´ll meet up with the horsemen and pack the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small Cancha Cancha River. It´s a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village also named Cancha Cancha (3800m/12600feet) where we´ll spend the night.

 

 

Lares great moments of the trek

Day 2: Challenging

After breakfast We´ll Leave Cancha Cancha to continue north east up the valley, passing small village stone houses. After hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2 hour trek to the highest pass, called Pachacutec Pass (4200m/13900feet). From the pass you´ll be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful valley filled with glacial lakes . Descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700m/12250feet) overnight.

 

Lares  relaxing in the hot spring

Day3: Beautiful Hot springs

The trail follows now the river valley downhill for about 3 1/2 hours to the town of Lares (3100m/10250feet). Hour before arriving in Lares town you´ll have time to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). At about 1pm (after lunch) the bus will pick us up and leave to Ollantaytambo, there you will have some time to rest and see this amazing town before going to Aguas Calientes by Train .

 

 

 

Lares Lama watching the citadel of Machu Picchu

Day 4: Machu Picchu

We´ll have early breakfast. Then at 5:30 am we will catch the first bus to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb HuaynaPicchu (2720m/8990feet) it takes 45 minutes to reach the top.

 

Included / Not Included

 What is Includes?  What is not Include?
 
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish
  • Briefing at your hotel before departing
  • Private bus to the start of the trek.
  • Transfer to your hotel on return.
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Meals (Vegetarian option available) & Snacks
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs.
  • 4 man tents are provided for 2 people only.
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu.
  • Train tickets
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom
  • First aid kid and oxygen tank.
  • Breakfast the first day
  • Lunch on day 4th
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
 
 What you Need to Bring?  Optional Items to Take:
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • 1 small day backpack to carry the things you need for the day
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand santizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit for hotsprings (not included in price)
  • Water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Bathing suit for hotsprings (not included in price)
  • Emergency extra Cash
 
  • Shorts
  • sandals
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Additional horses
 

Price

* We include a porter that will carry your personal belongings (8kg/16lbs) in all of our treks at no additional cost.
Group Services: Private Service:
Price: $.649 per person To Open A New “Fixed Departures Date In A Private Service”
We only need 2 paxs
Discounts Optional Extras
  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 16's Discount: US$20
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain; add US$ 30
  • Sleeping bag - $23
  • Air matresses - $15
  • Inflatable pillow - $6
  • Pair of Walking poles – $19

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