4 Days / 3 Nights
From $620.00 Per Person
The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was. And also, in this hike we can see and feel the real Andean life style which one is unique experience.
- DAY 01: CUSCO – LARES – CUNCANI.
- DAY 02: CUNCANI – HUACAHUASI – IPSAYCOCHA LAKE. - DAY 03: IPSAYCOCA – PATACANCHA – PUMAMARCA – OLLANATAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES.
- DAY 04: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO.
Starting Altitude – 3300m
Highest Altitude – 4550m
Walking Distance – 40km
Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 16km
Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º Celsius
Overall Difficulty – Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).
Very early, as the sun begins to shine on the roofs Cusco, our guide will pick us up from the hotel and we will head in the direction of the Sacred Valley. The Calca market will be our last stop before losing contact with big cities. This is our final chance to buy any last-minute things we may need for the trip.
Our final destination is the hot baths of Lares. Here, naturally occurring, relaxing thermal waters await us before our trek. And also, we will have lunch. From the thermal baths unfolds a small track. After the delicious lunch we will start our hike and is gradually going up and in this segment of the hike we will appreciate a lot of local and potatoes crops. The hike it going to be around 5 hours approximately to get to the campsite
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum Altitude: 4100masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 3000masl.
- Accommodation: camping.
This day we get up early to start the ascent (about 2 hours) to our day’s first Pass of Cuncani (4,250 m), appreciating the diverse mountain views. After a rest, we will see more lakes and villages, along the way passing Natives who still wear typical clothing and maintain their manual work of Andean weavings. As we arrive to Huacahuasi Valley (3800 m) and around this place we will stop to have a lunch. After we will start the ascent until the highest point at Iqsayq’asa (4550 m) and then descend to our campsite, passing different typical birds of the area (Huallata ducks, gulls and eagles), a variety of llamas and alpacas, and small animals like hares. We will camp beside the Ipsaycocha Lake, the largest of the route, also the coldest campsite (4250 m).
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum Altitude: 4550masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 3800masl.
- Accommodations: camping.
After our breakfast, we start in descent of about 3 hours to the community of Patacancha (3800 m) and then we will have our lunch. After the lunch we will take the bus to Pumamarca which one is an amazing incan site.
Finally, we will visit this amazing Pumamarca Incan site to explore located in this valley after this nice explorer we will walk down around 3 hours until to get to Ollantaytambo in order to take train to Aguas Calientes town.
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum Altitude: 4250masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 2000masl.
- Accommodation: hotel.
Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2-hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.