Lares Trek 4D/3N

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Duration: 
4D/3N
Itinerary

FIRST DAY: CUSCO – LARES – HUACAWASI

The tour begins at 6:00 AM with a pick-up location that is set during your meeting with us in our office the day beforehand. From the pick-up location, we will travel to Lorenzo’s lodge where we serve the first breakfast (buffet style) and from there, continue on to the small town of Lares (3,100 meters above sea level) with a travel time of about 3 hours. Upon arrival, we will head directly to the medicinal thermal baths to enjoy some relaxation time.  After lunch, a long walk of approximately 4 hours to the campsite of Huacawasi (3,900 meters above sea level) awaits us. On the way, we will pass through incredibly beautiful Andean scenery and a few small towns where we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the High-Andean culture. Once we arrive at the campsite, we will eat dinner and receive an informational about ancestral knowledge related to Incan astronomy.

SECOND DAY:  HUACAWASI – PATA CANCHA

After breakfast, we begin our longest and most difficult day of the entire trip with a hike lasting 7-8 hours. The first 3 hours will be a continuous ascent to the highest point of our journey – the Ipsay Pass at 4,490 meters above sea level. During the entire ascent, you will have the opportunity to pass through truly indigenous Andean towns, learn about their culture and traditions, as well as see alpacas, llamas, vizcachas (Peruvian hares) and if we have luck, the occasional condor that passes through the area. At the top of the pass, our guide will explain a bit more about the region and the importance that those mountains held within Incan religious practices. After descending from the pass for the following 40 minutes, we will arrive at the Ipsaycocha Laguna and eat lunch. After lunch and a well-deserved break, we will continue our walk to the second campsite. This part of the trek will be completely downhill. At the campsite, we will have the option to visit a house belonging to a local family and learn about their day-to-day life. We will then eat dinner and our guide will hold an informational meeting about the next day of the tour. 

THIRD DAY: PATACANCHA – OLLANTA – AGUAS CALIENTES

After breakfast, we will begin to walk to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This day will be much easier than the two days before, primarily because the entire trek is downhill. Throughout the journey, we will pass through Willoq and Pumamarca – two communities that are very well known for their textile work and colorful dress that  originate from ancestral traditions.

Once we arrive in Ollantaytambo, we will spend some time familiarizing ourselves with the small city that is so famous for maintaining its ancient Incan structures and using them currently as homes for the local population. We will also lunch in Ollantaytambo and later take a train from the local station to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, we will eat dinner and stay for a night in a local hotel. 

The fourth day: Machupicchu

This is the most important day of the tour – the day that we arrive to one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Our last day of the tour begins very early in the morning in order to be able to watch the sun rise over the Incan citadel of Machupicchu. We begin the ascent from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu at 4:30 AM, with the option of hiking the 1,500 Inkas steps or paying a $12 bus fare to reach the citadel. Once inside the park, your guide will provide a 2-hour tour of the ruins and most important temples within the ancient city. Afterwards, you will be free to explore Machupicchu yourself and maybe even hike Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (previous reservations are needed with two months of anticipation, plus a fee of $15. There are only 400 entrance tickets per day to climb these two mountains). On your own time, you will need to return to Aguas Calientes (via stairs or bus) You will then take a return train from the Aguas Calientes train stop to Ollantaytambo.  Private transportation will be waiting at the Ollantaytambo station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.