LARES TREK + MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N
4 Days and 3 nights
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LARES TREK + MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N
DAY 1: Cusco – Lares – Huacawasi: Trekking.
Pick up at 6:00 a.m., then we go to the town of Lares (3,100 m.a.s.l.)here we will have breakfast and go to the thermal baths to enjoy its thermal medicinal baths, after lunch we start the trek, it is about 04 hours of walking until our first camp of Huacawasi (3,900 m).enjoying the beautiful Andean landscapes, crossing some small villages where we will have the opportunity to know a little more of the high Andean culture.
DAY 2: Huacawasi – Pata Cancha: Trekking.
After breakfast, we start the hikking of the longest and most difficult day of the entire trek taking an average of 8 hours. The first three hours will be of continuous ascent to the highest point of our journey to Abra Ipsay at 4,490 m.a.s.l. Here live the people of the Andes, they will teach us their customs and traditions, time to photograph the alpacas, llamas, vizcachas and if there is a little luck we can appreciate the condor that sometimes pass through that area. arriving at the lagoon of Ipsaycocha. Lunch, then continue the walk to our second camp.
DAY 3: Patacancha – Ollanta – Aguas Calientes: Trekking and Train.
We start the day with the hike to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This day is much easier than the previous days, especially because all the way is downhill. On the way we will pass through Willoq and Pumamarca two villages well known for their textile works and colorful costumes that come from the ancestral times, in Ollantaytambo we will have lunch and then the train to the town of Aguas Calientes.
DAY 4: Machu Picchu
This is the most important day of the tour the day we will arrive to one of the 7 wonders of the world, our last day of tour starts very early to appreciate the sunrise in the Inka citadel of Machupicchu.
Then a tour with our guide for 02 hours by the most important buildings and temples of this city, you can explore Machupicchu on your own and maybe climb the mountain Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu (book 02 months in advance, ask availability plus $ 20 dollars) later you can go down by bus to the train station in Aguas Calientes and from there take the train back to Ollantaytambo station, where a transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the city of Cusco.
LETS EXPLORE LARES TREK
Lares Trek is a unique trail that begins near the town of Lares, 40 miles north of Cuzco and 35 miles southeast of Machu Picchu. The hike takes place in the Lares Valley, east of the Urubamba mountain range, which passes through part of the Sacred Valley.
The walk is 4 days in its classic version, the last day is the visit to Machu Picchu.
No permit is required to use Lares Trek. This means that you can arrive in Cuzco in one or two days depending on the season (not from June to August).
Of course, you will have to book your train to Aguas Calientes as soon as possible in the middle of the season, as well as your admission to Machu Picchu.
As for the current route, there are a number of options for the Lares Trek route, most of which end in Ollantaytambo.
From here, tourists can take the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu or return to Cuzco. Next we will discuss in detail each of the options for the routes of Lares Trek.
There are a number of factors that make this trek a great alternative to the Classic Inca route.
First of all, and perhaps most importantly for some, it is that it is much quieter than the Inca Trail.
Second, the route may be easier than the Inca Trail as it is not necessary to take many steps.
The altitude above sea level is still a problem and in some variants of the route you will have to overcome 3 steps that exceed 4,200 meters (the highest, depending on your route – 4,400 meters or 4,600 meters). More information on acclimatisations and altitude sickness can be found here.
Finally, Lares Trek offers a true Andean culture. The Lares Valley is home to a number of traditional Andean communities that have changed little in the last 500 years.
You will probably see many local weavers and farmers dressed in traditional colorful clothing and depending on your tour you will have the opportunity to see or participate in some weaving activity.
The area is famous for its homemade textiles, so if you want to take home a genuine piece of Peruvian textiles, take home a few spare soles. Here you can buy the products by spending the day with the local weavers!
The best time to do the Lares Trek is during the dry season (May-September). This is the busiest trekking time in the region, particularly on the Classic Inca Trail, where permits are sold out months in advance.
The Lares Trail is the third most popular trail to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, so during the peak of the high season the trail can be very crowded. That said, there are so many variations on the Lares Trail that in general the routes never feel crowded.
During the dry months (April and October), the Lares Trails are particularly quiet, and the climate is often very pleasant.
The months we do not suggest are from December to March, as the rain makes the trail really unpleasant and visibility is often low due to the strong morning and afternoon fog.
Temperatures throughout the year are moderate, at 20 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, and from cool to cold at night and in the early hours of the morning. Layered clothing is important (see packing list below).
Microclimates characterize the Andes, so it may rain all year round. Always wear rain gear.
Lares trek is an easy – moderate hike, the last day is the easiest, as you visit Machu Picchu.
Yes, this trek combines 3 days of hiking in the mountains of Lares and the last day we will visit Machu Picchu.