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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

CUSCO

LARES

HUACAUSI

PATACANCHA

OLLANTAYTAMBO

MACHU PICCHU

Nestled in the highlands of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, between the Amazon jungle and the classic Inca Trail, is found the route of the llama known as the Lares Trek.  This ancient path will take you on a journey through sweeping landscapes and tiny mountain communities whose inhabitants still live by Andean tradition, speaking Quechua and wearing the bright colorful woven clothing that is typical of the Andes mountain.

Relax in the Lares hot springs as you gaze up at the beautiful surrounding mountains and valley, take in the beauty of the picturesque town of Huacahuasi, then breathe in the clean fresh air of wide open spaces and try to spot some wild alpacas as you climb to the peak surrounded by the enormous mountains of the Andes.

Check out the cold waters of Ipsaycocha Lake and the Patacancha River as you make your way down the valley to Ollantaytambo.  From here you will take a unique train ride to Aguas Calientes to relax and end your trek visiting one of the seven wonders of the world, the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Quick Overview

DAY 1: Cusco - Calca - Lares - Aguas Termales (Hotspring) - Huacahuasi

Today we will leave Cusco very early (5:30 am) and head toward the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  Along the road we’ll see small towns and we can watch the sun rise along the way. Our first stop will be at the Taray lookout, from this place we can see part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba River (also called Vilcanota). After taking lots of pictures, we’ll head toward Pisaq and later Calca – a very important city in the Sacred Valley – where we’ll have a brief stop where you can buy last minute items (water, crackers/cookies, coca leaves). Later we’ll continue on our trip.  Along the road we’ll see many farming communities and the colorful variety of their clothing, distinct and particular to each community.

We will see impressive Andean valleys and primitive plants like the “puya de Raymondi” that flowers only once every 100 years. In Lares, we’ll head toward Aguas Termales where we’ll have a few hours to enjoy the hot springs.  These waters are said to have medicinal properties. Here we will also meet our cook, horseman, and horses that we will use on our trip,  they will be in charge of transporting the equipment to our camp in the community of Huacahuasi (12,303ft/3,750m m). At our first camp, we will have contact with the people who live in the town.  All of the people that live in Huacahuasi speak Quechua. The children will be the first to receive us. We recommend that you not give them candy in order to preserve their health. However, if you have pens, notebooks, or clothes that you aren’t using, feel free to share with them; they would be grateful to have it.  Here we will spend the first night

  • Distance: 7.4mi/12km
  • Meals:  Lunch – Dinner.
  • Máximum Altitude: 12,303ft/3,750m

DAY 2: Huacahuasi – Ipsaycocha pass – Patacancha.

Generally, this place has a very cloudy morning that covers the entire town.  The clouds come from the lowest parts of the valley (5577ft/1700m) up to Huacahuasi.  Today you will receive a cup of coca tea very early (5:30am) and later we will enjoy breakfast. We will begin the ascent through a valley covered in dwarf forests of Andean grass, used to roof the houses in the valley.  Here we can appreciate the different types of birds that live in this area. We will also see many llamas, alpacas, and large stretches of crops. We will continue the ascent toward Ipsaycocha pass (14,599ft/4450m), from here we will see the magnitude of the Andean mountains in all their splendor.

After taking lots of pictures, we will descend toward Ipsaycocha, a very beautiful and mysterious lagoon because of its dark color and the legends that surround it. This is also the home of many trout that you can easily see swimming around in the lake. Here we will rest while our cook prepares our lunch.

In the remaining hours before it gets dark you can explore the town and observe the landscape, at dinner, you can enjoy a bottle of wine in order to rest very well.

  • Distance: 8mi/13km.
  • Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
  • Máximum Altitude: 14,599ft/4450m.

DAY 3: Patacancha – Huilloc – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town

Today we’ll begin the day with our customary coca tea (5:30am) and we can watch the sunrise from our tents while we prepare our things to begin our trip to Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m). After breakfast, we’ll begin our hike through the Andean valley surrounded by trees, bushes, native plants, and gigantic mountains that make it unique and spectacular, after a few hours of hiking, we’ll arrive at the archeological center of Pumamarca with impressive terraces formerly used for Incan crops.

After time to take pictures, we’ll continue on to Ollantaytambo where we’ll have our lunch, this town is one of the most beautiful towns in Peru, recommended in travel guides as a must-see destination. Here we will say goodbye to our staff (cook, horseman), After some free time to explore the town, we’ll head to the train station to board our train to Aguas Calientes, the train ride will last 2 hours. Once in Aguas Calientes, we’ll have a soft bed waiting in the hostel and dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes, later you will have the night free to explore the town.

  • Distance: 7.4mi/12km. 
  • Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
  • Máximum Altitude: 12,139ft/3700m.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today we’ll board one of the first buses leaving for Machu Picchu (5:30am) in order to be one of the first to arrive at Machu Picchu. Once at Machu Picchu, we’ll have a guided tour for 2.5 hours. Later you will have free time to explore the Incan city of Machu Picchu before we head back to Aguas Calientes. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will board the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

  • Meals:  Breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).

What is Included

  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Transportation from Cusco – Lares (where the hike begins)
  •  Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
  •  Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
  •  Sleeping mats.
  •  Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request, veggies will be washed in boiled water).
  •  A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
  •  First aid kit and oxygen on hand.
  •  11pounds / 5 kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
  •  Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
  •  Train ticket: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.
  •  Dinner in a restaurant the last night in Aguas Calientes.
  •  Hostel in Aguas Calientes (breakfast included).
  •  Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
  •  Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  •  Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  •  Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

What Is Not Included:

  • First breakfast and last lunch.
  • Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits).
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $30 for the trip).
  • Entrance to Waynapicchu.
  • Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips for guide, cook, horseman.

Inca Trail Trekking Company recommends a tip of approximately $30-$40 USD per staff member (split between your tour group).  The staff receives a fair salary for their work.  The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.

Important:

The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the 4 Day Lares trek to Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.

 

  • Passport.
  • Student ID (if applicable).
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Socks (4-5 pairs).
  • Sandals.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Thermal Underwear.
  • Hiking Pants (2-3).
  • Shirts (4-5).
  • Vest.
  • Fleece/Polartec.
  • Rain Jacket.
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • (extra batteries).
  • Sun Hat.
  • Wool Hat/Gloves.
  • Sun Glasses.
  • Water Bottle/Reservoir.
  • Hiking Poles (1 pair).
  • Watch (water resistant, with light).
  • Cameras / GoPro.
  • Plastic Rain Poncho.
  • Sun Block (50+ SPF).
  • Chapstick.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet Paper (2 Rolls).
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
  • Pocket knife, lighter,     whistle, sewing kit.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Personal Medication.
  • Snacks.
  • Money (local currency). 

$750 USD Per person

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  • Full Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • What to pack

DAY 1: Lares trek to Machu Picchu

Hike starts at: 10,662ft / 3,250m Hotspring (Lares) – Hike ends at: 12,483ft/3,805m Huacausi Village (campsite)

Today we will leave Cusco very early (5:30 am) and head toward the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  Along the road we’ll see small towns and we can watch the sun rise along the way. Our first stop will be at the Taray lookout (10,351ft/3,155m), from this place we can see part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba River (also called Vilcanota). After taking lots of pictures, we’ll head toward Pisaq and later Calca – a very important city in the Sacred Valley – where we’ll have a brief stop where you can buy last minute items (water, crackers/cookies, coca leaves). Later we’ll continue on our trip.  Along the road we’ll see many farming communities and the colorful variety of their clothing, distinct and particular to each community.

We will see impressive Andean valleys and primitive plants like the “puya de Raymondi” that flowers only once every 100 years. In Lares, we’ll head toward hotspring where we’ll have a few hours to enjoy the hot springs.  These waters are said to have medicinal properties. Here we will also meet our cook, horseman, and horses that we will use on our trip,  they will be in charge of transporting the equipment to our camp in the community of Huacahuasi (12,483ft/3,805m). At our first camp, we will have contact with the people who live in the town.  All of the people that live in Huacahuasi speak Quechua. The children will be the first to receive us. We recommend that you not give them candy in order to preserve their health. However, if you have pens, notebooks, or clothes that you aren’t using, feel free to share with them; they would be grateful to have it.  Here we will spend the first night.

DAY 2: Lares trek to Machu Picchu

Hike starts at: 12,843ft / 3,850m Huacahuasi –  Hike ends at: 12,544ft / 3,823m

Generally, this place has a very cloudy morning that covers the entire town.  The clouds come from the lowest parts of the valley (5577ft/1700m) up to Huacahuasi.  Today you will receive a cup of coca tea very early (5:30am) and later we will enjoy breakfast. We will begin the ascent through a valley covered in dwarf forests of Andean grass, used to roof the houses in the valley.  Here we can appreciate the different types of birds that live in this area. We will also see many llamas, alpacas, and large stretches of crops. We will continue the ascent toward Ipsaycocha pass(14,694ft/4,478m), from here we will see the magnitude of the Andean mountains in all their splendor.

After taking lots of pictures, we will descend toward Ipsaycocha, a very beautiful and mysterious lagoon because of its dark color and the legends that surround it. This is also the home of many trout that you can easily see swimming around in the lake. Here we will rest while our cook prepares our lunch.

In the remaining hours before it gets dark you can explore the town and observe the landscape, at dinner, you can enjoy a bottle of wine in order to rest very well.

DAY 3: Lares trek to Machu Picchu

Hike starts at: 12,544ft / 3,823m Patacancha – Hike ends at: 6,793ft / 2,070m Aguas Calientes town

Today we’ll begin the day with our customary coca tea (5:30am) and we can watch the sunrise from our tents while we prepare our things to begin our trip to Aguas Calientes (6,793ft/2,070m). After breakfast, we’ll begin our hike through the Andean valley surrounded by trees, bushes, native plants, and gigantic mountains that make it unique and spectacular, after a few hours of hiking, we’ll arrive at the archeological center of Pumamarca with impressive terraces formerly used for Incan crops.

After time to take pictures, we’ll continue on to Ollantaytambo (9,348ft/2,849m) where we’ll have our lunch, this town is one of the most beautiful towns in Peru, recommended in travel guides as a must-see destination. Here we will say goodbye to our staff (cook, horseman), After some free time to explore the town, we’ll head to the train station to board our train to Aguas Calientes, the train ride will last 2 hours. Once in Aguas Calientes, we’ll have a soft bed waiting in the hostel and dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes, later you will have the night free to explore the town.

DAY 4: Lares trek to Machu Picchu

Trip starts at: 6,793ft/2,070m Aguas Calientes town – Trip ends at: 10,941ft/3,335m

Today we’ll board one of the first buses leaving for Machu Picchu (5:30am) in order to be one of the first to arrive at Machu Picchu (11,176ft/3,406m). Once at Machu Picchu, we’ll have a guided tour for 2:30 hours. Later you will have free time to explore the Incan city of Machu Picchu before we head back to Aguas Calientes. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will board the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco (11,176ft/3,406m).

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