Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
- Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture
- Good For: All hikers, including families with younger, active children
- Total Distance: 34 KM/21 Miles
- Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
- Considerations: Emergency horse is available throughout the trek
PRIVATE TOUR PRICES
- 1 person: $1310
- 2 persons: $925
- 3 persons: $790
- 4 persons: $740
- 5+ persons: $685
The Quechua culture, which excels in traditional weaving and other handicrafts, is believed to have begun in the early 15th century, well before the rise of the Inca Empire. Nearly a quarter of the people in Peru speak the Quechua language, most of them concentrated in the Andean mountains. The trek terminates at Machu Picchu, the sacred Inca citadel. This World Heritage site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
This unforgettable, less-travelled hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacial lagoons, cloud-forest valleys, as well as a visit to the Lares hot springs. Along the way, you will be able to observe spectacular mountain landscapes with herds of llamas and alpacas. You will also get a rare glimpse into Andean culture and authentic Quechua textile communities. Your trek will have an epic finish at magnificent Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco - Calca - Lares Hot Springs - Huacawasi
- Early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco in our private van.
- We take a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley and pass through Pisac to make our way to the provincial town of Calca for breakfast.
- For three hours we will be traveling through the Sacred Valley to the town of Lares and will visit Lares hot springs, known for its healing properties, located just out of town. Lares is the starting point for our trek.
- Along the way you will be able to observe small Andean communities and spectacular mountain landscapes with herds of llamas and alpacas.
- We will take a leisurely hike through the Trapiche River Valley. After about 2.5 hours we arrive at Huaran valley for lunch.
- After lunch we will continuing hiking up the valley for another 1.5 hours until we arrive at the small village of Huacawasi (3,700m).
- In Huacawasi we will have dinner and set up camp for the night.
Day 2: uacawasi - Abra Ipsay - Patacancha
- After breakfast, we will visit the village of Huacahuasi, known for its colorful textiles. We will learn about the weaving techniques and admire the high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments of the indigenous people.
- We will hike from Huacahuasi to Abra Ipsay, where we will stop for lunch.
- Following lunch we will begin our climb to the top of Ipsayccocha Pass, the highest pass along the trek (4,500m), with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
- We then descend gradually until we reach the beautiful Ipsayccocha Lake.
- Dinner and camping will take place on the shores of the lake in Patacancha.
Day 3: Patacancha –Pumamarca- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
- After an early breakfast we walk downhill through the valley until we arrive at the village of Pumamarca ,
- We depart Pumamarca to make our way to Willoq, another Quechua village where the locals still wear traditional dress and maintain their cultural identity.
- Our private van will take us to Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have lunch.
- After lunch we board our train. Our 1.5 hour ride brings us through the highlands and lower tropical vegetation to Aguas Calientes.
- We will have dinner in town and spend the night in Aguas Calientes at a 3-star hotel.Colpapampa-Lucmabamba
- After breakfast we leave Colpapampa and begin trekking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams.
- As we go through the Andean valleys we will have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.
- We will arrive at Lucmabamba, where we will visit a coffee farm. Other crops grown in this region include yuccas, bananas and passion fruit.
- Dinner and tonight’s campsite will be in Lucmabamba .
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- A bus will bring us from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu, a highlight of our trip..
- Our guide will give a 2.5 hour tour of Machu Picchu, telling you about Inca history and the significance of the most important sites.
- After the tour you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own or climb Huayna Picchu (optional: we can help you book it in advance), the mountain that overlooks the ancient Inca citadel.
- We will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included).
- In the late afternoon our train will bring us to Ollaytantambo.
- A private van will bring you from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP
For Your Transport:
- Pick-up from your hotel and return to Cusco to by private van.
- Round-trip train between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
- Round-trip bus transportation between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
For Your Safety:
- Pre-departure briefing (the evening before)
- Experienced, knowledgeable tour guides
- First-aid kit
- Oxygen cannisters (for emergency use)
- Boiled water (starting 2nd day)
For Your Sustenance:
- Daily wake-up coca tea in your tents
- Delicious meals for the entire tour (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (Special diets accommodated with advance notice)
- Professionally trained cooks and assistants
- Happy hour with maca tea and hot drinks every afternoon
For Your Comfort and Well-Being:
- Entrance fee to Lares hot springs
- Entrance fee Machu Picchu
- Accommodations at a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Horses to carry 6Kg of personal items including sleeping bag
- Horses to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear
- Guided tours of Quechua communities
- Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
- Two people per tent in spacious 4-person size tents
- Thick, inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping bags (-10 degrees) and pillows
- Biodegradable toilet tent system
- 2.5 hour guided tour at Machu Picchu
- Extra time to go to the hot springs and Huayna Picchu
- Trekking poles – rental option US$25 for entire trek
- Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu
- Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters
- Single tent supplement (US$50)
- Day 1 breakfast, Day 4 lunch
- Water on the first day
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration)
- A daypack to carry your personal belongings (we provide a duffle bag for other items)
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
- Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp
- Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night)
- Thermal underwear to be worn in the sleeping bag in cold conditions
- Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
- T-shirts and trekking pants
- Flashlight and head-lamp with extra batteries
- Camera and extra batteries
- Small size binoculars
- Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor
- Sunscreen SPF30+
- Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
- Rain Gear: rain jacket or poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, moist towelettes
- Small towel
- Refillable water bottle
- Water purifying tablets (optional since we provide boiled water)
- Bathing suit if you want to go to the hot springs
- Any medications you need from home
- Plastic bags (Ziploc style)
- Optional :Trekking poles with plastic/rubber tips (metal tips are not allowed on the Inca Trail)
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