The Lares Valley Trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu on the 4th Day. The trek will take you through stunning Mountain scenery, over high passes and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. Day 4 you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.
Altitude: 2850 – 4400 m/9350 – 14436f
High season: Whole year
Duration: 4 days – 3 nights
Level of difficulty: Moderate
1st Day: Cusco - Huaca Casi Pass - Lares Hot Springs – Huacawasi
We will leave Cusco towards Lares at about 5:00am by bus. During this trip we will pass several archaeological sites and handcraft markets in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the province of Calca (2940m/9646f) we will first head for the Huaca Casi Pass (4400m/14436f) and then descend to Lares Hot Springs (3200m/ 10499f). Here we will have some time to relax in the pools of between 28 and 36 degrees Cº/ 82 and 97 degrees F. After lunch we will continue our journey towards Huacawasi (3600m/11811f), where our campsite is situated.
Transport time: 4 hours
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
2nd Day: Huacawasi - Ipsay Pass - Patacancha
The second day is possibly the most beautiful one. After breakfast we will start a 4-hours hike up to the Ipsay Pass (4400m/14436f). Up there we will visit some families that live from agriculture and textile design, inspired by their Andean gods. Thereafter we will head down to the village of Patacancha (3650m/11975f), where we will find our campsite.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
3rd Day: Patacancha - Willoq - Pumamarca - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
The third day is also spectacular: we will visit several communities and indigenous towns such as Willoq (3400m/11156f), Pumamarca (3200m/10499f) and Ollantaytambo (2850m/9350f), whereas the latter is considered to be the last citadel of the Incas, constructed according to Incan architecture. From Ollantaytambo we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f), where we will spend the night in a hostel.
Climate: moderate warm
Hiking time: approx. 6 hours
4th Day: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (must be booked in advance and has an extra charge) (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55pm or at 6:10pm. Until then you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a little bit.
Climate: moderate warm
Hiking time: 2 hours