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Lares Trek, Peru - 4 Days

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.

Climate: cold

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.

Climate: cold

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

Food: Included
Country: Peru
Transfer: Included
Best Deal:
Airport: Cuzco
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Peru
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): No
Guide Languages:
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Pure! Peru
Min group size: 1
Max group size: 10
Duration: 4
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: • Transport from the hotel to Valle de Lares. • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, at 19hrs. • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. • Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes or you have the option to walk down which will take you about 1 hour. • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco. • Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares. • Entrance fee to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. • Hostel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu, Continental or similar). • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English). • High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite, Cima 4, extra light/4.5kgs for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent). • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian). • Cook and cooking equipment. • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg). • Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons). • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
Not included in Service: • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes. • Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).
Equipment to bring: • Backpack with rain shelter. • Sleeping bag. • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket. • Rain pants and lightweight pants. • Trekking shoes. • Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs). • Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater. • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts. • Rain poncho and a hat. • Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes). • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper. • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag). • Flash light and batteries. • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit. • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
Recommended Season:
Remarks: Price based on two participants. (1) From the first to the third day (from Lares Hot Springs to Ollantaytambo) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 7 kg). From Ollantaytambo village all luggage will be transferred in the train with you. (2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu Mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge an additional and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011). (3) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
Terms and Conditions: cancellation fee applies 30 days before departure
Listing created Jan 28, 2016

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