Lares trek (With Machu Picchu extension)
This is a fantastic trek that takes you well off the tourist trails as you climb out of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and continue over into the next valley – that of Lares. In crossing these mountains you have the chance to enjoy spectacular Andean scenery, including lakes and wildlife, and also visit traditional Andean villages. Many of these people still dress in typical clothing and they can be seen far off in the distance in their red and black clothing while tending their sheep or llamas.
With this itinerary you have the option of either returning to Cusco at the end of day four or continuing to Machu Picchu to visit this famous Inca city.
- Day 1
We pick you up from your hotel at 6am and travel by bus for approximately 2 hours to Huaran (2840m/9317ft), a small village in the Sacred Valley, which is the start of our trek. We will meet our horseman and mules here and begin the beautiful hike through the lush valley, following the gentle uphill route of the Cancha Cancha River. It will take about 5 hours to reach the picturesque village of the same name where we will set up camp for the night (3800m/12467ft).
- Day 2
After having breakfast, we begin a steep ascent to Pachacutec Pass (4458m/14625ft) the highest point of the trek. From here there are spectacular views of the snow-peaked mountain, Pitusiray, Pachacutec Lake and the surrounding valleys. After the pass, we continue walking and descend into the next valley to reach Quiswarani village (3700m/12138ft) where will spend the night. Along the route, the scenery is breathtaking – there are glacial lakes, waterfalls and snow-peaked mountains. This area is also rich in birdlife and there is a possibility of seeing Andean ibis, Andean geese and flamingoes amongst others.
- Day 3
We will have breakfast and start an ascent of about 3 hours to reach the Huillquijasa Pass (4200m/13779ft) the second highest pass of the trek. The views are impressive and worth the climb! After this, we descend towards the village of Cuncani, passing beautiful turquoise lakes along the way. We continue descending after Cuncani until we arrive at Lares’ Hot Springs. We will spend the night in a nearby campsite (3860m/12663ft).
- Day 4
After breakfast, the morning will be spent enjoying the hot springs – a well-deserved reward after the trek!!! From Lares we will take a bus to the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo) where you will either return to Cusco (ending your trip) or continue to catch the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will stay the night.
- Day 5
After breakfast we will visit Machu Picchu. There is free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself after a walking tour provided by Tour Guide. You need to have returned to the village of Aguas Calientes by 3.30pm in order to take your 3:55pm. train back to Cusco.
Sometimes Peru Rail organizes the train to be met in Ollantaytambo by a bus and you will travel from there to Cusco in bus. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience. You will arrive in Cusco between 8 and 9pm in the evening.
*The exact program, including the campsites, is subject to change, due to weather, the client’s walking ability, and other unexpected circumstances.
Lares trek hikers
Lake in Lares valle
DEPARTS & RETURNS:
- DEPARTS: 6.00pm pick up from your hotel on day one
- RETURNS: 7.00pm approx. on day four (if you have taken the four day option) or 9.00pm approx. on day five.
please contact us for fixed departure dates
5 days / 4 nights
BRING WITH YOU
- Good sleeping bag
- plastic to cover your bag
- good hiking shoes
- 2 pairs of clothes (packed together in a plastic bag)
- insect repellent
- warm sweater
- insect repellent
- Waterbottles and tablets to purify the water (very important)
- dried fruit
- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
- Collection from hotel
- Return transportation (bus)
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 and lunch in Lares are not included)
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 2-man tent
- Sleeping mattress
- Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
- Five day tour: Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
- Oxygen bottle
- First Aid kit
- Five day tour: Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Sleeping Bag
- Extra snacks or water
- Tips for the muleteers, porters, local guides, or cooks (see suggestion below)
- Five day tour: Return ticket on Backpacker Train $44
- Five day tour: Hostel in Aguas Calientes. We can organise this for you for either $25 or $35 per person.
To avoid problems with to the altitude, we recommend that you arrive at least 48 hrs prior to departure of your hike. Please contact us as soon as you get to Cusco to organize the pre-departure meeting.