Lares Valley Trek to Machupicchu
ADVENTURE TREK IN THE LARES VALLEY
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
Day 1: Cusco – Calca – (Lares) – Huacawasi
Day 2: – Huacawasi – Ipsaycocha Lake (camping in Pukara Community)
Day 3: Pukara (yanahuara) – – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
We provide duffle bugs for the Inca trail and you’ll pack 8 kilos maximum also once you give the duffle bags to the porters you’ don’t have access during the trek so you get it at the beginning of the day and at the end
- Horse men
- Entrance fees to Machupicchu
- Bus tickets to Machupicchu
- Train tickets and transfer from Cusco at the beginning of the trek and from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco
- Cook and complete staff for the trek.
- Tents and duffle bags for the trek where you pack 7 kilos maximum.
- leeping bags (we hire) tipping.
Cusco - Calca - (Lares) - Huacawasi
Our bus leaves Cusco at around 06:00. Its a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Pisac and stopping for breakfast for about 40 minutes in the provincial town of Calca. In Calca you will also have the opportunity to use the bathroom and buy any last minute snacks, water, etc. Departing from Calca around 06:00 we head off for the 2 hour drive to Lares town (3700m) which is the starting point for the trek. Along the way you will be able to observe small Andean commuties, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas and alpacas.
Heading west up a small valley we’ll see a nice scenary and some sheephards, this going to be after the hot springs whic is 5 min from Lares town, after couple hours walking, is going to get a bit difficult because for the altitude, and around 13:00 pm you’ll be arriving to Huacawasi the campsite also Lunch place, free afternoon to explore the comunity.
Huacawasi - Ipsaycocha Lake (camping in Pukara Community)
After breakfast we’ll get back on the trail around 07:00. We will walk slightly gentle path for the first 3 hours to the Pass it can take more but last part is uphill arriving around 11:00am to the pass (4400m) and then down for about 1½ hours to the Lunch Place Yuraq Lake (4000m). Many of the houses that we see are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of these villages produce beautiful colorful textiles. Here we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments. after lunch We will descend gently for about 3s hours until we reach the site of our second night’s camp down in the Valley. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other wetland birds.( Walking distance approx 17km (6-7 hours)
Pukara (yanahuara) - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Today is a much easier day. After an early breakfast we’ll walk gently downhill through a wide-open valley for about 2½ hours until we arrive at the village fo Yanahuara which is part of the sacerd Valley. Our transport will be waiting for us to take us further down the valley to Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have lunch. In the early afternoon we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time about 1½ hours. We’ll spend the night in a hostal in Aguas Calientes where you’ll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak under the hot showers!! Early night.
Walking distance approx 4km (2 hours).
Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Rise early around about 04:45 !! to take one of the first buses up to Machupicchu. I’m sure you’ll agree that, although it’s tough getting up, it’s well worth the effort to see the ”Lost City of the Incas” at its quietest in the early morning light. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to take photos and have some peaceful time alone to enjoy the sun rising from behind the mountains. Our guide will give you a tour of Machu Picchu telling you about Inca history and significance of the major sites of interest. The tour takes about 2 hours after which you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own or climb Wayna Picchu – the mountain that overlooks the ancient Inca city (allow a minimum of 1½ hours). By 11:00 Machupicchu quickly fills up with tourists arriving by train and appears crowded by comparison with the early morning. Most people are ready to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants. Late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo where a bus will be waiting to bring you back to Cusco.