Lares Trek Machu Picchu 04 Days: Unlike the popular treks in Cusco, the trek through the Lares Valley takes you truly to know remote places, a destination still unknown by many, a trip to the very heart of the Andes where few tourists have ventured. This wonderful trail takes you to know beautiful natural landscapes adorned with impressive glaciers. A world totally different from ours, an Andean paradise where the inhabitants of small villages still use ancient ways of life. This wonderful trip also takes you to know the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, chosen one of the 7 wonders of our planet.
Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 AM, and then travel for an hour to the Sacred Valley, we will stop at the Mirador to take panoramic photos of the valley and the guide will give a brief explanation of the place, and then We will continue until we reach the town of Calca, where we will make a brief stop and visit the local market where typical products are sold, then we will continue the trip for about 2 more hours until we reach the town of Lares (3,100 m / 10,170 ft) starting point of our trekking, in this place we will introduce our team who will accompany us during the trek (Chef and muleteer), before the trek we have the opportunity to visit the thermo-medicinal baths of Lares and we will enjoy a relaxing bath, the temperature varies between 28 ° C to 34 ° C.
After the thermal baths, we will continue our adventure, we will walk on flat terrain for about 2 hours to be able to acclimatize to the altitude, until we reach the Vilcabamba bridge, where our team awaits us with a delicious lunch, after having lunch we will enjoy a short rest, and then continue the walk for 3 more until we reach the village of Wacahuasi (3,750 m / 12,303 ft), during the trek we will find children from the nearby towns with their traditional costumes that will welcome us to this valley of Lares , this will be a great opportunity to support and share good times with them.
Wacahuasi is the place of our first day of camping, in this place the night will be colder, we recommend bringing warm clothes for the night, the temperature usually reaches minus 5 ° C, After accommodating ourselves in our tents and exploring this town, we will have tea time, ideal for exchanging experiences, where our guide will give a talk about the customs and traditions of this small town. Later we enjoy dinner and finally we will go to rest and be ready for the next day.
Very early in the morning after breakfast we will start the walk at 7:00 AM, where we will have the best views of the incredible mountains of the Andes, we will walk uphill for 3 hours, reaching the Sacsallaully Pass (4,646 m / 15,242 ft.) this point offers a gratifying view of the valleys, snow-capped mountains and Lake Aruray Cocha.
We will also appreciate native bird species including geese (Cara Cara), ducks, etc and other typical animals of the area such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos, from Aurora Cassa Pass we descend to the two lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha, with the forest de Queuñas (typical tree of the Incas). Next to one of the lakes we will have our Andean lunch with beautiful views.
During the next two hours of our hike and before our arrival in Mantanay which will be our second camp (3,850 m / 12,631 ft.) There will be a big change in the landscape, the hike is downhill through a picturesque valley of Queuñares ( native) with ample opportunities to take pictures of the Andean flora. arriving at the camp we will be able to rest and share the anecdotes of this long and arduous day; To end the day we will have tea time and a delicious dinner.
This day will be the easiest we will get up a little later and calmly prepare our belongings and then have breakfast, then we will say goodbye to our team on the way (cook and muleteer), we will begin to descend for 1 hour to the town of Yanahuara ( 2,850 m / 9,350 ft) town that has a temperate climate is a supplier of food products to the City of Cusco, in this place we will take our transport for 15 minutes to the town of Ollantaytambo (2,850 m / 9,350 ft), a living Inca town where Observe the Inca architecture with very beautiful and narrow streets from the Inca period, we will also have the opportunity to visit its typical artisan market and learn a little about its customs and traditions of this town.
After lunch we will take the train at 12:58 PM, the trip is approximately 2 hours to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,000 m / 7,000 ft), upon arrival in town our guide will take you to your hotel where you will be It will inform about some activities that can be done in the afternoon, such as visiting the thermal baths or visiting the artisan market of this town. At night we will have the last dinner and we can coordinate and have some recommendations about our visit to Machu Picchu for the next day.
Very early after breakfast (5:00 a.m. approximately) we will begin the ascent for an hour of walk to the Inka citadel of Machupicchu, in this way we can be one of the first groups within the Inka city which will allow us to enjoy the majestic sunrise, then we will have a guided tour of the most important Inca temples and palaces within the citadel of Machu Picchu, with your guide for approximately 02 hours, then you can explore the mysterious Inca city on your own, (Optional to climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu, extra cost $ 25 USD per person).
At the appropriate time we will descend from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to board our return train to Ollantaytambo and from there by car to Cusco, our average time to arrive in Cusco will be 8:00 PM, and then make the transfer to their respective hotels.
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