Lares Trek Perú
4 days that will allow you to discover one of the oldest civilizations in the world. This route to the Valley of Lares and Machu Picchu, offers the traveler an escape from reality and introduces him into the life of the villagers, dressed in colorful ponchos. You will have the opportunity to see stone houses with thatched roofs, surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. In addition, you will see inside the houses the famous guinea pigs or guinea pig running loose in all the houses.
This trek is for those wanting to experience the incredible beauty and rich culture of the Andes by taking the less-traveled route. Authentic encounters with Quechua communities and spectacular scenery give these treks a wonderful blend of tradition and splendor.
Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Cordillera Urubamba, we traverse high mountain peaks and sub-tropical valleys, stopping along the way to enjoy scenic lagoons, natural hot springs, and Inca remains.
- Package / Tour: Lares Trek 4D/3N
- Price 2019: USD$ 380.00
- Locations Visited: Lares Trek 4D/3N
- Frequency: 3 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
Day 1 – Cusco – Thermal baths de Lares – Huacahuasi:
We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning at 03:45 AM. We will head straight toward Lares (hot springs) the estimated time of our journey is 4 hours, and we will be going in private transportation. Along the way we are going to pass through the highest point 4265 m. at this point it will be possible to see a few glacier such as sawasiray and Pitusiray. We then descend into the warm valley of Lares at a height of 3207 m., there we have lunch at around midday. You will have the opportunity to visit the thermal baths and walk around the area. After a good rest we will start climbing up from 3207 (Lares) to 3650 above sea level (Huacawasi) (4 hours), the road is not difficult and during this trail we will observe the variety of vegetation and wildlife found in the valley. The climate is excellent which will make for a comfortable journey, and you will also have the chance to appreciate the agriculture that the villagers use and how they take care of the cows and the llamas. After a good day’s walk we arrive at our first camp site “Wacahuasi” this is a charming little community where you will be able to see houses that are built of rustic materials such as mud bricks.We’ll will enjoy a nice dinner there and go to bed early in our comfortable tents, in preparation for the next day’s early departure. L, D
Day 2 – Huacawasi – Miskiunuyoc:
We’ll wake up early and, after a good breakfast we will set out for our trek. We will continue our hike towards the mountain pass of Huacawasi (4500m/ 12,467 ft.), which offers impressive views of both sides of the pass. Along the path we only have high Andean vegetation, roads and pre-Hispanic houses made by the Huacawasi villagers. We will have ample opportunity to see plenty of South American camels (llamas and alpacas), for which Peru is famous for. When we arrive at the pass, you will be able to see the majestic lake called Auroray (Blue Lagoon) which was formed after water came down from the Pumahuanca snowy mountain and at this lake we will stop for our lunch. After lunch we start walking again for around an hour and a half to reach our second camp site which is Miskiunuyoc which is close to the community of Manantay located at 3800 m. / 12,467 ft. B:L:D
Day 3 – Miskyunuyoc – Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes:
The wakeup call will be at 06:00 am and after a healthy breakfast at 08:00 am in the morning we will be ready to start our third day of hiking toward Yanahuara (2950 m) a beautiful town with an excellent climate, located in the Urubamba Valley. This place is considered to be the major supplier of food products of Cusco, with vast fields of corn and vegetables. On this day we will walk down for around 3 to 4 hours, and during the hike we can marvel at the famous forest of Qeuñua which is protected by the Peruvian government. We hike on until we see the beginning of the village of Yanahuara, where will we stop for lunch. After lunch we will take transportation from Yanahuara (bus) to Ollantaytambo where we take the train to Aguas Calientes, (depending on the train time table) after a 2 hour train ride we arrive at the small town of Aguas Calientes. Here we will provide you with a room in a hostel which includes a private bathroom, and we’ll have dinner in a local restaurant. Our guide will then give us a briefing about the next day.B:L:D
Day 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco:
Early in the morning we go to the station to take the bus to Machupicchu, this bus takes 25 minutes by uneven track, where we will do tour of the Inca citadel. Your tour guide will give you a guided tour of the citadel which will last around 2 and a half hours, for the most important parts of this beautiful and enigmatic Inca citadel. You will then have some free time to wander, explore, take photos, etc. Or alternatively you could choose to climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu (tickets required), where you will get a spectacular panoramic view of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the great Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we will meet in the town of Aguas Calientes, where if you want, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to Cusco, and drop you off to your selected hotel / hostel. Travel time 4 hours. End of our services.B:
IMAGES LARES TREK PERÚ
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Collection from hotels in Cusco
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu
- Bus ticket up to Machupicchu
- 3 breakfast,3 lunches, 3 dinners (breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 in Aguas Calientes are not included)
- Dinning tent with tables and chairs
- Professional cook
- 4 man tent is provided for 2 people only
- Sleeping mattresses
- Horse man and horses ( they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 5 kilos you personal belongings)
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Extra oxygen
- First aid kit
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Original passport and (Student card if is applicable)
- Insurance card is essential
- Sleeping bag (not included)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Hand sanitazer
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream
- Insect Repellent
- Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries
Frequently asked questions
What is the best season to visit Machu Picchu?
We recommend visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu from April to October as they are the dry season months (without rain). The climate in Machu Picchu is hot and humid, counting with a minimum average temperature of 12º and maximum of 25º during almost all the year.
What kind of food will I have during the walk?
Peruvian food is very varied and within the walk regularly offers a combination of international food and food based on typical dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Fruits like apple, orange, peaches, tangerines, avocado, banana.
If you have a special requirement for your diet, it is possible to coordinate beforehand to offer you the alternative, vegetarian, vegan, celiac, or other.
Is travel insurance necessary?
We strongly recommend buying travel insurance so you can be covered against accidents and common risks.
The traveler’s insurance coverage is very varied, but basically they cover medical expenses, accidental death, disability and incidentals during the trip (flight delay, delay or loss of luggage, theft).
How to access Huayna Picchu or Old Mountain?
Huayna Picchu (2,720 masl) is the most famous and required to be the first discovered and have important archaeological remains. The climb takes 1 hour and a half approximately and normally 1 hour for the descent.
Machupicchu Mountain is the other alternative and for many the best. This mountain requires a longer walk (2 hours of climb approximately) but it is worth it since the view of the complex and the whole valley is spectacular and from there you also take the classic shots of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu together.
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