Lares Trek Peru to Machu Picchu
CULTURAL TREK | ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
$650 PER PERSON
DAY 1: CUSCO THROUGH LARES TO HUACAWASI COMMUNITY (16 KM)
The first day begins early in the morning at approximately 6:00 am. We will drive through the town Calca in the Sacred Valley and view their markets. We will then drive to the Lares community which is where the Lares Trek trailhead is located.
Before hiking, we will have lunch and prepare our legs in the warm hot springs. We will hike the trail through small communities in the region and make our way to the Huacawasi Community which is where we will spend our first night. The first day is approximately 5 hours of hiking.
DAY 2: HUACAWASI THROUGH IPSAYCOCHA LAKE ONTO PATACANCHA
After breakfast, the second day commences with hiking approximately 3 hours to the highest pass on the Lares Trek, Ipsaykassa at 14,600 feet (4,440 meters).
From there the trek will pass stone houses and small communities to Ipsaycocha Lake where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will hike approximately 2 hours to Patacancha passing farms and small villages for our second campsite. You can even try Cuy (Guinea Pig) with some of the locals this evening!
DAY 3: PATACANCHA THROUGH PUMAMARCA TO OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today we will start with a short drive to Pallata where we will hike approximately 30 minutes to the Inca ruins called Pumamarca. After exploring the ruins, we will continue our hike for about 3 hours around the mountain to reach Inca terraces. We will continue our descent until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo.
You will have time to explore the town and then later we will complete a short hike the Inca Colcas, which were Incan storehouses.
In the evening we will have dinner and then take the train to Aguas Calientes to stay overnight in a hotel and prepare for Machu Picchu tomorrow!
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU
Today is Machu Picchu! We will wake up early and take the bus up Machu Picchu. There will be a 2-hour guided tour of the ruins during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel, such as the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, the main plaza, the Inca Bridge and Intitawana.
After your tour, you will have approximately 2 hours of free time to explore the site by yourself or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then bus back to your hotel in Cusco.