Lares Trek
Lares Trek
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares challenging trek fits better to people who want to have longer time on the mountains of Lares valley for those people who are looking for quiet and uncrowded places to hike and for those whose want to have an authentic hiking experience. This Lares route is a great alternative to the commercial Inca Trail. It will take you through spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes. This option of the Lares trek starts at the hot springs in Lares. The trek then passes through the weaving communities of Cuncani, Quiswarani and Canchacancha. And you have the chance to visit Ollantaytambo town, to see the beautiful Ruins of the town before taking the train that will take you to Aguas Calientes

This version of Lares trek is considered a moderate difficult. In order to complete Lares Trek successfully, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, and age should not be a barrier. Before you start your trekking adventures, you have to be well acclimatized to the altitude. The highest point that you are going get on the Lares trek is 4400 m. two days in Cusco before to begin the trek will be enough to acclimatize to the altitude.

Package Name: Lares Trek
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Type of Trek : Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
Group Size : To suit group requirements - (no more than 12 Persons)
Difficulty degree of this hike: Moderate / Challenge

Departures Day:
- Daily Departures - Small Groups
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.
- A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
Activities: Adventure / Trekking / Biking / Ecological/
High Season: April - November
Route: Closed in February
Days 05
Price From: 000.00
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu Full Itinerary


Early in the morning we are going pick you up from your hotel in Cusco (5: 00 am) to start our car drive and passing by the impressive Inca site of Sacsayhuaman then to go into the majestic sacred valley from where we are going to appreciate some snow-capped mountains such as Sawasiray and Pitusiray and we stop in the small town of Calca where you have the chance to explore the local market to have an idea how is the daily life of the people who live in the sacred valley of the Incas.  Afterwards we still drive to Lares hot springs. Once there you can enjoy the natural hot pools surrounded by the mountains and the river. After a hearty lunch we will pack up and start the hike to the village of Cuncani which takes approximately 4 hour. We start ascending gradually on the uphill path from 3300m 10826ft to 3800m 12467ft on the way we appreciate llamas and alpacas eating on the grassy hills, this type of landscape will be our company during the hike. After 4 hour of grueling but beautiful hike we reach to Cuncani village, where our tents will be set. 

Shuttle to Lares hot springs: 3 hour by bus from Cusco
Distance: 12km 6ml.
Climate: warm in the day and cold in the night.
Hiking time: 4 hour approximately.
Maximum Altitude: 3800m 12467ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3100m 10826ft. 
Our second day hike begins with a leisurely hike around the village of Cuncani then we take the left side of the Cuncani valley. The hike takes about 3 hour uphill to the pass known as Abra Huillquiccasa at 4200m 13779ft
While you push yourself up to the pass at a moderate pace, you enjoy the awesome views of the mountains and the beautiful lakes that make the hike very nice and pleasurable. The area is noted for its spectacular glacial lakes, Condors, llamas, alpacas and Viscachas roam the land sometimes they are very close to the hikers. After the pass about 1 hour downhill to the lunch spot is going be next to the crystal clear lake while you enjoy the lake and photographing our cooks prepares a well-deserved gourmet lunch. The rest of the hike is 2 hour downhill to the campsite where we have our tents set and we have warm dinner.

Distance: 10km 5ml.
Climate: warm in the day and cold in the night. 
Hiking time: 6 hour approximately.
Maximum Altitude: 4200m 13779ft
Minimum Altitude: 3700m 12139ft.
Today our hiking will be pleasant walking across stone houses with stupendous views after passing the village the path starts ascending gradually to the highest point of the whole Lares trek known as Abra Pachacutec at 4460m 14632ft Near the top we are rewarded with views of the snow-caped peaks of Pitusiray 5750m 18864ft and Chicon 5500m 18044ft at the top we stop for a while to do an small offering to the Andean gods. The path continues for an hour along a narrow barren ridge before dropping down into the beautiful brilliant glacial lakes, Suirococha and Yuraccocha Where we enjoy our delicious lunch. In the afternoon 2 hour downhill hike to Canchacancha village the area is very interesting full of potato plantations on the hillside of the village. We camp at the base of amazing snow-capped mountains and near of Canchacancha village.

Distance: 11km 6ml.
Climate: warm in the day and cold in the night.
Hiking time: 7 hour approximately.
Maximum Altitude: 44600m 146325ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3800m 12467ft.
After a nutritious breakfast we will hike to the lower part of the sacred valley of the Incas which is flanked by steep mountains. We pass through pretty farmland while following a small river down through the mountain corridor. The hike takes about 3 hour downhill to Huaran village where we have our lunch made with local ingredients such as organic potatoes, vegetables, etc. afterwards we catch a private van to Ollantaytambo train station to catch the train to Aguas Calientes town 1.5 hour train ride we get to Aguas Calientes town then we go to the accommodation to take shower and relaxing at the hotel and in the evening to enjoy the delicious dinner at the restaurant in town.

Distance: 9 km 4ml.
Climate: from warm to hot in the day and warm in the night. 
Hiking time: 3 hour approximately.
Maximum Altitude: 3800m 12467ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2050m 6725ft
After breakfast in the hotel very early we go to the bus station to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu in order to be in Machu Picchu by 6:00 am because Machu Picchu opens at 6:00 am. The only time that we got to see Machu Picchu with no people is only in the mornings because later Machu Picchu is crowded. We always try being the first ones in Machu Picchu to enjoy it better and see the sunrise. Afterwards the guide will get you around Machu Picchu doing the tour for about 2.5 hour in order to get to know very well about Machu Picchu. Then you have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourselves. If you booked the extra tickets for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain you are going to climb one of these mountains.
Machu Picchu is located in the middle of nowhere and up on the granite mountain edge, there is no any records about Machu Picchu of the Incas time. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists.
Machu Picchu was under the dense vegetation until July 24th 1911. When the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) discovered it that is why he called it "the lost city of the Incas".
At least you are going spend 8 to 9 hour in Machu Picchu. Then you have to go back to Aguas Calientes town in order to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo town. From Ollantaytambo transfer you back to Cusco by car and we drop you in your hotel in Cusco.

Shuttle to Machu Picchu: 25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
Shuttle to Cusco: 3 hour by train and bus from Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2.5 hour
Climate: tropical warm.
Maximum Altitude: 2450m 8038ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2050m 6725ft.


What is Included:

  • Pre-departure Lares trek briefing, presented by your tour guides at our office in Cusco
  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to head of Lares trek. At Lares hot springs (starting point of the trek).
  • Transfer from Huaran village to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Weight Allowance: 7 Kilograms per trekker (weights to be carried by horses)
  • Professional multilingual Tour guides and leaders
  • Cooks and cooking equipment during the trek
  • Well treated local horsemen and horses (service to carry tents, food, cooking equipment and 7 kilograms of your personal belongings)
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes town (1 night)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Two and half hours Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • Bus ticket up from Aguas Calientes to Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train ticket on Day 4 from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Return Expedition train ticket on Day 5 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco on day 5
  • 4 Nutritious Breakfast
  • 4 Energetic lunch
  • 4 Delicious Dinner
  • 1 sleeping bag liner per person
  • Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
  • Energetic Snacks during the hike
  • Hot coca tea kindly brought to your tent every morning during the trek.
  • Hot water bowls - every morning and evening for washing
  • Two liters boiled water every day after breakfast and lunch to refill your water bottles.
  • Clean and spacious 4 people capacity Tents – only 2 people per tent
  • Comfortable Personal sleeping pad (double foam), to be carried by the horses.
  • Dining and cooking tent
  • Portable camping tables and chairs
  • 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance
  • First aid equipment
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Accommodation, food, transport for our horsemen and cooks
  • Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are hiking the Lares trek
  • Specialized travel advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip
  • High-quality service and support

What is not Included:

  • Entrance to the hot springs in Lares
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Last Lunch on day 5
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Sleeping bag. If you like you can rent from us USD 20. All sleeping bags are laundered between each trek
  • Tips to guide and support staff
  • Extra personal expenses.

Recomended Things To Take:

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent at Cusco Expeditions office).
  • Bottle of mineral water.
  • Rain gear and/or plastic poncho (can be purchase in Cusco).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Warm jacket or fleece, t-shirts, shorts, long pants, sun hat and wool hat.
  • Flashlight.
  • Sun block.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Toilet paper and garbage bag.
  • Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs optional).
  • Camera, extra film and extra batteries.
  • Snacks, chocolates, energy bars.
  • Emergency money.
  • Walking stick (optional).

Payment Details:

We require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$150 per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION, PAY PAL, CREDIT CARD or to our PERUVIAN BANKING ACCOUNT money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of Cusco Expeditions,. Once you arrive in Cusco you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

Making a trek booking:

Prior to making a reservation with CUSCO EXPEDITIONS it is important to read through our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ). This will help answer any queries that you may have about our services. In order to make a booking with our lares trek service just click on the Reservations link below.

Important:

The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).

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