This tour is an excellent alternative to the Inca trail. you will visit authentic Andean communities, stone houses with thatched roofs, we will see peasants with their typical colorful clothes. We will be surrounded by impressive mountains, snowy peaks, llamas and alpacas, valleys and lakes of the Andes mountain range.
- Type of trip: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.
- Good for: All hikers, including families with younger and more active children
- Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
- Considerations: Emergency horse is available throughout the walk.
- Start Altitude – 2800m / 9186ft.
- Highest altitude – 4780m / 15.682ft.
- Walking distance – 34km / 21 miles
- Longest day – Day 1, approximately 14km / 8.7 miles.
- Coldest night – Day 1 around 0º
- General difficulty – Moderately difficult (depends on your level of physical fitness).
- Acclimatization is advised.
Lares Trek + Machupicchu 4 Days / 3 Nights "Itinerary"
DAY 01: CUSCO - LARES - HUACA WASI
We will pick you up from your hotel at 6 in the morning to begin the trip to the Lares Valley, where we will pass through the towns of Calca and then we can visit the Humanmarca archaeological complex, a small pre-Inca citadel where we can observe spectacular (terraces, temples and Inca streets), then we continue to the Lares Valley where you will have your first breakfast accompanied by incredible views of the Andes Mountains. Then, you can enjoy the thermal baths, which are made up of several pools, from cold to boiling. They are composed of purely volcanic water, it is considered good for bones, stress, muscles and headaches. Then we will have lunch and we will also find our muleteers and horses to carry our backpacks.
Next, we will begin a 3-hour hike in which the guide will explain us about textile, livestock, agriculture, cultivation of many varieties of organic potatoes and medicinal plants, in this hike we can see enough alpacas, vicuña and the most impressive of the «Decorations of the Andean houses». After we arrive at Huaca Wasi camp (3770 m.s.n.m), the guide will accompany us to the town and visit some local homes, where he will learn about the lifestyle and ancient traditions of the local people. If there is time, we will visit the school where the children still speak Quecha, their mother tongue. Then we will have dinner and finally rest in our tents.
DAY 02: HUACA WASI - HUACA PUNKU - MANTANAY - YANAHUARA.
We will wake up at approximately 6 in the morning, with our coca tea services. After our breakfast we will continue walking for 3 hours to Huacarpunku where the views are stunning, you will see lakes, waterfalls, llamas and alpacas. We will have an emergency horse to ride in case you are tired. Then we will begin our descent to the lunch spot where we will pass through two lagoons.
The first lagoon called: Auro Q’ocha where we can see birds of the area and the second Yurac Q’ocha lagoon (3600 m.s.n.m) where you can enjoy lunch. Maybe there will be llamas grazing nearby, after lunch you will descend through a forest of Q’euñas with fantastic views of the valley and houses that are still composed of an original, ancient, stone construction, with thatched roofs until you reach YANAHUARA ( 3400 masl) our tents ready for the night await us there.
DAY 3: YANAHUARA - YANAHUARA CITY SIGTH - OLLANTAYTAMBO.
We will wake up approximately 7 in the morning, after breakfast we continue walking downhill, along this path, we can see the preparation of the chicha, taste the delicious Inca chicha and we will pass through fruit trees and begin to feel the changes of the micro-climate and begin to see the crops that are different in the high mountains. Around the area we will see: corn, quinoa, kiwi, peaches, avocados and other types of fruits.
We continue with the ascent to the Yanahuara viewpoint where we can see the impressive sacred valley, then we will descend to have our lunch with our mountain chef and say goodbye because we will board the bus where we will be transferred to Ollantaytambo to take the 12.58 pm train to hot waters the trip of 1 hour and 45 minutes approximately towards the town of Aguas Calientes.
DAY 04: MACHU PICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO.
It is a magical day because finally we will visit Machu Picchu, we will wake up very early to take the first buses 5.30 in the morning to the machupicchu sanctuary where we will have a guided tour for two hours in the Inca citadel, then, you will have time to explore on your own and take Photographs. In the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo then we will take the bus back to Cusco.
- Professional guide.
- Food Charge Horses
- Emergency horses
Recommendations what you should take:
- Passport (we require for entry to Machu Picchu)
- A small backpack with light clothes for the trip.
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available).
- trekking boots and water resistant recommended
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Camera and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect from sun, rain and cold.
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, water, etc.
- Purifying tablets in case you want to take water from streams or rivers along the route.
- Small towel
- Cash in soles.
- Walking sticks