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Introduction

This trek follows a path through deep green valleys, towering mountain passes, small rural villages, chilly snow caps and communities herding farmers whose way of life has essentially not changed since hundreds of years ago. The Lares trail is located east of Cusco. This journey is the perfect option if you are looking for something more off the beaten path than the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Difficulty: Moderate.


ITINERARY


Day 1: Cusco - Lares Hot Springs - Wacawasi (A, C)

We depart at 6:00am from Cusco by private bus, picking you up at your hotel. We travel through the Sacred Valley to the hot springs of Lares, where we’ll enjoy a great lunch. Then we start out two hour hike to our campsite in Wacawasi where in the evening dinner is served.

Day 2: Wacawasi - Epsaycocha (D, A, C)

After breakfast we go to the first activity of the day: observation of Alpaca fabric weaving. Then we start our climb to the pass of the Condor (approximately 4100m.a.s.l.). Here we will enjoy the incredible view of Mount "Veronica" at 5750 m and recharge to continue our hike to Lake Epsaycocha, where we have lunch. Then we will do the final hike to Patacancha where we set up our camp and have dinner.

Day 3: Epsaycocha - Patacancha - Wylloq - Pumamarka - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (D, A, C)

After breakfast, we start walking downhill to Pata court, where we will observe traditional textile and weaving practices. Then we continue to Wylloq for a brief rest & lunch. Afterwards we walk for two hours to Pumamarka and enjoy the Inca terraces. Then we depart to Ollantaytambo to board the Expedition Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes between 7pm and 8:45pm. When we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we bring you to your hotel and have dinner.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

Today we get up early for the bus to Machu Picchu after breakfast. We start with a 2.5 hour guided tour of the different sectors of the archaeological complex. If you want to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, there is an additional cost and you have to reserve at least 3 months in advance due to limited availability. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the sites or visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. You must make your own arrangements to be back at the Aguas Calientes train station for the train back to Cusco. We will board the 18:20 – 21:50 Expedition from Agua Calientes back to Ollantaytambo and it’s recommended to be at the station at least 30 minutes in advance. In Ollantaytambo our bus awaits us to return to the Plaza Regocjio (one block from the Plaza de Armas), Cusco.

B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

  Included / Not included

The Lares Trek includes:

  • Professional guide English / Spanish
  • Private transportation from your hotel, Cusco - Lares.
  • Horsemen and horses to carry all the luggage camping.
  • Cook and assistant cook.
  • All meals as indicated in the schedule (3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and snacks daily).
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • 4 person tents for 2 people. Very comfortable and safe for your backpacks.
  • Mattress.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Expedition Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.

   The Lares trek not includes:

  • Sleeping bag(rental sleeping bag 0 ° C = USD 15 and -10 ° C = USD 25).
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day.
  • Horses to carry your luggage or to ride.

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Recommendations

Bring your passport or a copy.
Your full name, passport number, country and expiration date of your passport will be required upon booking.

We suggest bringing:

  • A small backpack to carry a light jacket in case the weather changes during the trek.
  • A larger backpack with warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for rain, as well as a rain poncho.
  • Several pairs of socks.
  • Scarf, gloves, and hat for cold weather, handkerchief.
  • Small towel and cleaning implements (wipes).
  • Comfortable trekking shoes, preferably waterproof.
  • Sandals for moments of rest (your feet will thank you!).
  • Sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent (minimum 20%).
  • Moisturizer for face and body.
  • Camera, binoculars, flashlight with extra batteries (consume more quickly in cold weather).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Basic first aid kit.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets to safely drink river water.
  • Snacks (energy bars, dried fruit, chocolates, cookies, etc.).
  • Cash in soles and dollars.
  • Some identity document, if students their ISIC card.
  • Optional: walking stick.

Additional:

If you want to ride horses during the walk, there is a cost of USD 25 per day. Students under 25 years with ISIC card receive a discount of USD 20 If you wish to return from Machu Picchu in the Expedition train leaving Aguas Calientes at 6:45pm and arrive in Ollantaytambo at 8:18pm and Cusco at 10:30pm, you must add USD 15 per person If you wish to return from Machu Picchu on the Expedition direct train that departs Aguas Calientes at 4.43 pm and arrives in Cusco 9.00pm, you must add USD 30 per person. If you wish to return from Machu Picchu by Vistadome train direct from Aguas Calientes at 3:20 pm and arriving to Cusco 7.40pm, there is an additional cost of USD 45 per person.

* Rental sleeping bag 0 ° C = USD 15 and -10 ° C = USD 25 per entire walk
Optional: Private groups can take the unconventional route Cusco - Lares - Quishuarani - Cancha Cancha - Huaran - Ollantaytambo

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We have several options based on the type of train and the guided, the options are suitable for all budgets and the price is per person.

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Group tour

Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4D / 3N Tour

599.00 USD


Tour in private

Lares trek to Machu Picchu 4D / 3N Tour

699.00 USD

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