The Lares valley trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures, and Machu Picchu on the 4th Day. The trek will take you through stunning Mountain scenery, over high passes, and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. The first day are going to participate in the Andean weaving process and in the second campsites we have a special placer to observe the some birds and hummingbirds and fourth day you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.
What do I need to bring? on Machu Picchu by Lares
Backpack with rain shelter.
Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
Rain pants and lightweight pants.
Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
Rain poncho and a hat.
Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
Machu Picchu by Lares Notes:
Optionional: Huaynapicchu entrance
(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 20.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of February, 2018).
(2) Tips for Horseman, cooks and guides are always welcome. The Horseman are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
6:30 AM Approximately
Approximately 10:30 PM
Transport from the hotel to Valle de Lares.
Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes.
Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite, Cima 4, extra light/4.5kgs for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian).
Cook and cooking equipment.
Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg).
Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons).
First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
Cold boiled water during the all trek.
Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one)
Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for 12 U.S. dollars or you could have the option to walk down which takes about 1 hour.
At approximately 6am we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares where we take a beautiful route to go to Cuncani village where will be Our starting point of the Lares trek we can his journey we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where you will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other supplies you forgot. Your guide might advise you to buy some bread to hand out to the children you will meet during the trek.
In our first day we are going to appreciate de llamas, alpacas, vigognes and Guanacos all the famous Andean camelides, also we can appreciate de typical Andean communities as Cuncani.
After the first pass we are going to arrive to Yanacocha we have our lunch around this beautiful lake after lunch we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). During 5 or 6 hours you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day when we will reach the highest point of the trek. The first night we will spend the night in our campsites where our horsemen who are joining us on the trip. This is the perfect opportunity to know this little town a little better, as well as its Andean culture. At arrival your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot tea before having dinner.
The art of Andean textiles: The local tradition of weaving textiles in the Andes dates from ages ago. Numerous indigenous communities in the region, like the Huacawasi have preserved their knowledge and techniques of weaving textiles, as well as their ancient fashion. The weaving is done in a traditional way, using a weaving tool, consisting in 2 bars with a a weaving thread in between. The local people take the wool from the lama’s to make their traditional cloting with. The woolfirst is first spun and then colored with natural materials such as flowers. Every community is distinguished by its proper colors and drawings, representing the daily activities of the local communities.
Day 2 Sondor – Huacawasi C’asa Pass – Aruray Cocha – Yurak Cocha – Mantanay - Pucara
After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Huacawasi at 4500m or 14763 feet. The hike will take about 4 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone will certainly be able to reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views.
Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass beautiful lagoons and we’ll stop for having lunch. You will be able to recuperate while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you. Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis – a typical three from Peru), flora and fauna of this wonderful park. Thereafter we will continue descending until we got our camping spot at Pucara (3000m/9842f), a private camping place where you will have tea time and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner.
Day 3 Pucara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today will be another spectacular day we take the channel to continue walking to the Yanahuara Inka terraces where we can see the agriculture places where the Andean people still work in the famous corn of giant grains of the sacred valley called MAIZ PARCAY.
from there we continue to Pachar where we are going to take the Inka trail to Ollantaytambo over the Inka terraces but in the way we are going to see one small archeological site call it Choccana to our lunch in from of the Ollantaytambo Inka town , where we visit the town. Before to take our train at 13:00 to Machupicchu town in the afternoon you will have time to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax.
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am. and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:10 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.