4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
The Lares trek to Machu Picchu offers you the opportunity to trek ancient Inca paths and routes but away from the hordes of the classic Inca Trail. Step back in time as you trek through untouched and breathtaking landscapes set against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, and watch a panorama of Andean villages, lakes and valleys unfold before you, revealing the way of life of the descendants of the Incas which has remained untouched for centuries.This trek does not run in the months of Dec and Jan because weather conditions affect the trails.
1st Day: Cusco – Lares
We will be picked up at 6am. Then we drive towards Calca set in the heart of the Sacred Valley via Pisac, where we stop en-route for breakfast. Pisac is a great opportunity to visit some of the colorful, markets selling local produce. Here you can enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding landscapes. We pass the Hualcapunku Pass at 4400m where we can catch breathtaking views of the snowcapped peak of Ausangate mountain that lies at 6370m and is the highest mountain in the Cusco area. Along this trail we pass many Andean medicinal plants and continue to Lares (3 hours total). There is a great opportunity to relax at the hot springs here.
2ND Day: Lares – Challwaccocha
An early start means we can enjoy a hearty breakfast before starting our trek towards the community of Huacahuasi, making a short visit to the village. You may like to donate some school supplies for the children at the local school. We stop for lunch and then continue onwards to the Ibsacocha Pass with beautiful views of the Vilcanota mountain range. We encounter a number of flagstone Inca Trails and cross this pass before setting up camp on the other side at Challwaccocha (Fish Lagoon). The views during today’s trek are breathtaking, and we also catch glimpses of lakes and herds of llamas.
3rd Day: Challwaccocha – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we walk at a leisurely pace to Patacancha, situated at 2800m. Along the way we pass local farmers tending to their herds of llamas and alpacas, beyond which are terraces of crops. We stop here for lunch before passing through Willoc, en-route to Ollantaytambo, where the locals are dressed in scarlet ponchos, and are the closest living descendents of the Incas and still follow their traditions. We have plenty of free time to visit the ruins before catching the evening train to Aguas Calientes where we settle in at our hostel for a hot shower followed by dinner.
4th Day: Machu Picchu – Cusco
After having a nice breakfast in our hostel, we take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu, after picking our entrance tickets up at the control; we visit the most famous archaeological site of South America and now the New Wonder of the Earth, the tour usually takes 2-3 hours, and after the guided tour you can spend some hours to enjoying the place by yourself. After your wonderful experience at Machu Picchu, you return to the village of Aguas Calientes, and board your train back to Cusco. Finally we pick up you at the train station to your Hotel (B).