Double Occupancy: $955 per person
Single Occupancy: $895 per person
Minimum No. of Travelers: 4
Duration: Four Days
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu involves a 3-day hike in the Urubamba Range that takes you to the heart of the Quechua people. The Lares trek offers you wonderful Andean landscapes, unspoiled lakes and small villages. Most importantly, along this short trek you are able to meet Quechua people, specifically women and children that continue to wear their traditional costumes that is particular to the region (bright red ponchos and a white little hat).
The Lares trek is sometimes known as the “Weaver's Way” or the Weavers Trail because people along the way show-off their handcraft in order to help the local economy. Along the trek you also see houses covered with straw roofs and herds of llamas or alpacas. The hike ends in Patacancha, another small village colored by straw roofs. After finishing our Lares Trek, we then take the train to Aguas Calientes and visit the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
DAY 1: Cusco to Lares and Hike to HuacaHuasi
We meet at your hotel at 6 AM for the minibus to take you on a scenic ride through Pisac and Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After Calca, we drive for about two and a half hours on a dirt road that passes through small Andean villages, spectacular mountain landscapes, and herds of lamas and alpacas. Finally, we get to the small town of Lares (10695’), well-known for its thermal springs that you can enjoy before starting our hike.
After a refreshing break, we start a leisurely walk up to the Trapiche River Valley. We arrive to the village of Vilcabamba after approximately 2 and half an hours. There, we have lunch and a short rest to later continue hiking up the valley for another 1 and half hours. When we reach the small village of Huacawasi (3,700 m), we set up a campsite and spend the night after being served dinner.
DAY 2: Huaca Huasi – Ipsay Cocha – Patacancha
Many of the local people in Huacahuasi produce beautiful colourful fabrics. In the morning, we learn about weaving techniques while admiring their high quality products such as ponchos, "chullos" (woolen hats) and other garments.
We have a nice lunch in the village, and after we start trekking! We climb for about 2 hours to reach the top of Ipsaycocha Pass (4,500 m), the highest point of the trek. There, we can appreciate stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Then, we descend gently for about 1 hour until getting by the stunning Ipsaycocha Lake. If we are lucky, we can see Andean geese, Puna ibis and other wetland birds around the lake. We then continue downhill until we arrive at our camp in Patacancha (3,750m). After camp is set up, we have some tea and dinner.
DAY 3: Patacancha Huilloc Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We continue our journey today through the Patacancha Village. People of the this village are locally known as "Huayruros," because of the colors of their ponchos are red and black, evocative of the “huayruro” seed.
We hike down the valley around 3 more miles to Willoc (11877’) where we appreciate the quality weabings of the local women. It is here that we take our minibus to go to Pumamarka, 5 miles down the road, before reaching Ollantaytambo. Pumamarka is a superb archaeological site with several buildings and excellent views of the Patacacha valley. We then take transport to Ollantaytambo, passing farming terraces and an ancient cemetery, to arrive at lunchtime. In the afternoon we take the train to Aguas Calintes (6,727ft). The train ride offers incredible views of the changing countryside, from Andean highlands to lush tropical vegetation. We later arrive in Aguas Calientes where we stay the night at a hotel.
Overnight in hotel Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking distance: 4.32 miles Approximate time: 3 to 4 hours with visits Gradient: Easy - Moderate
DAY 4: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and Guided Tour of the ancient city
After an early breakfast at 5 AM, you make your way to Machu Picchu by shuttle at 6 AM. Once at the citadel you have a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. You are able to appreciate the intricate stonework carved into the fantastic Andean scenery. The giant stones were hauled by hand to the top of the mountain centuries ago, and yet their foundations remain! You have the chance to explore the old city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana and the Principal Bath are only a little example of the impressive sights that you get to experience.
After your tour, you have the option to explore more of the site on your own and capture some final photos.
You take the afternoon train (around 4 PM) back to Ollantaytambo where a minibus collects you and takes you back to your hotel in Cusco.
The meals we provide are shown below:
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- 2 nights camping on the trail
- 1 night in Hotel
- Transfer to start of trek in Lares
- Transfer from Willoc to Ollantaytambo
- Train back from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- All necessary camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Horses and horse-handlers
- Shuttle to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Please limit your personal belongings to 18 pounds/ 9kg per person. All meals and some snacks are provided for the hike. If you want other snacks during the trail, these can be bought in Cusco.
Boiled drinking water is provided after the meals. The meals provided on the Inca Trail are healthy and abundant with 3 courses, and the porters put up a communal tent to eat in for all meals, including lunch.
The guides carry basic first aid supplies, but as you are in remote mountain areas, more advanced medical facilities are not available
- Sleeping bag (can be rented in our offices in Cusco $25)
- Flights to Cusco
- Hotel in Cusco, Ollantaytambo
- Medical or Life Insurance
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
- Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
- A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
- Small daypack
- Walking shoes or boots
- Rain jacket & pants
- Gloves & wool hat
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
- Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
- Mosquito repellent
- Personal items & medication
- Torch, binoculars
- Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
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