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Description

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days, combining beautiful lakes, Quechua-speaking local communities populated by ancestral farmers and weavers who preserve a traditional mountain lifestyle, cultivate conserving their practices based on ancestral knowledge and continue to build their stone dwellings similar to those of Inca times. The trail passes through communities of high Andean areas with majestic views of the mountains, snowfall, herds of llamas and alpacas. In the afternoon of that day, we will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes crossing the Sacred Valley, to spend the night and prepare the visit to the most important Inka city in the Andes: Machu Picchu.

  1. Cusco – Puma Huanca – Puyoq
  2. Puyoq – Yanacocha – Cuncani
  3. Cuncani – Lares – Machu Pichu

 

Itinerary

First day: Cusco – Pumahuanca – Puyoc

Our first day of Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, we will begin in the small town of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We will go quietly to one of the side valleys covering about 14 km in total and ascending about 1150m / 3373ft, while we go to the town of Puyoc. On our way, we will visit the small Inka site of Pumahuanca and learn more about native plants, flowers, and birds that inhabit this region.

This particular route, the Lares walk, is not commonly operated by other companies, therefore, we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without distractions or discomfort. Because few people visit this area, there is a high probability that we can appreciate Vizcachas (a rabbit similar to a chinchilla), and perhaps also the Andean Fox. At night our camp will be located in Puyoc (4100m / 13.451ft); the place that is quite sterile due to the altitude, and where it would not be unusual to appreciate snow during the dry season, so it is recommended to wear gloves and hats.

Accommodation: Camp

Second day: Puyoc – Yanacocha – Cuncani

This will be the most spectacular day of Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days, the trek and lighter compared to the previous day. From our camp, we will travel about 13 km to the town of Cuncani, a path that is mostly downhill since the pass is only 2 hours walk from the starting point.

As we head to Cuncani we will pass through snow-capped summits high above, around us, also through tranquil mountain lakes (including the Yanacocha or “Agua Negra” lagoons). We will get to know the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothes. This side of the abra is completely different culturally compared to the other side, and as we descend from the open your guide will teach you about the people of these areas and their lifestyle. You can also learn some Quechua phrases to interact with local people.

Accommodation: Camp

Third day: Cuncani – Lares

This third day we will focus on getting to know to the local people. After waking up early, our guide will lead us to one of the houses in the area, where we will meet a local family. People are incredibly welcoming and will be as eager to learn about you as you are from them – for this you will already have learned and mastered some phrases to be able to ask some questions (many for fun and enjoyment). After the visit, you will have the opportunity to give any gift you have brought to the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products for which this region is famous.

When leaving Cuncani, it will take us a short distance (6km) to reach the Hot Springs of Lares. Along the way, we will cross several small communities and see people cultivating a variety of foods such as Quinia and Tarwi, probably also appreciate flocks of Andean parrots flying above us (they are easy to detect thanks to their penetrating squawks). After a relaxing bath in the hot springs, we will be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley, from where we will take our train to Machu Picchu. Stay at our hotel.

Fourth day: Machu Picchu!

We will wake up very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enter the citadel. with this program Lares Trek To Machu Picchu, We will have a guided tour of 2 hours on the site, during which you will learn about the Inka visiting all the most important areas of the Inka Citadel. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site on your own, and if you already made the reservation to go up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain it will be an awesome challenge. In the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, finally, we will take our bus back to Cusco. this is the end of Lares Trek To Machu Picchu 4 days.

Include

IT INCLUDES:

  • Personalized service with a group no larger than 08 people.
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Assistant guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Train to Machu Picchu, a round trip through the company Inca Rail.
  • Mules to transport the kitchen equipment and camping, besides 7 kilos / 15 pounds of their personal articles.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transport from the same to the beginning of the tour.
  • Return transport by train and bus to Cusco.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of walking when you need to bring it on your own)
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 lunches (Happy hour) and 3 dinners. If you have a dietary request, such as vegetarian food, let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Inflatable / matras mats, brand: “Therm-A-Rest” or “Rei”
  • Comfortable and spacious tent of 4 people EUREKA brand (One tent will be used only by 2 people)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 3.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrances to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip bus from Agua Calientes to Machu Picchu and vice versa.

IT DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us).
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch and dinner on the fourth day.
  • Entrance to “Huayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain”. Extra of US $ 35.
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance – it is strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of the trip.

Recommendations

THINGS TO TAKE:

  • Original passport
  • Current University Student Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for a discount price)
  • Hiking/trekking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Poles (fast drying)
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Insect repellent (We highly recommend a NATURAL repellent)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and video camera.
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (or an environmentally friendly option)

Price

$530.00 dollars per person

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