This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 12 Year(s)
The Lares valley trek offers a mixture of beautiful 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 fourth day you will see the wealth of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.
1st Day: Cusco â€“ Huaca Casi pass â€“ Lares Hot Springs â€“ Huacawasi
At approximately 5:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares where we will start hiking. During this 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.
When arriving at Lares, we will visit the hot springs where you will be able to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare wonderful lunch. After lunch, we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). During 3 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 at the house of our horsemen who are joining us on the trip. At arrival, your tents will be ready, and you will receive popcorn, sweets, and some hot thee before having dinner.
2nd Day Tour: Huacawasi â€“ Sondor â€“ Paso Torontoy
After a nutritious breakfast, we will start hiking towards the highest point. The walk 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 freezing. After reaching the highest point, we will descend and pass a beautiful lagoon before having lunch next to the river. 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 â€œQueuÃ±asâ€ (Polylepis), a typical three from Peru. This walk will take about 1 hour before reaching our campsite at Miski Unu (3550m/11646f).
3rd Day Tour: Torontoy â€“ Yanahuara â€“ Ollantaytambo â€“ Aguas Calientes
Today you will be able to enjoy the rich biodiversity and change of fauna and flora during this 3 hour walk. That will end in the Sacred Valley of the Incaâ€™s. Watch out, when walking in the forest there are lots of mosquitos. We will enjoy our last lunch in Yanahuara where we will say goodbye to the Horsemen and cooks. After lunch, we will take a local bus to get to Ollantaytambo. We will visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo before having dinner at a local restaurant. At 7 pm we will take the train to reach our final destination of the day, the city of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hostel or hotel.
4th Day Tour: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) â€“ Trek to Machu Picchu â€“ Cusco
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 4:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) we hike for 1.30 hours. 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 excellent restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.