Trek Lares to Machupicchu 4D/3N

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs – Huacawasi

We will pick you up from your hotel 6am. It is a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Pisac and stopping for breakfast in the village Calca village. Departing Calca around 08:00 we head off for the 3 hours drive to the town of Lares (3100m) which is the starting point for the trek. Along the way you will be able to observe small Andean communities, and spectacular mountain landscapes spotted with herds of llamas and alpacas.

Before we start the trek we’ll visit the hot springs (medicinal waters of Lares) which are located in meadows just out of town. For those of you who remembered to bring your swimwear we will take a relaxing dip in the warm waters which are famous for their healing powers. Feeling fully refreshed, we begin a leisurely walk up the Trapiche River Valley. After about 2½ hours we will arrive at Vilcabamba village where we will stop and have lunch. We will then continue up the valley for another 1½ hours to the small village of Huacawasi (3700m) where we will set up camp and spend the night. Walking distance approx 12km (4-5 hours).

Day 2: Huacawasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha

Many of the houses that we see in this small village of Huacahuasi are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colourful textiles. In the morning we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments. After lunch we will climb for approximately 2 hours to the top of Ipsayccasa Pass which, at 4500m, is the highest pass along the trek. From here we get stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We will descend gently for about 1 hour until we reach the site of our second night’s camp beside the beautiful Ipsaycocha Lake. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other wetland birds. Walking distance approx 9km (6-7 hours).

Day 3: Patacancha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today is a much easier day. After an early breakfast we’ll walk gently downhill through a wide-open valley for about 2½ hours until we arrive at the village of Patacancha. The people from this area are known locally as “Huayruros” – the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the colour of their ponchos.

We’ll have a chance to view some textiles made by the people of this community – the high quality weavings are famous for their intricate designs reflecting aspects of their everyday lives and culture. We’ll walk slowly down the valley to Willoq, another Quechua village where the locals still wear their traditional dress and are proud to maintain their cultural identity.

Our transport will be waiting for us to take us further down the valley to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have lunch. In the early afternoon we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time by train is about 1½ hours. We’ll spend the night in a Hostal in Aguas Calientes where you’ll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak under the hot showers!! We will make it an early night to bed to prepare for your Machu Picchu visit the following morning.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

5:30am start the hike up to Machupicchu where we will have a guided tour through the different sectors of the archaeological complex, including the Intihuatana, or sundial, that was used by ancient Peruvians.

To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu we can choose one of the two groups at 07:00 am or 10:00 am. We make the trek up the mountain of Huayna Picchu it will take us about an hour but really worth it, the view is breathtaking and the experience will be unforgettable. Enjoy it and recharge energy.

We then return by bus to Machupichu village for catch the train back to Cuzco.

Includes

Included:

Pick up from your hotel

Private transportation to the trail head, along the sacred valley with nice views

Professional bilingual tour guide

Tick foam mattress (Carried by the horses)

4 persons tent that is used by 2 people (very spacious, large and confortable)

Meals plus snacks

Kitchen and dinning tents plus table and chairs

Cook, porters and horse man

Horses to carry the camping gear and food.

8kg/16p of Personal Porter

Bus transportation from trail end to Ollantaytambo

Expeditions tourist class train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

Hotel at Aguas Calientes.

Bus ticket to Machu Picchu

Entrance fee to Machu Picchu

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Tourism train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the sacred Valley then private van back to your hotel in Cusco ( total 4 hours )

First aid kit and Oxigen ta

Not Included

Sleeping bag

Walking stick

Last lunch at Aguas Calientes

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