This trek is a great option for people who want to see traditional Andean communities inhabited by people who consider themselves descendants of Incas and cultivate the traditional customs. The route begins in Lares. On the way we meet typical Andean communities dedicated to agriculture, livestock farming and weaving, where the people still wear their impressive traditional dress from the area and we can appreciate their generous hospitality. The trek is finished in Machupicchu. We dedicate the last day to visiting the Lost City of Incas.
DAY 1: CUSCO – LARES – HUACAHUASI
lares trek to machupicchu 4 daysWe depart Cuzco early in the morning and travel to the town of Calca (2900 masl). From Calca we pass Inca burial tombs, local farms and herds of wild llama en route. Just past the highest point of the day, we will stop for a short walk at the Inca ruins of Ancasmarca with views of the surrounding valley. From here we make our way down into the Lares Valley and the main town, Lares where we can visit the local market before continuing onto the famous hot springs. Have a bath in the hot springs before lunch. In the afternoon we will walk about 3 hours to the village of Huacahuasi. Camping at Huacahuasi village. (Lunch, Dinner). Overnight.
DAY 2: HUACAHUASI – IPSAYQOCHA
lares trek to machupicchu 4 daysAfter breakfast we begin to ascent to the highest point of our trek – Ipsaycocha pass (4200 masl). We reach it after 4.5 hours of walking. On the way we see beautiful snowcapped mountains and see herding llamas and alpacas. After the pass we descent for 30 minutes and arrive at the campspot located close to a nice lagoon. In the afternoon we have an opportunity to fish in the lagoon and observe Andean seagulls and geese. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).Overnight.
DAY 3: IPSAYQOCHA – PATACANCHA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
lares trek to machupicchu 4 daysThe final section of our trek is a descent to the valley of Patacancha. A steady 4 hours walking brings us to the town of Patacancha, a long-established textile community with strong ancient Quechua traditions. From Patacancha we will take private transport to the village of Ollantaytambo. On the way we may visit the ruins being part of Pumamarca, which was thought to have been built to protect the Sacred Valley. It also has interesting storage facilities. We will have lunch In Ollantaytambo and depending on the train time during the afternoon you will have time to visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. (Boleto Turistico not included). In the afternoon or evening you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Accomodation: Hostal in Aguas Calientes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). Overnight.
DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU (AGUAS CALIENTES) – CUSCO
lares trek to machupicchu 4 daysOn this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machupicchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machupicchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel. (Breakfast in the hotel). End of our services.
- Pick up from hotel
- Transport in private bus to the start of the trek
- Transport from Patacancha to Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 3 Dinners
- Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
- Cook and assistant cook
- Kitchen/eating utensils
- Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
- Emergency horse
- Professional guide (English / Spanish)
- Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
- Bus up to and back down from Machupicchu
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Return train ticket to Cusco
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
- First aid equipment and oxygen tank
- Breakfast the first day
- Dinner the last day
- Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
- Entrances to hot springs
- If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
RECOMMENDATIONS TO BRING:
- A backpack with clothes for the trek. Recommended: Poloshirts, short shorts and some warm clothes.
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Boots or strong shoes.
- Camera, films and batteries extras
- Hat or cap to protect against sun, rain or cold
- Mosquito repellent.
- Snack: biscuits, chocolates, etc.
- Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur)
- Optional: (walking sticks during the trek) should be covered with rubber