Lares trek to machu picchu

DURATION

04 Days

110 USD

PER PERSON
Based two people all private service

TRIP STYLE

Hiking, Exploration & Adventure

HIGHLIGHTS

Lares Hot Springs, Huacahuasi, Patacancha, Pumamarka, Machu Picchu

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Lares Trek Peru know for the adventures as very famous Lares Trek to Machu Picchu hike through most beautiful landscapes in the Andes Mountains and local Inca descendant communities with the main language Quechua and local Inca traditions are available to learn and know more about the history and be part of the heritage, Lares Trek Altitude is over 4,550 meters or 15,000 Ft. Lares Trek Map is on our web site, with its location northwest of Cusco in the Andes Mountains of the Sacred Valley of The Incas, Lares Trek 4 Days it is the most recommended time for 03 days hiking and the day 04 arrival to Machu Picchu by Train Lares Trek Difficulty is average similar to Inca Trail or Salkanatay Trek without  much experience is available for any person who wants to adventure over the Andes Mountains, Lares Trek Price is from 450 usd to 700 usd American dollars depending on how many people and type of service you get, the difference between Lares Trek vs Inca Trail or Lares trek vs salkantay Trek are the communities with traditions to share but still part of the original Inca Trail.
Hike through Lares Valley, then catch the train to Machu Picchu.

itinerary

DAY 1 BEGIN THE LARES TREK

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Cusco to begin a scenic drive into the renowned Sacred Valley. You’ll pass through the quaint villages of Pisac and Calca, both of historic importance during Inca times. The route then ascends into the mountains toward the lovely town of Lares, known for its hot springs. 
Enjoy lunch in Lares before beginning your first day of trekking to reach the mountain town of Huacahuasi, where our first campsite awaits.

DAY 2 HUACAHUASI TO PUMAMARKA

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll start out with a hike upwards through the idyllic Lares Valley, continuing up through small passes until we reach the highest pass of the Lares trek, Ipsayccasa pass, located at a dizzying height of 14,600 ft (4,450 meters). Once you’ve had your fill of these views, you’ll start your descent into the town of Patacancha. 
The trail passes through several different weaving communities. You’ll learn about the local lifestyle, and have time to take a look at their exquisite handicrafts. 
From Patacancha, we’ll take a 30-minute ride by local bus to Huallata, where we’ll continue walking another 45 minutes to the Pumamarka campsite.

DAY 3 PUMAMARKA TO AGUAS CALIENTES

We’ll enjoy one last early-morning breakfast on the trail before we head out and visit the archeological site of Pumamarka, or “Puma Town.” We’ll descend through a scenic valley, taking time to appreciate the surrounding snow-capped mountains. 
By afternoon, we’ll reach the town of Ollantaytambo in the heart of fertile Sacred Valley, where we’ll spend some time exploring the town’s impressive archeological site. In the evening, we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town nearest to Machu Picchu, where you’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure.

DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU – RETURN TO CUSCO

We’ll get an early start this morning to head to the bus stop for a 20-minute drive to the ruins of the famed Machu Picchu, hidden in the misty, green mountains above. Once there, you’ll be guided through the site by one of our experts, explaining the details and significance behind this mysterious structure. These intricately placed giant stones were hauled to the top of the site and carefully positioned many centuries ago, and the foundation of these temples, buildings, and walls still remain strong. 
After your local expert guides you through Machu Picchu, wander one of the many original trails leading from the main site, or head into town for a late lunch. We’ll return to the station in the mid-afternoon to take the train back to Cusco and transfer back to your hotel.

OPTIONAL: Hike the famed Huayna Picchu, the iconic peak overlooking the Machu Picchu ruins. This hike is steep and takes about 3 hours round trip, but the views are undoubtedly worthwhile. Please let us know if you’d like to add this to your itinerary.

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INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Included

  • Private transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Water

Not Included

  • Gratuities for your guide

SUGGESTIONS

What you’ll need to bring and carry

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The spectacular Lares trek is perfect for travelers looking for an “off-the-beaten-path” adventure in a region of Peru that remains relatively unchanged over the last 500 years. This remote and rarely visited region offers the traveler a unique insight into the lives of Andean villagers, often dressed in their traditional brightly-colored ponchos. As you follow the trail through the picturesque Lares Valley, you’ll have the opportunity to see stone houses with straw-thatched roofs surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas, while inside the houses you’ll see guinea pigs running loose. The trek itself is rated at moderate difficulty, similar to the Inca Trail. There are, however, two passes over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters), so it’s important to be acclimated before starting the trek. After the trek ends in Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the short train ride to Aguas Calientes to visit the mysterious Machu Picchu citadel, one of the Seven New World Wonders. The Lares trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular way to see Peru’s unique landscapes.

Peru Travel information

When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.

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