4 Day Lares Trek

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This less-known hike departs from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to enter a route where amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest. This trek is an excellent alternative,You will have the opportunity to visit authentic Andean communities while being surrounded by astonishing mountains, lakes, and valley landscapes. The trek begins from a small village in the Sacred Valley and ascends over two passes, walking through traditional and colorful villages, relaxing hot springs, and an unforgettable arrival to Machu Picchu.

Day 1 Cusco – Sacred valley, huaran – Cancha Cancha

We leave Cusco at 4.00am in a private transport and drive for 2h towards Huarán, the starting point of our trek. On this first day, we walk for approximately 5h following an uphill path that starts in a valley with lush vegetation and that will take us to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. We will stop for lunch along the way. Once we get to Cancha Cancha, we set our camp and get to know the local people and their way of living.

Day 2 Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani – Queuñaqocha Lagoon

We leave our camp after breakfast to start walking along an ascending path that will lead us to the first mountain pass of the trek, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which we can enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the hike, we may also have spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in the area, such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani. We will have lunch after the pass, to then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community, from where we continue following an uphill path until we reach the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha, where we set up our second camp.

Day 3 Queuñaqocha Lagoon – Cuncani – Lares and Aguas Calientes

Today we continue our hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h), offering impressive views of both sides of the pass, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. The trail continues along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until we arrive in Cuncani 3h later, another small peasant community from where we follow our hike down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail we may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximated 2h walk we arrive in Lares, capital of the district with the same name, a large village whose principal attraction are its pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a dip. After lunch, our private transport will drive us to Ollantaytambo, where we board an afternoon train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we are accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.

Day 4 Machupicchu to Cusco

Our day starts at in the morning. We will go to the bus station where we will catch the bus to Machupichu National Sanctuary UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The bus ride takes 30 minutes. The first bus depart at 5:30 AM. Our departure time will depend of how early we make it to the bus station. At Machupicchu we will go on a tour around this wonder of the world. The tour usually takes 2 +hours. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco. When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.

What is included:

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (please specify arrival time and flight number)
Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to Huaran (starting point of the trek)
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Lares hot springs entrance fee
Transfer from ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
Private transport from Lares to Ollantaytambo
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Chef and cooking equipment
Campsite fees
One pillow per person
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room
Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items.
Emergency horse every 6 persons
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards (boiled water every morning and night)
2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
Sleeping mattress

Not Included

Sleeping Bag,Walking Poles and Air Mattress (Can be rented from us)
Personal tent for solo travelers (Can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
dinner on Day 3 and lunch on Day 4

Tips

Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to take

Original Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
T-shirts
Comfortable Trousers
Sun hat
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Insect repellant
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Personal medication
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries

Optional items to take:

Shorts
Walking stick
towel
Sandals
Extra money
Bathing suit for hot springs in Lares

PRICES

Group Service

per person US$579.00 (adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

Private Service

2 people US$ 630 per person
3 people US$ 610 per person
4 people US$ 600 per person
5 people US$ 590 per person
6 people US$ 580 per person
7 + people US$ 570 per person

Important: Prices includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student GREEN ISIC card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: US$30 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$20
Single Tent Supplement US$30

Optional Extras (Need to book in advance):

Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: US$30.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: US$35.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: US$57.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

INFORMATION

This less-known hike departs from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to enter a route where amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest. This trek is an excellent alternative,You will have the opportunity to visit authentic Andean communities while being surrounded by astonishing mountains, lakes, and valley landscapes. The trek begins from a small village in the Sacred Valley and ascends over two passes, walking through traditional and colorful villages, relaxing hot springs, and an unforgettable arrival to Machu Picchu.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Cusco – Sacred valley, huaran – Cancha Cancha

We leave Cusco at 4.00am in a private transport and drive for 2h towards Huarán, the starting point of our trek. On this first day, we walk for approximately 5h following an uphill path that starts in a valley with lush vegetation and that will take us to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of a spectacular mountain scenery. We will stop for lunch along the way. Once we get to Cancha Cancha, we set our camp and get to know the local people and their way of living.

Day 2 Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani – Queuñaqocha Lagoon

We leave our camp after breakfast to start walking along an ascending path that will lead us to the first mountain pass of the trek, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which we can enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the hike, we may also have spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in the area, such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani. We will have lunch after the pass, to then descend to Quiswarani, a small peasant and textile community, from where we continue following an uphill path until we reach the beautiful lagoon of Queuñaqocha, where we set up our second camp.

Day 3 Queuñaqocha Lagoon – Cuncani – Lares and Aguas Calientes

Today we continue our hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h), offering impressive views of both sides of the pass, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. The trail continues along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until we arrive in Cuncani 3h later, another small peasant community from where we follow our hike down a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail we may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximated 2h walk we arrive in Lares, capital of the district with the same name, a large village whose principal attraction are its pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a dip. After lunch, our private transport will drive us to Ollantaytambo, where we board an afternoon train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we are accommodated at the selected hotel/hostel.

Day 4 Machupicchu to Cusco

Our day starts at in the morning. We will go to the bus station where we will catch the bus to Machupichu National Sanctuary UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The bus ride takes 30 minutes. The first bus depart at 5:30 AM. Our departure time will depend of how early we make it to the bus station. At Machupicchu we will go on a tour around this wonder of the world. The tour usually takes 2 +hours. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco. When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.

PRICE / IMPORTANT INFO

What is included:

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (please specify arrival time and flight number)
Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to Huaran (starting point of the trek)
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Lares hot springs entrance fee
Transfer from ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
Private transport from Lares to Ollantaytambo
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Chef and cooking equipment
Campsite fees
One pillow per person
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room
Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items.
Emergency horse every 6 persons
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards (boiled water every morning and night)
2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
Sleeping mattress

Not Included

Sleeping Bag,Walking Poles and Air Mattress (Can be rented from us)
Personal tent for solo travelers (Can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
dinner on Day 3 and lunch on Day 4

Tips

Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to take

Original Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
T-shirts
Comfortable Trousers
Sun hat
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Insect repellant
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Personal medication
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries

Optional items to take:

Shorts
Walking stick
towel
Sandals
Extra money
Bathing suit for hot springs in Lares

PRICES

Group Service

per person US$579.00 (adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

Private Service

2 people US$ 630 per person
3 people US$ 610 per person
4 people US$ 600 per person
5 people US$ 590 per person
6 people US$ 580 per person
7 + people US$ 570 per person

Important: Prices includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student GREEN ISIC card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: US$30 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$20
Single Tent Supplement US$30

Optional Extras (Need to book in advance):

Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: US$30.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: US$35.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: US$57.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

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