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Lares Valley Trek 4 Days

Itinerary

If you are looking for a new and spectacular hike, Lares valley trek 4 days is for you, this amazing hike is located on the right side of the urubamba river. Lares valley trek is an alternative route to the inca trail, it has 36 km of distance from thermal baths of Lares to Ollantaytambo.

We will cross the Peruvian Andes from the beautiful valley of Lares to the sacred valley of the Incas in Ollantaytambo, walk through beautiful lagoons and spectacular Andean landscapes.
we can also see people who preserve their traditional clothes, customs and traditions, they descended from the Incas.

lares Valley Trek is a very good option if you want a unique and true experience on the sacred valley of the Incas.

  • Duration of the trek: 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Distance of the trek: 36 kilometers
  • Season: From January to December
  • Maximum height: (4458m, 14,625 ft)

Lares Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco / Lares Valley / Huacahuasi

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 6am and travel by bus for approximately two hours to Calca, where we stop to buy personal supplies and bread for children we will meet during our trek.

From here we drive three hours further to Lares Valley (3100m), where we can soak in the hot springs and have lunch. We meet with our horsemen and mules and begin the trek. After 4 to 5 hours of walking, we arrive at our first campsite at Huacahuasi(3850m).

  • Total distance: 12 kilometers
  • Estimated walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 3,800m (12,467 feet)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,800m (12,467 feet)

Day 2: Huacahuasi / Patacancha

After breakfast we commence the most challenging day of the trek, hiking over the Ipsaycocha Pass at 4350m. We then descend for half an hour towards the breathtaking Lake Ipsaycocha, where we eat lunch.

After lunch, we continue for nearly three hours mostly downhill, arriving at the town of Patacancha, where we will set up camp. Along the route the scenery is stunning – there are glacial lakes, waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. This area is also rich in bird life and there is the possibility of seeing Andean ibis, geese, flamingoes and more.

  • Total distance: 20 kilometers
  • Estimated walking time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 4,458m (14,625 feet)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,700m (12,138 feet)

Day 3: Patacancha / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we begin making our way to Ollantaytambo and pass through villages such as Huilloc and Patallacta, where we witness traditional Andean weaving by local women. We will also pass by the Inca sites of Huanacaure and Hatunayaorko. After having lunch in Ollantaytambo, we make our way to the train station and take the train to Aguas Calientes (2040m), where we will stay the night in a hotel.

  • Total distance: 12 kilometers
  • Estimated walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 4,200m (13,779 feet)
  • Campsite altitude: 3860m (12663 feet)

Day 04: Machupicchu / Cusco

We get up very early to catch the first bus up the mountain to Machupicchu. After a walking tour of the ruins provided by the guide, there will be free time to explore Machu Picchu independently. We need to be back in Aguas Calientes by around 06.30 pm to catch the train back to Cusco.

Included / Not included

Includes

  • Pick-up at hotel in Cusco.
  • Bus to Lares Valley.
  • Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for groups over 8 people).
  • Horses to carry company's equipment (meals & camping equipment).
  • Cook & meals (3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinner).
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables and chairs, kitchen tent and dinner tent).
  • Horses to carry your personal items 5 kilos per person.
  • First aid kit and Oxygen.
  • Train ticket round trip, in EXPEDITION service.
  • Entance to Machupicchu.
  • Bus ticket round trip, Aguas Calientes/Machupicchu/Aguas Calientes.
  • Basic hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Transport Train station to hotel in Cusco.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on last day.
  • Tips for the crew (tour leader, cook and porters).
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office $5 per day).
  • Entrance to visit the hot spring in Lares town (10 soles).

We recommend to bring

  • Backpack.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece, sweaters and a pair of socks per day.
  • Rain jacket or a Poncho, waterproof trousers (especially for rainy season Nov-March).
  • Plastic bags to store your spare clothes.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Flashlight and batteries, pocket knife, matches.
  • Camera.
  • Water bottle, preferably metal so it is more heat-resistant.
  • Hat and / or beanie to protect you from the sun and the cold.
  • High factor sun block & insect repellent.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Some extra snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate).
  • Towel.
  • Swimsuit (recommended for the hot springs).
  • Some cash (soles or dollars).
  • TIPS for porters, guides, cooks - (please see note below).
  • Personal medical kit.

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