- Type: Trekking
- Duration: 4D/3N
- Distance: 39 km
- Season: March to December
- Departure: Check availability
- Minimum of Passengers: 2 people
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 44 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.
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(3 750m - 12 303 ft).
- Total distance: 12 kilometers
- Estimated walking time: 4 to 5 hours
- Maximum altitude: 4 200m (13 779 ft)
- Campsite altitude: 3 750m (12 303 ft)
Day 2: Huacahuasi - Auroraycocha - Mantanay
After breakfast we commence the most challenging day of the trek, hiking over the Ipsayjasa and Huacahuasyjasa pass. We then descend for half an hour towards the breathtaking Lake Auroraycocha, where we eat lunch. After lunch we will continue walking for almost three hours of descent, until we reach Mantanay where we will spend the night
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: 15 kilometers
- Estimated walking time: 6 to 7 hours
- Maximum altitude: 4 500m (14 763 ft)
- Campsite altitude: 3,800m (12 467 ft)
Day 3: Mantanay - Yanahuara - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we begin making our way to Yanahuara It is a traditional village located the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this place we will take a transport that will take us to 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: 10 kilometers
- Estimated walking time: 4 to 5 hours
- Maximum altitude: 3 800m (13 467 feet)
- Hotel Acomadation: Aguas Calientes
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 to catch the train back to Cusco.
- Pick-up at hotel in Cusco.
- Bus from Cusco to Lares Valley.
- Professional Guide.
- 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 from Ollantaytambo Train station to Cusco.
- Breakfast on first day and lunch and dinner on last day.
- Tips for the crew (Tour guide, cook and porters).
- Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office USD $5 per day).
- Entrance to visit the hot spring in Lares town (s/10 soles).
We recommend to bring
- 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.
- 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).
- Swimsuit (recommended for the hot springs).
- Some cash (soles or dollars).
- TIPS for porters, guides, cooks - (please see note below).
- Personal medical kit.