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Lares Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu is an off the beaten track trek. This is one of the best alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. Unlike other treks, Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a combination of nature, culture and adventure.
The trek offers beautiful sights and passes through the rich pastoral regions of the Urubamba mountain range. We will be crossing snowy peaks and subtropical valleys. You will be rewarded with views of scenic lagoons, natural thermal baths, Inca ruins.
The local people you will be encountering on Lares Valley have preserved their traditions and customs. They still continue to practice their tradition of weaving. They weave colourful garments using llama and alpaca wools. Local family here are popular for cultivating different types of potatoes.
Lares Trek is experiential since you can see closely the customs and homes of the Andean population.
This is a high altitude trek with the highest point at 3150 metres above sea level. We highly recommend you to spend enough time in Cusco acclimatising to avoid altitude sickness. To make the most of your time in Cusco, you may choose to visit Sacred Valley of Incas or hike to Inkilltambo to get an overview of Incas past.
We are a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. Our guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge in the culture and history.
If you want to do a private tour, do reach out to us. We will plan a customised trek based on your convenience.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 0400 in the morning. Then we will drive to Calca a small town in the Sacred Valley of Incas. We will be passing through small Andean villages of Totora and Maucaupata where the inhabitants dress with their Typical costumes, and are mostly dedicated to textile, agriculture and livestock.
Finally after driving for four hours, we will reach Lares. Lares is known for its thermal bath. We will stop here for lunch and you can make the most of your time in Lares by taking a dip in the natural hot springs of Lares.
After Lunch, we will meet the muleteers and start our four hours trek to to Wacahasi, our first camp site.
After having breakfast, we will start our trek to the second campsite. We will be ascending through Ipsay pass. The route offers a good cultural experience. On the way, you will get to meet people from different communities who still maintain their traditions and customs. They continue to dress in their traditional attire.
We will be reaching Ipsaycocha lagoon for lunch. After lunch, we will continue the trek to Patacancha town where we will be spending the second night.
Our crew will wake you up to a warm cup of coca tea or coffee. This will be followed by nutritious breakfast. We will then hike towards a small Andean town, Willoq. This is another place where the locals have preserved their years long customs. Along the way, we will be stopping by two remote archaeological sites, Qochapata and Pumamarca.
We will then continue to Ollantaytambo, we will be reaching at around 0200 PM. Here we will stop for lunch. After relishing on a local lunch, you will have some free time to explore the prominent Inca village before you visit Machu Picchu. At 0730, we will take a train to Aguas Calientes. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite room for the night.
Early in the morning we will be hiking to the citadel of Machu Picchu. This will be an hour and a half to two hours climb. Optionally you can take a bus right to the entrance of the citadel. It takes 25 minutes and costs USD12 each way. We will try to be among the first group to enter so that you will get to see the sunrise.
Our local guide will give you a two hours guided tour. On this tour, you will be visiting the main plaza, remains of Inca temples and royal quarters, farming terraces and other prominent sites. After the tour, you will have some time to explore the citadel on your own.
If you have booked your climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. Alternatively, you can walk up to the Sun Gate. It offers a pristine view of the citadel. Trekkers on Inca Trail get an exclusive sight of sunrise from here. From Machu Picchu citadel, it takes two hours to hike up and down to the Sun Gate.
At a mentioned time, you will hike back to Aguas Calientes. You will be then boarding a train to Ollantaytambo. At Ollantaytambo train station, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to Cusco.
Absolute professionals. They exhibited a very keen interest and care. Highly recommended.
Nicely organised tour, excellent guide service and attention.