Lares Trek Classic 4 Days, one of the best alternative and marvelous treks after the Classic Inca Trail, this alternative trekking provides access to the high Andean regions of Vilcanota Mountain Range in Cusco, we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna, a place with a unique dramatic scenery. While trekking we come upon, Andean villagers wearing traditional ponchos and typical costume, Lares valley also known as “the route of the famous Andean weavers,” we can find local people weaving, (handmade). Having the chance to interact with these precious indigenous people and their children, experienced a bit of their culture and traditions. On this incredibly picturesque trek we recommend this expedition and adventure to you as one of the best vacation treks to Machu Picchu, this four days trek does truly an alternative that take you off the beaten track!
Day 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs – Wacawasi
We leave Cusco early by private bus, traveling through the Sacred Valley until we reach the hot springs in Lares; we spend the morning in the medicinal springs and, after lunch, we walk for 2 hours to our campsite in Wacahuasi (3,700 m.a.s.l.).
Day 2: Wacawasi – Epsaycocha
After breakfast we observe the local artists´ ability and knowledge in producing fine wool weavings from alpaca wool, considered some of the best in all of Peru; the weavers create wearable goods, carpets, ponchos and other articles. We then begin our hike to the Pass of the Condor at 4,100 m.a.s.l., from where we have a sensational view of La Veronica, a glacier of 5,750 meters height. After a slow 1-hour descent to Lake Epsaycocha, we set up camp for the last time.
Day 3: Epsaycocha – Patacancha – Wylloq – Pumamarka – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Our descent leads us to Patacancha, an Andean community known for its weavings and weavers; from here we continue to Willoc where we rest and have lunch; from here it takes us 2 hours to reach Pumamarca with its Inca terraces, and finally we arrive in Ollantaytambo. Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, next to the Urubamba River, this Inca people is considered to be one of the better preserved living museums due to its still living population. Later we continue on to Aguas Calientes where we overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
We leave early, after breakfast, to reach Machu Picchu, and then the first bus up from Aguas Calientes to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. During a private, 3-hour guided tour throughout the Citadel, we visit all the important sites and documents. After the tour you will have time to walk around and explore this Wonder of the World. In the afternoon we return to Cusco by train and you will be transferred to your hotel from the train station.
- Transport: Cusco – Lares / Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Train tickets
- Hostel en Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
- Professional guide
- Camping equipment (double-occupancy tents, inflatable mattress, dining tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables), first aid kit
- Horses for the equipment, horseman
- All the meals
- First aid kit.
- Sleeping bag
- Breakfast on first morning, lunch on the last day
- Horses personal transport (Optional)
- Not included Huayna Picchu mountain (Optional).
We recommend to bring:
- Sleeping bag
- Gloves, hat, scarf
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Extra money
- Extra clothes
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