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Lares Valley Cultural Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights

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Duration

 

4 Days

Max. Altitude

mountain

4550 M

Distance

path

36 km

Difficulty

Medium

Medium

Tour Guide

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We believe the Lares Valley Trek is the best option for people who are looking for a cultural trek. In these 4 days you will be able to see Quechua communities their ancestor have lived since long ago, Inka Altitude designed this Lares Valley Cultural Trek to Machu Picchu so that our travellers could see remote villages (Lares, Huacawasi, Ipsaqcocha, Patacancha) where local people are friendly and happy to share this Andean tradition with people who are visiting their lands.
You will also pass through alpine scenery with breathtaking views of the mountains. Every day your guide will share the history and information of this place. This perfect journey in the Peruvian Andes is the ideal preparation for entering into the powerful sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • INCLUDES / PRICES
  • PRACTICAL INFORMATION
  • MAP

DAY 1: LET'S GO TO LARES VALLEY AND FIRST COMMUNITY HUACAWASI AT (3740 METRES)

Cusco - Calca - Termal Baths - Lares

  • 3 Hours from Cusco to Lares.
  • Short stop at Calca village.
  • Enjoy hot springs and first lunch.
  • Last tips from our guide to you.
  • After lunch 3½ hours to Huacawasi campsite.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.

DAY 2: WE GO OVER IPSAYCOCHA PASS (4400 METRES)

Huacawasi - Ipsaycocha - Patacancha

  • Breakfast.
  • There are 20 km aprox. between Huacawasi and the next campsite.
  • Go over Ipsaycoha Pass.
  • Enjoy lunch close to Ipsaycocha Lake.
  • 4 hours to Patacancha campsite.
  • Meet and camp close to one local family.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.

DAY 3: ENJOY THE LOCAL FAMILY FOR BREAKFAST AND THEN ON TO AGUAS CALIENTES

Patacancha - Pumamarka - Ollantaytambo - Aguas calientes

  • We have local breakfast.
  • Start walking 3 ½ hours approx.
  • Enjoy panoramic views near to Ollantaytambo.
  • You will have a lunch in Ollantaytambo.
  • Take the train to Aguas Calientes ( 1.5 hours approx.)
  • Settle into hotel.
  • Dinner and briefing for next day.

DAY 4: OUR GOAL - MACHU PICCHU

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

  • Take bus or walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy the tour guiding in Machu Picchu.
  • Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes by foot or by bus.
  • Take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco - Calca - Aguas Termales Lares -  Lares Valley

We leave  from Cusco early in the morning  (about 4 a.m.) and drive for approximately 3 ½ hrs to Lares Valley. If you could not have a breakfast this morning. Your guide will give you the option to stop in Calca 1.5 hours from Cusco to enjoy a local breakfast.  Once you have arrived to Lares village you will enjoy the amazing natural temperature hot-springs. After this we will start our trek.

We will be walking 8 km approx. to rich our campsite at Huacawasi, on the way you will  enjoy magnificent panoramas of snow-capped mountains .
Once we reach Huacahuasi  we will have spectacular views of the Lares Valley.  At 3745 m approx. it is the highest village in the Lares Valley. Your tent will be ready and waiting for you with a bowl of hot water for washing up. Then there is time to rest, nap or write. Around 7 p.m. we will have dinner. Then we’re off to bed and a well-earned sleep.

DURING THE TREK:

Meals: lunch, dinner
Accommodations: Huacahuasi Camping.
Maximum Altitude: 3750 meters.
Minimum Altitude: 2820 meters.
Temperature during day: 15ºC - 25ºC
Temperature during night: 2ºC – 09ºC
Hiking Distance: 8 km approx.

Day 2: Huacawasi - Ipsaycocha - Patacancha

After a big breakfast we will start our hardest day of trekking .This day we leave Huacawasi about 6 am  and hike up  for approximately 3 ½ hrs to Ipsaycocha Pass where we will be able to see beautiful mountain panoramas. After taking some time to enjoy the pass we descend to the Ipsaycocha Lake where we will enjoy our lunch.
Then we continue approximately 3.5 hours downhill to our camp in Patacancha Village where a local family will be waiting for us. The farmer will show us his lands and we will have the chance to interact with people from this village.
Then we will eat dinner made with locally grown produce like quinoa, potatoes and corn. After a briefing for the next day we will go to sleep.

DURING THE TREK:

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodations: Patacancha Camping.
Maximum Altitude: 4450 meters.
Minimum Altitude: 3520 meters.
Temperature during day: 10ºC - 22ºC
Temperature during night: 05ºC – 11ºC
Hiking Distance: 20 km approx.

Day 3: Patacancha - Pumamarka - Ollantaytambo - Aguas calientes

After hot tea, hot chocolate, coffee and bread, we will fill our water bottles and pack some snacks. For the first hour we have an up and downhill trail to Pumamarca after which we continue downhill to Ollantaytambo. Along the valley also we will enjoy the remarkable and extensive Inka terraces. At the bottom of the valley we will arrive at Ollantaytambo town by the sacred Urubamaba River.
Ollantaytambo is an unforgettable town and is the best surviving example of an Inka city in Peru. It was one of the most important towns in Inka times. Our guide will show you through town and teach you about the area.

After spending some time in this Inka town our group will take the train to Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes for about 1½ hours. After settling into our hotel we will meet at the restaurant for dinner and a briefing for Machu Picchu tomorrow.

DURING THE TREK:

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodations: Aguas Calientes hostel.
Maximum Altitude: 3750 meters.
Minimum Altitude: 2010 meters.
Temperature during day: 15ºC - 25ºC
Temperature during night: 10ºC – 15ºC
Hiking Distance: 7 km approx.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

After breakfast, You will choose with your guide whether to walk up to Machu Picchu 1½ hours or take a 25 minutes bus ride. Once you arrive at Machu Picchu our guide will take you on a personal tour for 2 hours, pointing out the major features and temples and explaining the history. After that you will have your to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
As an option you can climb up to the top of Huayna Picchu mountain (1 hour). However, if you want to do this spectacular climb you need to book tickets at least 6 months in advance. Alternatively, if you are booking within this time, you can ask to climb Machu Picchu Mountain, which is less crowded. It is a bigger mountain in the area, You will need 1¾ hours to reach the summit where you will enjoy the highest and widest view of the whole Machu Picchu area.

When you feel complete and are ready to return to Aguas Calientes you can choose to walk down or take the bus. Later in the afternoon you will  board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Make sure you don't forget anything in the hotel or restaurant before you leave Aguas Calientes . 
At Ollantaytambo station, our staff will be waiting for you with a car, to take you back to your hotel or hostel in Cusco. (1.5 hours approx.)

DURING THE TREK:

Meals: breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2450 meters.
Minimum Altitude: 2920 meters.
Temperature during day: 15ºC - 25ºC
Temperature during night: 08ºC – 12ºC
Hiking Distance: 3 km approx.

STANDAR SERVICE 

Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing in Cusco.
  • Profesional bilingual Tour Guide.(2 guides for groups of over 10 people).
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning  (we pick you up from where you are staying).
  • Private transportation to Lares (starting point of the trek).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. 
  • Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat.
  • Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. chairs and tables).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes(private room,hot shower, tv, wi fi)
  • One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu on day 4.
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • All meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and also at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available

Not Included:

  • Entrance fees to Huaynapicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 25 american dollars to the original price)
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu Mountain.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 25 american dollars to the original price)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in aguas calientes
  • Entrances to the hot spring waters.
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.

SHARED GROUP SERVICE 

02 Persons / $.590.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

03 Persons  / $.580.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

04 Persons / $.560.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

05 Persons / $.540.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

06 Persons / $.520.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

08 to More Persons  / $.500.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSANGER REQUEST.

PRIVATE SERVICE

GROUP SIZE UP ON YOUR  REQUEST for people who want a personalize and exclusive service.

All include + description down here.

Private groups include addditional services like 9 extra kilos of luggage care by our horses and trasportation, we provite horses to ride and carry personal belongs, nice train (vistadome), Hotel *** in  Aguas calientes “la cabaña”, bus up and down to rich Machu Picchu, walking poles, extra food and wather along the trek.

PRICE PER  ADULT PERSON $.760.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS.  MINIMUN 2 PAX

PRICE PER STUDENT PERSON $.740.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS. MINIMUN 2 PAX

DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSANGER REQUEST.

What you should bring:

  •     Original passport
  •     ISIC card(www.isic.org) if it is applicable (needs to be sent at the time of your  booking)
  •     Insurance card optional.
  •     Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  •     Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  •     Warm jack
  •     Hat and gloves
  •     T-shirts
  •     Comfortable trousers
  •     Rain pants
  •     Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
  •     Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  •     Insect Repellent  40 % deet ( for mosquitos )
  •     Water bottle
  •     Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
  •     Toilet paper
  •     Personal medication
  •     Camera and extra batteries.
  •     Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
  •     Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency.

You can rent in our office:

  •      Walking sticks ($ 20.00 per person) for the entire hike.
  •      Sleeping bag ($ 25.00 per person) for the entire hike.

lares valley to machu picchu



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