The Lares valley trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures, and Machu Picchu on the 4th Day. The trek will take you through stunning Mountain scenery, over high passes, and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. The first day are going to participate in the Andean weaving process and in the second campsites we have a special placer to observe the some birds and hummingbirds and fourth day you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.
Reservation: Since the number of trekking permits is limited to 250 per day (about 200 tourists and 50 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance - especially in the high season between May and September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket about 30 days in advance.
At approximately 6am we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares where we will start hiking. During this journey we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where you will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other supplies you forgot. Your guide might advise you to buy some bread to hand out to the children you will meet during the trek. When arriving at Lares we will visit the hot springs where you will be able to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare a wonderful lunch. After lunch we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). During 3 hours you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day when we will reach the highest point of the trek. The first night we will spend the night at the house of our horsemen who are joining us on the trip. At arrival your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot thee before having dinner.
After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Sacsayllame or Hucahuasi at 4400m/14435 feet. The hike will take about 4 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone will certainly be able to reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views.
Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass a beautiful lagoon before having lunch next to the river. You will be able to recuperate while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you. Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis), a typical three from Peru. This walk will take about 4 hours before reaching our campsite at Pucara (3100m/10170f). A wonderful place where you will receive hot thee and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner..
In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to observe in our cloud forest a large number of endemic and migratory birds and hummingbirds also we will see some orchids and bromeliads
Our journey starts early in the morning at 6am, a vehicle will bring you to Ollantaytambo village. From here, you are able to take a tourist train to Km 104. After our arrival at km 104, the Royal Inca Trail begins with a hike to Chachabamba (2270m/7448f), where our guide will inform us about the previous function of this archeological site. Thereafter, we will reach Wiñayhuayna (2650m/8694f), the most important archeological site besides Machu Picchu. After that, our trail continues towards the Sun Gate “Inti Punku”, a nice viewpoint from which we can enjoy the nightfall on Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f). Since we have to continue our walk to our hotel in Aguas Calientes, we will only spend little time in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu on the first day.
We will leave our hotel towards Machu Picchu after breakfast at about 5:30 am by bus. We are leaving that early because at this time the setting is less crowded and the morning is a good time to enjoy the calmness and the ancient spirit of the best-known archaeological site on the continent. After our arrival at the citadel around 6:00 am, our guide will give us detailed information about Machu Picchu and the history and culture of the Inca. Thereafter, you will have enough free time to enjoy and explore the site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inka Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Waynapicchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you have the possibility to join the town’s hot springs (S/ 10.00 Nuevos soles). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
Due we do not need an extra porter for the 2-Day Inca Trail (group departure), everyone carries her/his own bag back.
Backpack with rain shelter, sleeping back, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts, a rain poncho, a hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Lares Village), sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, photo camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
From the Hot Spring of Lares village (Day 1) to Huaca Huasi and the second day to Pucara (Day 2) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 7 kg). From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Caliente town (Day 3) we continue by train THERE FOR THE CLIENT HAVE TO CARRY SMALL DAYLI BACK PACK (04 KILOS) TO MAKE THE INKA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 20.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
Altitude Advice: To avoid problems with to the altitude, we recommend that you arrive at least 48 hrs. Prior to departure of your hike. Please contact us as soon as you get to Cusco to organize the pre-departure meeting.
Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
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