This trek of Lares, in 5 days, is a private and more authentic service. You will have llamas all along the way that will carry your personal belongings and the necessary equipment for the trek. You will have the opportunity to meet locals in the village of Huacawasi, and share a unique moment where they will share their culture, their expertise on looms and their folk cuisine .... Finally throughout the valley of Lares you enjoy the diversity of landscapes: snowy mountains, lakes, farm terraces, waterfalls and many more to discover!
Altitude: 2050 - 4458 m
High season: All year
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Difficulty Level: Medium / Hard
Day 1: Cusco - Huaran - Cancha Cancha
Day 2: Cancha Cancha - Pachacuteq Pass - Quishuarani
Day 3: Quishuarani - Huillquijasa Pass - Cuncani - Huacahuacasi
Day 4: Huaca Wasi - Ipsaycocha pass - Patacancha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Route from Lares Valley via Huaran to Machu Picchu - 5 days
Day 1: Cusco - Huaran - Cancha Cancha
We will pick you up at your hotel at 6:00 am, we will take the road for approximately 2 hours until Huaran (2900 m). It is a small village, in the Sacred Valley, which will be our starting point of our trek. We will join at this time the rest of the team including the llamas! We will start our magnificent trek through this fascinating valley, following the tranquil route of the high hills along the Cancha Cancha River. It will take us 5 hours to reach the picturesque village of Cancha Cancha where we will set up our first camp.
Transport time: 2 hours
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude difference: Cusco (3400 m) - Huaran (2900 m) - Cancha Cancha (3800 m)
Day 2: Cancha Cancha - Pachacuteq Pass - Quishuarani
After breakfast, we will start the climb to the Pachacuteq Pass (4458 m), the highest point of the trek. From up there you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks, Pitusiray, Lac Pachacuteq and all around the Valley. After the Pass, we will continue walking down, this time, to the next valley to arrive at the village of Quishuarani (3700 m) where we will spend the night. Along the way, the landscapes will be breathtaking - with frozen lakes, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. This region is also rich in bird species and it is possible to see the Andean ibises, Andean geese and flamingos among others.
Walking time: 7 hours
Elevation difference: Cancha Cancha (3800 m) - Pachacuteq Pass (4458 m) - Quishuarani (3800 m)
Day 3: Quishuarani - Huillquijasa Pass - Cuncani - Huacahuasi
We will have breakfast and leave for an ascent of about 3 hours to reach the Huillquijasa Pass (4200 m), the second highest point of the trek. The view is impressive and worth it! After that, we will descend to the village of Cuncani (3860 m) through beautiful turquoise lakes along the way. We will continue to cross several lands and we will meet Andean local families, where agriculture and textile expertise inspired by Andean gods and symbols is very famous in this region. Once the Qasa Cruz Pass (4100 m) past we will go to the community of Huacahuasi (3800 m). With this community you will have the opportunity to share a unique and authentic moment by learning more about their culture, customs, traditions and their daily lives. We will set up the camp near the community where you can explore the surroundings if the desire and time allow you.
Walking time: 8 hours
Altitude difference: Quishuarani (3800 m) - Huillquijasa Pass (4300 m) - Cuncani (3750 m) - Qasa Cruz Pass (4100 m) - Huacahuasi (3800 m)
Day 4: Huacahuasi - Ipsaycocha Pass - Patacancha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Another beautiful day, thanks to the different biodiversity that we will meet, for example to the Ipsaycocha Pass (4350 m) which will take us 4 hours to reach. To join it, we will pass by several communities, where we will be able to observe the Andean farmers and their experience in the culture of the land and their rustic and authentically Andean house. Farmers have a great deal of knowledge about nature and old farming habits, as well as expertise on old textile methods filled with colors inspired by Andean gods and symbols. After this pass, we will go to the village of Patacancha (3750 m), where our bus will be waiting to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo (2700 m). From there you will experience the incredible train experience to Aguas Calientes with an outstanding panoramic view. The night will be in a hotel, comfortable, in the city of Aguas Calientes.
Walking time: 6 hours
Transport time: 40 minutes (Patacancha - Ollantaytambo) and 1h40 (Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes)
Altitude difference: Huacahuasi (3750 m) - Ipsaycocha Pass (4350 m) - Patacancha (3750 m) - Ollantaytambo (2700 m) - Aguas Calientes (2005 m)
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
We will leave the hotel, after breakfast, at 5:30 to go to Machu Picchu (2400 m) with a tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, about the life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough free time to explore Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750 m) at your own pace. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train. In the meantime you will have time to have a lunch at Machu Picchu in the Sanctuary Lodge restaurant (optional) and enjoy the hot baths of the city of Aguas Calientes to relax and give you a 5-day walk.
Walking / visiting time: 2 hours
Travel time: 4h (Aguas Calientes) - 30 minutes (Bus Machu Picchu)
Climate: Warm temperate
Altitude difference: Aguas Calientes (2005 m) - Machu Picchu (2400 m) - Cusco (3400 m)
Trek from Lares Valley to Machu Picchu 5 Days (service spurred)
- Information meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19h, to be confirmed when booking
Navete from your hotel in Cusco (where the shuttle has access) to Huaran Village
Return bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Return train served by Vistadome, or Hiram Bingham on request (*), from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)
Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco (where the shuttle has access)
- Entrance to the Machu Picchu site
- Overnight in a private room in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Marco Wasi, Inka Tower or similar depending on availability)
- Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us in advance!, At no extra charge)
- Good quality camping equipment (professional tents Eureka! Timberline 4 , for 2 people, with mattresses and pillows + dining tent with table and chairs + tent toilets).
- New fixed camp, with tent shelters and hard kitchens.
- Biodegradable personal soap
- Hot water in the morning and evening to wash / boiled water and cooled to fill your water bottles
- Meals during the stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, notify the agency in case of allergies or special diet: vegetarian, etc.)
- Cook and kitchen equipment
- Muleteers and mules for all camping equipment and personal equipment (max 7 kg)
- Rescue horse
- Stairs sticks, on request
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping bag (if you do not have one, possibility to rent one at the agency, $ 5 / day
- The entrance of hot baths in Agua Calientes (10 soles per person)
-Lunch at Machu Picchu (Restaurant Sanctuary Lodge)
(*) If there is no more room for the direct route Aguas Calientes - Cusco (Poroy), we offer the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then a private transport to your hotel in Cusco. This option does not apply to the Hiram Bingham luxury train.
(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu or Montaña: To climb the Huayna Picchu or Montaña, this requires a good time in advance. We take care of the reservation and guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu or Montaña. With of course an additional fee of $ 65.00, in addition to the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, according to the regulation of the Ministry of Culture. (This new law came into force on July 18, 2011).
(2) Gratuities: for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. Carriers are also very grateful for a small donation, such as school clothes or materials for their children.
(3) Student Card : To be eligible for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have an ISIC student card valid at the time of booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! The validity must correspond to the whole year in progress. When booking, we will need a copy of your card. The Ministry of Culture is strict when regulating student cards.
(4) CANCELLATION: For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense.
What is needed to bring?
- Backpack with a rain poncho
- Sleeping bag
- Clothing for hot and cold weather
- Rain pants and lightweight pants
- Trekking shoes
- Sandals or flip flops (for showers and thermal baths)
- Wool socks or cotton and a sweater
- T-shirt with short and long sleeves
- Rain poncho and hat or cap
- Swimsuit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Sun protection, anti-mosquito, hand sanitizer gel, water bottle and purifying tablets, toilet paper
- Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and spare batteries
- Bars of cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.
- Original passport and student card "ISIC" (for entrance to Machu Picchu) extra money in Soles
- The climate can be quite cold and wet, in this case, your wet clothes will not have enough time to dry. Take some extra clothes.
A trip of solidarity: Xtreme Tourbulencia suggests you to bring some pens, notebooks or other school supplies to offer to the children of the school of Huacawasi, the inhabitants of the village will be very grateful to you. You can also buy bread en route to share with locals you meet.