The Lares hike is a high elevation trekking quiet and peaceful than other trekking routes in Cusco region beside it is an attractive alternative to the crowded famous Inca Trail to Machupicchu, this trekking tour starts at Lares community which runs over Andean mountains and high altitudes on the mountain range of Vilcabamba to connect on day four Machupicchu archeological site.
The standard Lares trek route starts after to visit the healing hot spring in Lares village passing over Huacahuasi community which is home of traditional weavers and farmers, famous for homemade textiles. The hike takes three days plus one day to explore Machupicchu archeological site.
DAY 01: CUSCO – LARES – HUACAHUASI
Depart from Cusco city to drive to Calca town 2928 meters above sea level (9600 ft) where we can get some snack and water bottles. From Calca we ride a further three hours until Lares community 2900 meters above sea level (9514 ft) which takes totally four hours from Cusco city. There is hot spring in Lares where you have the chance to take a bath. Afterward we will take 06 hours hiking to Huacahuasi Andean comunity 3850 meters above sea level (12630 ft) where we camp.
Minimum height: 2900 m.a.s.l (9514 ft)
Maximum altitude: 3850 m.a.s.l (12600 ft)
Estimated distance: 12km (07miles)
Estimated walking time: 06 hours approximately
DAY 02: HUACAHUASI – IPSAYCOCHA
After breakfast we start to climb up to the top of Ipsayccocha pass 4450 meters above sea level (14600 ft) quiet and peaceful moment on the highest point of the trail. Then we continue descending through amazing landscapes till Ipsaycocha Lake where we will camp and interact with local inhabitants.
Minimum height: 3850 m.a.s.l ( 12600 ft)
Maximum altitude: 4450 m.a.s.l ( 14600 ft)
Estimated distance: 10 km (32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 05 hours approximately
DAY 03: IPSAYCOCHA – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a health breakfast we enjoy entirely day downhill day passing through traditional weaving villages such as Patacancha 3700 meters above sea level (12140 ft) and Huilloc, before finishing the trekking in Ollantaytambo town 2792 meters above sea level (9160 ft) . From Ollantaytambo we will take the train to guas Calientes town 2040 meters above sea level (6690 ft)for around two hours thirty minutes where we spend the night in a hotel.
Minimum height: 2792 m.a.s.l ( 9160 ft)
Maximum altitude: 3850 m.a.s.l ( 12600 ft)
Estimated distance: 12 km ( miles)
Estimated walking time: 05 hours approximately
DAY 04: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
After an early breakfast we will take a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site which take twenty five minutes, the reason we leave early is to enjoy the sunrise on top of the old city of Machupicchu a plenty of time will be provided to explore the city. On afternoon we take back the bus to Machupicchu town to get the train with direction to Cusco city.
- Hotel pick up and private transport to the starting point of the trekking (Lares town).
- Machu Picchu entrance fees.
- Professional English speaking tour guide (two guides for groups over 08 persons).
- Sleeping tent (02 Persons per tent in a 04 person’s capacity tent).
- Dinning and kitchen tents table and chairs.
- Sleeping mattress.
- Cooking equipment.
- Cook and Meals (03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners) vegetarian option is provided in a previous booking.
- Porters or horses (to carry food and equipment of the company).
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu (round trip).
- Train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus connection to Cusco city.
- Breakfast on the first morning (stop near Ollantaytambo town to have breakfast, water and some snacks).
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes town it on day four.
- Entrance fees to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town USD$6.
- Sleeping bag (hired in our office if you don’t have one USD$ 04 per day).
- Tips for the crew (guide, cook and porters or horseman).
- Entrance fee to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain up which is optional an extra cost USD$ 16 (Huayna Picchu is the tall mountain behind Machu Picchu archeological site, it booking must be made in advance too).
- Personal medical kit.
- Extra horse to carry your personal items USD$ 25 per day.
WHAT TO TAKE
- Original Passport
- Student card (ISIC Card if you are student)
- A backpack (for daily and personal items)
- Warm clothes (nights are cold)
- First aid kit
- camell back or water bottle.
- Rain jacket and poncho (rains even on dry season).
- Short pants for confortable walking.
- Head light or flashlight
- Trekking shoes
- Washing kit and water purifying tablets.
- Binoculars for bird watching
- Insect Repellent and sun block.
- Personal toilet items (towel, toilet paper, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, etc.)
- Hat, gloves, scarf, wool socks, sandals.
- Cash to tip the crew and buy drinks and snacks. (Peruvian currency).
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