Another alternative route worth considering is the Lares trek, which begins in the sacred valley of the Incas continuing to the communities of Canchacancha and Quiswarani, the route leads through several sleepy textile villages, where farmers and artisans live like their ancestors before they had done so. The Lares hike also offers a magnificent view of the Vilcanota mountain range with many farmlands, andean camelids grazing and the Pitusiray glacier right in front, this hike sends most hikers to a true connection with nature and show the traditional Quechua lifestyle, however it is the moment we arrive at the hot spring of Lares and it is a time to relax. The last day you will be in one of the new seven wonders in the world, Machupicchu and your guide will complement it with the Inca history.
Cusco – Lares Hot springs – Ollantaytambo – Machupichu
Visit some local communities and have the chance to interact with locals!
We will meet at 5:00 am. at your hotel, then we will drive for 1 hour to the sacred valley of the Incas, place where we will have our delicious breakfast enjoying the beautiful scenery of this valley also the ancient remains of this awesome Pisac Inca Citadel. Your guide will share with you also the history of this place. Then driving 1 more hours next to the sacred river or ‘Wilcamayu’ towards ‘Huaran’ (2,700m./8,858 ft.) where we will start this amazing trek, here we meet our horsemen and horses, once we are ready we begin our first 3 hours gradually ascending up to ‘Canchacancha’, here we will replenish our energy for our trek ahead with a delicious lunch prepared by our trekking chef. Canchacancha being the most isolated and self-sustainable community with rich potato farmlands, no bus roads, no modern technology and this is a perfect place to make your connection with nature and the realness of life in the Peruvian andes with the locals that share their lifestyle, their homes and It would be of much appreciation to share some toys, old useful clothes, school supplies, fruit or any items with them. After 2 hours we have arrive to our first campsite. So here time to enjoy the great views of the glacier with a cup of hot tea, then we will have a delicious dinner, actually this is a good place to enjoy the fascinating Inca constellations in the southern hemisphere sky.
We will be woken up around 5 am. with a ‘room service’ a cup of hot coca tea, this is going to be one of the most beautiful days in the trek. We will see the ‘Pitusiray’ glacier ahead in the distance, also the spectacular views of the mountains, some local people herding the llamas and alpacas also taking them to the mountains. After an energetic breakfast we begin our 4 hours’ uphill hike until we reach to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutec pass. (4,700 m./15,420 ft.) once here if you take your eyes off of the ‘Pitusiray glacier’ (5,700 m/ 18,700 ft.) you will be able to enjoy the astonishment Vilcanota mountain range in all its beauty with waterfalls, lagoons in the distance, snowcapped peaks, and at the bottom the farmlands. After taking a great pictures and enjoying our cup of coca tea provided by our porter, we start to descent for 1½ hours towards our lunch spot (3,850 m./1,2631 ft.). After a satisfying lunch we start our next two hours hiking downhill until ‘Quiswarani’ campsite. On the way we will be able to see the organic potatoes valley, and the llamas working there, how come? In the Inca´s time the llamas were considered sacred and fundamental to the economy also they were the main transport for the products, and here the people continue the tradition of the Incas. After siesta we will have afternoon tea time and dinner then a comfortable night sleep.
Today we start to climb uphill for 3 hours towards the ‘Huillkiccasa pass’ (4,200m./13,779ft.) here another spectacular views of the glaciers and the lagoons in the distance. We start to hike downhill for 2 hours through the beautiful valley until ‘Cuncani community’. Where again we will see more farmlands, and as well we will have the opportunity to expend time with the indigenous children before we arrive to ‘Lares hot spring’. Here we will enjoy of this hot spring which are divided into various pools with different temperatures, also this water is medicinal and is considered good for your muscles, bones and headaches. After lunch and relax we will drive for 3 hours until ‘Ollantaytambo’. (2,792m./9,160ft.) Where we will have our dinner in a touristic restaurant, then we take the train (7 pm.) for 2 hours to Aguas Calientes and to expend the night in our hotel.
We had three great days and finally the most important day. We will have breakfast in your hotel then we will go to take the first bus (5:30 am.) toward Machupicchu, after 30 minutes by bus we go into Machupicchu archeological park to enjoy of the sunrise and after taking the first pictures we start with our private tour. 2 hours exploring the lost city of the Incas. If you have Waynapicchu Mountain or Machupicchu mountain, your guide will take you to the entrance and will explain you about it. When you are ready take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, in the afternoon you will catch a 2 hours’ train back to Ollantaytambo station where our private van will take you back to Cusco and arrive at your hotel around 8 pm.
You should bring with you!
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking, Big backpack will not be allowed inside Machupicchu. Big ones can be stored outside citadel gate.
We will hand out to you a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)
Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.
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