Trek Lares Valley to Machu Picchu 4 days

TREK LARES VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

Trek Lares Valley to Machu Picchu 4 days and live a unique experience in the Andes Mountains. The Lares trek takes you off the beaten track, passing through dramatic high Andean scenery, and allowing you to visit remote, traditional villages where life continues much as it has since pre-Hispanic times. You’ll enjoy gorgeous lush valleys and snow-capped mountains.

A trek to Lares is like going back in time to a different world, where Spanish is a second language and villagers still live in harmony with Mother Nature. Most of these families still live in thatched-roof stone houses, farming llamas, and alpacas. More importantly, these Andean villagers are very welcoming and create intricate, colorful weavings made with natural dyes to sell to supplement their meager income.

Our trek concludes with as we descend to the Sacred Valley to take a train through the cloud forest to visit Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world. Join us on this great adventure and epic trek in the Andes.

LARES TREK ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1. – CUSCO – LARES HOT SPRINGS – HUACAWASI
DAY 2. – HUACAWASI – WAWAKASA PASS – MANTANAY
DAY 3.- MANTANAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
DAY 4.- MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

 

 

 

 

 

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TREK LARES VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS ITINERARY

DAY 1. – CUSCO – LARES HOT SPRINGS – HUACAWASI

After an early departure from Cusco, we’ll drive to the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley to take the winding road to Lares. The highest altitude of this 3-hour trip is 4265m/15,200ft. You’ll see dramatic views of the snow-capped peaks Sawasiray and Pitusiray, before descending into the warmer climate of the Lares Valley at an altitude of 3207m/10,500ft. The town of Lares is a typical colonial village with a church, the main plaza, and narrow streets. We’ll meet our team of porters here and have lunch before we begin the trek.

After lunch, the trail ascends to the community of Huacahuasi, a farming community of small houses built out of stones with thatched roofs. We’ll have a delicious, nutritious dinner at our first campsite at 3600m/11,800ft.

Distance: 6km (about 3.7miles)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tents (2 people per tent)

DAY 2. – HUACAWASI – MANTANAY

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll leave the campsite by 8:00 am. A brief ascent takes us to the first and highest pass of the trek at Huahuaqasa (4500m/14,700ft). From here we’ll descend to the lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha, which are formed by the glacial water from the snowy peaks of Pumahuanca and Kiswarani. We’ll have lunch close to these lakes.

This is a spectacular day of trekking through the Urubamba Mountains, with lots of opportunities to spot a number of Andean bird species. If we’re lucky, we might even see condors! After about 1.5 hours of trekking, we’ll arrive at our campsite not far from the village of Mantanay (3800m/12,400ft).

Distance: 15km (about 9.3 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tents (2 people per tent)

DAY 3.- MANTANAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

After an early breakfast, you’ll descend for almost three hours hike through a queuña forest, an indigenous tree of the Andes, and passing farming communities. This valley is at about 2950m/9670ft and has a pleasantly warm climate. We’ll pass through the tiny village of Yanahuara in the Urubamba Valley. The rich soil, combined with the glacial water, makes this a prime agricultural area. The traditional people worship Wilkamayu, or the Sacred River, that flows through this valley.

After lunch, we’ll take a 20-minute bus to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo. There we’ll catch the 2-hour train to Aguas Calientes, the base village of Machu Picchu. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in a hotel where you enjoy a delicious dinner, take a hot shower and sleep in a comfy bed.

Distance: 9km (about 6 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)

DAY 4.- MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

Today you’ll finally visit Machu Picchu! To maximize the experience, we’ll have a very early breakfast to catch one of the first buses up to the citadel. Your hotel will store your backpacks until you return from your tour. The bus takes about 30 minutes to arrive at the monument. Your guide will immediately take you to a beautiful spot to watch the sunrise and take pictures. You’ll have about a 2-hour guided tour where you’ll visit the most important parts of the monument and learn about Inca culture and history.

At the end of the tour, you’ll have free time to explore on your own, or with advance reservations, you can climb Huaynapicchu. You should head back to the bus around 4:00 pm to catch your 6:20 pm train to Ollantaytambo. The time of your train departure depends on availability at the time of booking. The train trip to Ollantaytambo takes about 2 hours. Transportation will meet you at the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Please Note: All itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control such as extreme weather, road blocks, landslide, trail conditions, bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

LARES TREK INCLUDES:

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Private transportation from your hotel to Lares.
  • Tents: 2 people in a 4-person-capacity tent so you’re more comfortable and your backpacks fit completely inside the tent.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Horses Days 1 – 3 (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Horse wranglers Days 1 to 3.
  • One night hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals (3B, 4L, 3D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special menus are available upon request at no extra cost.
  • Hot water in the mornings for washing.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Roundtrip train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Vistadome class service).
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee.
  • One-way bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

LARES TREK DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag.
  • First breakfast & last lunch.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Bus ticket (Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes).
  • Snacks, drinks except where notes.
  • Tipping your trekking team is customary (depends on service).

WHAT TO BRING FOR THIS TREK

  • Original passport and original International Student Identity Card (if applicable).
  • A backpack with clothes for the 5 days of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or rain poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or jogging shoes to relax at camp.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces and gloves.
  • Thermal underwear recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries.
  • Camera and extra batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block minimum SPF 30 (it’s easy to burn at high elevations).
  • Insect repellent (minimum recommended 20% Deet).
  • Roll of toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Water bottle and purification system/tablets.
  • Small towel and wet wipes.
  • Swimsuit to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Cash in soles and/or $USD.
  • Walking poles (can also be rented from us).

LARES TREK PRICE $580 USD PER PERSON 

This service is perfect for friends, couples, and small families because you select your arrival and departure dates, group size and most importantly, you set the pace to maximize your experience. This tour price is based on a minimum of 02 minimum and a maximum of 05 hikers.

METHODS OF PAYMENT

We require a deposit of 50% to confirm your reservation.

WESTERN UNION

There are additional fees associated with this method of payment, which will be paid by the client.

Receiver’s Name: DAVID
Receiver’s Surname: GUZMAN FLORES
Receiver’s Address: CALLE NUEVA N° 462
Receiver’s City: CUSCO
Receiver’s Country: PERU
Receiver’s ID: 42567695

After sending payment, please send us an e-mail with the following information:

Transaction numbers: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN), a ten-digit number).

PAYPAL ONLINE.

If you’d like to pay via PayPal or a direct bank deposit, please note that a 10% fee applies. Please add this amount to the tour cost to cover the transaction costs. Our PayPal email address is: mapitourperu@hotmail.com

For all methods of payment, please include the following information in your reservation email:

* Scanned passports for each traveler. We cannot make reservations or book tickets until we have scanned copies of all passport(s).
* Start date for your trip.
* Indicate the name of your hotel in Cusco.

RENTALS AND ADDITIONAL SERVICES

* Sleeping Bag: $20 USD
* Walking Sticks: $15 USD
* Extra emergency horse: $80.

HUAYNAPICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN ASCENTS

The Huaynapicchu peak ascent is limited to only 400 people per day, with one group of 200 at 7:00 am and the second group at 10:00 am. We recommend booking Huaynapicchu entrance tickets 3-4 months in advance. Once tickets are sold out, there is no chance to get them! Instead, you’ll have the option to climb Machu Picchu Mountain for the same cost. The ticket price to climb Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is $25.00 USD per person, in addition to the tour price.