Lares Mountains

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Lares Lake

Hot Springs

Lares Trek and Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights

DAY 1: Cusco - Thermal baths de Lares – Huacahuasi

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning at 03:45am. We will head straight toward Lares (hot springs) the estimated time of our journey is 4 hours, and we will be going in private transportation. Along the way we are going to pass through the highest point 4265 m. at this point it will be possible to see a few glacier such as sawasiray and Pitusiray. We then descend into the warm valley of Lares at a height of 3207 m., there we have lunch at around midday. You will have the opportunity to visit the thermal baths and walk around the area. After a good rest we will start climbing up from 3207 (Lares) to 3650 above sea level (Huacawasi) (4 hours), the road is not difficult and during this trail we will observe the variety of vegetation and wildlife found in the valley. The climate is excellent which will make for a comfortable journey, and you will also have the chance to appreciate the agriculture that the villagers use and how they take care of the cows and the llamas. After a good day’s walk we arrive at our first camp site "Wacahuasi" this is a charming little community where you will be able to see houses that are built of rustic materials such as mud bricks.We’ll will enjoy a nice dinner there and go to bed early in our comfortable tents, in preparation for the next day’s early departure. L: D

DAY 2: Huacawasi - Miskiunuyoc

We’ll wake up early and, after a good breakfast we will set out for our trek. We will continue our hike towards the mountain pass of Huacawasi (4500m/ 12,467 ft.), which offers impressive views of both sides of the pass. Along the path we only have high Andean vegetation, roads and pre-Hispanic houses made by the Huacawasi villagers. We will have ample opportunity to see plenty of South American camels (llamas and alpacas), for which Peru is famous for. When we arrive at the pass, you will be able to see the majestic lake called Auroray (Blue Lagoon) which was formed after water came down from the Pumahuanca snowy mountain and at this lake we will stop for our lunch. After lunch we start walking again for around an hour and a half to reach our second camp site which is Miskiunuyoc which is close to the community of Manantay located at 3800 m. / 12,467 ft. B: L: D

DAY 3: Miskyunuyoc - Yanahuara - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

The wakeup call will be at 06:00am and after a healthy breakfast at 08:00 am in the morning we will be ready to start our third day of hiking toward Yanahuara (2950 m) a beautiful town with an excellent climate, located in the Urubamba Valley. This place is considered to be the major supplier of food products of Cusco, with vast fields of corn and vegetables. On this day we will walk down for around 3 to 4 hours, and during the hike we can marvel at the famous forest of Qeuñua which is protected by the Peruvian government. We hike on until we see the beginning of the village of Yanahuara, where will we stop for lunch. After lunch we will take transportation from Yanahuara (bus) to Ollantaytambo where we take the train to Aguas Calientes, (depending on the train time table) after a 2 hour train ride we arrive at the small town of Aguas Calientes. Here we will provide you with a room in a hostel which includes a private bathroom, and we’ll have dinner in a local restaurant. Our guide will then give us a briefing about the next day. B: L: D

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning we go to the station to take the bus to Machupicchu, this bus takes 25 minutes by uneven track, where we will do tour of the Inca citadel. Your tour guide will give you a guided tour of the citadel which will last around 2 and a half hours, for the most important parts of this beautiful and enigmatic Inca citadel. You will then have some free time to wander, explore, take photos, etc. Or alternatively you could choose to climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu (tickets required), where you will get a spectacular panoramic view of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the great Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we will meet in the town of Aguas Calientes, where if you want, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to Cusco, and drop you off to your selected hotel / hostel. Travel time 4 hours. End of our services. B

B: Breakfast /L: Lunch /D: Dinner

Tour Includes:

  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Collection from hotels in Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • Bus ticket up to Machupicchu
  • 3 breakfast,3 lunches, 3 dinners (breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 in Aguas Calientes are not included)
  • Dinning tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional cook
  • 4 man tent is provided for 2 people only
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Horse man and horses ( they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 5 kilos you personal belongings)
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra oxygen
  • First aid kit

What you need to take:

  • Original passport and (Student card if is applicable)
  • Insurance card is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Hand sanitazer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries

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