The Lares Trek to Machu picchu is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was, Peru Hiking Tours is 100% recommended travel operator to do this trek.
Day 1: Cusco - Calca - Lares Hot Springs - Huacawasi
We leave from Cusco early in the morning by bus and travel through the Sacred Valley arriving to the Lares valley where will find some natural hot spring of Lares community and spend the morning in the medicinal hot springs, after our lunch we keep going 4 hours walk to get the first camping spot of Huacawuasi.
Day 2: Wacawasi - Ipsaycocha
After continuing up through the Lares Valley, we arrive to the community of Huacawasi. People here produce some of the finest weavings in Peru. Here, we can observe their great skills and brilliant techniques in the fabrication of ponchos and other garments. Passing the village we begin climbing up to Condor Pass, the second of the trip at 4300m.. From here, we catch a stunning view of the renowned Mount Veronica (5750m.). Descending gently for about one hour, we come to the beautiful Ipsaycocha Lake close to Patacancha , our last campsite.
Today our Lares Trail leads downhill to an overlook facing a wide valley. Descending into the valley, we eventually arrive to the community of Willoc where we have lunch, from here takes two hours to arrive to Pumamarka and enjoy the inca terraces, finally we arrive to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. This is a perfect place to appreciate the vast archeological remains and a wide variety of flowers and birds species. The group takes the train at 4:50 pm or 6.00 pm see below please the timetable of the train .from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and spends the night there in a comfortable hotel.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After an early breakfast, we start walking up to Machu picchu to be the first one (1 and half hours) or we can take the bus up to Machupicchu ( 30 minutes up) and bus leaves at 5:30am. once we are there we register and start on our 3 hours guided visit. After enjoying Machupicchu, we will walk down or take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have free time to enjoy hot springs have a lunch before we return to Ollantaytambo and then Bus back to cusco.
Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to Lares
Professional, English-speaking guide
Camping equipment including a 2-person igloo tent (a four-man tent that leaves plenty of room for your gear), mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, bathroom tent, tables and camping stools, first aid kit and an emergency oxygen tank.
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
Cook and all cooking equipment
Horses to carry camping equipment and food
Personnel to care for the horses
One emergency horse
Hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (including continental breakfast)
Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back again.