Lares Trek Vía Yanahuara to Machu Picchu
04 Days / 03 Nights
The Lares Valley Trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu on the 4th Day. The trek will take you through stunning Mountain scenery, over high passes and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. Day 4 you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.
Lares Valley Trek Itinerary:
- Code: XA – 11
- Altitude: 2850 – 4400 m/9350 – 14436f
- High season: Whole year
- Duration: 4 days – 3 nights
- Level of difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Day 1: Cusco – Huaca Casi pass – Lares Hot Springs – Huacawasi
At approximately 6hrs 30am we will pick you up at your hotel to set course to the village of Lares where we will start hiking. During this journey we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where you will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other supplies you forgot. Your guide might advise you to buy some bread to hand out to the children you will meet during the trek. When arriving at Lares we will visit the hot springs where you will be able to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare a wonderful lunch. After lunch we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Huacawasi (3600m/11811f). During 4 hours you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day when we will reach the highest point of the trek. The first night we will spend at the house of our horsemen who are joining us on the trip. At arrival your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot thee before having dinner.
Transport time: 4 hours
Hiking time: 4 hours
Climate during the day: Warm
Climate during the night: Cold
Day 2: Huacawasi – Sondor – Huacawasi C’asa Pass – Aruray Cocha – Yurak Cocha – Mantanay – Pucara
After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Huacawasi C’asa at 4500m or 14763 feet. The hike will take about 4 hours and will be very steep uphill. Of course an emergency horse will accompany us so that everyone will certainly be able to reach the top. During this trek you will be able to enjoy enormous mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views. Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold. After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass beautiful lagoons and there we’ll stop for having lunch. You will be able to recuperate while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you. Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis – a typical three from Peru), flora and fauna of this wonderful park. Thereafter we will continue descending until we got our camping spot at Pucara (3000m/9842f), a private camping place where you will have tea time and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner.
Hiking time: 8 hours.
Climate during day/night: cold and warm
Day 3: Pucara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Today will be another spectacular day when walking through the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you’re able to discover the great Inca’s site, Terraces and the Inca Trail will bring us to the Fortaleza of Ollantaytambo (2850m/ 9350ft). After having lunch, we will take a tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (2050m/ 6725ft) town where we will spend the night in a hostel. Hiking time: 4 hours
Transport time: 15 minutes
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and the option of Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will take leave Aguas Calientes by train around 18hrs 20. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.
Climate: moderate warm.
(1) From the first to the third day (from Lares Hot Springs to Pucara) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 6 kg). From Ollantaytambo village all luggage will be transferred in the train with you.
(2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu Mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 22.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
(3) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
What do I need to bring?
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping bag.
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
- Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rain poncho and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
- Flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
Lares Valley Trek Via Yanahuara to Machu Picchu 4 Days (Group Departure)
✓Pre-briefing time at 19hrs in our office 1 or 2 days before your date departure (It has to be confirmed at the booking time)
✓Transport from the hotel to Valle de Lares
✓Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
✓Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
✓Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Collective tourist transfer from the train station in Ollantaytambo to the centre of Cusco (Plaza Regocijo / Few meters of Plaza de Armas or Marriott Hotel / Calle Ruinas, beginning of San Blas neighbourhood).
✓Entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares
✓Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
✓Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes (Marco Wasi, Inka Tower or similar category)
✓Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
✓High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Himalaya 4 or Eureka tent, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
✓Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian)
✓Cook and cooking equipment
✓Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 6 kg)
✓Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons)
✓First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one)
Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for 12 U.S. dollars or you could have the option to walk down which takes about 1 hour.