Private - Lares Valley Trek - 3 Days

Outdoor Activities in Aguas Calientes

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The Lares Valley trek is a trek located deep in the heart of the Sacred Valley. It's one of the most traditional & authentic routes that exists here, traversing through deep valleys & blue lagoons. Encountering traditional communities, local communities that remain true to their ancestors this is one of the finest treks in Cusco.
Day 1: Lares Valley Trek: Cusco - Lares - CuncaniVery early, as the sun begins to shine on the roofs Cusco, the journey that leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes pass at 4470m is a phenomenal drive which winds through arid landscapes, occasional rivers run across the road and the mountain views are breathtaking. Starting from the hot baths of Lares, a gradual climb of a few hours we will stop for a delicious lunch, before continuing on to the community of Cuncani, our camp for the evening. Day 2: Lares Valley Trek: Cuncani - Paso de Pumahuanca - Paccha If the day is clear, we will wake up to the imposing view of Colque Cruz, a majestic mountain capped by a glacier, which provides water to the community. The ascent is challenging. As we get closer to the pass, the trail becomes steeper and rockier. On reaching the summit a stunning view of the Pampas of Anta awaits us, followed by a descent that will be most agreeable after such a long climb. The drop continues until we reach our camp, a tranquil paradise, surrounded by trees and crossed by a small river. Tonight, if we find some dead wood, we will enjoy a campfire. Day 3: Lares Valley Trek: Paccha - Piscigranja - Ollantaytambo - This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast, there will be a chance to take photos with our porters, cooks and field staff. All those who made this trip possible. From here the walk becomes easier down to the piscigranja (fish farm). After a few short hours, we will meet the private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. As the train travels along, the valley turns into a canyon and the scenery alters, as the cloud forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Calientes. After a well-deserved shower, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town. Price includesBriefing one day before the trek. Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure. 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available). Drinking water along the trek. Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers). Chef (assistant chef for larger groups). Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks. Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers. Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times). First aid kit and oxygen bottle. Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs. Toilet tent. Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person). We can help design your whole stay, all treks and tours are fully customisable.

What’s included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available)
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Breakfast on the first morning. Dinner on the last night. Entrance to the hot springs. Inflatable mattresses, pillow & sleeping bag. (If you don’t want to bring your own, you can hire these from us). Tips for guides and field staff.

Itinerary

Day 1: Lares Valley Trek: Cusco - Lares - Cuncani Very early, as the sun begins to shine on the roofs Cusco, the journey that leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes pass at 4470m is a phenomenal drive which winds through arid landscapes, occasional rivers run across the road and the mountain views are breathtaking. Starting from the hot baths of Lares, a gradual climb of a few hours we will stop for a delicious lunch, before continuing on to the community of Cuncani, our camp for the evening.
Day 2: Lares Valley Trek: Cuncani - Paso de Pumahuanca - Paccha If the day is clear, we will wake up to the imposing view of Colque Cruz, a majestic mountain capped by a glacier, which provides water to the community. The ascent is challenging. As we get closer to the pass, the trail becomes steeper and rockier. On reaching the summit a stunning view of the Pampas of Anta awaits us, followed by a descent that will be most agreeable after such a long climb. The drop continues until we reach our camp, a tranquil paradise, surrounded by trees and crossed by a small river. Tonight, if we find some dead wood, we will enjoy a campfire.
Day 3: Lares Valley Trek: Paccha - Piscigranja - Ollantaytambo - This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast, there will be a chance to take photos with our porters, cooks and field staff. All those who made this trip possible. From here the walk becomes easier down to the piscigranja (fish farm). After a few short hours, we will meet the private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. As the train travels along, the valley turns into a canyon and the scenery alters, as the cloud forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Calientes. After a well-deserved shower, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town. Price includes Briefing one day before the trek. Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure. 3 nutritious meals per day (vegetarian options available). Drinking water along the trek. Bilingual guide (Assistant Guide for groups over 6 passengers). Chef (assistant chef for larger groups). Quadruple tents to be used by two people, allowing more comfort and more space to store backpacks. Mules (for equipment and personal items) and muleteers. Saddled horse in case of emergencies or if you are making very little progress (this horse is with the group at all times). First aid kit and oxygen bottle. Kitchen tent and dining tent with camp tables and chairs. Toilet tent. Duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person). We can help design your whole stay, all treks and tours are fully customisable.
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