Lares Trek to Machupicchu in 4 days

Outdoor Activities, At local house or hotel. to Close to Cusco Main Square
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Tour description

Lares is a valley near the city of Cusco, is home to people who weave and cultivate the land (Weavers and farmers), they do things traditionally and also speak Quechua and Spanish, their tissues do manually, both knitting and cultivate use ansestratales tools used by the Incas.The Lares trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek, is a shorter leisurely walk, is close to the city of Cusco, besides that there is no special permits for the tour, also is quieter than the Inca Trail and we have for you the classic 4 day hike that we assure you that you will love it very much.

Day 1 :At 5:00 am our guide picks you up from your hotels and we drive through the  Sacred Valley turning at the town of  Calca to head to  Lares village – the drive takes around 3 hours. Once we arrive in town we go up to the Hot Springs where we can relax and enjoy these beautiful outdoor hot waters. Lunch is provided here. Our bus waits for us during this time and we then continue our journey for around 20 minutes to the start of the trail known as  Pascana. Day 2: After a delicious breakfast we leave  Huacawasi. This is going to be our longest day on the trail as we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After ½ hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2½ hour trek to the highest passage, called  Auroray Pass (4758m). From here you are rewarded with superb views of  Auroray Lake and the snowy peaks of  Pitusiray.Day 3:  After a delicious breakfast we start our easier hike of the day following the small River. It's a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village named  Yanahuara. From here we take a local transport to the town of  Ollantaytambo, a beautifully well preserved Andean town you have some time to explore before boarding on the 3:00 pm train to  Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a nice hotel in  Machu Picchu Pueblo. Optional: you can give an early night visit to the Aguas Calientes' Hot Springs where the entrance fee is US $4.Day 4 : We have breakfast and then take the 6:00 am bus up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours is then given by your tour guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves.If you got your Waynapicchu entrance ticket (entry limited to 400 people daily for an additional cost of US $ 15.00 so you should better get it when you book your tour) you can also climb the neighbour mountain Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft). Keep in mind that it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top so you might seriously reduce your time on the prestigious site.Once you are filled with those mystical vibes, we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to get on the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup.
  • Acomodation at Hostel 3*

What's not included

  • Entrance fees to Hots Springs (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks.

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 2: After a delicious breakfast we leave  Huacawasi. This is going to be our longest day on the trail as we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After ½ hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2½ hour trek to the highest passage, called  Auroray Pass (4758m). From here you are rewarded with superb views of  Auroray Lake and the snowy peaks of  Pitusiray.

Day 2: Day 3:  After a delicious breakfast we start our easier hike of the day following the small River. It's a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village named  Yanahuara. From here we take a local transport to the town of  Ollantaytambo, a beautifully well preserved Andean town you have some time to explore before boarding on the 3:00 pm train to  Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a nice hotel in  Machu Picchu Pueblo. Optional: you can give an early night visit to the Aguas Calientes' Hot Springs where the entrance fee is US $4. Day 4 :  We have breakfast and then take the 6:00 am bus up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours is then given by your tour guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves. If you got your Waynapicchu entrance ticket (entry limited to 400 people daily for an additional cost of US $ 15.00 so you should better get it when you book your tour) you can also climb the neighbour mountain Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft). Keep in mind that it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top so you might seriously reduce your time on the prestigious site. Once you are filled with those mystical vibes, we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to get on the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.