LARES TREK 3 DAYS
$ 350.00 USD
Type of Service
Our Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights through more isolated indigenous communities keeping the Inca culture alive, with which you will have the privilege of interacting. This route is unique and incredibly picturesque, with majestic ice glaciers, surprisingly blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas and alpacas. We are the only tour operator that includes the PISAC RUINS at the top of the Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights.
Day 1: Cusco – Pisac – Chancachaca – Wacawasi
We pick you up at 5 am from your hotel and we will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in our private vehicle. We will make a stop at the main entrance of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, so that you can take some photos of this unique and beautiful landscape. Then we will go to the archaeological complex of Pisac located in the high part of the Mountain of the town where we learn in a better way the architecture and Inca thought, spectacular views. It will be a great opportunity to observe the largest Inca cemetery of Tawantinsuyo with about 5000 tombs, the agricultural terraces that line the mountains, the Temple of the Sun, the Intiwatana and other mysterious enclosures make us think of the great knowledge and harmony they had with nature and environment. Then we will go to the city of Calca, make some necessary purchases for the trek and climb with transport to the Walcapunku pass located at 4500msnm. There we can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the surrounding snowfall. Then we will go down to the starting point of the hike in Chancachaca. We will set up our trek for 3 hours through the Wakawasi Valley until we reach the first campsite located in the town of Wakawasi.
- Food: Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Camp
- Minimum Altitude: 2,900 masl
- Maximum altitude: 3800 masl
- Distance: 12 km
- Time: 6 hours approximately
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Wacawasi – Wawaqasa Step – Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
After a delicious breakfast, we start the hike early on a climb up to the Wawaqasa pass located at 4500 meters above sea level. We can take advantage of the beautiful view over the snowy and glacial lagoons. Then we descend to the Yuracocha and Aruraycocha lagoons fed by the melting of the snow that covers the tops of Pumawanqa and Kiswarani. We have lunch next to the lagoons and we will be able to observe several species of Andean birds. We resume our journey down the Yanawara ravine where several agricultural communities live. In the town of Yanawara we will take a bus to go to Ollantaytambo. There we will board the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.
- Food: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Minimum Altitude: 3800 masl
- Maximum altitude: 4450 masl
- Distance: 18 km
- Time: approximately 9 hours
- Difficulty: Hard
Day 3: Hot Waters – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early in the morning (before dawn) the transfer will be by bus that will lead us to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu so that you can appreciate this famous city with the sunrise and before the crowd arrives. Then you will have a 2.5 hour tour to Machu Picchu with your expert guide to know the most important areas of the Sanctuary. Then you can explore the Inca citadel on your own, it is suggested to walk to the Puerta del Sol or climb the Wayna Picchu (optional). In the afternoon, you will have to return to Aguas Calientes to take the Expedition train from 4.22pm to Ollantaytambo, where our private vehicle will wait for you and return to your hotel in the city of Cusco.
- Food: Breakfast
- Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl
- Maximum altitude: 2400 masl
- Difficulty: Easy
- Informative talk prior to the start of the walk with our guide.
- Pick up from the hotel in Cusco.
- Private transportation from Cusco to Huarán (starting point of the trek).
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Professional guide
- Tent or tents (quad tent for two people)
- Food as indicated in the itinerary – vegetarian option without extra charge.
- All camping equipment such as: dining room, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and bathroom tent.
- Bus ticket up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- First aid kit including oxygen balloon.
- Expedition class train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Horses for camping equipment, for food, kitchen utensils and passenger belongings (up to 7kgs).
- Emergency horse which can be used when you feel tired or sick.
- Boiled water to drink
- Breakfast the first day, lunch and dinner last day
- Sleeping bag US $ 20
- Pair of canes US $ 15
- Air mattress US $ 20
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: US $ 35 per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: US $ 30 per person
- IMPROVEMENT optional (hotel).
- Add US $ 57 for Vistadome
- A light backpack of 30-50 liters.
- Jacket or waterproof clothing, a rain poncho (US $ 2).
- Trekking boots or good waterproof shoes.
- Sandals to have a shower in the hot springs and rest your feet after each day.
- Warm clothes including jackets, gloves, scarves, chullo we recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (US $ 20 in the office).
- Flashlight, binoculars and walking sticks.
- Camera with batteries for the entire route (the batteries are consumed very quickly by the cold).
- Hat, sunscreen and a skin re-moisturizer, sunglasses.
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper.
- Snacks: like chocolates, cookies, dried fruits, raisins etc.
- Water bottles.
- Your own emergency kit if you have a special medication.
- Clothes for hot springs, bikini, towel etc.…
- Enough cash for lunch in Aguas Calientes, some gifts and tips.
- Identity document, original passport. International student card (ISIC), if you have it.
How long in advance do I have to book the Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights?
For this hike the government does not grant special permits as for the Inca Trail, but if you need to book in advance of a couple of months since it is necessary to buy train ticket, admission to Machu Picchu and these run out very quickly, so if He wants the tour to be all ready upon arrival and not to have any inconvenience I recommend you book in advance.
What is the best season to do the Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights?
The best months to do the Lares trek tour is undoubtedly the dry season from April to November or December, which are the months where the rainy season begins in Peru.
You can also do this walk in the rainy season, the interesting thing to do at this time is that the landscape becomes very colorful, since the vegetation is at its best due to the rains.
Does the Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights have any age limit to perform?
No, in the time we have been organizing this tour we receive people of all ages, starting from 10 years old to people who were 65 years old and they all had a great time.
The size of our Lares trek groups are normally small with 3 to 8 passengers approx. that makes the group walk at a pace in which all the members of the group have fun.
Do you include vegetarian food?
At the time of booking you must indicate that you are a vegetarian and if you can eat egg or fish, according to that information our chef makes the daily menu and we can provide you with a Vegetarian meal.
Will I have height problems on the Lares Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights?
In order not to have any inconvenience with the height we recommend arriving in Cusco one or two days before the start of the trek, so that it serves as an acclimatization and as a home remedy take Coca tea that is very good for altitude sickness.
Is it necessary to use walking sticks?
The use of canes in a walk is very necessary especially if you have any knee ailment or knees sensitive to effort, the canes are very helpful, but if you are in very good physical condition it would not be necessary.