LARES TREK 5 DAYS
This Lares Trek 5 Days consolidates the tour of Lares, which is our social visit that focuses on the people of the Andes and our way of life (while passing through amazing views) and the Short Inca Trail. The Lares Trek 5 Days will provide you with an added package of pleasant perspectives, in the open air in the Andes, passing through the Puerta del Sol and enjoying the views of Machu Picchu. This adaptation allows you to spend the night before visiting Machu Picchu at an inn in Aguas Calientes so you can take a nice shower before going to one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Day 1: Cusco to Quishuarani
A two-hour panoramic trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas will take you to the beginning of your walk, in the small town of Totora. You follow an ancient Inca trail in a narrow canyon, where the Inca tombs perch on the cliffs. Leaving the canyon, you will pass through small rural communities before leaving for a delicious country lunch. Then, your bus will take you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your overnight camp (3700 m / 12,140 feet).
Day 2: Quishuarani to Huacahuasi
This is an awesome day of hiking. You leave the camp and pass by colored dressed locals, to the native forests in which Haku Travel has actively participated in replanting. These forests house Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare bird species and are essential for the future of this area.
One more push and you will reach the breathtaking views from your highest step of the hike, the Huchayccasa pass (4450 m / 14600 feet). A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance the snow-capped mountains of Urubamba rise. Going down through hand-turned potato fields, you reach the old community of Cuncani (3800m / 12.4600ft).
After a tasty lunch, continue along the valley floor until you reach the notorious town of Huacahuasi. Once home to bandits and cattle thieves, it is now a quiet place to spend the night. Surely they will be visited by local women who sell hand-woven fabrics for which the area is famous and entertained by the cheerful local children who accompany it while walking.
Day 3: Huacahuasi to Patacancha
Another great day awaits you. After a good breakfast, you begin to climb gently towards your last step. This is a day full of encounters with the locals. Men with strong legs are heading to work in potato fields, with wooden plows hanging on their shoulders. Hard-handed women sit; extended legs weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms. And young children sit still watching herds of alpaca and llama, with their always faithful dog by their side.
From your camp you start towards the final step. Located at 4,200 m / 13,780 feet, the Ipsaycocha Pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start carefully and then climb a last steep section to win the top. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. Have lunch next to the beautiful Ipsay Lake and then follow an old path to the Patacancha Valley and its final camp.
Day 4: Patacancha to Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
It begins with a short but sharp climb to the impressive and little known ruins of Pumamarca. After visiting this extensive site, take an Inca trail along ancient terraces, before touring the eucalyptus forests to the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo.
Enjoy lunch before exploring this charming town. This was the site of the last battle between the Incas and the Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled to the jungles of Vilcabamba. The presence of the Incas is still evident, since most of the houses still contain Inca stone and local women still wash their clothes in the old Inca canals that cross the town. In the afternoon, you will take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and your hotel for the night.
Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour and Return to Cusco
Relaxed after a comfortable night, return to explore Machu Picchu with your guide before the crowds arrive. Then there is time to walk to the Inca Bridge, or just wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere.
In the afternoon, you will descend to the train you expect to enjoy one of the great train journeys of the world back to Cusco.
- Transportation from the hotel to the Lares Valley.
- Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- Tourist train Aguas Calientes-Cusco / Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
- Entrance to the thermal baths in the Lares valley.
- Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- Hotel room with private bathroom in Aguas Calientes (Tourist Category).
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish / English).
- High quality camping equipment (professional tents: Doite Cima 4, extralight-4,5kg for 2 people), mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, bath tent.
- Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / vegetarian option).
- Cooking and cooking equipment.
- Rider and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg).
- Emergency horse (minimum 2 people).
- First aid kit, including oxygen bottle.
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch of the day in Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting it).
- Lodging in Cusco.
- Entrance to Huaynapicchu
What are the best months to do the Lares Trek 5 Days?
The best months to do the Lares 5 Days Walk are during the dry season, from April to October. Outside these months, it is possible that some of the high steps along the walk are blocked by snow, so we only offer this walk from April to October.
Can I have vegetarian meals?
Our chefs can provide vegetarian meals without problem. Just let us know your dietary needs when you book your trek.
What do I need to take on the Lares Trek 5 Days?
Backpack, sleeping bag, double thick foam mattress (we will provide it), raincoat, sturdy footwear, a complete change of clothes, sweater, jacket (somewhat warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets. (Micropur is recommended and can be purchased at local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight and batteries, wide-brimmed or capped cap, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruits , cookies, etc., camera and spare batteries (nowhere to charge your camera during the walk). For your own personal hygiene, we also recommend that you bring a small bottle of antiseptic / antibacterial hand gel to clean your hands every time you use camp bathrooms and before eating snacks or meals. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the walk, with the same passport number with which you originally made your reservation, otherwise you will not be able to continue the walk.
Can I use trekking poles / walking sticks?
Yes, many people like to walk with trekking poles or canes. Unlike the Inca Trail, there are no restrictions on the use of trekking poles. Metal trekking poles and wooden poles can be purchased in Cusco. Metal poles can also be rented at many equipment rental stores in Cusco for approximately US3 per day or you can rent it with us.
Are there bathrooms on the Lares Trek 5 Days?
We will take a bath and a bath tent with us on the walk.
If I travel alone, can I have my own tent?
If you travel alone and are willing to share a tent with a member of the same sex, then there is no additional cost. However, if you want your own tent, then there is an additional supplement of US $ 25.