LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days takes us through Lares to the citadel of Machu Picchu offering a combination of beautiful landscapes, Inca constructions and a glorious visit to Machu Picchu on the fourth day.
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days will take you through beautiful mountainous landscapes, Andean lands and spend two nights near the traditional Andean villages.
On the fourth day we can appreciate the magnificent constructions of Machu Picchu with your professional guide. The Lares Trek trek to Machu Picchu is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail. It is a little shorter and at a higher altitude than the Inca Trail.
Day 01: Cusco (3.300 m) – Calca (2.925 m) – Lares (3.100m) – Cuncani (3.700 m)
Very early in the morning we will leave the city of Cusco towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas until we reach the thermal baths of Lares (3,250 m / 10,662,730 ft). Where we will have free time to enjoy and relax in the thermal baths (from 28 ° C to 34 ° C). After lunch we will start with a walk for approximately 2 hours until we reach our campsite in Cuncani (3,700 m / 12,139,108 ft), during the tour we can observe the characteristic flora and fauna of the area and we can also see the native people of the place with Your typical dress.
Day 02: Cuncani – Wacahuasi (3.600 m) – Ipsaycocha (4.400 m)
After breakfast we will continue our trek through the Lares Valley until we reach the community of Wacahuasi (3,600 m / 11,811,024 ft). In this place the villagers produce the finest fabrics and we can also observe their great skills and brilliant techniques in the manufacture of ponchos and clothing. Passing through the village we will begin to ascend to the second pass the Abra de Condorpasa (4,100 m / 13,451,444 ft).
From this place we will have an amazing view towards the Snowy La Verónica (5,750 m / 18,864,830 ft). We will descend for an approximate time of 1 hour until we reach the beautiful lagoon of Ipsaycocha (4,400 m / 14,435,696 ft), where our camp will be.
Day 03: Ipsaycocha – Willoc (3.600 m) – Ollantaytambo (2,850 m) – Aguas Calientes (2,160 m)
After breakfast we will descend through the valley until we reach the community of Willoc (3,600 m / 11,811,024 ft), where we will have lunch. From here we will walk approximately 2 hours until we reach the community of Puma Marca (3,400 m / 11,154,856 ft), from where we can appreciate Inca terraces. Finally we will arrive at Ollantaytambo (2,850 m / 9,350,394 ft), located in a fertile valley and protected by huge mountains. Then we will go to Ollantaytambo station, where we will board a train which will take us to Aguas Calientes. There we can visit the thermal baths (the entrance of 10 Soles is not included in the tour). We spend the night in a lodging.
Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (2.490 m) – Cusco
This day will only be dedicated to visit the wonder of Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169,292 ft), where we will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours, after the tour we will have time to explore Machu Picchu on our own or visit Huayna Picchu (not included in the tour). Then we will go down to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087,614 ft). Finally we will take a train to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will wait for us to take us back to our hotel in Cusco.
- A professional guide who knows the way, which will help you get in touch with the environment and its culture.
- Food as mentioned in the tour.
- Meeting before the walk.
- Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the trip departure in our private transport to the starting point of the trek.
- Chef and kitchen assistant.
- Food as described in the itinerary: (D) breakfast (A) lunch (C) dinner, our chef will prepare traditional Peruvian food with selected and quality food, typical of our region and great care in preparing it. If you have any preferences let us know in advance.
- Dining tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, utensils.
- Biodegradable bathroom tent.
- Personal bag
- Riders who will lead the horses and transfer of equipment.
- Horses and / or mules: they will carry camping equipment, kitchen and dining equipment, backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses.
- 1 Emergency horse, which can be used, in case you feel sick or tired.
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance to Machupicchu
- Round trip bus to Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu and vice versa.
- Entrance to the Citadel of Machupicchu.
- 4th day lunch.
- Train back to Cusco.
- Private transportation back to Cusco.
- First aid kit and oxygen.
- Second Guide (depending on the number of passengers).
- First day breakfast.
- Dinner on the third day.
- Tips for Arrieros, cook and guide.
- An additional horse if you need to carry more things.
- Sleeping bag.
- Sleeping bag. (If you don’t have one, rent one at the office).
- Warm clothes for the first day.
- Light clothes, four pairs of socks.
- Good shoes or boots.
- A bottle of water.
- Camera or camcorder (Optional).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, hats or caps, mosquito repellent.
- Purifying tablets
- Rain jacket or poncho
Are trekking poles necessary?
We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are many times during the hike that trekking poles are useful, whether climbing a mountain or walking on difficult trails.
How difficult is the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days?
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days is considered a moderate hike. It is not a technical walk, but altitude can affect some individuals. We recommend buying a wooden cane while in Peru as it will help you with your balance and reduce the load on the knees. We ask that you do not use a metal with a cane tip, as it can damage the fragile environment along the way.
¿ls altitude sickness common? And how high is Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days?
It is impossible to predict that they will be affected by altitude. Its ability to adapt at high altitude is determined by its genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problem, as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day in Cusco (3249m), taking a lot easy and drinking from the water, is usually enough for most people.
The highest point is reached during an excursion the Lares Trek is 4550 meters. You will sleep at 3600 meters for one or two nights.
¿ls the road still good during the rainy season?
Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists, but we say that they are prepared for wet weather and that they have the right clothes and equipment.