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LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU HUACAWASI 4 DAYS

$ 350.00 USD

Duration

4 Days - 3 Night

Group Size

Maximum 15 paxs

Altitude Max

Cusco Altitude: 3400 masl | Altitude Machu Picchu: 2430 masl

Type of Service

Hike - Cultural
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Duration: 4 Days - 3 Night
Group Size: Maximum 15 paxs
Type of Service: Hike - Cultural
Transportation: Bus - Walk
Maximum altitude: Cusco Altitude: 3400 masl | Altitude Machu Picchu: 2430 masl
Places to visit: Lares Trek
Departure Time:
Return Time:
Difficulty: Moderate

The Lares Trek Tour to Machu Picchu is a two or three day high-rise hike in Cusco, Peru, starting near the town of Lares, about 40 kilometers north of Cusco and 35 miles east of Machu Picchu. The Lares Valley is located in the east of the Urubamba Mountain Range, crossing part of the Sacred Valley. Arriving at the start of the Camino de Lares to Machu Picchu requires a bus or van trip of approximately 5 hours from the town of Lares. The Lares Trek Tour route crosses mountain areas of the typical Peruvian Andes.

The Lares Valley is home to many traditional weavers and farmers. The natives of this area speak Quechua and Spanish

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Fundo Huarán – Canchacancha

We will pick you up early from your hotel to take you to the beginning of the trek in Huarán (3,000 m / 9,840 ft) in the Sacred Valley; It is 1 1/2 hours ride on a private bus. In this place we will meet our muleteers and organize the luggage to start the hike. The road climbs gently following the CanchaCancha river towards the community of the same name. In this way we will see cultivation fields and we will pass through old forests of Polylepis (Queuña). This type of vegetation is very interesting for a wide variety of birds, the valley itself is very impressive. We will have our lunch halfway. After a total walk of 6 hours we will arrive at our camp to spend the night in Canchacancha (3,956 12,976 masl).

Day 2: Canchacancha – Quishuarani

After breakfast we will continue to the hill. After 3 and a half hours we will reach the highest point of our hike the Pachacutec pass 4,460 14,632 meters above sea level. The view from here is overwhelming. The snowy mountains of Pitusiray and Sahuasiray will be right in front of us.

We will start the walk downhill for 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot, next to a beautiful lake. After lunch we descend for 1 1/2 hours to the valley. We will pass by several lakes of glacial origin, On the way we can also see alpacas, llamas and sheep. Tonight we will camp at 3,870 12,694 meters above sea level near the town of Quishuarani, which has typical stone houses.

Day 3: Quishuarani-Cuncani – Lares-Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will start the trek through another valley until we reach the second pass on the Willcaccasa mountain (4,458 / 14,622 meters above sea level), for 2 to 3 hours. From this place we will again have the view of the Andes, turquoise lakes and its beautiful impressive valleys. From this place we will have an approximate descent of, 1½ to 2 hours, passing through many beautiful lakes. until we reach the town of Cuncani (3,900 12,792 masl) where we will have lunch.

After lunch we continue downhill for 2 to 3 hours towards the Lares Valley, where we can take a dip in its hot springs. Now that we are completely relaxed, we will board our bus to the town of Ollantaytambo (2,792 9,158 masl) to board the train to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Very early after breakfast 5:30, we will go to the bus station to board the first bus to Machu Picchu (25 minutes), arriving early and to observe the sunrise take the first photographs of the city and enjoy the visit Guided approximately for 2 hours, and then you will have free time to explore the city on your own. To return to hot waters we have 2 options that can be by bus or walking (optional) the train station is in the same town, for the return to the city of Cusco.

Included

  • Information prior to departure in Cusco.
  • Professional bilingual information Guide. (2 guides for groups of more than 10 people).
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning (we will pick you up from wherever you are).
  • Private transportation to Lares (starting point of the trek).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each tent with capacity for 4 people, to allow greater comfort and to store backpacks.
  • Matra of air.
  • Camping equipment (kitchen tent, dining room, siilas and tables).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – day 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry personal equipment, up to a maximum of 7 kg per person (including mat and sleeping bag) – day 1 to 3
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (private room, hot shower, tv, wi fi)
  • Bus ticket up to Machupicchu on day 4.
  • Ticket price of Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • All meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 snacks (hot drinks, cookies and popcorn) and 3 dinners.
  • All meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 snacks (hot drinks, cookies and popcorn) and 3 dinners.
  • Others: hot water every morning and afternoon for hand washing / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and also at lunchtime if requested in advance.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Special vegetarian / dietary options available
  • Entrances to Huaynapicchu. (If you take this ticket, 25 US dollars will be added to the original price).
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu Mountain. (If you take this ticket, 25 US dollars will be added to the original price).
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • The entrances to the hot springs.
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.

Recommendations

  • Original passport
  • Student card (if you have).
  • Optional insurance card.
  • Waterproof hiking boots (with ankle protectors).
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Tshirts.
  • Comfortable pants.
  • Rain pants
  • Sun hat, swimsuit (for the hot springs of Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes).
  • Sun block (recommended factor 35) the sun is strong.
  • Insect repellent 40% DEET (for mosquitoes).
  • Canteen.
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Personal medications
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight with spare batteries.

FAQs

How is the weather on the Lares Trek Tour?

The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable, from warm and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with the right equipment and be prepared for varying weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are possible, as well as travel cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip before leaving Cusco if we consider that the conditions are not safe. If this happens, the deposit will be refunded in full, or you will have the opportunity to reschedule it, however, trips still leave when it rains, snows or snows and no refunds are granted due to bad weather conditions. Temperatures can vary from 0 degrees Celsius in the morning to 15 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The sun can get intense in the afternoon and we recommend sun protection.

Can the altitude on the Lares Trek Tour affect me?

Our walks take place from 10,000 feet to 17,000 feet. It is essential to spend 2-3 days at least in Cusco or a similar elevation before doing any walk with us. We recommend staying well hydrated while on elevation and getting enough rest before your walk. FlashpackerConnect is not responsible if you have altitude sickness. Consult your doctor if you are worried about altitude.

How much should I tip during the Lares Trek Tour?

Our guides and staff receive a trip payment based on the number of days they spend on the road. While it is not necessary to tip, it is a common practice in Latin America. If you feel your guide, and the crew went out of their way to make your trip especially appreciated. A common tip is 10-15% of the total cost of your trip.

How long in advance do I need to make a trekking reservation for Lares Trek Tour?

We recommend booking 3-4 months before to guarantee availability. If your dates are flexible, we can make reservations at short notice, however, our walks tend to book as we keep the sizes of our groups very small. To book, we send a deposit invoice through PayPal, and your final payment is due at least 30 days before your trip departure date.

Is it advisable to have travel insurance for the Lares Trek Tour?

Travel protection is essential for your peace of mind and safety throughout the trip. Medical emergencies or unexpected illnesses before or during your trip could make you lose prepaid and non-refundable payments. Emergency medical transportation and air ambulances in remote locations can be extremely expensive and are probably not covered by your health medical plan, so it is mandatory that you purchase adequate personal travel insurance that is appropriate for your trip. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses that may arise as a result of losses, damages, injuries, delays or inconveniences during your trip. We also suggest that you buy cancellation and reduction insurance. When obtaining travel insurance, you must inform the insurer about the type of trip that will be taken, especially when “adventure activities” are included in your trip. There are several insurance companies that offer travel protection plans available to buy online.

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