The trek itself is rated moderate, similar to the Inca Trail. There is, however, a pass over 4000m so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude. If arriving from sea level then plan on spending at least 2 days in Cusco and the surroundings before undertaking the trek.
The Lares Trek through the Sacred Valley is a stunning trip designed to avoid the crowds of the traditional Inca Trail, with ample opportunities for viewing wildlife, meeting locals, and immersing yourself in ancient culture.
Day 01: CUSCO – CALCA – LARES – WACAHUASI.
We leave Cusco in the early morning, driving to the provincial town of Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and climb northwards to a spectacular high pass before dropping down to the village of Lares on the east slope of the Andes. Here we have a rest at the local hot springs and then enjoy a picnic lunch. Then we begin a half-day hike up the valley of the rushing Trapiche River, before reaching the highland village of Huacahuasi, where we camp for the night. Huacahuasi (3,600 m / 11,800 ft). Typical house constructions of the Quechua communities living at high altitude can be observed here. (Lunch,Dinner)
Day 02: WACAHUASI -IPSAYCOCHA – PATACANCHA.
We climb steadily, traversing an open, treeless landscape of ground-hugging plants and flowers among pastures and roaming herds of alpacas and llamas. Reaching an altitude of 4,500m (14,760 ft) we cross the pass of Ipsayccasa. The pass offers breathtaking views from Mount Veronica (5,750m/ 18,864 ft) and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Then we descend to Ipsaycocha or Ipsay Lagoon. We may see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other water birds in the wetlands here as we journey through the heartland of the Quechua people, who are locally nicknamed “Huayruros” because they look like some seeds from the jungle that have two colors: black and lares-trek-2red, the villagers dress colors. We reach the village of Patacancha, a well known textile Andean community. We set our camp nearby and spend the night, amidst awesome scenery. (B,L,D)
Day 03: PATACANCHA -WILLOQ -OLLANTAYTAMBO.
Our transport takes us down the valley to Pallata where we will see the inca ruins of Pumamarca (Puma town). After we´ll arrive to Ollantaytambo, from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Tonight you will have accommodation in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 04: MACHU PICCHU.
Early breakfast, then we will visit Machu Picchu. You will have free time to explore, take photos and of course if you have the energy, choose to hike up Huaynapicchu Mountain that has the best view of the citadel. This will take approxamitely 2 hours. You must get in early as there are only 400 people allowed, per day. After free time you will have a 2 hour guided tlake-lares-trekour, then its time to return by bus back to Aguas Calientes, then continue to Ollantaytambo with train, at the train station we will be waiting for you with our private transport to go back to Cusco.
During the walk you must carry the sleeping bags, mattresses and personal items (eg. backpack, toiletries).
USD 20.00 off for Children under 16 years and Students with ISICARD