LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N
Day 1: Cusco – Lares Hot Springs – Wacawasi:
We leave Cusco at 5:00 am by van to Lares Hot Springs where the hike begins. This takes about 3 hours. Our crew of local horseman, cooks, and guide will take care of all the details during the hike. Once in Lares Hot Springs, you can enjoy the natural hot pools surrounded by the mountains and the river. After a hearty lunch we will pack up and start the hike to the village of Wacawasi which takes approximately 4 hours. We start ascending gradually on the uphill path from 3300 masl to 3800 masl and on the way we can see llamas and alpacas eating on the grassy hills. You will also see beautiful scenery with a variety of flora, changing with the seasons. This type of landscape will be our company during the hike. After 4 hours beautiful hiking, we reach Wacawasi village, where our tents will be set. Horses carry the majority of the gear so you will only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, camera, sunscreen, etc.
Distance: 12km 6ml
Climate: warm in the day and cold in the night
Hiking time: 4 hours approximately
Camping altitude: 3800m 12467ft
(Lunch and Dinner included).
Day 2: Wacawasi– Auraccasa – Yanahuara:
Today we begin our hike at the village of Wacawasi. Early in the morning, we wake you with hot coca tea delivered to your tent. After a hearty breakfast, we start our hike up to Auraccasa pass. We will hike uphill through a stage of rocky mountains and grassy hills, appreciating stone houses on top of the hills, farmers growing potatoes on the vertical hillsides, and llamas and alpacas grazing on the hills. After a 3-hour uphill hike, we reach Auraccasa, the highest point of the trek at 4550m. Once at this point, we will celebrate by offering coca leafs to the Andean gods and take pictures of the view. Afterwards, we start descending down to Auraccocha Lake to enjoy our delicious lunch. In the afternoon we have 3 more hours of hiking down to Yanahuara village, another beautiful location. From the lunch spot to Yanahuara, the scenery changes very fast from rocky mountains to the dense vegetation of Queuñas Woods. Here we will see plants characterized by twisted trunks, some trees reaching 15-20 m tall and trunks with 2 m in diameter. We will sleep in Yanahuara Village. After walking and enjoying the Yanahuara village, we go to the campsite where our tents will be set.
Distance: 14 km 9ml
Climate: from cold to warm in the day and warn in the night
Hiking time: Approximately 8 hours
Camping altitude: 3700m/12139ft
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).
Day 3: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes:
Today we have many things to do and see. After breakfast we start our hike around 8:00 am moving downhill towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This section of the Sacred Valley is very interesting because we have the opportunity to see corn and potato plantations. We will also visit a family to learn how to prepare chicha (corn beer), a sacred drink for the Incas that is still prepared today. After tasting the chichi, we will drive for 30 minutes to Ollantaytambo.
Once in Ollantaytambo, we have the chance to explore the picturesque town. Ollantaytambo is a living Incan town where you can see original Incan streets and stairways. If you have enough time you can climb up to Pinkuylluna Mountain, which takes about half an hour. From Pinkuylluna Mountain you have a panoramic view of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon we catch the train for a relaxing, scenic ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will have accommodation in a hotel and dinner at a restaurant in town.
Distance: 13 km 6.5ml
Climate: from warm to hot in the day and warm in the night.
Hiking time: approximately 5 hours
Camping altitude: 2000m/6990ft
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco:
After breakfast in the hotel, we leave early in the morning and drive up to Machu Picchu to arrive at 6:00 am and hopefully catch the sunrise, weather permitting. Afterwards, the guide will show you around the city for about 2.5 hours, explaining facts and answering questions. Then you have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourselves. If you booked the extra tickets for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain you are going to climb one of these mountains.
Machu Picchu is a formerly lost city located upon a granite mountain edge. There are no records about it from both the Incas and Spanish conquistadors. Machu Picchu was under the dense vegetation until July 24th 1911. When the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) discovered it, calling it the “lost city of the Incas". You are going spend several hours in Machu Picchu. After which, you will go back to Aguas Calientes in order to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we will take you back to Cusco by car and drop you off near or at Plaza de Armas.
Climate: mild to warm in the day and mild in the night
Hiking time: 1.5 hours approximately
Machu Picchu: 2430m/7972ft
- Transport Cusco to the Lares Hot Springs (starting point of the trek).
- 06 Kg per trekker (weights to be carried by horses).
- Tour guide.
- Cooks and cooking equipment.
- Local horsemen and horses (service to carry tents, food, cooking equipment and 7 kilograms of your personal belongings).
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes (01 night).
- Admission ticket to Machu Picchu.
- Train ticket on Day 3 from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town.
- Return train ticket on Day 4 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco on day 4.
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, & 3 dinners.
- Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge.
- Nutritious Snacks during the hike.
- Hot coca tea kindly brought to your tent every morning during the trek.
- Hot water bowls - every morning and evening for washing.
- Clean and spacious 4 people tent capacity.
- Comfortable Personal sleeping pad (double foam), to be carried by the horses.
- Dining and cooking tent.
- Portable camping tables and chairs.
- 24-hour emergency oxygen assistance.
- First aid equipment.
- Breakfast on day 1.
- Last Lunch on day 4.
- Personal trekking gear.
- Sleeping bag (If you like you can rent from us $20 USD).
- Tips for the guide and support staff.
- Extra personal expenses.