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LARES TREK 04D / 03N

Come and explore with us on a beautiful journey over ancient trails and enjoy the benefits of the medicinal waters of LARES. Here you can observe the local life of the Andean people while visiting varying local ecosystems and finishing your journey in the enigmatic Inca city of MACHU PICCHU.

TRIP INFORMATION:

  • LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: 3/5
  • TYPE OF SERVICE: STANDARD
  • GROUP SIZE: MINIMUM 02 PASSENGERS AND MAXIMUM 16
  • RECOMMENDED TIME OF YEAR: APRIL – NOVEMBER (December – March is very rainy)
Aguas termales de Lares
Baños de Lares
Caminata lares

DAY 01: CUSCO – CALCA – LARES –WACAWASI

DAY 02: WACAWASI – AURORACOCHA – MANTANAY

DAY 03: MANTANAY – YANAHUARA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO

DAY 04: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO

DAY 01: CUSCO – CALCA – LARES –WACAWASI

Meals Included: 01 Lunch, 01 Dinner

Hours of Hiking: 04

On this first day we will begin our activities picking up our passengers from their respective hotels. From here we will then head towards the town of CALCA located in the Sacred Valley at approximately 01 hour from Cusco in bus. Here we will make a quick stop in order to do some shopping for the children that we will encounter on our route from CALCA TO LARES. From here we then head to the district of Lares which is the starting point on our hike.

Upon arrival to Lares we will have the opportunity to visit local hot springs or thermal baths (35-40 degrees Celsius) that are rich in sulfates such as potasium and calcium and that are helpful for people with arthritis and muscular pain. After enjoying our bath here we will begin our first day of hiking at 3200 m for approximately one hour before stopping for lunch. In the afternoon we will begin our modest ascent towards our campsite. Along the way we will see the changes in vegetation as we will begin leaving the valley and head towards the ecological zone known as the Andean plateau. There we will find local families that dedicate their lives to agriculture. They produce items such as potatoes, corn, barley, lima beans and more. From here we will arrive at our first campsite of Wacawasi at 3820 m.

DAY 02: WACAWASI – AURORAKASA – MANTANAY

Meals Included: 01 Breakfast, 01 Lunch and 01 Dinner

Hours of Hiking: 06 to 07 hours

After eating a hearty breakfast, the second day begins with our ascent through the grasslands. All around us we will be able to see the South American camelids (llamas and alpacas), sheep, cows, and some birds varieties such the Andean geese (HUALLATAS), harriers, and Andean gulls. We will also head to the highest point of our trek (4400 m) where along the way we will see the local people dressed in their traditional, colorful ponchos farming their land. From here we will descend for lunch (4200 m) and in the afternoon we will walk 2 ½ hours downhill towards MANTANAY (3900 m) where we will rest on the second night of our trek.

DAY 03: MANTANAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

Meals Included: 01 Breakfast, 01 Lunch and 01 Dinner

Hours of Hiking: 04 Hours

Today we will hike for 04 hours down into the beautiful valley until arriving at YANAHUARA where we will stop for lunch. Here we will say goodbye to our friends, the muleteers and cooks, in order to board our bus that takes us to the Ollantaytambo train station. From here we will board our 1 ½ hour train ride to Aguas Calientes travelling along the URUBAMBA River as it enters the Machu Picchu Canyon. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes we will head towards our hotel, head out for dinner, and finally rest for the night in order to get ready for our trip to Machu Picchu the next day.

DAY 04: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO

Meals Included: 01 Breakfast

On this special morning we will wake up very early and, after eating breakfast, go to the bus station in order to head up to MACHU PICCHU. When we arrive at the gates we will get ready for our 02 hour guided tour where our guide will explain and show us all of the important places that we find within the enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu. In 2007, Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. After visiting this impressive site we will board our bus back down to Aguas Calientes where we will have time for lunch (not included). Finally, we will head to the train station in order to board our train back to Ollantaytambo where our tranportation awaits us to take us back to our hotel in the city of Cusco.

LOCAL, OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDES ON INCLUDED TOURS:

Professional, bilingüal tour guide in Lares (4D/3N) and Machu Picchu

Assistant guide in Lares (4D/3N) if the group exceeds 9 people

STAFF:

Cook (who will be in charge of meal preparation during the trek)

Assistant cook (who will help the head cook if the group exceeds 9 people)

Muleteers (who help carry food, tents, passengers’ duffle bags, and other equipment needed during the trek)

ENTRANCE TICKETS:

Entrance to Machu Picchu

TRANSPORTATION:

Tourist Bus Cusco – Lares

Expedition Train Services from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Caliente and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo + transportation in private minibus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Bus Tickets to and from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

TRANSFERS:

Arrival and departure transfers with previous flight coordination

ACCOMMODATION:

Camping (03 nights) and basic hotel with private bathroom (01 night in Aguas Calientes)

MEALS INCLUDED:

03 Breakfast

03 Lunch

03 Dinner

International flights nor airport taxes (14USD domestic and 31USD international)

Visa Procedures

Meals not included in the itinerary

Tips

Personal Items

Lodging before and after the tour

Sleeping bag (15USD), sleeping pad (15USD), walking sticks (5USD each) for rent

SUGGESTED BUDGET FOR NOT-INCLUDED MEALS:

Approximately 50USD  – Breakfast the first day and lunch the 4th day

    • 2 people   US$ 1000 per person
    • 3 people   US$ 940 per person
    • 4 people   US$ 920 per person
    • 5 people   US$ 900 per person
    • 6 people   US$ 880 per person
    • 7 people US$ 860 per person
    • 8 people + USD$ 780 per person

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