For trekkers wanting to get off the well-beaten touristy path and escape to a part of Peru that has changed little over the last 500 years, the Lares trek is a must. This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into the real lives of Andean farmers, dressed in their traditional brightly-colored ponchos. You will have the opportunity to see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. Inside the house's kitchens, you’ll see guinea pigs running loose. The trek itself is about as difficult as the Inca Trail. There are, however, two passes over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters), so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before beginning the trek. If you are arriving from sea level, plan on spending at least 3 days in Cusco and the surrounding area before undertaking the trek.
This trek will take 3 days and the 4th (or last day) will be designated for your Machu Picchu tour and Huaynapicchu hike. You will have time to explore the place on your own and in the afternoon we will return to Cusco city.
The day before the trek you will meet with your guide and meet the members of your group. Your guide will explain the trek to you, the route, and will provide all of the necessary recommendations depending on the season you make the trek.
CUSCO – huaran vilage- cancha cancha-aqopata.
We will pick you up early from your hotel to take you to the beginning of the trek at Huaran (3,000 m/9,840 ft) in the Sacred Valley; it is 1 ½ hours by private bus. We will pack the horses and start to walk northward. The trail climbs gently following the Cancha Cancha river towards the community of the same name. On this walk along the river we will see cultivated fields and pass through old Polylepis forests. This type of vegetation is very interesting for a wide assortment of bird life, and the valley itself is very impressive. We will have lunch half way through the hike.
We will pass by the village of Cancha Cancha (3,956 m/12,976 ft). on the way to our camp. After a total hike today of around 6 hours we will reach our campsite for the night at Acopata.
ACOPATA - PACHACUTEQ PASS - KISWARANI.
After an early breakfast we will continue up hill. After 2 ½ hours we will reach the highest point of the trek: Pachacutec Pass is at 4,780 m/15,678 ft. The view from here is overwhelming. The Pitusiray and Sahuasiray snowcapped mountains will be right in front of us.
Now we will hike downhill for 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot, next to a captivating lake.
After lunch we will descend for another 1 ½ hours into the valley. We will pass by several glacial lakes along the way. Also we can see herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. It is also possible to see Gray Brocket Deer, Viscachas, Andean Geese, the rare Giant Coot, Puna Hawks and the impressive Andean Condor. Tonight we camp at 3,870 m/12,694 ft close to Quishuarani village, which has typical stone houses
QUISWARANI-CUNCANI-LARES HOTSPRING-OLLANTAYTAMBO-AGUA CALIENTES.
Today we follow another valley and climb up to the second pass at Willcaqasa mountain (4,458 m/14,622 ft) , for 2 to 3 hours. Again the view of the Andes, turquise lakes and its beautiful valleys are amazing.
After the pass we walk downhill for 1 ½ to 2 hours, passing many gourgeous lakes. This takes us to Cuncani village (3,900 m/12,792 ft).
We then continue downhill for 2 to 3 hours towards the Lares Valley and its hot springs, where we can have a well deserved soak. This is also our lunch spot.
Now that we are fully relaxed, we will get in our private van, which will be waiting for us, for the 3 hour drive to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft). we will take train to Aguas Calientes, Upon arrival you will check in to your Room and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU
We will wake up very early to take the first bus to the city of Machu Picchu where we will be the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the new wonders of the world. The tour with your guide will take around 2-3 hours. After that, you will have free time to explore the city on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco. Finally our transfer will be at the train station waiting to bring you to your hotel.
- English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of 8 people or more)
- Pre-Departure briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your lares Trail
- Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma village trail head
- Four-person tent for every 2 people
- Inflatable mattress
- Kitchen tent
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Toilet tent
- Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
- Duffel bag for your personal gear
- Emergency horse in case we need it
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit
- Vistadome train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- One-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double room)
- Ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Day 1 breakfast
- Day 5 lunch in Aguas Calientes, after you tour Machu Picchu on your own
- Gratuity for the crew (guide, chef, porters, about 10 people total)
What to bring:
- Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
- Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
- Sunblock (SPF 35+ recommended)
- Head lamp
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
- Insect repellent