Lares to Machu Picchu 4 Day / 3 Night
The spectacular scenery of the URUBAMBA MOUNTAIN RANGE with deep valleys and Incan trails made hundreds of years ago is the highlight of this tour. Trails connect remote and rarely visited regions where we will see the real lives of the Andean farmers, dressed in their traditional clothing like ponchos, numerous thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. A unique hike to get in touch with Andean people and learn about their traditions and life-style.
DAY 1: CUSCO (3350M) – THERMAL BATHS IN LARES (3100M) – HUACAWASI (3800M)
We will pick up early (07:00) and take private transportation from Cusco to Lares, the highest point of the route will be 4400 meters above sea level, where it will be possible to see the beautiful Pitusiray Sawasiray mountains. We then descend to the warm Lares valley at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level. Lares is a typical colonial village with a church, a main square and narrow streets. Here we will meet our horsemen and have lunch before starting the trek. Our path ascends to the community of Huacahuasi (first camp), located at 3,800 meters above sea level. Huacahasi is a charming little community with small houses built of mud and straw.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Total distance: 12 km
Estimated time: 6 – 7 hours
Day 2 HUACAHUASI (3800M)- HUAHUAQASA abra (4500M) – Mantanay (4100M)
After having a nutritious breakfast, we will leave our camp at 7:00am heading to Abra de Huahuqasa (4500 meters). We continue our journey to the Aruraycocha and Yuracocha lagoons, which were formed by glacial melting of Kiswarani Pumahuanca, followed by a delicious lunch. With a little luck we can see condors and many varieties of birds typical of the Andes flying closeby. Tonight we camp at town of Mantanay located at 4100 meters above sea level (about one and a half hours from lunch).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 18 km
Estimated time: 9 hours
Day 3: Mantanay (4100M) – Yanahuara (2850M) – Ollantaytambo (2800M) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M)
After a pleasant evening we will be ready to start our third day of hiking at 08:00am in the direction of Yanahuara (2850m.snm), a beautiful village with a pleasant climate, located in the Urubamba valley. The valley is an important source food products for Cusco, with its large fields of corn and vegetables including choclo (large white corn), the food of the Incas. We will have a delicious lunch at Yanahuara before taking transport to Ollantaytambo station and then on to the lost city of Machu Picchu by train.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Total distance: 8 km
Estimated time: 5 hours
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES (2000M) – MACHU PICCHU (2400M) – CUSCO (3350M)
We will wake up very early (5:30 a.m.) to visit the world famous archaeological site of Machu Picchu before other tourists arrive with the morning train from Cusco. From the top of the site, we will have a spectacular view of this new wonder of the world, surrounded by a cloud forest and the mighty Urubamba River. Our guided tour visits the main temples, plazas, palaces, residential areas and then you will also have time to explore the ruins alone. In the afternoon, we return to Ollantaytambo by train and then private transfer back to Cusco.
- Private transport (Cusco to trail head, Yanahuara to Ollantaytambo and Ollantaytambo to Cusco)
- Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
- Accommodation on the trek is camping (2 nights).
- Accommodation Aguas Calientes
- Mules and horsemen for carrying equipment and personal gear (we will provide duffel bags at your tour briefing
- Meals described in the program (3=Breakfast, 3=Lunch, 2=Dinner)
- Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in each 4 person tent), kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, cooking equipment
- Professional and experienced trekking cook
- Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill up your water bottle
- First aid kit
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
- Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes / Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Other meals not outlined above
- Sleeping bag
- Entrance to the Lares hot springs
WHAT TO BRING
- Sleeping bag (suitable for temperatures down to at least -5C)
- Sweater, jacket (something warm)
- Camera, batteries, film and extras
- Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water provided)
- Flashlight, extra batteries as well
- Caps or hat
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and toilet paper, and a small towel
- A selection of snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, cookies, energy bars
- Cash in soles and/or U.S. dollars (you can buy snacks and energy drinks along the way, and for tips if you want to)
- Original passport
Prices for this Lares to Machu Picchu 4 Day Tour: (Per person)
2 People – $ USD
3 People – $ USD
4 People – $ USD
5 People – $ USD
6 People – $ USD
*Groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.