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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternative treks to the Classic Inca Trail. This is a high altitude off the beaten track trek. It gives a closer insight to the life of the local people who are untouched by modernity and call the remote place their home.
Unlike the popular Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail, Lares Trek is much less known. This offers an excellent option for those wanting to immerse in the tranquility of nature and beat the crowd. The trek is best known for its scenic routes.
Our Lares Trail ends at a small town near Lares Valley. The trek goes through scenic valleys snuggled between snow capped Andean peaks, lakes and farms.
On this four days trek, you will be encountering many remote Andean local families dressed in their colourful traditional attire. Most of them are weavers and farmers. Women here are known for their handcrafts. If you are planning on buying some souvenirs, spare a few soles as you will get the best bargain here.
The highest point of the four days Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is at 4600 metres above sea level. We highly recommend you to spend 2-3 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco early in the morning. Then we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Pumahuanca. It is a small village where the four days Lares Trek experience begins.
Here we will be meeting the rest of our crew (Porters, Cook and Muleteers). We will then begin with a gradual uphill hike through one side of the scenic Valley. We will be covering 14 kilometres towards the village of Puyoc.
Our first stop will be at a small archaeological site of Pumahuanca. Here our guide will give you a detailed tour of the site. You will also learn about the distinct native flora and fauna. You will also be rewarded with a sight of Andean fox and Viscachas.
We will be camping for the night at or campsite in Puyoc. It is at 4100 metres above sea level (13451 feet). The temperature often goes below zero here. We highly recommend you to be prepared with adequate layers of clothes.
The second day of the Lares Trek offers the most rewarding experience. It is also much easier than the first day. We will be hiking for a total of 13 kilometres to our campsite in Cuncani village.
We will begin the day with a two hours uphill hike to the mountain pass. From here it is all a down hill hike to the campsite.
On our way you will be rewarded with sights of snow capped Andean peaks, lagoons and some remote villages. Here you will be encountering people dressed in traditional attire.
Our local expert will be introducing you to their traditions and culture and will also be sharing few native Quechua terms so you can greet the locals, if desired. Once at the campsite, we will be serving you dinner before unwinding the day.
The third day of Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is more of a cultural experience. After breakfast, we will be visiting a local family house. Here you will be able to learn more about their life and culture.
If you want to buy some souvenirs, you can do it here, it’s much cheaper than in the nearby towns, including Cusco. Women of these communities have a reputation of knitting clothes using fine Alpaca wools.
We will then hike for six kilometres to the Lares hot springs. On our way we will be passing through plenty of small communities. Most of them here are farmers. They produce Maize, Tarwi, Potatoes and Quinoas.
As we will reach the hot springs, we will spend some time here. After a rejuvenating dip in the natural spring waters, we will stop for lunch. Then we will be meeting our private transport in which we will be transferring you to Ollantaytambo train station. Here you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes.
At Aguas Calientes we will be accommodating you in an ensuite private room with hot showers.
Rise and Shine! We will be taking the early morning bus to Machu Picchu citadel. Once inside the citadel, we will be giving you a detailed two hours guided tour. On this tour, you will be visiting some prime sites like the main square, clock tower, farming terraces and more.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, please note that you have to book the entrance in advance.
Alternatively, you can hike to the Sun gate. From here you will be getting an enchanting view of the citadel. This view is exclusive at sunrise to those on Inca Trail.
After the tour, you will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco.
We will arrive in Cusco by 10:00 PM.
I am very glad that i chose to travel with Machu Picchu Peru Cusco. They are very professionals and the crew are wonderful. I had the time of my life.