Lares Trek with Machu Picchu
from $1260per person
Combine the easy Lares Trek with the wonderful Machu Picchu.
This route is a kaleidoscope of color and activities, from hot springs to indigenous communities that weave intricate tapestries; towering snow-capped volcanoes to agricultural terraces; unbelievable vantage points that offer expansive views leading to Peru’s centerpiece: Machu Picchu, embedded in nature and mystery.
DAY 1. CUSCO – HUACAHUASI
Pick-up is at 06h00 to travel by bus for about three hours to the medicinal hot springs of Lares. After a relaxing bath, we start a 3-hour trek to the little village of Huacahuasi (3,200 meters / 10,560 feet above sea level) to camp. The indigenous weavers of this high-Andean community work with traditional textile techniques, primarily the unusual “back strap loom”, seeing them in action making ponchos and other regional garments. (Lunch / Dinner)
DAY 2. HUACAHUASI – IPSAYCOCHA LAKE
After an early wake-up and breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begins, leading us up to the Ipsaycocha Pass at 4,350 meters (14,360 feet) above sea level. From our upper vantage point, marvel at the prominent view such Andean giants as Pumahuanca (5,330 meters / 17,600 feet above sea level), Sahuarsirai and Pitusirai. We then descend to Ipsaycocha Lake (4,200 meters / 13,680 feet above sea level) to have your camp set up. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
DAY 3. IPSAYCOHCA LAKE – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today we trek down to the village of Willoq (3,200 meters / 10,560 feet) and then on to the Pumamarca. Pass, via ancient agricultural terraces, until we finally reach Ollantaytambo, whose archaeological ruins are considered to be one of the most remarkable sites in the world due to their immensity. During its construction, this complex seems to have been abandoned by their builders, with a striking variety of colorful flowers and birds. We then walk to the train station to embark on our journey to Aguas Calientes, arriving around 20h00 for our overnight at a cozy hotel. (Breakfast / Lunch)
DAY 4. MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
We board the morning shuttle bus to the main entry of Machu Picchu to enjoy a 2-3 hour guided visit of the ruins. Option to re-enter on your own. By noontime we return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a quick lunch on your own before boarding the train for your journey back to Cusco. (Breakfast)
2019 Rates (per person)
|Minimum 2 persons||$1,260|
*Student discount: under 17 with scanned copy of valid passport, deduct USD 20.