Andean Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 days

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Experience Andean Life in the Lares Valley, visit Quechua native people: Hiking through the Native Communities of Lares Valley is a wonderful experience. This unforgettable and less-known hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest and authentic textile Quechua communities. These villages take place through a hidden valley that very few outsiders have ever entered. The llama shepherds and weavers that inhabit some of the villages of this obscure place of high Andean Glaciers

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Day by Day Itinerary

* Price based in sharing tent 2 people and double accommodation with Tourist Class Hotel

Type Service: Group Tour
Itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Cuzco, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and History
Fixed Departured: Tuesday, Thursday

Day 1 – Transportation to Huaran – Cancha Cancha Community

Pick up from the Hotel at 6:00am, leaving Cusco by car on the route to Pisaq until arriving at Huaran creek (2840m/93152ft). Here starting to hike up a small side valley that narrows gradually while ascending on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna. After a 3 hour hike, arrival at Cancha Cancha (3800m/12464ft), where trekkers will be received with some typical food and have the opportunity to share an insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community, camping night here.
 
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
 
Total distance: 7 km (4, 35 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3800m/12464ft)


Day 2 – Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani

Breakfast; start uphill until reaching Accopata an extension of Cancha Cancha, we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After ½ hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2½ hour trek to the first pass, called Pachacuteq Pass (4458m/14622ft). The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and rich in birdlife. The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700m/12136ft) camping place; we can meet with children and women weavers.
 
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Total distance: 9 km
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4458m/14622ft)


Day 3 – Quiswarani / Lares / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes

Breakfast; a short downhill walk you will reach the colonial town of Lares and spend the rest of the morning relaxing in the medicinal hot springs, the trail follows the river valley downhill for about 2 ½ hours to the town of Lares (3100m/10168ft) where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). After lunch we take our transport to Ollantaytambo town, transfer to the train station from where we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel
 
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Total distance: 6 km
Estimated walking time: 2-3 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3100m/10168ft)


Day 4 – Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30am to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):
1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel
 
Meals Included: Breakfast
 

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