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Lares Valley Trek and Machu Picchu 4 Days

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Lares Valley Trek and Machu Picchu 4 Days

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500.00 USD$

Style Trip : Trekking to Machu Picchu
Place to Visit : Lares Valley Trek and Machu Picchu 4 Days
Lenght : 4 Days / 3 Nights
Frequency : Every Days, Reserve
Group : Min 02, Max 08
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Day 1: Cusco - Calca - Lares (hot springs) - Huacawasi

Our bus leaves Cusco at around 06:00. Its a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Pisac and stopping for breakfast for about 40 minutes in the provincial town of Calca. In Calca you will also have the opportunity to use the bathroom and buy any last minute snacks, water, etc. Departing Calca around 08:00 we head off for the 3 hours drive to Lares (3100m) which is the starting point for the trek. Along the way you will be able to observe small Andean communities, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas and alpacas.

Before we start the trek we'll visit the hot springs which are located in meadows just out of town. For those of you who have remembered to bring your swimwear we will take a relaxing dip in the warm waters which are famous for their medicinal powers. Feeling fully refreshed, we begin a leisurely walk up the Trapiche River Valley. After about 2½ hours we will arrive at Vilcabamba village where we will stop and have lunch. We will then continue up the valley for another 1½ hours to the small village of Huacawasi (3700m) where we will set up camp and spend the night. Walking distance approx 12km (4-5 hours).

Day 2: Huacawasi - Ipsaycocha Lake

Many of the houses that we see in this small village of Huacahuasi are built from stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this village produce beautiful colourful textiles. In the morning we will learn about the weaving techniques and be able to admire some of their high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments. After lunch will then climb for approximately 2 hours to the top of Ipsayccasa Pass which, at 4500m, is the highest pass along the trek. From here we get stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We will descend gently for about 1 hour until we reach the site of our second night's camp beside the beautiful Ipsaycocha Lake. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other wetland birds. Walking distance approx 9km (3-4 hours)

Day 3: Ipsaycoccha Lake - Patacancha - Willoq - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Today is a much easier day. After an early breakfast we'll walk gently downhill through a wide-open valley for about 2½ hours until we arrive at the village of Patacancha. The people from this area are known locally as "Huayruros" - the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the colour of their ponchos. We'll have a chance to view some textiles made by the people of this community - the high quality weavings are famous for their intricate designs reflecting aspects of their everyday lives and culture. We'll walk slowly down the valley to Willoq, another Quechua village where the locals still wear their traditional dress and are proud to maintain their cultural identity. Our transport will be waiting for us to take us further down the valley to Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will rest and have lunch. In the early afternoon we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey that starts in the Quechua highlands and slowly descends to lush tropical vegetation as we near Aguas Calientes. Total journey time about 1½ hours. We'll spend the night in a hostal in Aguas Calientes where you'll no doubt enjoy the opportunity to soak under the hot showers!! Early night.

Walking distance approx 12km (5-6 hours).

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Rise early around about 04:45 !! to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. I'm sure you'll agree that, although it's tough getting up, it's well worth the effort to see the "Lost City of the Incas" at its quietest in the early morning light. You'll have plenty of opportunity to take photos and have some peaceful time alone to enjoy the sun rising from behind the mountains. Our guide will give you a tour of Machu Picchu telling you about Inca history and significance of the major sites of interest. The tour takes about 2 hours after which you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own or climb Wayna Picchu - the mountain that overlooks the ancient Inca city (allow a minimum of 1½ hours). By 11:00 Machu Picchu quickly fills up with tourists arriving by train and appears crowded by comparison with the early morning. Most people are ready to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants. Late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo where a bus will be waiting to bring you back to Cusco.

INCLUDES:

  • Pick up from hotel and transport by bus to Lares
  • Meals (Vegetarian option available)
  • High quality tents and equipment (includes dining tent, kitchen tent)
  • Pack animals (mules and llamas) to carry baggage and equipment
  • Professional English speaking guide and camp staff
  • Dinner and accommodation in Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket back to Cusco

DOESN'T INCLUDE:

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Tips

What you need to bring and carry:

  • Backpack or duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing/thermals
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking shoes
  • wool Socks
  • Water bottle (purificstion tablets)
  • Rain gear
  • Day pack
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Personal medical kit
  • Flashlight ( we recommend head light)
  • Bathing suit and towel

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