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Adventure trek in Cusco: Discover the incredible Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares Trek

4 days and 3 nights Tour: Hiking and Adventure Min: 2 persons
Carol B
2024-03-20
Breathtaking views beyond describable lifetime adventure Very informitive and beautiful views wonderful pictures. I have already sent word to family they MUST come see!! The guides were friendly and helpful!!!
Heath A
2024-03-19
Amazing Experience!! An absolute once in a lifetime experience I will never forget! We were met by our guide immediately when stepping out of the train station and he was very friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend anyone coming to Peru to book through Rap Travel Peru!!!
John V
2024-03-19
Totally unforgettable!! I was an amazing experience from start to finish. Every checkpoint was smooth and efficient. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!!!
nick d
2024-03-19
Amazing time at Machu Picchu!!!!!👏👏👏👏👏 Had amazing time with some amazing people from rap travel the guide was amazing and very knowledgeable and attentive of everything that he was showing us had great insight and information and made it to where we can understand and enjoy what we were looking at in the history of the site!!!!!👏👏👏📣📣📣📣
Adriano M
2024-03-15
Passeios Maravilhosos e equipe receptiva Equipe super prestativa, desde a reserva até os guias turísticos. Fomos atendidos pelo brasileiro Luis, que estava sempre a disposição para ajudar com quaisquer dúvidas ou problemas. Os guias também foram super receptivos e bem dispostos a ajudar. Recomendo 100%
Yoselin A
2024-03-15
Mejores Días en Perú Desde el primer día la atención y servicio fueron excelentes, muy buenas recomendaciones sobre lugares donde comer, conocer y los mejores guías/fotógrafos. Gracias por recibirnos!
Castro Díaz D
2024-03-15
Experiencia increíble en Perú Mi estancia en Cusco con la agencia RAP Travel fue increíble, nos hicieron sentir como en casa desde que llegamos a la ciudad, los tours, guías, atención, todo fue demasiada buena. Recomendable para que vengan a conocer Perú de la mejor manera.
Marco F
2024-02-24
Nuestro viaje a Perú. Todo fantástico!! Nos encantó las atenciones de RAP Travel Perú y de todo su personal. Los tours bien planificados, puntuales. Todo A1, nos vamos súper contentos con el servicio. Los recomendamos al 1000%, el cooking class traditional fue excelente. El ceviche de trucha y lomo de alpaca para chuparse los dedos.
Madrily D
2024-02-24
Experiencias en Cusco. La experiencia en Perú, fue muy placentera. Nos encantó todo nuestro viaje, la compañía RAP Travel Perú. Nos ayudó muchísimo con la planificación con este viaje. 100% recomendado.
Silvia R
2024-02-23
Viaje mágico Excelente experiencia con la agencia rap travel , todos fueron muy amables y nos ayudaron a armar nuestro paquete turístico de acuerdo a nuestras necesidades

DESCRIPTION

Description Lares Cusco Trekking Tour

With the “Lares Cusco Trekking Tour”, you can reach Machupicchu by an alternate route, little traveled, avoiding paying income and enjoying an excellent walk to know the Inca sanctuary of Machupicchu on the last day.

LARES is one of the eight districts of the province of Calca, located in the department of Cusco. 1 km. away from the town of Lares, capital of the district of the same name, are the Thermo-medicinal Baths of Lares that have temperatures between 28º and 35º, of ferruginous nature and with arsenic content in small quantity.

To counteract the high original temperature of the baths that reach 62º, these are mixed with cold water, which by privilege of nature flows through the place coming from the surrounding snow-capped mountains. These waters are recommended for cases of rheumatism, colic and very particularly for cases of infertility.

THE LARES TREK is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. The trail starts at the hot springs of Lares, 3 hours away from Cuzco, crosses the Huacawasi pass at 4,300 meters above sea level, descends and ends at Yanahuara or Ollantaytambo, which is the access to Aguas Calientes for the tour to Machu Picchu.

The hike is not as popular as the Inca Trail, but many find it just as beautiful. This hike is ideal for travelers looking for alternatives that take you through rural communities in the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas.

A trek through spectacular Andean scenery with a rich variety of cultures, centered on the magnificent Lares surrounded by magnificent snow-capped peaks and many hot springs. You will visit highland villages where life manifests itself as it was centuries ago and the local inhabitants perpetuate the Inca customs of their ancestors: original dress and traditional agriculture, along with llamas and alpacas that help produce the best qualities of corn and potatoes in the entire country. Our trek ends at the Yanahura camp near the village of Ollantaytambo.

MAIN POINTS OF VISIT

  • Cusco (3,399 masl)
  • Lares (3,150 masl)
  • Abra Huacawasi (4300 m)
  • Ollantaytambo (2,792 masl)
  • Machupicchu (2,400 masl)
  • Aguas Calientes (2,040 masl)

TRIP SUMMARY:

  • Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Huancawasi: 8 Km – Moderate Day.
  • Day 02: Huancawasi – Abra Huacawasi – Yanahuara: 13 Km – Difficult day.
  • Day 03: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes: 18 Km – Moderate Day.
  • Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu: 4 Km – Easy Day.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Calca – Lares – Huancawasi.

  • 05.00 hrs We will pass by the hotel to pick you up, we will go to the town of Calca for 45 minutes. After a short break, the bus ride continues for 2 hours to the hot springs of Lares.
  • Here we will enjoy a good lunch before our hike begins, you can swim in the natural thermal pools that have beautiful surroundings with the mountain environment.
  • The day’s hike is uphill, it will be open roads and some steep uphill trails. It will last 4 hours, then we will arrive at Huacawasi camp, where a delicious dinner awaits us.

Camping: HUANCAWASI.

Breakfast – Passenger/ Snack, Lunch and Dinner- Agency

Day 2: Huacawasi – Abra Huacawasi- Auroruy Cocha – Yanahuara

The Lares Valley is home to many traditional weavers and farmers and is famous for homemade textiles. Huacahuasi is a traditional weaving village and hikers often try their hand at weaving here. The indigenous people of this area speak Quechua and Spanish. The Lares trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is slightly shorter and higher in altitude than the Inca Trail; it is accessible from Cusco. Unlike the Inca Trail, no permits are required to hike the Lares Trek.

  • Early in the morning, the guide will wake you up with a nice cup of tea and breakfast. Then, we ascend to the top of the mountain of Abra Huacawasi (4300 m), where we will have a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain, flora and fauna.
  • From there, the Lares trek will take us downhill for 1 hour to the village of Auroruy Cocha, where our chef will prepare us a fantastic lunch.
  • For the next 4 hours, the route continues downhill to the Yanahuara camp, it will be open roads and some ascending trails. Upon arrival we will enjoy dinner together and settle in for the night.

Camping: YANAHUARA.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner- Agency

Day 3: Yanahuara – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.

OLLANTAYTAMBO, is a town and Inca archaeological site, capital of the district of Ollantaytambo located about 90 km northwest of the city of Cusco. During the Inca period, Pachacutec conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the conquest it served as the fortress of Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance.

In Ollantaytambo there are resistance terraces (to prevent landslides), not agricultural as in the other archaeological sites of Cusco. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction due to its Inca constructions and for being one of the most common starting points of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

  • 06.30 hrs This day we will hike from our campsite after a solid breakfast and good morning tea. First, we will have a short hike downhill for 40 minutes to La Pista Central, where a bus will be waiting for us to transport us to Ollantaytambo; the bus ride only takes 30 minutes.
  • In Ollantaytambo we will enjoy a good lunch and stroll around the town and its market. It is optional to visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, which will give you a great idea of how skilled the Incas were in their constructions and architecture.
  • After the tour in Ollantaytambo, we finish the trek from Lares and continue by train to Machu Picchu, the town of Aguas Calientes. We will settle in the hotel and enjoy a nice dinner.

Camping: WIÑAYHUAYNA.
Breakfast – Passenger / Lunch & Dinner – Agency

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco

  • After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the bus station to board the bus for the tour to Machu Picchu (30 minutes).
  • Our tour leader will give us a 2-hour introductory guided tour of the Machupicchu citadel.
  • After that we have the option to climb the steep Huayna Picchu staircase, a steep and challenging hike that lasts approximately 2 hours and offers excellent views of Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs (Not included in the price).
  • At the end of the tour, we will descend to Aguas Calientes and then board the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo train station. At the station we will meet our transportation and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

BREAKFAST – AGENCY / LUNCH and DINNER – PASSENGER

INCLUDES


INCLUDES:

HUANCAWASI – Night 1, Camping

YANAHUARA – Night 2, Camping

AGUAS CALIENTES – Night 3, Hotel Encanto

  • Private tourist transportation
  • Adventure tour guide of the Lares Trek
  • Experienced Machupicchu cultural tour guide.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs and cooking equipment (all carried by our porters and horses).
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs of Lares.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Inca site.
  • Private campsites
  • Camping equipment
  • 1 duffel bag for personal luggage; to be carried by the passengers. Porters can carry their own equipment, but it will be an additional cost.
  • Professional trekking chef with an assistant
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan or special menus available at no additional cost).
  • Boiled water: from your first lunch to your last breakfast, we recommend to bring about 3L.
  • Wake up with tea: Every morning in camp, you will wake up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent to warm up before you start your day.
  • Tea time every day during the trek: Every evening before dinner, the cooks will serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc.
  • Hygiene products: a small towel before each meal to wash your hands and every morning there will also be a bucket with warm water to wash yourself.
  • Medical kit and oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo (departure time is confirmed the day of the meeting and is subject to availability)
  • Transfer back to Cusco: Private tourist transportation to your hotel in Cusco.


NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping bags -18ºC
  • Concettur bus to the Inca city of Machupicchu
  • Walking sticks
  • 1st breakfast and last lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips, our agency staff is well paid, so feel free to tip “Recommendation 06.00 – 08.00 USD per day per traveler for all staff according to your satisfaction.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond management’s control (bad weather, itinerary modification due to security issue, illness, government policy change, political instability/strike, etc.)
  • Mineral water
  • Snacks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE TREK?

  • Original passport
  • Small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Gloves (warm)
  • Complete rain gear or poncho
  • Trekking pants
  • Breathable long sleeve polo shirts
  • Sweater or sweater for the cold weather
  • Swimwear and sandals
  • Sun hat and bandana
  • Casual mountain clothing
  • Camera and video camera with extra battery
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Sun block
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration pouches recommended)
  • Snack: Chocolates, dried fruit, cereal bars
  • Cash: coins and small bills
  • A good positive mental attitude and a willingness to de-stress

DO NOT WEAR

  • No large suitcases or wheeled bags.
  • Additional luggage you will not need to leave at your hotel in Cusco or at our office.

PRICE

GROUP SERVICE TOUR

Lares Trek Tour

PRICE PER PERSON

Minimum 02 people

GROUP SERVICE TOUR

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Lares Cusco Trekking Tour

The highest altitude reached during the Lares Trek is approximately 4,300 meters above sea level. At this altitude, some travelers may experience the effects of altitude sickness, so it’s important to acclimatize before trekking and drink enough water to prevent discomfort.

Daytime temperatures during the Lares Trek typically range from 15°C to 20°C. At night, temperatures can drop significantly, reaching around 0°C to 5°C, especially at higher altitudes. It’s important to bring warm clothing for the cold nights.

The ideal seasons for the Lares Trek are the dry season, which runs from May to September, and the transition season, which includes April and October. During these times, the weather is more stable, with less rainfall, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

Special permits are not required to do the Lares Trek. Unlike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you don’t need to obtain a special permit. However, you should coordinate your trip with an authorized travel agency that organizes the trek and handles logistical details.

The total distance covered during the Lares Trek may vary depending on the specific route chosen. On average, the trek covers a distance of approximately 33 to 40 kilometers, which is completed over a period of 3 to 4 days. It’s important to note that the terrain can be steep and challenging in some sections.

The waters of the baths are recommended for rheumatism, colic, and infertility. The temperatures vary between 28°C and 35°C.

No, there is no specific age restriction for trekking in the Lares Valley. However, it’s always advisable that participants be in good physical condition and consult a doctor before undertaking such an activity, especially if there are children or older people in the group.

Yes, in most travel agencies that organize the Lares Trek, there are options for renting equipment such as sleeping bags and trekking poles. These rental services are convenient for travelers who want to avoid carrying extra equipment from home or for those who do not have their own trekking gear. You can coordinate with the travel agency in advance to check the availability of these services and get more details about associated costs.

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