Lares

The Lares Trek is a 4D/3N trek that combines adventure, culture, textile, hot springs and Macchu Picchu.     

Lares trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail still offering the beauty of the Andes with less crowds. It also offers the opportunity to learn and experience rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities.

WHAT IS PROVIDED ON THE TOUR?

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private transportation to the trail head, along the sacred valley with nice views
  • Professional bilingual tour guide (two for 10 or more guests)
  • Foam mattress
  • Tents (4 man tents for every 2 people – very comfortable)
  • Buffet meals plus snacks
  • Kitchen and dinning tents plus table and chairs
  • Boiled drinking water for each meal and for hiking
  • Chef, porters and horse man
  • Horses to carry all the equipment and your personal belongings
  • Bus transportation from Lares hot spring to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourism train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel at Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour for 2 hours in Machu Picchu
  • Tourism train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer back to Cusco and to your hotel

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent from Alpaca Expeditions)
  • Walking stick (you can rent from Alpaca Expeditions)
  • Back pack
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs (10 soles)
  • Last lunch at Aguas Calientes

SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE:

  • Original passport and valid student ISIC card if you have one (you must send at booking time)
  • Good back pack
  • Good sleeping bag
  • Warm clothes plus some layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Hiking boots
  • About 4 t-shirts
  • Walking sticks
  • Flashlight (head lamps are very useful)
  • Camera and extra films plus batteries.
  • Sun protection ( sun cream, sun hat, sun glasses).
  • Thermals including wool hat and wool socks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain jacket plus rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, and personal towel
  • Bathingsuit for the hot springs
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra Money for souvenirs, drinks and tips (tips are optional)

Day 1. CUSCO  –  LARES HOT SPRINGS – HUACAWASI:

We will pick you up from your hotel around 5AM and drive for approximately 3 hours to the start of the trek, which is at Lares Hot Springs.  You will have breakfast here and have some time at the baths so don’t forget your bathing suits (Hot Springs are 10 soles).  After breakfast you will hike for about 2 hours gradually uphill along the valley following a nice river to get to the lunch place.  It will be another 2 hours until your first camping site called Wacawasi at 3800 meters.  The first camping site is where you will get to visit a local village and see how the descendants of the Incas are living today.

Walking distance: 6.8 miles/11 km (6 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3850 meters above sea level
Considered: moderately difficult
Area: Andes Mountains
Weather : Warm in the morning but cold by the afternoon

Day 2 . HUACAWASI –  CONDOR PASS – YANACCOCHA:

It will be an early start to day 2. After breakfast we will hike for about 4 hours to the top of the pass which is at the highest point of your trek at 4700 meters.  There will be amazing views of the valley and lots of time to take photos.  You will hike 1 hour down to get to the lunch spot.  After lunch another 2 more hours to get downhill to get to the second camping site which is at 4000 meters.Today we will get to see many andean llamas, alpacas and some andean birds such as condors and eagles.

 

Walking distance: 7.45 miles/12 km (7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3,900 meter high above sea level
Considered: Top day
Area: Andes Mountains
Weather: Cold, chilly and windy

Day 3. YANACCOCHA – YANAHUARA . OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES:

Day three is the easiest day of the trek.  After breakfast we will walk 4 hours downhill to get to the end of our hike which is at the Sacred Valley. We will be arriving to Yanahuara and then we will take our van for 30 minutes to get to Ollantaytambo where we will enjoy our dinner in the most spectacular town in the Sacred Valley.  At 7 pm we will take a train to Aguas Calientes where we spend a night in the hotel

Walking distance: 4.5 miles/9 km (3 hours)
Hotel altitude: 2,000 meters above sea level in Aguas Calientes village
Considered: Easy day Area: Andes Mountain
Weather: Warm and humid


Day 4. AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO:

Day four is the most magical day: Machu Picchu.  You will wake up really early to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu to see the sun rise over the ruins.

Your guide will take you around for a 2 hour tour and then afterwards you will have time to explore on your own and hike Huaynapicchu if you choose (this is a separate entrance ticket and costs $15 per person).  You will take a train back to Ollantaytambo and then bus back to Cusco and we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Walking distance: One hour up hill to Machu Picchu Machupicchu : 2,400 meters above sea level
Considered: Most important day
Area: High cloud forest
Weather: Warm and very humid


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NOTES***

TRAIN TIMES: On the third day we will take train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantayatambo.  Most of the time we will take the evening train which is at 7.00 pm but sometimes there is noavailability so we need to take the 3.36 pm train. If you are taking 7.00 pm train you will have dinner at Ollantaytambo but if you are taking 3.36 pm train you will have dinner at Aguas Calientes town.

HOTEL FOR THE THIRD NIGHT:  The hotels we work with in Aguas Calientes town are Wiraccocha, Santuario hotel, Plaza Andina, or Chska. Private rooms with private bathrooms, hot shower, dryer, wifi, nice and clean.

HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN: Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huaynapicchu mountain you must book at the same time as your Lares trek.  Please send us a photocopy of your passport so we can book with the park office.  Only 400 people can hike Huaynapicchu per day. you will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am.

HORSES OR PORTERS: On this trek we provide horses to carry your food and the camping equipment, but there will be one cook and his assistant, two horses men and one porter who is cleaning the trail from what other hikers throw away as they go.

GUIDE:  Most of our guides began as porters before they went to Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history.   They are always training in order to be the best guide.  They each speak english beautifully and of course all of them speak spanish and quechua, the Inca Language.  They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course he will have lots of history to share with you.

OUR FOOD:  Defintely one of the highlights of the tour is the food.  It is always fresh and organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates.  It is all served family style and we go out of our way to accomodate all food restrictions including vegetarian options or any food allergy issues.

OUR EQUIPMENT: We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and foam mattresses for everyone.  All dining equipment including a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils.  We do NOT supply sleeping bags, air mattresses or walking sticks, but all can be rented from Alpaca.  We do bring an extra blanket for our hikers for those cold nights just to make sure everyone is warm enough when they sleep.

WE ARE SUSTAINABLE:  We always clean the trail as we go.  We respect the local people, teach them to keep clean the area, and help the local kids. We always take one extra porter who will be walking on the trail just to clean up, picking up the bottles and plastic bags from what other people using the trail throw away.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE: We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the upmost respect.  We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law.  We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and most importantly, with health insurance.

BOOKING: Lares is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people.  You still need to book in advance.

Thanks for traveling with Alpaca, 100% local company ……..  

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