The Lares Trek is an ideal alternative to the classic Inca Trail. This is one of the most popular Lares trek variations to Machu Picchu, mainly because it is the shortest (~33km) and easiest (only one big pass at 4,450m). The lares route takes three days to trek (one extra day to visit Machu Picchu) and takes
when you start walking through the Lares Trek in this valley you will observe a beautiful landscape with many Mountains covered with snow, hills with enough vegetation Polylepis trees and especially herds of llamas and alpacas with their shepherds. This lares trek is a type of experiential tourism since you can visit the dwellings of the highlanders who will show us their way of life in the mountains, their typical food that is alpaca meat, guinea pig, dehydrated potato , corn and especially the Inca beer “the chicha“.
The walk of lares valley in Cusco is a good option for travelers who want to be connect with the Inca culture and nature, and after to finish this adventure walking over the mountains the final destination will be Aguas Calientes town and after Machu Picchu city , the trip lasts 4 days and 3 nights place where you will have nice memories from Peru and especially with the mountains from Cusco city.
Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05.45 am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chincheros and stopping in the town of Urubamba (2,700 masl) for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc, Small packed breakfast is served here. Departing Urubamba around 07:15, we have a further 20 minutes drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, land of the famous white corn crops and the Chicha, the Inca´s favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses and handlers, (arrieros), and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses.
We start our Lares Trek through this beautiful polylepis qeuñas Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2,850 mt to 3,600 mt with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. 4 hours walk to the Inca complex of Inca–Kancha for a guided visit, and where we stop for our first lunch. Our expert cook will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes. Time to relax or a little nap, Continuing afterward along the way you will be able to observe native trees of qeuñas, eucaliptus, then we reach a small Andean community of P´accha, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps and goats. Then final 2 hours further we will reach a series of small waterfalls and beautiful campsite named Cuyoc, .. our first campsite at 3,950 masl.
Early wake up at 06:00 am with a cup of coca leaf tea, then a good breakfast with quinua panqueques. At 07:00 am we recommence our Lares trek with scenic views of Chicon, San Juan and Veronica mountains. Surrounded by a native forest for a challenging 5 hours climb along a dirt road with some stone steps, in some parts there are zig zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass located at 4,740 masl (A sacred Apacheta is a series of piled stones, made by pilgrims as a symbol of gratitude and respect to the Apus), Once we get to the pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local customs.
Enjoy the amazing views of part of Moray, Maras and Salineras. Then we are ready to descend for an hour along a stone road with a nice view on both sides, arriving to enjoy lunch near impressive lakes by which we rest. After our lunch we walk for 2 more hours mainly dowhill and enroute we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local village) in colorful costumes as is traditional with all villages around Lares. Impressive landscape views, mountains, flocks of llamas and alpacas. Cuncani is the major district in the area. Campsite at Cuncani community, located at 3,700 masl where we enjoy Dinner and Camp. Cuncani is also very famous for their textiles produced with ancestral weaving techniques; weavers will offer their work
Morning to relax, before our final leg of our Lares trek, so you can sleep until late 7:00 am. Breakfast. At this little village we have the chance to visit the house of our arriero who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants etc. Then 4 hours of easy downhill walk to reach the Lares village, once we arrive to the pools, we can soak in the springs. The village is known for its medicinal hot springs, After our lunch, 3 hours drive in our private transport to Ollantaytambo town, Dinner. 2-hours train to the town of Aguas Calientes Overnight.
Early breakfast (05.00am) before taking the 5.30am bus directly to Machupicchu arriving around 06.00am. **Optional for those still able/wanting to walk!: leave 04.30am and walk up to Machupicchu arriving approx 06.00am but only if you really want to hike in the dark so have torches but remember you do not get into Machu Picchu earlier than people who take the bus as they also arrive around 6am to the entrance with the guide.
In Machupicchu it is still a 15 minute walk from the drop-off point to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy the early tour of Machupicchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it! Your guide will spend about 2 hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machupicchu should finish between 10 and 10:30am then you have free time to take your photos before the 10:30 crowds arrive.
If you want the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu you must indicate this at the time of booking so we can add the $15 fee and get the permit well in advance .
Otherwise the Inca bridge or Sun´s gate are other good walks in that order!. We provide a Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes after the walk down from Machupicchu. If you prefer a box lunch to have in Machupicchu you must sign up for it in the office before your lares trek.