Lares Trek to Machu Picchu by Huaran 4 Days & 3 Nights
Day 01: Cusco – Huaran- Canchacancha
Our Lares trek via Fundo Huaran is a route with little influx of visitors and is not a commercial route, such as the Inca Trail and Salkantay, which is why it makes it special and unique. This hike offers visitors a contact with traditional Andean life (customs and traditions), enjoy the scenic valleys, Mountains, Glaciers and lakes. A timeless world where farmers sow their crops in the land of their ancestors and are cared for by their herds of llamas and alpacas, beneath the sacred snow-capped mountains they worshiped as gods called in Quechua “Apus.” Today, the road is still in use by local people, who are descendants of the Inca. The route connects the communities of Cancha Cancha, Quishuarani, Cuncani and Lares famous for its thermo-medicinal waters. Travel from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes by train for 2 hours and rest at the hotel. Finally, the most important day of the trip is to visit the sanctuary of Machu Picchu (declared as the seventh wonder of the world by UNESCO), in the afternoon return to Cusco.
The trekking of the laraes valley, also known as the “weavers’ circuit”, takes us on a tour of the high Andean landscape, visiting many Andean villages where life continues as it does siclos.los indigenous, descendants of the Inca, Continue to live in a very traditional way and maintain the ancestral customs, the agriculture and the way of dressing. They continue practicing the old technique of Inca fabric and are known for producing the traditional high quality textile colors.
This trekking combines varied Andean landscapes, with lush forests, mountains and lagoons, with an old culture and an opportunity to meet and make friends with locals.
This is a hike of moderate difficulty not very difficult, you have to light at a high pass of 4550msnm.
Pick-up from your hotel at 06:00 a.m. Then, we’ll head to Calca, where we’re gonna stop to have breakfast. And then, we’ll continue our journey to Huaran to start our hike ascending through the valley of Tennis Court for five hours of walk and reaching the high Andean village of Cancha Cancha. In this place, will be our 1st camp.
Day 02: Canchacancha – Cuncani.
In the morning after our breakfast, we’ll begin our trek to “Pachacutec pass” along the snowy mountain of Ccolque Cruz, then to descend to the Ccomerchocha Lagoon, and the village of Quishuarani, then we’ll turn back to step up Cuncani without before enjoying the beautiful Lagoon of Pata Ccocha, reaching the pass to have a view of the high Andean landscape, descending to the village of Cuncani where will be our camp.
Day 03: Cuncani – Machu Picchu Village “Aguas Calientes”
After our breakfast, we’ll continue our trek. From this point through Lares Valley to reach hot springs (optional) and to have our lunch in the evening, our transport from Lares to Ollantaytambo to board the train to Machu Picchu village where there will be our hotel.
Day 04: Machu Picchu – Cusco.
After our breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take one of the first buses to take us to the citadel of Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour, in a time of about 2 hours. Then, you’ll have free time to visit and enjoy on your own. Returning to the town of “Aguas Calientes”, we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then transport to Cusco.
- Transport to Huaran place (where the walk starts).
- Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo.
- Ollanta – Cusco Transport.
- Camping equipment,tents, mattress, dining tent, kitchen, tables and chairs.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Bus up and down to Machu Picchu.
- First aid kit including oxygen.
- Professional guide.
- Horses or mules to transport the equipment.
- >Foods (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners).
- Hotel “Aguas Calientes”.
- Lares – Ollantaytambo Bus.
Does Not Include:
- First breakfast, last Lunch.
- Sleeping bag.
- Entrance to the hot springs in “Aguas Calientes”.
List of Suggestions:
- Original identification documents (passport, ID).
- Rain jacket & rain poncho.
- good walking shoes – also (sandals).
- Sleeping bag (plume).
- Flashlight – batteries.
- Binoculars (optional).
- Walking stick (optional).
- Extra money.
- Small backpack & rain cover.
- Personal kit (if you have some illness).