Explore the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu combines high Andean treks with an opportunity for genuine interaction with the locals in the most remote villages of Cusco. This is a unique itinerary to the Lares Trek Valley, designed by Inca Trail Expeditions that includes Machu Picchu.
Two days of trekking, away from the crowds and deep into the Andean nature. A guided tour through Machu Picchu at dawn, the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas. During the Lares Trek, you will enjoy the train ride to Machu Picchu. This is one of the most impressive train journeys in the world, giving you the opportunity to enjoy all the magnificent Andean landscapes of Cusco.
- Take the ultimate cultural vacation to ancient and mystical sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.
- Gain an intimate understanding of centuries-old customs and traditions with expert local tour guides
- Visit historic sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Discover the rich artistry of the Lares region’s weavings
- Visit rural communities preserved in rich Incan culture
- Learn more about the Inca’s religion and ceremonies with coca leaves.
- Enjoy a train ride, with rapid changes of landscapes from the sacred valley to the cloud forest.
Inclusions of this tour
LARES TREK : CUSCO - PISAC - HUARAN - CANCHA CANCHA
Today we are going to pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we will go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, during the trip you will enjoy a beautiful sunrise and the majestic view of the Vilcanota River. The first place to visit is the archaeological center of Unu Urqo, which in Inca times was one of the most revered religious sanctuaries, since it is believed that the rituals of the cult of water and Pachamama (Mother Earth) were performed there.
Nearby is the town of Huaran where we meet the muleteers and their horses, who accompany us both days. The ascent is made through a fertile valley surrounded by trees and the river that descends from the Pitusiray glaciers, Sawasiray. At noon we will have our lunch in the middle of nature, prepared by our cooks. One more hour of ascent we will arrive at the town of Cancha Cancha (3,900 m/12,800 ft), this is one of the communities, whose inhabitants are dedicated to grazing alpacas, llamas, and sheep. They also grow the most delicious potatoes in Cusco, some families with the help of NGOs lagoons have developed trout fish farming. Together with your guide you will be able to visit one of the local houses. You will learn all about life in a traditional Andean village, with your guide as interpreter. After dinner, your guide will show you the Inca constellations that they relied on for their agricultural guidance and still do to this day.
Lares Trek Camping Tents
LARES TREK: PACHACUTEQ PASS - QUISWARANI - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
After our delicious breakfast, we begin our 7-hour trek to the highest point of our trek, Pachacuteq Pass (4,500m/14,800ft). This is where you will have to do your best to overcome this great challenge in the Andes, a good element to help you overcome the height is to drink coca tea, and also be very well motivated. Before noon, we crown the highest pass of the Lares Trek, from where you can see the most important snow-capped peaks of the Vilcanota mountain range. After some photos we must descend to the community of Quiswarani (3,700m/12,139ft), this trek will take an average of 3 hours, traversing remote lakes, herds of alpacas, steep valleys and spectacular mountain views.
We also meet its inhabitants, who wear their colorful ponchos, in their daily work, with whom you can interact in the Quechua language (language of the Incas). Your guide will act as your interpreter to translate and teach you some of the Quechua language.
After lunch, our private transport will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have to take the train to the site of Aguas Calientes, which is the closest city to the wonder of the world Machu Picchu, which you will visit on the third day.
Retama Machu Picchu
LARES TREK: GUIDED TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
This day the tour in Machu Picchu will take place early in the morning, after getting ready at the hotel, we will take the bus at 5:30 am. After a trip along the road surrounded by vegetation and impressive views of the Putukusi mountain, we will arrive at the access point for the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
First before passing the control, those who wish to use the hygienic services will be able to do so. Since there are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu, if you are going to go outside once inside, unfortunately you will not be able to re-enter.
Our visit to the wonder of Machu Picchu will be through circuit number 2, since it is one of the most complete. In this tour you will be able to go up to the famous guardian’s house from where the postcard photo of Machu Picchu will be taken, then you will pass through the main door, the ceremonial plaza, the Inca’s house, the ceremonial fountains, you will be able to see the temple of the sun but not up close; You can also access the pyramid where the sundial is located.
Continuing with the circuit you will arrive at the sector of the sacred rock, and finally you will visit the urban area where the royal houses of the Inca nobles were, and also the hall of mirrors. After 3 hours of travel we will retire with our guide, and once outside you can consume a drink or food. Because inside the complex is prohibited.
Then you can take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have enough time to have your lunch. At 2:30 p.m. it will be the time of the return train to the Ollantaytambo station, where your return transportation to Cusco awaits you, arriving at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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