The Lares Trek adventure will take you through natural hot springs, native villages, amazing campsites, mountain ranges and some of the most beautiful landscapes Peru can offer, before arriving to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. On the way you’ll also briefly see the Inca city of Ollantaytambo.
Your journey through Lares to Machu Picchu starts at your hotel in Cusco 5.00 am, where a bus will transport you to the village of Calca for 45 min. After a little break the bus ride continues for 2 hours to the hot springs of Lares, where we will enjoy a nice lunch before our hike begins and you can take a swim in the hot natural thermal pools in beautiful surroundings of the mountain environment. The hike of the day takes 4 hours uphill until we reach the campsite of Wakawasi, where a delicious dinner is waiting for us.
Early in the morning the guides will wake you up with a nice cup of wake-up-tee and breakfast. Thereafter we ascend to the mountain top of Abra Wakawasi (4300 m), where we will have a breathtaking view of the mountain surroundings and the 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 a fantastic lunch for us. For the next 4 hours the route continues downhill to the camp of the night; Entrada a Yanahuara, where we will enjoy a dinner together and get settled for the night.
On this day we will hike from our camp early in the morning at 6.30 after a solid breakfast and good-morning-tee. First we have a little hike downhill for 40 min. to La Pista Central, where a bus is waiting for us, to transport us to Ollantaytambo; the bus ride only takes 30 min. In Ollantaytambo we will enjoy a nice lunch together and you can walk around the town and its market. It is optional to visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, which will give you a great insight of how skilled the Incas were, in their constructions and architecture. After visiting Ollantaytambo, we end the Lares trek and continue by train to the village of Machu Picchu; Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes we will get settled in our hotel and enjoy a nice dinner.
Very early in the morning, after the breakfast, we will begin hiking to “the lost city of the Incas”; Machu Picchu. The hike takes 1.5 hours uphill. At the city of Machu Picchu the guide will show you around the city and its different important sites, ruins and temples from 8.00 to 10.00 am. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the city, its many different roads and its beautiful surroundings. It is optional to take a hike to Huaynapicchu (extra cost 65 $), where you can get an extraordinary view from the mountain top over Machu Picchu and its beautiful surroundings. After you have enjoyed the magnificent City, a bus will take you down to Aguas Calientes, where you can visit the popular market and enjoy all the nice restaurants the town has to offer or visit the hot springs of the natural thermal pools (extra cost 4 $). In the night you will overstay in the hotel.
On the last day we will say goodbye to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu and head towards Cusco via Ollantaytambo. After a breakfast the train will take us to Ollantaytambo, and there a bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Plaza de Armas in Cusco where our adventure ends.Note: The Lares trek departs from our travel agency every day all year round. We recommend to go on this trek from April to October, because of the dry season.
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