Lares trek to Machu Picchu

The Lares trek to Machu Picchu to the lost city of the Inca’s and Machu Picchu is a magical adventure. Making this historical journey high into the Andes will hold special memories that stay with you the rest of your life. The Lares trek is close to the sacred valley and main route into Machu Picchu Check out our 2018 dates and Top 10 Tips for a success and enjoyable Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. Read our training information.

The Lares Trek leads nicely into our Inca Trail 4 day Trek to Machu Picchu. This short trek really has amazing mountain scenery on trails that not many people travel to. It is part of the Inca’s original trail to Machu Picchu. From the sacred be will be hiking on the north side of the sacred valley. We will be hiking in between two mountain ranges with peaks like Sawasiray 5,766m/ 18,917 feet and Pitusiray 6,048m/ 19,842 feet and on the other side Puma Huanca 5,330m/ 17,486 feet and Capac Salla 5,644m/ 18,517 feet.

If you are trekking the Lares trek to Machu Picchu you will trek for 3 days before dropping down into Ollantaytambo for the night and then continuing onto the Traditional Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Inca trail covers 26 miles over 4 days. We cross over 3 passes with the highest at 4,215m/ 13,828 feet. Cusco sits at 3,400m/ 11,152 feet and the city of Machu Picchu sits at 2,430m/ 7,972 feet on the edge of the Amazon.


A little bit more about our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

The Lares trek to Machu Picchu has some high passes with the highest pass at 4758m/ 15,610 feet. From the sacred valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran will be the starting point to freedom. We meet up with the horsemen and pack up the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us, we trace northwards following a gentle ascending trail along the small Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach our destination, a small village named Cancha Cancha 3,800m/ 12,477 feet where we spend the night.

Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue north-east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses, jagged mountainous ranges and typically Peruvian transverse landscapes. After 3 hours the path plateaus out, after the intense ascension of the last 2 hours, we arrive to the highest pass called Pachacutec Pass 4,758m/ 15610 feet. We will be greeted with the superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy mountainous peaks of Pitusiray.  We will take in this special place and enjoy the marvelous sites before us and to feel the suns rays replenish us. We then head down for the next 2 hours and get to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch we will descend for another 1.5 hours into the valley’s with several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep.

Ian Taylor Trekking at the entrance to the Inca Trail
some of the 8000 steps on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Mid way through our trek we will conquer the second mountain pass Hillkiccasa Pass 4,200m/ 13,779 feet and surrender to the images of the plunging Peruvian Andes as we are surrounded by nature in it’s purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains we continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sites and natural prestine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking we reach Cuncani, a small peasant community. From Cuncani we head down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit bearing trees, varied flora, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination, The Lares Village 3100m/ 10,170 feet where we are welcomed into the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour to soak, shower off, have lunch and take a siesta if you like. 

We are available 5 days a week in support of your training, preparation and answering any questions you may have. Ian has climbed Everest the top, climbed Kilimanjaro 20+times and lead numerous treks on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We have the experience and expertise to help you prepare and fully enjoy your Inca trail experience. On signing up we send out our 35 page dossier on the trek with full information and details of undertaking this adventure. The cost of this trek starts at $1,950.

Why not climb Huayna Picchu overlooking the lost city of Machu Picchu, giving you a different perspective of this wondrous place. This climb needs to be booked along side your Inca trail booking.  Check out our up coming treks in 2018

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Cusco, Peru where you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to comfortable hotel. You are free to do some sight seeing in this unique and magical city. After you have settled in at your hotel go out and tour the City of Cusco. The afternoon is free to rest, acclimatize, and sight see around Cusco.  However, we strongly urge you to take it easy, go for a walk and drink plenty of water, as Cusco sits at 3,400m/ 11,152 ft above sea level and you are at high altitude with 30% less oxygen than sea level. You will need to stay well hydrated.

Day 2

It is important to spend two night in Cusco before the trek so we recommend our full day private sacred valley tour including: Pisaq remains, Pisaq market, Moray and other important Inca site, Ollantaytambo remains, Ollantaytambo village and return to Cusco. The Pisaq and Ollantaytambo remains are very special experiences in themselves, along with mixing with the culture, this day will live long in the memory.  This day also gives your body a chance to acclimatize to the lower levels of oxygen.  After a long way you will return to your hotel in Cusco. The day your will start at 7:30am and finish at 6pm.

Day 3

You will be picked up at 6am to begin your adventure. Now your dream  over the next 5 days becomes a reality, as you start the 2 hour drive to the village of Huaran (2840m/9,318ft) located in the famous Sacred Valley between Pisac and UrubambaHuaran will be the starting point to freedom. We meet up with the horsemen and pack up the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us, we trace northwards following a gentle ascending trail  along the small Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours  to reach our destination, a small village named Cancha Cancha (3800m/12,477ft) where we spend the night.

Day 4

Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue north-east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses,edgey mountainous ranges and typically Peruvian transverse landscapes. After 3 hours the path plateaus out, after the intense ascension of the last 2 hours, we arrive to the highest pass called Pachacutec Pass (4758m/15610ft). Trapezing over the reward of reaching the top, and transfixed by the superb views of Pachacutec Lakeand the snowy mountainous peaks of Pitusiray, we embrace the moment to enjoy the marvilous sites before us and to feel the suns rays replenish us. We then head down for the next 2 hours and get to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch we will descend for another 1.5 hours into the valley’s several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. Tonight we camp at (3,870 m/12,694ft) close to Quishuarani village, which has typical stone and thatched houses.

Day 5

Mid way through our trek we will conquer the second mountain pass Hillkiccasa Pass,(4200m/13779ft) and surrender to the images of the plunging Peruvian Andes as we are surrounded by nature in it’s purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are as exciting as enjoying  a piece of candy to watch from the pass. We continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sitesand natural prestine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking we reach Cuncani, a small peasant community. From Cuncani we head down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit bearing trees, varied flora, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination, The Lares Village (3100m/10170ft) where we are welcomed into the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour to soak, shower off, have lunch and take a siesta if you like. After lunch in Lares we take our private transport to Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night in our hotel.

Day 6

By this stage on your trek, you will have really gotten into the swing of things. You will have two options to do the full 4 day Inca trail to Machu Picchu to pick the short version. If you pick the full trek you will need to pick 6 months in advance and be very specific with you dates. If you pick the two option you will be up early in the morning for the two hour train ride to 104 kms 2,100m/ 6,927 feet, Cusco-Machu Picchu way. With the exhilaration starting to lock in we begin our trek, passing the first checkpoint. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. 2,650m/ 8,747 feet. Once there, we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail.  We continue onward  towards the Sun Gate 2,730m/ 9,007 feet where we take flight with excitement as we get our first spectacular view of Machu picchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumental architecture. Your destiny awaits you, just one more hour downward, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and then bus to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend our last night in our hotel.

Day 7

Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Our head guide Percy will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment. If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price): Climb up huayna and Machupicchu mountan to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from the views above (additional cost) You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. (Free of cost) Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs (will be an additional entrance fee). When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 4:43pm or 5:27pm for the return trip to Cusco  with the  Train from Aguas Calientes to OLLANTAYTAMBO station , where you will catch our private van back to Cusco and your hotel by approximately 9pm.

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