Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 8 days / 7 nights

A 8 day trip to Peru 
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This is a great trek for those wanting to experience the incredible beauty and rich culture of the Andes by taking the "road less-traveled" while still experiencing certain Inca trails. Authentic encounters with Quechua communities and the spectacular scenery that surrounds them give these treks a wonderful blend of tradition and splendor. Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Cordillera Urubamba, we traverse high mountain peaks and sub-tropical valleys, stopping along the way to enjoy scenic lagoons, natural hot springs, and Inca ruins. The remoteness of the area has allowed its people to preserve traditions of llama and alpaca herding, potato cultivation, and colorful weaving dating back to the Incas. These fascinating treks offer a first-hand look at the life of the Andean farmer and a journey into a region of outstanding beauty.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Day 01-02: Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs – Wacawasi
Day 03-04: Wacawasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha
Day 05-06: Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes village
Day 07-08: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Departure Dates 

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Detailed Itinerary 

Trek Lares & Machu Picchu
8 days/7 nights

Day 1-2: Cusco – Calca – Lares Hot Springs – Wacawasi

Early transfer by regular bus (between 05:30 and 06:00hrs approx) to the Sacred Valley, one of the most fertile regions of South America, with its production of Maize, an Inca symbol for the Andean religion. Eventually, you will enter the province of Granary (2940m / 9646f), where you will climb in the direction of Wacawasi pass (4400m / 14436f) and after descend to the town of Lares, (3250m / 10663f) well known for its thermal medical baths (3200m/ 10499f). Time to relax in the swimming pools, which have a temperature between 28 and 36 degrees C / 82 and 97 degrees F.
After lunch, hike to Wacawasi (3600m / 11811f), where you will camp. (L,D).
Bus journey: 5 hours; Hiking time: 3 hours; Climate: cold

Day 3-4: Wacawasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha

This will be the hardest day, where you will hike to Sipsay pass at 4400 metres (14436f), 4 hours trekking. After, you will pass through local communities, observe the Andean farmers, their ancient ways of cultivating, old skills of colourful textile work inspired by the Andean gods and symbols and their rustic Andean tradition houses. Finally make your way down to the village of Patacancha (3650m / 11975f), where you will camp. (B,L,D).
Hiking time: 7 hours; Climate: cold

Day 5-6: Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes village

A spectacular day, visit the small towns of Willoq (3400m / 11156f) and Pumamarca (3200m / 10499f). Trek through the valley of Patacancha, appreciate the indigenous towns with there Inca traditions and habits which have survived until today.
Arrive to the town of Ollantaytambo (2850m / 9350f), an archaeological site from the Inca dynasty and from here take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m / 6726f), and overnight in local hostel. (B,L,D).

Day 7-8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu for your 2-hour guided visit of the Sanctuary. To return to the Village of Aguas Calientes pls note shuttle bus is not included.
There should be some free time to enjoy the town before you return to Cusco by train.
Arrival and transfer to hotel. (B)
(The train departure which is normally in the afternoon, will vary depending on availability, pls note there will be situations depending on availability of train, that you will travel only as far as Ollanta in the Sacred Valley and regular transfer to Cusco, this information will be confirmed at the debrief)
(Hotel not included).



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