If you are looking for the local experience and panoramic views then the Lares Trek Machu Picchu is one of the best options !!
Our travelers will have an extraordinary experience passing through breathtaking scenery along small towns and finishing off in the thermal waters of Lares taking a break to relax.
The Lares Trail To Machu Picchu is home of many traditional weavers and farmers and famous for homemade textiles. The indigenous people of this area speak Quechua and Spanish.
The Lares trek is one of the main alternatives to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is slightly shorter and higher in altitude than the Inca Trail; it is accessible from Cusco. Unlike the Inca Trail, permits are not required to hike the Lares Trek.
There are a number of different route itineraries and variations available on the Lares trek. The trek is also far more quiet than the Inca Trail as it is not as well known. The Lares trek is also slightly easier than the Inca Trail, although there are still 3 high passes will trek over, the highest being 4,400 m (14,400 ft).
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We will pick you up at 4:30 am and drive to the town of Pumahuanca where we will have breakfast. During the trek, we will meet some of our locals including the local muleteers who will accompany us on this wonderful trip. Whilst the walk is about 3 hours, we get the chance see the beautiful valleys of Pumahuanca surrounded by high mountains and extraordinary panorama. We also get the chance to meet local families and interact with them.
After lunch, we continue to climb up for 3 hours until we reach the campsite of Puyoc (14100 ft/4300m). Be sure to bring warm gear as sometime the temperature can reach to 0 degrees.Day 2: Puyoc – Yanacocha - Cuncani camp site
Today is the longest day of the hike where we will climb to the top for 3 hours and a half reach Sicllakasa pass (15850 ft/4830m). Be ready to have your camera ready to take many photos of this majestic and unique site. From there, we descend for another 3 hours to reach our lunch point at the community of Cunkani (12426ft/3800 m).
Once we have finished lunch, we will continue on walking for 2 hours and a half until we reach the thermal hot springs of Lares to relax our muscles and unwind.Day 3: Cuncani – Lares town
Today will be a relaxing day where you will have the opportunity visit a local bar and taste a typical and common drink of the Incas, Chicha.
On return we will have the last lunch with our team of Machu Picchu Tours. This will be our last day to stay with out team where we will say goodbye and to more great adventures! From there, you will continue the rest of the trip with our guide to the town of Ollantaytambo (3hrs) and then we take the train to Aguas Calientes (town near Machu Picchu).Day 4: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.
In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m.USEFUL INFORMATION
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