Our experience begins in the zone of dollars through Cuyoc, where we will see the most beautiful places on our walk, this place is not well traveled by people despite near Urubamba, Sacred Valley, continue along Pumahuanca valley, and finally we arrived at Cuncani and end our journey with a necessary and relaxing dip in the hot springs of Lares. During our tour of these places we will go through different Andean towns that offer a really cute and diversity of colors and their vision Andes, passing through great green valleys, lakes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheep and other animals in the area, enjoy the snowy and their farming practices and their traditional Andean textile fabrics.
DAY 1: CUSCO – URUBAMBA – PUMAHUANCA – CUYOC
A representative of our company will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am and headed to the Sacred Valley where we will stop to eat and gain some extra snack or buy some snacks and bottled water last, something with the to take a scenic route drive to the Sacred Valley, passing through Chinchero and Urubamba stop for a short and small breakfast at a local restaurant. Bathrooms are available and you have the last chance to buy snacks and water, etc. Urubamba leave around 7:20 am, traveling another 25 minutes by bus to the entrance of Pumahuanca valley, famous for its harvest of white corn and chicha (traditional beer of the Incas). Here we will meet our horses and cowboys horses. We begin our walk through this beautiful valley – in the forest of trees Queuñas (Polylepis) dominate the landscape – in a gentle winding ascent with breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains. We will hike approximately 3-4 hours in the archaeological site of Inca-Kancha, after exploring the complex will have our first Andean traditional lunch. You have time to relax or take a nap until we continued our walk through the woods to the community Queuñas Paccha, where a spectacular mountain scenery, with lots of lamas, alpacas and sheep ahead. We hike up within two hours, passing a lot of small waterfalls, and finally arrive at our campsite Cuyoc at an altitude of 4,010 meters.
Meals: B, L, D – Snacks
Maximum altitude: 4,010 meters
Minimum altitude: 2,810 meters
Distance: Approximately 13.5 kilometers
Approximate hiking time: 6-7 hours
DAY 2: CUYOC – PUMAHUANCA PASS – CUNCANI
We will start the day at 6:00 in the morning with a cup of hot coca tea and enjoy a pancake breakfast. At 7:30 am we start our trek with a view of the snowy peaks of Chicon, San Juan and Veronica (The Crybaby). Surrounded by forests, a challenging adventure five hours ahead, going up a path with steps of steep stone stairs, some parts have tight serpentine bends to step Pumahuanca at an altitude of 4,780 meters (the “Apachetas” on the pass are piles of stone that travelers crossing the passage have left in order to honor the Apus). Once we reach the pass, we will also honor the mountain gods with the local custom of coca leaves. From here we can enjoy the view of Moray, Maras and the salt mines. We are now ready for the descent about an hour along a stone path with a beautiful view on both sides of the mountain until we are near the stunning lakes where we will have lunch and enjoy a short break. After lunch we will have to walk for about two hours, mostly downhill, along the way we will surely meet local farmers using traditional clothing and colorful which is typical for the Lares Valley. Cuncani is the main community in the area, we will camp here at an altitude of 3,900 meters above sea level and enjoy our delicious dinner at the campsite. Cuncani is also very famous for its textiles are still woven in accordance with the traditions and ancient techniques. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade textiles directly from the people of Cuncani / Lares.
Meals: B, L, D – Snacks
Maximum altitude: 4,780 meters
Minimum altitude: 3,900 meters
Distance: 13 km
Approximate hiking time: 6-7 hours
DAY 3: CUNCANI – LARES – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today is the last day of the Lares Trek, it will be easy for you to be able to sleep a little more day, breakfast is at 8:00 am. In this small town we will have the opportunity to visit the house of our horse-wrangler Luis Cabeza who share with us his simple and humble way of life, always in close connection with nature, preserving the traditional customs of agriculture and tissue, showing us the textiles that have been passed from generation to generation, and that gives us an idea of their knowledge of medicinal plants. After four hours walk downhill to the village of Lares, famous for its medicinal hot springs, where we will enjoy a hot bath. After lunch our bus will take us on a three hour trip to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, a walk of two hours.
Meals: B, L, D
Maximum altitude: 3,740 meters
Minimum altitude: 2,735 meters
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
Approximate hiking time: 3-4 hours
DAY 4: SUNRISE OVER MACHU PICCHU AND RETURN TO CUSCO
Approximately 5:30 a.m. Early walk (about 1.5 hours uphill from Aguas Calientes) or bus for 30 minutes to Machu Picchu, guided tour for 2.5 hours and plenty of free time to explore further, photos and optional climb Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun usually around 1:20 pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for lunch buffet at about 16:00 hrs and took our train back to Ollantaytambo with free bus that reaches the city of Cusco at 8:30. Or a direct train to Cusco 16:30 go to Aguas Calientes.
– Pick up from your hotel
– Private transportation
– First breakfast
– Spanish / English professional guide.
– Tent for 4 people.
– Food Buffets
– Kitchen dining tent.
– Cook, carrier, pack horses (8 kg / 16 lb)
– Round trip train Ollantaytambo / hot / Ollantaytambo waters.
– Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bath, hot shower and wi-fi.
– Bus ticket up and down Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes.
– Entrance to the city of Machu Picchu
– Guidance in the city of Machu Picchu for 2 hours.
– Transportation back to the city of Cusco.
– Tickets up / down bus.
– Sleeping bag (available for rent $ 20 for the whole walk)
– Last lunch in Aguas Calientes.
– Cookies to give children in the path of our hike.
WHAT TO BRING:
– Original passport or valid student card ISI
– Good backpack
– Good sleeping bag
– Warm clothing including suits varying temperatures for the night.
– Mountain boots
– Clothing to 4 days
– Walking sticks.
– Sunscreen (sunglasses, hat).
– Thermal clothing like wool cap, socks.
– Mosquito repellent. Mosquito repellent
– Poncho rain jacket for rain, more rain poncho
– Personal toilet items (towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer)
– Bathing suit for the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
– Personal medical kit.
– Extra money for drinks, gifts and gratuities.
PRICE PER GROUP:
PRICE PER PERSON: US$ 550.00
- Price x 2 people: US$ 670
- Price x 3 people: US$ 630
- Price x 4 people: US$ 570
- Price x 5 people: US$ 550
- Price x 6 people: US$ 530
- Price x 7 people: US$ 510
- price x 8 + people:US$ 500