Magical Lares Expedition 4D / 3N
This route from Lares to Machu Picchu of 4 days will provide you, magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget. Along the path, you’ll find rivers, lakes, waterfalls and impressive views of snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range. If you’re interested in Andean culture, this expedition will be the best option for you. You’ll see various countryside communities who raise llamas and alpacas and also keep tradition alive through their sophisticated weavings. You’ll also see eye-like ponds of all colors: blue, green, turquoise, yellow. After this magical experience in the mountains, you’ll finish your expedition with a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World: the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Day 1. Cusco – Lares Hotsprings – Kiswarani
Early in the morning, we pick you up at the hotel and start with our fantastic adventure. You will be able to see how the city of Cusco wakes up while we go towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After an hour of driving, we will stop in Calca to visit the local market. There, we will see a bit of the Andean culture and will be able to buy some last-minute things: snacks, fruit, water, etc. after 2 more hours, we arrive to Lares and being spoiled by an energizing breakfast surrounded by the mountains. Then will come the time for a dip in the waters. The volcanic water of these pools is medicinal and helps in treatment of bone and muscle illnesses. After spending a few minutes in the waters, we will get back in the van and drive to Punta Carretera (3,300 masl – 10,827 ft.). Here, we meet with our trekking team who will accompany us on the expedition, the horsemen, who will be in charge about our luggage. The only thing left for you is to enjoy the trek! The Lares trail won´t disappoint. Soon, you´ll find yourself in front of the impressive waterfall of Pacchayoq, a true gift of nature. We continue for about 2 more hours until we get to an area filled with lakes, where, we´ll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef.
By the afternoon, we´ll keep hiking through the valley up to the highest pass in the trail, the Willkikasa Pass (4,400 masl/ 14,435 ft.). Take it easy; altitude sickness is a serious thing! From here, you´ll just have to go downhill an hour and a half to our campsite in Kiswarani (3,850 masl – 12,631 ft.). Here, you will have enough time to explore the town and visit some of the houses or the school there, where the mother tongue is Quechua.
We´ll enjoy hot drinks and dinner after it, while the sky darkens and the stars begin to appear.
Day 2. Kiswarani – Pachaquteq pass – Cancha Cancha
Today, we wake up around 5:30 AM, being offered hot drinks. At this time, people from the town will already be taking their llamas and alpacas out to graze. Breakfast will be served as soon as we finish getting the luggage ready to go. We start ascending about 3-4 hours towards the highest point of the entire expedition: The Pachaquteq Pass (4,700 masl / 15,419 ft.). We´ll see the beautiful lake of Palcoyo and the impressive Qanchispaccha waterfall. If you feel bad or too tired, don t worry, we always have an emergency horse available. We´ll find ourselves above the clouds once we get to the Pachaqutec Pass. From there, the 360-degree view is truly astounding. In front of you, you´ll see the majestic mountains of Pitusiray and Qolqe Cruz. After some pics from the top, we start a one-hour descent down the slope to a place where we´ll enjoy our lunch. Recuperate your energy, you´ll still need to walk 2 more hours! Our campsite is found in the town of Cancha Cancha (3,900 masl / 12,795 ft.).
Day 3. Cancha Cancha – Huarán – Maras Salt mines – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Just like every morning, our trekking team will wake you up with a hot drink to start the day in the best way. Once we are ready, we´ll walk 4 hours downhill along a gorgeous path where you can see herds of llamas and alpacas again. We start descending to a warmer area: The Sacred Valley, where the micro-climates are very unique, seeing different crops than you saw in the higher altitude areas. We finish the trekking in a small town called Huarán (2,700 masl / 8,858 ft.) where we´ll enjoy a delicious and last lunch with our team.
In the afternoon, we drive through the sacred valley and visit the famous salt mines of Maras. We´ll learn about the formation and process of more than 4,000 small evaporation chambers that have been used since pre-Inca times. After visiting the salt mines, the van will take us to Ollantaytambo, where we´ll have a guided tour through the citadel. We take a train towards Aguas Calientes. Once there, we have dinner and prepare ourselves for the most astounding day of the whole expedition, Machupicchu.
Day 4. Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are driving early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco.
- Transport from/to Cusco
- Bus ticket from/to Aguas Calientes
- Experienced Bilingual Outdoor Guide
- Accommodation (Tent and hotel)
- Duffle bag
- All food included (except the last dinner)
- Entrance ticket to Machupicchu and the local communities.
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for the staff (optional)
- Acclimatization is necessary in Cusco, two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the mate de coca that has medicinal properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the “soroche” or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous health problems.
- Take a -7° Celsius sleeping bag for the expedition
- Do not drink alcoholic drinks before the expedition