Trek Lares to Machu Picchu – 4 Days
Day 1:Cusco – Calca
After an early departure from Cusco or Ollantaytambo you will be driven to Calca, and then climb to the highest point of this road at 4265 meters, and from there we will be able to see the mountains of Sawasiray and Pitusiray before descending into the warm valley of Lares at an altitude of 3207 meters, this is a typical colonial village with a church, a main plaza and narrow streets.Here we will meet your porters, we will take the lunch and the trek begins. Our trail ascends towards the community of Huacawasi (first camp site) located at 3600 m.a.s.l., a charming little community of small houses built from mud brick and thatch. We will walk for approximately two to three hours a distance of 6 to 7 kilometers, (3.72 miles).
Day 2: Huacawasi – Mantanay
After taking a nourishing breakfast, we leave the camp site by 8:00, we make a brief ascent to the Huahuaqasa pass at 4500 meters (highest point of the trek) before descending to Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha lakes, which are formed by the melt waters of the Pumahuanca and Kiswarani snow peaks. Nearby these lakes we will take the lunch. This is a spectacular day’s trekking, through the Urubamba Mountain Range, you will have ample opportunity to spot a number of Andean birds, including condors. The campsite is at 1 hour and 30 minutes from the lunch point near the village of Mantanay located at 3800 m.a.s.l. We will walk for approximately eight to nine hours a distance of 10 kilometers, (7 miles).
Day 3: Yanahura – Machu Picchu
We descend through the Yanahuara gully towards the farmers community for almost 3 hours with a distance of 9 kilometers, (6 miles) and its agreeable climate at an altitude of 2950 meters, the tiny hamlet of Yanahuara is located in the Urubamba Valley, for the Incas, the fertile Sacred Valley, it is the breadbasket of Cusco, with its terraced slopes sown with corn and watered by the glaciers of the great snow peaks and the river, which they worshipped as the “Wilkamayu” or “Holy River”. Then a 20 minutes bus ride to Ollantaytambo to take the lunch in the Miski Unu restaurant and catch the train to go to the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
After an early breakfast we take the first bus up to Machupicchu to enjoy sunrise in this magical place before other tourists arrive from Cusco. We enjoy this enigma in a guided tour and will have enough free time to explore the site individually or do some hikes before we descend to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. Train ride back to Cusco, transfer to the hotel. (B).
(We do have this great 4 days hike option, ending at Machupicchu, having on the last day a full day time between 7a.m. till 2 p.m. to enjoy well the great Inka City, that is means you well get Machupicchu before the crowded trains arrive , good for empty pictures and enough time for those looking to climb the holy mountain of Hayna Picchu (1:40 Min. round trip aprox.), or a quiet hike to the temple of the moon which is located behind Huayna Picchu (1:50 min. round trip aprox.)
- Transportation to the departure zone
- Tent in double occupancy
- Horses and mules
- Train tickets to Machu piccu Round trip
- Entrances fees to Machu Picchu
- Bus tickets to Machu picchu
- Professional bilingual guide
- Meals according to the program
- Transportation back to Cusco
- Flight tickets and airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Personal expences (clothing and laundry)