If you have ever asked yourselves what life in the time of the Incas was like, then the Lares Trek is the perfect trek for you. The remote communities living in the mountain tops of the Urubamba Mountain range have managed to preserve traditions of raising llama and alpaca, potatoes farming, and amazingly vibrant and colorful weaving dating back to the time of the Incas. Grazing llamas and alpacas and pastoral people going about their daily life… exactly as it was in the time of the ancient Incas.
On the Lares trek to Machu Picchu, CONDOR EXPEDITIONS will take you on a journey to meet local people in Quechua communities and experience real culture and traditions, with its roots in a vibrant, unique and ancient heritage of a great civilization. Your guide, who is indigenous to the area, speaks Quechua (families there speak very little Spanish) and will teach you all about the rich culture and traditions. Many of the existing traditions and cultural practices go back thousands of years and the local Andean Peruvians are very proud of this and would love to share and understanding about their lives with you.
On the second day of the Lares Trek, before you start trekking, you will spend some time with a local family. You will visit their home and join the family for breakfast. This experience is as authentic as you will get in Peru… walking into the home of a rural pastoral family will just makes your heart pound because it is like taking a big step back in time into the days of the Incas.
The Lares trek to Machu Picchu has its own unique natural beauty, as any other trek has… snow-capped mountains peaks of the Cordillera Urubamba sparkling in the sun, lush sub-tropical valleys of gold and green, and flora and fauna of all the colors of the rainbow. We will also have the special treat of seeing lagoons, hot springs and Inca ruins.
DAY 1: HEAVENLY HOT SPRINGS AT LARES (L) (D)
On day 1 in the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, you will be picked up after breakfast, from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to the Lares Valley where your hike begins. Along the way we will stop at the town of Calca and here at the local market you will be able to purchase coca leaves, fruit, wooden walking sticks, water or snacks for your Lares Trek. We will arrive at the Lares hot springs by 10am, where you will be able to spend some time soaking up the thermal warmth. The water of the hot springs is considered as medicinally beneficial, because of its curative value for bones and the skin. We will have lunch around the pools at the hot springs. After lunch we will hike for about 4 hours towards our first camp through a lush valley ending in grassy land at Huacahuasi (3,800m/12,467ft).
DAY 2: EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE IN THE LARES TREKS (B) (L) (D)
After waking up with a nice cup of coca tea in your tent, you will have breakfast with a local family and learn about their culture and traditions. Some of the most magnificent weavings in Peru come from this area. We will be able to learn more about this expertise and techniques handed down over the generations to create stunning ponchos, blankets and other woven items.
You will start ascending slowly to the first mountain pass of your Lares Trek, Iqsayqocha pass 4,450m/4,599ft. Along the way you will be able to see the snow-capped mountains of Pumahuanca, still considered as “Apu” or Mountain God, by the locals of the area. After reaching the pass you hike down to the Lake Iqsayqocha lake, a stunning place to have lunch and of course a small nap. The final descend to the camp is 2 more hours of trekking, with an incredible view of Waqaywillka 5,800m/19,028ft (Mount Veronica). This mountain is also seen from the traditional Inca Trail. we reach our final camping site of the day at Patacancha by 4pm.
DAY 3: DOWN TO PUMAMARCA AND OLLANTAYTAMBO (B) (L) (D)
On day 3 in our Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, you will wake up to a nice cup of hot coca tea in your tent and a delicious breakfast. We will then hike for about 2 hours downhill to the Pallata community before we start ascending again for an hour towards the Pumamarka archeological site. This important Inca site is located within a fertile river valley surrounded by breathtaking mountains and abundant of flora and fauna. Here you will have a guided tour of the Inca site and then follow the original Inca Trail for about 2 hours towards the town of Ollantaytambo.
From Ollantaytambo we will take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes, to spend a night before the Machu Picchu tour the next day. We will spend the night in a basic hotel.
DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU TOUR (B)
Today you will have an early bus ride of about 30 minutes, up to Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the citadel. If you choose to have breakfast at 5am or carry along a packed breakfast box, you can then reach the citadel in time for the most amazing sunrise of your life… a sunrise over Machu Picchu! A most magical time in the most magical place!
After the guided tour, which lasts for about 3 hours, you will be free to explore the ancient city and take pictures at your leisure. If you are brave… and fit… you can also hike up the steep Huayna Picchu Mountain. You may decide to find a shady spot instead and relax, meditate and soak up the inspiring and spiritual energy of Machu Picchu. At any time you choose, you can take the bus back down to the town of Aguas Calientes, to collect your belongings from your hotel and return to Cusco by train in the afternoon. You will be met at the Cusco Station for your transfer to your hotel.
If you would like to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, this can be arranged. Please let us know this when you are booking your tour (Lares Trek to Machu Picchu).
The Prices for teh Lares Trek to Machu Picchu are:
Regular: $ 610 per person
Student: USD 580, provided that you supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking.
Children up to 15 years of age will be regarded as students, on the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking.
A minimum of two people is required to run the Lares Trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.
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