This tour is an adventure trip and hike through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, through the Urubamba Valley, covered by snowy peaks and subtropical valleys, you will enjoy wonderful landscapes, natural medicinal baths, we can also find ancient Inca constructions, we can also appreciate the colorful costumes typical of the people of that area. This tour is considered mainly experiential where we can live with the customs and lifestyles of the Andean people, and therefore offers the visitor a vision of the traditional life of the Andes.
This is an excellent option to the traditional walk to Machu Picchu Lares 4 Days / 3 Nights, with the great advantage that you can visit Andean communities isolated from civilization, with a long tradition in the art of weaving.
The walk of Lares and Machu Picchu is sometimes known as "The path of the weavers" or the route of the weavers.
On the last day we will make your dreams come true, where you can enjoy a new day observing the sunrise in Machu Picchu and explore the incredible city of Machu Picchu with the professional guide in your language; An incredible alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, and easier than the Salkantay trek.
Starting Altitude - 2800m / 9186ft.
Highest Altitude - 4780m / 15,682ft.
Walking Distance - 34km / 21 miles
Longest Day - Day 1, approximately 14km / 8.7 miles
Coldest Night - Day 1 around 0º celsius Overall
Difficulty - Moderate difficult (depends on your level of fitness).
Acclimatization is Recommended
Day 1: Cusco - Pumahuanca - Puyoc
Day 2: Puyoc - Yanacocha - Cuncani
Day 3: Cuncani - Lares
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Our first day of the trek starts of in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We'll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 14km in total and climbing about 1150m / 3373ft as we make our way towards the village of Puyoc. On our way up we'll visit the small Inca site of Pumahuanca and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.
This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbitlike Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Puyoc (4100m / 13451ft); it's quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.
Today is the most spectacular day of the trek and quite a bit easier going than yesterday. From our campsite it's about a 13km walk to the village of Cuncani but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 2 hour walk right at the beginning.
As we make our way to Cuncani we'll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha - Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You'll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
The focus of today is to meet the local people. Waking up early we'll be taken by our guide to one of the houses where we'll get to meet a local family. The people are incredibly welcoming and are just as eager to learn about you as you are of them - hopefully by now you'll have mastered a few phrases and be able to ask a few questions (much to everyones delight and amusement). After the visit you'll have the opportunity to give any gifts you've brought for the local people and also to buy some of the locally made alpaca products that the region is famed for.
Leaving Cuncani it's just a short distance (6km) until we reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we'll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, we'll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they're easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs we'll be picked up by our bus and driven back to the Sacred Valley from where we'll catch our train to Machu Picchu.
Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.