When one goes to the Valley of Lares is impressed and very beautiful for the eyes, because of its mountains, its landscape, its ravines, its spectacular sky, the people and their clothes, particularly one is amazed. The valley of Lares is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the way to Machu Picchu, making a detour in the town of Calca to undertake the trip to the valley of Lares, in Calca one can make a stop to buy supplies, with water , cookies and fruit, you can also enjoy a delicious breakfast in the main market of the town of Calca, it is advisable to leave early. Lares has allowed to maintain the hue of its Andean people despite being located at a distance not far from the Sacred Valley, this valley is very nice to perform walking, experiential tourism, and take a dip in its thermal waters as well as the baths Thermal Machu Picchu, if one makes the trekking of Lares of 4 days, including Machupicchu this is the most common travelers make. The thermal baths in the valley of Lares, said baths have a separate mention since the one that goes to Lares goes to the thermal baths, this baths are medicinal and relaxing and are characterized by their color and their smell, the color of yellowish and a smell of sulfur since these waters probably come from a volcano, particularly it is not known exactly where they come from, the thermal baths of Lares are very hygienic and are contained in pools made of very well treated stones. These pools are cleaned daily and They maintain a cleanliness at the height of the visitor.
1st Day Cusco-Kiswarani-Cuncani
2nd Day Cuncani-Ipsaycocha
3rd Day Ipsaycocha-Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes
4th Day Machupicchu
Early pick up at your hostel for one hour drive to Breakfast at Calca, and visit of Ancascocha lake. We then go two and a half hours more drive to trailhead at Kiswarani where we make a brief stop to get ready for the hike. We start with a gentle ascend to Lake Qweñacocha(4,200mt) with a slow steady pace that allows you to enjoy the impressive views of snow capped mountains such as, mount Veronica (Wacay Willca), mount Qolque Cruz (silver cruz) and mount Sawasiray. Lunch stop and rest to keep moving on for an hour and half up to Halcajasa pass (4,400mt) and finally two more hours down to our campsite at Cuncani (3,650mt) (6 hours hike up and down)
We start early this day with a hot drink room service to welcome you to another day hike with more exciting things to discover. We will get to know about peasant’s daily activity for instance farming, herding llamas, alpacas, etc. Lunch at Chancachaca valley, we then hike up to the pass and down to Ipsaycocha Lake, where we set up our campsite. (6hours hike up and down)
After breakfast we set off to commence two hours hike down to Patacancha village to enjoy the views and the llama and alpaca children herders, and people on their daily farming work. Patacancha and Willoc have kept most of their ancient costumes and clothing more than any other village has done around in the valley of Ollantaytambo. Patacancha is famous for making natural colour weavings and Willoc for its village folk and dress red colour ponchos. We will see local farmers tending llamas, alpacas and their famous terraced crops. Then we board the train to Aguas Calientes (one of the nicest and most spectacular train journeys in South America). On arrival we check into our hostal for the night with hot showers! (6 hours hike up and down)
Early breakfast at the hostel to either walk up or get bus up to Machupichu for an early guided tour so as to avoid crowds. After guided tour take more time to wander about Machupicchu or walk up to Waynapicchu by yourself. Get the bus down to Aguas Calientes for Lunch group and wait for the train ride back to Cusco.