This unforgettable and less-known four days and three night hike combines amazing mountain scenery, glacier lagoons, valley cloud-forest and authentic textile Quechua communities to end up in the village of Lares, where you will enjoy its fabulous hot springs. A unique hike to get in touch with Andean people and learn about their traditions and lifestyle.a.
$440 regular adult
$420.00 for students with a valid isic card
Duration: 4 days
Availability: all year
Huaynapicchu entrance 20 US$
Entrance to machupicchu montaña 20 US$
- Day 01: Cusco – Huacacasi – Lares’ Hot Baths – Huaca Wasi
- Day 02: Huaca Wasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha .-
- Day 03: Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes .-
- Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.-
Day 01: Cusco – Huacacasi – Lares’ Hot Baths – Huaca Wasi
We leave early in the morning by bus from Cusco. During the journey we’ll pass lots of archaeological remains, local handcraft-markets as well as large tracks of cultivated lands inside the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley is one of the most fertile places in South America with one of the best products such as maize which is the first export-product of this area.
Halfway through the Sacred Valley we’ll enter the province of Calca (2940m) where we’ll change roads and ride up to the highest part of this trek called Huacacasi (4400m). After this pass we’ll go down to the less populated Lares Valley (3250m). A few moments later we’ll arrive at the hot medicinal springs of Lares (3200m). Here we’ll have time to enjoy each bath with different natural charms and temperatures between 28 and 34 degrees Celsius. After lunch at the hot baths we’ll start hiking until we reach Huaca Wasi (3600m) where we’ll camp for the night. Our transport-time will be around 5 hours. Our trekking time will be about 3 hours in a rather cold climate.
Day 02: Huaca Wasi – Abra Ipsay – Patacancha .-
This will be the hardest day because of the altitude-level. The pass we’ll have to cross is called Abra Ipsay and is situated at 4400 meters high. It will take us about 4 hours to hike up there at a gentle pace. While hiking we’ll pass local communities that throughout the years hold on to their ancestral way of living and Andean traditions. They have a large knowledge of natural agriculture and ancient ways of working textile so that their colorful clothes are unique in the Lares-Valley. After the pass we’ll continue our journey downwards until our campsite next to the small village of Patacancha (3650m). Our trekking-time will be about 7 hours in a cold climate.
Day 03: Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Another day of hiking where we’ll pass local communities and small villages such as Willoq (3400m), Pumamarca (3200m) and many others. From Patacancha through the landscape, crossing these villages we can taste the traditions and customs passed on by our ancestors throughout the times of the Tahuatinsuyo Empire (the Inca-culture and traditions).
After an hour by bus we’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo (2850m) that speaks from its archeological sites, a wide story of Andean history and anthropology of these times. From Ollantaytambo we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes (2050m), the touristical town build beneath the ruins of Machu Picchu where we’ll spend the night in a hotel.
Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.-
On this day we will get to visit the great ruins of Machu Picchu. To get there for sunrise we start to ascend at 4:00 a.m. for approx 1 ½ hours until we reach Machu Picchu where you will have a guided tour of the ruins for 2 hours and free time afterwards to climb Huayna Picchu if you have the ticket. We will then take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Transfer by bus/ private transport back to your hostel. (box lunch for breakfast included).
If you would like to book your ticket to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain might be on the second group, otherwise you will miss the 2 hours tour in Machu Picchu.
- Transport from Cusco to the Lares Valley
- English speaking professional guide
- Horsemen and horses that carry camping equipment and food
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Excellent food (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners) daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost
- Camping equipment (tents, Air mattresses, dining tent, tables, stools)
- Hostal in Aguas Calientes
- 1 emergency horse every 6 persons
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night and at lunch time if requested with advanced notice.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- RT train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- 1 day Machupicchu entrance fee
- Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- First Breakfast.
- Last Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes town
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us for $15).
- Optional tkt to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. $15 or Machu Picchu mountain 10$
- Entrance fee for thermal baths (Lares 10 soles ) (Aguas Calientes 10 soles)