LARES WALK 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Difficulty level: Moderate.
This spectacular 4-day program has been specially designed to see traditional Andean communities dedicated to agriculture, livestock and weaving, where people still wear the impressive traditional costume of the area and we can enjoy their generous hospitality, this trekking combines varied Andean landscapes with lush forests, mountains and lagoons, with the old culture and the opportunity to meet and make friends with local people. 4,550m high pass. And arriving at Ollantaytambo, we will take the train to Machu Picchu. We will walk for about 7 hours the longest day to enjoy this circuit.
Day 01: Cusco – Lares – Waca Wasi
We will pick you up from the hotel and we’ll leave Cusco early by private transportation and travel to the village of Lares, where there are thermal baths. There, we will meet the muleteer and the horses. After the bath, we will start the walk and at noon, we will have lunch near the river Trapiche. We will continue ascending to Waca Wasi (3,800m), which is a small community with adobe houses and thatched roofs, where we will set up our first camp. We have the opportunity to meet llama herders, traditional local weavers and children dressed in their colourful traditional clothes.
Travel from Cusco to the thermal baths of Lares = 3 hours by road.
Approximate walking distance = 9kms.
Approximate walking time = 4 hours.
Day 02: Waca Wasi – Mantanay.
Breakfast and then, we’ll start the walk to pass the open. We will find many local women wearing traditional clothes in bright and decorated colours, polleras and colourful hats. These local women are specialized weavers and expose their high quality fabrics on the way for us (hence the name of the “Weavers’ Circuit”). After Waca Wasi, the path ascends to Huahua k’asa pass of 4,550m and then, we will descend two small lagoons and very close to lunch, then we’ll continue walking for about 2 hours to the second camp in Mantanay at 3,650m.
Approximate walking distance = 14kms
Approximate walking time = 7 hours
Day 03: Mantanay – Yanahuara – Ollanta – “Aguas Calientes”.
After breakfast, it will be very easy the descent of 4 hours towards Yanahuara part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The transportation will take us for 20 minutes to Ollantaytambo, there we’ll board the train and travel for 2 hours to “Aguas Calientes”. Transfer to hotel.
Approximate walking distance = 8kms
Approximate walking time = 4 hours
Day 04: Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast, we will take the bus from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu. Start of our 2-hour guided tour. Then in this incredible site, you will have the opportunity to photograph and spend moments of great charm. Return by bus to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and board the train to Ollantaytambo. And bus back to Cusco.
→ Lares is one of the places where poverty is most pronounced, families live mainly from agriculture and maintain their own traditions and customs. We are committed to supporting these communities through social projects and donations, for example, clothes, school supplies and food, among others.
- Private transport to Lares (day 1) and return to Cusco (day 6)
- High quality camping equipment.
- All meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).
- Professional Guide.
- Chef and assistant.
- Mules to carry the camping equipment and personal belongings (8 kg per person maximum)
- Emergency horse
- First aid kit, oxygen and ropes.
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day.
- Life insurance against accidental or any other type of insurance.
- Extra nights due to bad weather.
- Sleeping bag.
- Personal care items.
What you should bring:
- Sleeping bag.
- Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes.
- A complete change of clothes.
- Sweater and jacket (warm clothes)
- Water bottle.
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Hat or cap to protect the sun
- Sunscreen (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent.
- Toiletries, towels and toilet paper.
- Snacks: chocolates, nuts, cookies, etc.
- Camera and spare batteries.
- Original passport or ISIC student card (important)
- Sensitization / Social Works / Aid to communities