Hiking to the native community of the Lares Valley is a wonderful trek and an unforgettable experience. We start on the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will have the opportunity to see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. Inside the houses you will see some guinea pigs running loose. This hike, takes place on a hidden valley that very few outsiders have ever heard of or entered.
Level: Moderate; good physical condition required Description: Hike around the Lares to Machu Picchu. Season: April to January. Departure: Private Service every day
We’ll leave early in the morning by bus from Cusco. During the transport we’ll pass a lot 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 the Sacred Valley we’ll enter in 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 be going down to the little 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 Huaca Wasi (3600m) where we’ll camp for the night.
Today is the toughest day on the trek: After early breakfast we start trekking with a moderate up-hill climb to reach to the highest point of our trek, Ipsay Pass (4,550m/15,017ft). From here we enjoy the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, isolated communities, Andean locals, llamas and alpacas. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend to Ipsay Lagoon for lunch. Then continue downhill interacting with the real descendant of the Incas. Finally we arrive to our camp at Patacancha (3,750m/12,377ft), where we’ll spend the night.
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 habits passed on by our ancestors throughout the times of the Tahuatinsuyo Empire (the Inca-culture and traditions). After a couple of hours hiking and visiting the land 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.
After an early rise and breakfast we’ll take the first bus up to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu (2400m). A few moments later we’ll enter this untouched Inca-sanctuary to have a guided tour with a professional guide. After this tour that will last for about two hours you’ll have plenty of time to wonder around the ruins by yourself…And for the bravest among us there is always the ascension to Huayna Picchu or the nearby Temple of the Moon. We’ll all meet afterwards to go down to Aguas Calientes (2050m) where we’ll take our train back and bus to Cusco. End of our Services