Lares Trek was in many centuries ago, the Incas governed this vast area with bridleways, which was connected by thousands of miles of stone-paved highways. LARES TREK is beautiful and remote trek to Machu Picchu, where you can see llamas, alpacas, ducks, in the wild, and lakes and snowy mountains.
In the Lares Valley the Andeans are well known for the high quality of bright fabrics made of alpaca and llama so there is opportunity to purchase articles made from these fabrics. The Andes Mountains which are spread throughout Peru (Inca’ Empire) have numerous trails built by the ancient people to Machu Picchu.
Level: Moderate; good physical condition required Description: Hike around the Lares to Machu Picchu. Season: April to January. Departure: Private Service every day
We depart from Cuzco City early in the morning (5:00 am) and take a scenic three-hour drive towards Lares Valley Trek, north of the Sacred Inka Valley passing through Calca Village which is the capital of the Valley. Leaving the main road and heading over the Lares Pass (4,450 m/14,599 ft.), we arrive at Lares valley (3,250 m/10,662 ft.) the starting point of our hike. This is the site of the Los Baños Termales de Lares, a relaxing thermal hot springs (temperature ranges from 28 º C/82.51 º F to 34 º C/93.20 º F). After the Andean spa we start hiking uphill for approximately 2 hours to Chanca Chaca, a place where we stop for lunch at 3,480 m/11,417 ft. Then we continue hiking westward up a small valley dotted with herds of grazing alpacas and llamas, and Andean farmhouses (made of rocks) to Wakawasi (3,872 m/12,703 ft.) The native inhabitants who are descendants of the Incas have maintained their traditional way of life.
After our Breakfast early morning start our trek (5:30 am) allows us the best views of our incredible Andes mountainous surroundings. Walking uphill for 3 hours, we reach the Aurora Cassa Pass (4,600 m/15, 091 ft.), our pass of the day. This point offers a rewarding view of the valleys and Aruray Cocha Lake below. We also enjoy spotting native bird species including Andean geese (Cara Cara), ducks, and plovers. From Aurora Cassa Pass we descend, hiking to the two lakes known as Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha, with the forest of Queuña (specific type of tree from the Incas). By one of the lakes we serve our Andes lunch.
During the next two hours of our hike and before our arrival at Mantanay (3,850 m/12,631 ft.) there is a wide change in scenery. The remainder of the hike is downhill through a picturesque Queuñas bush valley (native) with ample picture taking opportunities of the Andean flora. Then we arrive at Yanahuara (2,780 m/9,120 ft.) an inviting warm village with a comfortable climate, located near Urubamba Valley (the Sacred Valley of the Incas). Our vehicle will meet us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, the place where we board our train service to Aguas Calientes Village, where we spend the night.
Very early in the morning we board the tourist bus towards Machu Picchu Park. Lares Valley Trek The guided tour begins at the natural viewpoint of Casa del Vigilante (Inca Guard house). This place is where you will have the best views of Machu Picchu in all its glory. The guided tour takes three hours for exploring and learning about most of the Incan structures that compose this wonderful citadel. After the guided tour you have free time to stroll around some more.
Later on in the afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes town to board our train service to Ollantaytambo Village. From there we travel by transport to Cusco City