Lares Valley Trek
Lares Valley Trek is a new alternative trekking considered a moderate hike; this trek takes you through the Peruvian Andes where you´ll see lagoons, cascade, snow mountains and countryside inhabitants caring their llamas and alpacas, in this zone the inhabitants still conserve the ancient traditions and still speak Quechua language as the Incas did. The last day you´ll visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; All of them in a comfortable tour and escorted by our experienced Guide.
Counted among the renowned treks in the Peruvian Andes, the Lares Valley Trek is best for trekkers who are trekking for the first time. Lares Valley Trek is located at a height of 2,800 mts to 4,600mts it goes across the Urubamba Mountain range. It is an easy to moderate trek. Surrounded by high Andean forest and sparkling mountain peaks, this place is paradise for nature lovers.
At Lares Valley Trek there are many mountains which are considered seats of the Apus (spirits of the Mountains is that the aim why the mountains are worshipped as a God here by the communities. One can find the temple of the Mountains in the Machu Picchu Inca santuary.
The Lares Valley Trek begins from the village of Lares; you will be crossing through many high Andean forests and the ipssa pass at 4,600m. The trail will take you through terraced mountain meadows and lush grassy patches. This place is acknowledged for intricately fixed houses made of stones and wooden beams. These houses are earthquake and energy resistant.
At “Sunrise Peru Trek”, we offer you an amazing Lares Valley Trekto make your holidays more enjoyable. Lares Valley Trek, also known as the hanging valley of gods is the right place to find out how nature has blessed this valley of gods with so much beauty.
The Lares Valley Trek Overview
Lares Valley Trek is one of the perfect alternatives trek to Machu Picchu; Lares is a region as well the name of the small town located in the in the valley of the same name. The Lares Valley Trek lies to the east of the Urubamba range, traversing part of the sacred valley of the Incas. The route transverses typical beautiful, pristine Peruvian Andean mountain areas. The Lares Valley Trek is one of the most picturesque in the southern part of Cusco, home of many traditional weavers and farmers. The people live day to day, growing and knitting what they eat and wear. Each day is reasonably paced with the beaten track. To end this great adventure you will explore the stunning Machu Picchu. Ample time to enjoy the scenery, the walk is difficult but this is compensated by the landscape.
The advantage of the Lares Valley Trek is that permits are not required and, in theory, you could just turn up in Cusco and make a booking 2 or 3 days in advance. However most companies are combining these treks with a visit to Machu Picchu and therefore train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes town (to Machu Picchu) are best bought several weeks in advance.
Lares, is a remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into the real lives of the Andean farmer, dressed in their traditional brightly colored ponchos. You’ll have the opportunity to see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas.
OUTLINE ITINERARY – LARES VALLE TREK
Day 1.- Cuncani
3 hours bus trip and 6 -7 hours hike through the Peruvian Andes; you will see countryside people shepherding Llamas and Alpacas.
Day 2.- Ipsayccocha
Today will be the hardest and the longest day because you will pass the highest pass named Ipsay pass (4,450m/14,596ft/). Today will be 7 – 8 hours hike.
Day 3.- Aguas Calientes
Short morning trek and take the tourist train to the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes; accommodation in the hotel. You can go to relax to hot springs and be ready for the next day.
Day 4.- Machu Picchu
Full day can be dedicated to explore Machu Picchu, in the afternoon you will return to Cusco; arriving there in the evening.
Cusco – Quishuarani – Cuncani
Four-day Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu starts when we pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 5:00am and travel by private bus 3 hours through the Sacred Valley of the Incas until Quishuarani community (3,700m) starting point of the trek. We leave from Cusco and travel toward the sacred valley and stop for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks and water in Calca; continuing the trip from Calca we´ll ascent zigzag up to the pass of 4, 800m and then descent to Quishuarani where we will encounter our trek crew like cook, Arrieros and horses who will carry majority of our staff for the hike.
From Quishuarani we´ll commence hiking gradually up to the first pass of Huillcakasa(4,400m) from where we can see the snow Mountain of La Veronica (5,750m), after which we descend for 30 minutes to reach our lunch place where we will see a picturesque lagoons; after the lunch we continue descending for 2 hours to Cuncani community. The campsite will be by the shores of the Qolqecruz snow mountain.
- Meals: L – D
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximum Altitude: 4400m
- Minimum Altitude: 3700m
- Distance Travelled: approx. 14km
- Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Cuncani – Ipsayccocha
We start at 7:00am and we will hike 16km approximately; we start to hike gentle up toward the Cuncani pass where we will pass different types of agricultural land like: potatoes, oxalis, quinoa, etc. herds of llamas and alpacas developed in this part of the Andes and the local communities of people who continue living in houses made of stones and roofed with straw.
From Cuncani pass the trail descents little to the rocky valley which is a good habitat for chinchillas (type of rabbit); then continue gentle up passing close to lagoon where you can see Andean birds; half hour beyond this lagoon you will came to the highest pass of ipsay (4,600m) from here you can observe the Vilcanota mountain range with several snow mountains; after good rest we will descend one hour to the camp which will be near the ipsaccocha lagoon this campsite is the coldest night.
- Meals: D – L – D
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximum Altitude: 4600m
- Minimum Altitude: 3700m
- Distance Travelled: approx. 16km
- Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 hours
Ipsayccocha – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We start hiking at 7:00am downwards through agricultural lands observing great mountain scenery; 3 hours after we will arrive to Patacancha community; this is a renowned textile Andean community that still preserves the ancient traditions and dressing code at its best. From Patacancha we will take transport down to Ollantaytambo town where our lunch will be served and after lunch we head to the train station and board the tourist train for two hours through the sacred valley until the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes; accommodation in the hotel. In the evening you can go to relax in the natural hot springs and be ready for the next day to explore Machu Picchu.
- Meals: D – L – D
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Maximum Altitude: 3900m
- Minimum Altitude: 2000m
- Distance of trekking: approx. 10km
- Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tour – Cusco
Not good news because we must wake up at 04.45 am for an early breakfast and take the first bus at approximately 05.30 am and arrive at Machu Picchu´s gate before 06.00 am when the Park is open. This time is still not so crowded yet so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site; Guided Tour of Machu Picchu will be for 2 hours approximately at his enigmatic and mysterious site, during this time we will visit the agricultural sector and mainly the urban sector where we will visit the temple of the water, temple of the Mother earth, Temple of the sun, the main temple or Wiracocha´s temple, the temple of the tree windows or the Andean cosmology temple, The Inti watana or sun dial, the Temple of the Mountain and the Temple of the condor and other interesting places.
After the tour in Machu Piccchu, you will have extra free time to explore by yourself or climbing to Huayna Picchu (see additional information if you want to purchase a permit for this). Around 1-2 pm take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for your Train return. (Bus tickets will cost you $9 not included, most people like to walk this old Inca trail down to Aguas Calientes).
The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon at 5:00 pm to Ollantaytambo, and then 1:45 minutes transfer to Cusco and to your hotel arriving at 9:00 pm approximately.
- Meals: B – L – D
LARES VALLEY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES
- All necessary things for this tour.
- Transportation: Tourist bus from Cusco to Quishuarani; starting point of Lares trek to Machu Picchu and Tourist train Expeditions class from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo; Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu; transfer to your hotel.
- Camping equipments: We provide four people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dining room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for Guides and helpers, kitchen gears.
- Acommodations: 01 night hotel in Aguas Calientes town. Based on double occupancy.
- Entracefees: To Machupicchu.
- Meals: 3 breakfast 3 hot lunches 3 hot dinners delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option if you request; we provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles.
- Guide: English speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
- Cook: Professional chef and Chef Assistants.
- Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (7kls per person) in duffel bags that we provide. Muleteers.
- Others: First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.
- Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
- Breakfast: on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at Calca for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
- Lunch: in Aguas Calientes town on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 20 in average restaurant.
- Entrance: to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional) US$ 3.
- Tips: for the staff.
For Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu, we require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$150 per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT money transfer or through payment on Line. The money transfer should be in the name of SUNRISE PERU TREK OPERATOR E.I.R.L. Once you arrive in Cusco you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).
For Lares Valley Trek To Machu Picchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).