The Ultimate Cultural Trek- known as the “weaver's route” LARES TREkking AND INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU 4 days is a great choice - Hike both Lares and the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Lares trek is our most popular alternative to the Inca Trail. Yet it is still relatively unknown. Our trek combines it with inca trail and the Sacred Valley to give you real insight into life in rural
indigenous towns, the Lares Trek has the benefit of providing a true Andean cultural experience. The Lares Valley is home to a number of traditional Andean communities that have changed little in the last 600 years and the Lares trek is a series of walking paths that connects them..Then you get to walk through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu. To trek in Lares is to walk back in time, into a world little changed since the time of the Incas. Each day, as the sun rises over the hill, locals clad in hand woven red ponchos and felt hats, emerge from simple stone cottages to pasture their alpacas in the shadow of the mountains.
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BRIEFING: The day before the trek, you will meet with your trekking guide at our EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU office and meet all the members of your group. Your guide will explain to you about the trek, route and all the necessary recommendations will be provided to you. This will take approximately 40 minutes, where you will receive your duffel bags that will be carried by the horses along the trail.
The Lares Trek with Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys this fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco region as it once was.
LARES VALLEY & INCA TRAIL ITINERARY:
DAY 1. CUSCO/ HUACAHUASI VILLAGE/QOMERCOCHA LAKE
Distance: 7 Km.Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Low Altitude: 3750 m.
High Altitude: 4000 m.
Campsite Altitude: 3750 m.
lares trek Day 1 highlights
Herd of llamas, and alpacas
Remote village of Huacahuasi
Local Quechuan people
DAY 2. QOMERCOCHA LAKE - IPSAYCOCHA LAKE/- OLLANTAYTAMBO SACRED VALLEY
Distance: 11 Km.
Walking Hours: 6 -7 hours
Low Altitude: 2800 m.
High Altitude: 3350 m.
Campsite altitude: 2800m.
lares trek Day 2 highlights
Herd of llamas, and alpacas
Remote villages of Huacahuasi
Local Quechuan communities
Sunsets paint the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo old town
Day 3: OLLANTAYTAMBO SACRED VALLEY – 104kms – WINAYHUAYNA – SUNGATE - MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES
Meals: breafast Box lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Private hotel
Maximum Altitude: 2720m/8160ft
Distance: 12 kms/ 7.5 miles
Time: 6hrs approximately
Highlights: Train ride – Archeological site of Wiñaywayna – Sun Gate – Sunset over Machu Picchu
Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES/ LOST INCA CITY, MACHU PICCHU
Highlights: Sunrise at Machu Picchu – Private guided tour of Machu Picchu – Ascent of Wayna Picchu (optional) – Early return trip by train expedition