Peru Lares Trek

3 Nights / 4 Days

Day 1 Cusco - Calca - Lares village (3100 m) - hot springs - Quishuarani, (3700 m)   (B,L,D)
We will leave from Cusco, by early morning. We will travel by bus to Calca, there we will take a bus up the Lares Valley.  Once we get the town you will have the chance to enjoy the great hot springs and have a good break for about 1: 30 minutes (Aprox.) refreshing yourself. Lunch is provided.
Then we will go by bus again (20 minutes travel aprox.) to the beginning of the trip know as Pascana and there we will start the hike to Quishuarani (2.30 hours hike aprox.) there we will set up, our campsite, here there is nice chance to meet the locals “campesinos” and share some time together getting weaving exhibition and lessons about its ancient techniques.

This is a beautiful day with stunning views and great landscapes and the experience to visit along the path several Andean villages, and have a chat with the local people.

Day 2 Quishuarani to Cancha Cancha (3800 m)   (B,L,D)
Early wake Up, breakfast, and start the hike. This Second Day is going to be the largest day (7 hours hike aprox.) with of course, a midday lunch break.
We start our ascent to the highest point of the circuit, of course at your own speed and own pass, The climb is pretty hard until the pass of Pachacutec (4450 m) but with an indescribable panoramic views of snow-capped peaks of Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicon and the surrounding snow peaks plus stunning landscapes from the summit are definitely worthwhile, after the pass we hike down hill for about 2.30 hours. Lovely day and chance to see Andean Wild Life and Flowers, Camp at Cancha Cancha.

Day 3 Cancha Cancha to Huaran and then Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town   (B,L,D)

After a delicious breakfast we start our easy hike, down hill for about 5 hours (approx.) hiking to Huaran, there we will take a transport as far as Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train (by 12:55 p.m.) in order to get Aguas Calientes town (14:40 min. travel approx.), overnight in a hotel. 

Day 4  Machu Picchu – Cuzco   (B,L)
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light, the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday. There is free time to explore on your own after our tour, and the opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive vantage point.

Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. The local Quechua farmers in the area knew of Machu Picchu for centuries, but it was not until an 11-year-old boy led the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) to the site on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time the site was covered in thick vegetation, and Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, much work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain. In the afternoon return to Cuzco by train, arriving in the evening. 

Dates & Prices

Departures:  Daily  Mar - Nov

2014

Prices Per Person USD          $650

Operates subject to min 2 persons

Inclusions:  

All camping equipment 2 man tents, sleeping mats, gear duffel bag, meals as specified, porters, train tickets, English speaking guide  

Exclusions: 

Sleeping bag (can be hired $10), tips & gratuities, meals not specified