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Beat the Crowds with The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. Scenic Off the Beaten Path Trek includes Tents, Guides, Trains, Meals, Admissions & More!
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The Lares Trek starts at approximately 6:30 AM we will pick you up at your hotel/hostel and set course to the village of Lares where we will start hiking. During this journey we will make a stop in the village of Calca, where you will be able to visit the local market and buy breakfast or other last minute supplies/snacks. Your guide might advise you to buy some bread to hand out to the children you will meet during the trek.
When arriving at Lares we will visit the hot springs where you will be able to enjoy the hot water while our cooks prepare a wonderful lunch. After lunch we will start our hike towards the first campsite in Sondor (3900m).
For 6 hours you will walk gradually uphill so that you get a good training for the next day when we will reach the highest point of the trek. Upon arrival in Sondor your tents will be ready and you will receive popcorn, sweets and some hot beverages before having dinner.
As a bonus you will be able to observe and participate in the local tradition of weaving textiles in the Andes. Numerous indigenous communities in the region, like the Huacawasi have preserved their knowledge and techniques of weaving textiles, as well as their ancient fashion.
After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking towards the highest point, the pass of Huacawasi C’asa at 4500m or 14763 feet. The uphill hike will take about an hour and 30 minutes. Due to the altitude we will be accompanied by horses as support in case you need assistance to reach the top.
During Lares Trek you will be able to enjoy beautiful Andes mountains, a patchwork of agricultural lands and breathtaking views. Be aware that we will reach great heights and the weather can be very cold.
After reaching the highest point we will descend and pass beautiful lagoons where we will stop for lunch. You will be able to rest while our cooks prepare a delicious lunch for you.
Next we will descend further through a forest where you will be able to enjoy the “Queuñas” (Polylepis – a typical tree from Peru), flora and fauna of this unique micro climate. Thereafter we will continue descending until we got our camp at Pucara (3000m/9842f), a private camp where you will have tea time and some snacks upon arrival before having dinner.
Today we will enjoy a hike along an old Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A vehicle will then bring us to Pachar (2850m/ 9350ft) to start our hike to the best preserved Inca Town of Ollantaytambo and Pinkulluna (Lord of Tunupa). After having lunch, we will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (2050m/ 6725ft) town where we will spend the night in a hotel.
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own.
We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:10 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.
Our Lares Trek comes to an end and we part ways until next time.
The Lares Trek was brilliant. From the stunning views to the beautiful trails, every day was a new adventure. Our guide, Carlos, was top-notch, full of energy, and took good care of the whole group. The vegetarian food was also great. Karikuy Tours, you’ve outdone yourselves!
What a great trek, we wanted an off the beaten path trek and this did not disappoint. The trek was challenging, but the views were worth every step. Our guide, Patricia, went beyond what was required to give us a full experience. The food was delicious, and Machu Picchu was a dream come true. Oscar was very helpful in Cusco and having Karikuy a fingertip away on Whatsapp if anything happened made this trip stress free as Karikuy was always quick to return my messages, I only wish they offered more countries..
This Trek was a dream come true. From the beautiful trails to the friendly people, everything was perfect. Our guide, Roberto, was amazing, and the porters were super special. The food was a bit bland for my taste, but the overall experience was simply amazing. Thank you for the great time and Julio for helping me plan my vacation.
Just got back from the Lares Trek, and I’m still processing the whole experience. Our guide, Marco, was a true professional, always encouraging us and sharing fascinating tidbits about the area. The food was great, and I was put with a great group of travelers. Machu Picchu? It’s something you have to see to believe. A big shout-out to Karikuy Tours for this trip of a lifetime! I will never forget it.
I’ve done a lot of hikes in my time, but the Lares Trek was something else. The trail was well-maintained, the scenery was spectacular, and our guide, Santiago, was a legend. He knew the trail like the back of his hand, and he shared stories and insights that made the whole experience richer. The food was decent, the fellow hikers were friendly, and Machu Picchu was awe-inspiring. If you’re on the fence about this trek, just go for it. You won’t be disappointed.