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VALLEY THE LARES – MACHUPICCHU 5D / 4N

This hike is a unique adventure in the remote valley of Lares; Crossing the Sacred Valley of the Incas Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Urubamba mountain range between snow-capped peaks and subtropical valleys, Touring the valleys and gorges; Throughout the trip we enjoyed scenic lagoons, natural thermal baths, Inca remains. This impressive path takes you truly to know remote places, a destination still unknown by many, a trip to the heart of the Andes where few tourists have ventured.
A totally different world from ours, an Andean paradise where the inhabitants of the small villages still use old ways of life. This wonderful trip also takes you to know the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, chosen one of the 7 wonders of our planet.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha Community
  • Day 2: Community of Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani
  • Day 3: Quiswarani – Cuncani
  • Day 4: Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha Community

We leave Cusco by bus, on the route until we reach Pisaq at Huaran creek (2950 m / 9676 ft). Here we begin to walk to a small valley that narrows gradually upward, while on an original Inca trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna.
After a few hours of walking, we arrive at Cancha Cancha (4000m / 13,192 ft), where we will be received and have the opportunity to share a vision of the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community.

Day 2: Community of Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani

After breakfast we ascend slowly until we reach Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha community where the shepherds live in huts made of typical stone and roofs of Ichu (straw).

You have to start a steep climb to Pachacútec pass (4697 m / 15406 ft), surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha. We follow a path that descends slowly, with a view of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani Chacon and snowy mountains. We cross Collaycocha (Lake) (4200 m / 16000 ft), arriving at a waterfall near the Quiswarani Community (3902 m / 12798 feet), where the camp is with landscapes and the enjoyment of the traditional lifestyle.

Day 3: Quiswarani – Cuncani

As we leave our campsite, to pass to Huillquijasa (4,457 m / 14,618 ft) we will see the Colque Chacon Cross and the glaciers and the 7 lakes full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other waterfowl. The highest point we follow down to reach the community of Cuncani (3886 m / 12746 ft), a picturesque village, similar to the previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the Real Panaka, an Inca sect.

After our picnic lunch we will continue past a narrow valley, full of spectacular and giant stones, to reach the Trapiche Valley floor.

In the afternoon we will continue on the road along the change of the puna, the lakes and the agricultural areas until we reach Cuncani 3h later, where we will have dinner and camp.

Day 4: Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We left at Cuncani 8.00am to walk through a fertile valley with typical vegetation, crops and farming communities.

Along the trail we will see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After a walk of about 2 hours we will arrive in Lares (3261 m / 10696 feet), capital of the district of the same name, a great town whose main attraction is its thermal waters where we can enjoy a bath.

After lunch, we will board a private car that will take us back to Ollantaytambo. From here we board 3 hours by car to Ollantaytambo to continue the extension of the trip to visit Machupicchu taking the train to Aguas Calientes. To spend the night in the hotel.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early on awakening, we have breakfast, we leave our

luggage in the hotel, we will take the first tour buses to Machu Picchu, of course, with a bilingual guide, we usually arrive at Machu Picchu at 6: 50 a.m.

Of course, at this moment, Machupicchu is empty, so we will have the best opportunity to enjoy the beauty and magic of Machupicchu. We will have a guided tour of approximately 2.30 hours and then have time, to explore on your own and maybe go up to Waynapicchu and get the best view of Machu Picchu that takes 1hr with 40 minutes round trip time or the option of going to the temple of the moon that lies behind the Waynapicchu mountain.

Include

Our service includes:

  • Transportation Cusco – Huaran
  • Bus Lares – Ollantaytambo
  • Train Ollantaytambo -Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Horses and muleteer for the agency team and supplies.
  • Camping equipment (kitchen tents, dining room, shops, matras, tables, benches, etc.)
  • Entry ticket to Machupicchu.
  • Food according to itinerary 4D, 3A, 3C
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus Station Ollanta – Cusco
  • Professional guide
  • Chef.

Our service does not include:

  • Sleeping bag
  • First breakfast and lunch day 4-5 dinner day 4-5
  • Tips
  • Extra horse
  • Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Income to Waynapicchu (USD 10)

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