The Valley of Lares offers a perfect combination of natural landscape and traditional culture of its people, nice Indians, villages surrounded by farm lands, streams and snow-capped mountains. They all perfectly mix together with the Machu Picchu and the cloudy forests. An unforgettable trip, and a great experience worth living..
Day 1: Cusco - Huaca Casi – Lares- Hot Baths – Huacawasi.
We will leave Cusco by bus to go to Lares at 5:00 a.m. On the way, we will pass through various places of interest, such as archaeological complexes, artisan markets and Andean villages. Our trip will lead us to Lares, where we will enjoy thermal springs (28 and 36 C º degrees/ 82 and 97 F. degrees) and rest before our day's journey. After lunch, we will continue our trip to Huacawasi (3,600 m/ 11,811 f), where we will camp.
Duration of the transportation: 4 hours / Climate: cold / Duration of the hike: 3-4 hours
Day 2: Huacawasi - Paso Ipsay - Patacancha
The second day is probably a day's journey with more interaction; after breakfast, we will go up as far as the Ipsay pass (4,400 m/ 14,436 f). Very close, we will find Andean communities, and will visit a few families who live on agriculture and textile design. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will camp in the small village of Patacancha (3,650 m/ 11,975 f).
Climate: cold / Duration of the hike: 6-7 hours
Day 3 : Patacancha - Willoq - Pumamarca - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
That day will be spectacular. On the way, we will visit Indian communites, such as Willoq (3,400m/ 11,156 f), before going down the valley as far as Ollantaytambo (2,850 m/ 9,350 f), the Inca village that still has the constructions it had 500 years ago. It is considered as the last Inca fortress in the end of its presence in Cusco.
In the afternoon, we will take the train from Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes (2,050 m/ 6,726 f), where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Climate: mild / Duration of the hike: about 6 hours
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
On that day, we will leave very early after breakfast (5:30 a.m.) and will go up to the Machu Picchu (2,400 m/ 7,874 f) by bus. After a guided tour through the important places of the fortress, we will have time to wander around the site. We will then go down to Aguas Calientes to have lunch (not included), and will have time to visit the hot baths of the village. At a convenient time, we will take the train back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.
Duration of the hike: 2 hours
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