In an adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Urubamba mountain range we will cross snowy peaks and subtropical valleys, along the trip we enjoy scenic lagoons, natural thermal baths, Inca remains. Because it is a remote place, the area has allowed its people to preserve traditions of lama and alpaca wool, the cultivation of potatoes, and the weaving of colorful handmade garments with Inca motifs. This tour is experiential because you can see up close the customs and experiences of the Andean people in Lares. Lares is a community hosted in the Peruvian Andes very famous for its fabrics and its welcoming people, we will have the opportunity to share our experience and observe their techniques of dyeing and weaving and having the opportunity to visit the impressive "Balcony of the Sacred Valley Of the Incas" which is rich of variety of cultures. Let's enjoy the direct connection with the Inkas heirs, where the Sacred River helps to produce the best qualities of corn and potatoes in the whole world. Lares surrounded by magnificent snow-capped peaks and many hot springs. Andean families maintain their Inca customs, their original clothing and traditional agriculture, lamas and alpacas help their main activity. This trek is ideal for travelers that will take you through the rural communities in the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas. We enjoy a great variety of flora, fauna, wildlife and spectacular landscapes! The last day we are rewarded with the magnificent sunrise in the Historic Sanctuaryof Machupicchu.
Day 01: Cusco - Lares - Huacawasi
Day 02: Huacawasi - Ipsaycocha - Patacancha
Day 03: Patacancha - willoq - Pumamarca - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Both tours are found in the high Andes. Salkantay actually ends at Machu Picchu (well, very close - in Santa Teresa, only a few kilometers away), while the Lares trek does not end at Machu Picchu usually / sometimes it ends at Huaran and then you have to take the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, remember this tour ends at Aguas Calientes where we will take the bus to climb to Machu Picchu. Salkantay has a good view of snowy mountains, for example Huamantay and Salkantay, but it descends in the damp brow forest near Santa María. Lares has much less tourist influx than Salkantay and you go through a couple of very traditional villages. Lares has stunning views of lakes and very beautiful waterfalls. Lares has excellent thermal waters but there are also hot springs in Santa María and Aguas Calientes ..Neither the Salkantay nor Lares route has ruins while the traditional Inca Trail does count.
This first day you will be transfer from your hotel at 04:00 hrs. To start our adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas we will arrive at the thermal medicinal baths of Lares, on the way we can appreciate the majestic sacred valley with its fertile lands, then we arrive at the small village of Calca (2940 m.a.s.l) then ascending passing through the small villages of Totora and Maucaupata. Finally after a trip of approx. 4 hours we will arrive at Lares (3,200m.a.s.l) visit the thermal baths to take a refreshing bath. After our delicious lunch and having contacted our carriers we will start the trek, arriving at our first camp at 4 hours Wacawasi (3600 m.a.s.l).
After our breakfast, we will start the trek to our second camp, this day we start early as we will ascend through the Ipsay abra on the way we will appreciate different rural communities as well as different customs and textiles that they weave for their daily use. We will arrive at the lagoon of Ipsaycocha where our lunch will be waiting for us; after a nap we will continue to the town of Patacancha where we will spend the second night.
After breakfast we will continue our walk to the small town of Willoq, where you will appreciate population with original customs, we will also pass through small towns during our walk where we can see the archaeological remains of Qochapata and Pumamarca,on this reamins we will have the opportunity to appreciate the famous Inca Terraces, then we will arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo, Located on the banks of the Vilcanota River, a fertile valley, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. After lunch we will have free time until board the train to Aguas Calientes. Finally, this night you will be in a beautiful and confortable lodging with private bathroom and hot water.
Very early we will start walking towards the Inca city of Machupicchu to be able to see the sunrise and then have the guided tour around the sanctuary, approximately 2:30 minutes. After which we will have free time. In the afternoon we will board the train that will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo, where the bus awaits us to return to Cusco. Macchu Picchu is the best inca recint known and most spectacular archaeological park on the continent, considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, it is said that his discovery was by chance because what he was really looking for was the city of Vilcabamba, last refuge of the Incas and last point of resistance against the Spaniards. Formerly known as Picchu, this legendary place in Peru counted in colonial times with something like two parts, the old, "Machu" and "Wayna", the young; Picchu on the other hand means simply "Hill", and from the whole its name comes up: "old hill" There were not many people who lived in the citadel, perhaps no more than 200 or 300 and according to what they say, although hypothetically appropriate in the subject, almost all were linked to the lineage of the Incas or at least of high rank. What if there is no doubt is that all this construction was essentially a kind of sanctuary of abundant wealth and for that reason considered very important, erected in the vicinity of Cusco.
Extra equipment for your hike included