The Lares Trek 3 days is one of the most
popular alternative treks that travelers choose to do in Cusco. Doing this
trek, we will visit local communities and observe the traditional customs of
people. Along the way, the beautiful scenery will catch our attention.
Day 1 - CUZCO - CALCA - LARES THERMAL BATHS - HUACAWASI Driving distance: Cusco to Calca: 31.6 miles (51 km) paved Calca to Lares: 26 miles
(42 km) dirt road Approximate bus journey time: 3 hours. Total hiking distance
(Thermal baths to Huacawasi): 3.9 miles (6.3 km)//Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours//Maximum Altitude: 10,775 ft (3285 m)
Morning you will be met by private car and guide until reaching a small town of
Calca located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At this time of the morning it
is a spectacular trip. Along the way we will visit the Inca qolqas (granaries)
of Muyoq Orqo, and then continue, passing the mountain of Sawasiray before beginning
at the Willka Punku pass the ascent to Lares. Here there will be time to rest and enjoy
the thermal baths of Lares. After lunch the walk begins to our first campsite at the
village of Huacawasi, where we will visit the weaving families and have our evening meal. (CB/L/D) ( camp )
Day 2 - HUACAWASI - IPSAYQOCHATotal hiking distance: (Huacawasi - Ipsayqocha): 5.6 miles (9 km)//Approximate
Walking Time: 5 hours//Maximum Altitude: 14,248 ft (4347 m) (Ipsayqocha)
After breakfast, the trek continues towards Ipsayqocha, a constant climb through the
natural habitat of llamas and alpacas. Here, there are high Andean birds and panoramic
views of the surrounding peaks. In the afternoon we arrive at our second campsite in a
completely isolated spot far from any human settlements. (B/L/D) ( camp )
Day 3 - IPSAYCOCHA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUZCO
Total hiking distance (Ipsayqocha - Patacancha): 4 miles (6.5km)//Approximate Walking
Time: 3 hours//Driving distance: Patacancha to Ollantaytambo 17 miles (28 km) dirt road. (1 hour)
//Maximum Altitude: 14,248 ft (4347 m) (Ipsayqocha)
On this day, we reach the high pass of Ipsayqocha (14,271 ft / 4350 m), in a landscape
dotted with herds of llamas and alpacas.Once over the pass, a long descent takes the walker
to the indigenous community of Patacancha, where our private vehicle will be waiting to take
us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca.
Here there are several structures of importance to the Inca. At the top of the sixteen massive
terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress where it is known the Inca
fought some of their strongest battles. The huge precisely carved stones were transported somehow
by hundreds of men down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location and fitted perfectly to
support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time. There is as well the “silos” or grain
mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress and were to have maintained thousands of pounds
of grain for the Inca and its people. Afterwards return to Cuzco and the hotel. (B/L)
(Optional : overnight in Ollantaytambo, train to Machu Picchu or return to Cuzco.)
*DIFFICULTY LEVEL "2-3"
INCLUDES : All treks are PRIVATE First Class Service (unless other wise stated at time of booking), bi-lingual guide,
cook, all required equipment, meals where noted, entry fees into parks & all transfers in / out.
NOT INCLUDED:Local air, meals not shown, departure taxes & additional incidentals.