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Lares Hot Springs Trek 5D/4N

Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Cordillera Urubamba, we traverse high mountain peaks and sub-tropical valleys, stopping along the way to enjoy scenic lagoons, natural hot springs, and Inca remains. The remoteness of the area has allowed its people to preserve traditions of llama and alpaca herding, potato cultivation, and colorful weaving dating back to the Incas. These fascinating treks offer a first-hand look at the life of the Andean farmer and a journey into a region of outstanding beauty.

Itinerary

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Cusco to Cancha Cancha

Distance: 9K / 5.4 miles

We leave Cusco early morning by bus and travel through the Sacred Valley for approximately 1 ½ hours to Huaran (2900m.) Our hike begins here in a fertile valley and follows a small river up through the mountain corridor. After walking roughly 4 ½ hours, we begin to see the glacial peaks of Cancha Cancha Casa (4984m.) and Chicon (5530m.) We know we have reached camp when we see the thatched-roof stone houses of the Cancha Cancha village (3900m.).

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Tea.

Time Approximate walking: 4 hours.

 

Day 2 : Cancha Cancha to Quisuarani

Distance: 13.5K / 8 miles

Shortly after beginning our trek in the morning, we reach two brilliant glacial lakes, Suirococha and Yuraccocha. Here we can see several bird species, including Andean Ibis and Andean geese. From the lakes, the trail climbs steeply for about 2 ½ hours to the first pass, named Pachacutec (4700m.). Nearing the top, we enjoy a spectacular view of the snow-covered peaks of Pitusiray (5750m.) and Chicon (5530m.). An original Inca stone path will lead us along the ridge down into the opposite corridor. We follow a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani, where we camp for the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Tea.

Time Approximate walking: 8 hours

 

Day 3 : Quisuarani to Lares Hot Springs

Distance: 9K / 5.4 miles

After a hearty breakfast and a short time to interact with the community, we begin our hike upward through the high puna to the Huillquicasa pass (4400m). From this high mountain perch, one can behold the extensive Vilcanota range and the pastoral farmland and lagoons below. The well-marked trail zig-zags us down to greener pastures, where llamas, alpacas, and sheep graze alongside flocks of Andean water birds. The rare Peruvian Viscacha, a medium-sized rodent related to the Chinchilla, can be seen bounding in and out of the rocky mountain crags. Continuing down even further, we reach the picturesque village of Cuncani (3700m.), where we’ll have lunch .We continue on the trail which follows the spouting river down through the valley for approximately 3 hours as the vegetation becomes greener and thicker and large rock formations divert the winding path. Entering a more sub-tropical climate, small farms and adobe houses signal our arrival to the village of Trapiche and finally the hot medicinal baths of Lares (3100m.) A relaxing soak in these thermal pools is an excellent way for trekkers to rest their tired bodies after such a challenging and exhilarating trip.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Tea.

Time Approximate walking: 6 hours.

 

Day 4 : Lares Hot Springs to Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

Distance: 8K / 4.8 miles

From the village of Lares, our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Ollantaytambo where we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes.  Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, a representative will bring you to your hotel.

There is also an optional 2 hour hike on the original Inka Trail, which is in very good condition.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Tea.

Time Approximate walking: 2 hours.

 

Day 5 : Machu Picchu

After spending the previous night in a comfortable hostel, we can take the earliest bus up trom Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, arriving around 6:00 am. After having an interesting 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, you will have some extra time to explore the ruins on your own. You will board a train in the late afternoon that will take you back to Cusco, where you will arrive to in the evening.

Meals provided: Breakfast.

 

 

Includes / Not Included

Includes:

  • Hotel collection and transport to trailhead.
  • Professional, bilingual tour guide and trek staff.
  • Plentiful, nutritious meals (Vegetarian option available) and snacks.
  • Drinking water provided throughout trek.
  • Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
  • Round-trip train from Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes-Poroy.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes.
  • Professionally-guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Transfer from Train Station in Poroy to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Hot water for washing in the morning.
  • High quality, double-occupancy tents and equipment (includes dining tent, kitchen tent, and latrine tent).
  • Pack animals (horses and llamas) to carry baggage and equipment.
  • Emergency horse(s) for riding in case of illness or injury.
  • Entrance fees to hot springs.
  • Transport back to Cusco or to Ollantaytambo.
  • Duffle Bag.
  • Camping mattress.
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank.

 

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast Day 1/ Dinner Day 4/Lunch and Dinner Day 5.
  • Tips.

 

Price

Price

Group Service starts with Min. 6 Trekkers

 

Four days of trekking: USD 328 per person

Extension to Machu Picchu (Day 5): USD 340 per person

(Minimum 6 person for this price)

Extension to Machu Picchu includes:

  • Train tickets
  • Bus tickets
  • Hotel
  • Machu Picchu entrance
  • Guided tour

 

 

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