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Lares Valley and Machu Picchu Eco trek - Peru

Itinerary

Day 1: Cuzco/ Cancha Cancha

You will depart from Cusco in a private vehicle towards Huaran, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the starting point of your trek. You will hike for approximately 5 hours, uphill through the lush vegetation of the valley, stopping just for lunch, to your first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small agricultural community in the middle of the Andes. Once there, you will set up camp and then meet some of the locals and find out about their way of life.

Maximum altitude: 3700 m / 12,139 ft.
Minimum altitude: 2800 m / 9186 ft.
Distance covered: 10 km / 6.21 mi
Approximate trekking time: 6 hrs.

Day 2: Cancha Cancha/ Lake Queuñaqocha

After a hearty breakfast, you break camp and climb to the first pass on the trek, Abra Pachacutec (4400 m / 14,432ft / 3 hours); this spot affords you awesome views of glacier lakes and snow-capped mountains, like Mount Colquecruz, Mount Minas, and Mount Sirijuani. Once over the pass, you will stop for lunch and afterwards begin the descent to the village of Quiswarani, passing through a queñual tree (Polylepis) forest, home to such endangered birds as the Royal Cinclodes, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, and Cucarachero Inca. There will be a short break once you reach the village, and then you begin ascending until reaching beautiful Lake Queuñaqocha, where you will spend the night under a starry sky.

Maximum altitude: 4600 m / 15,092 ft.
Minimum altitude: 3700 m / 12,139 ft.
Distance covered: 13 km / 8.07 mi
Approximate trekking time: 8 hrs.

Day 3: Lake Queuñaqocha/ Lares/ Aguas Calientes

The route ascends to the second mountain pass, Abra Willkiccasa (4100 m / 13,448 ft / 2 hours), this time offering you spectacular views of Mount Colquecruz and Mount Pitusiray. The trail cuts through the ever-changing puna landscape and passes by lakes and farmland, with deer roaming about, until you arrive, 3 hours later, in Cuncani, another small agricultural community from where you will descend into a green, fertile valley, with crop land and other small communities. Along the way, you will find yourself flabbergasted at the variety of native flowers, such as begonias and wild orchids. After a 2-hour hike, you will arrive in Lares, capital of the Lares district, whose number one attraction is its hot springs, where you can take a pleasant dip, if you so desire.

After lunch, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will board the train that takes you to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will spend the night in the chosen hotel or hostel.

Maximum altitude: 4500 m. / 14,764 ft.
Minimum altitude: 3190 m. / 10,466 ft.
Distance covered: 12 km. / 7.45 ml.
Approximate trekking time: 8 hrs.

Day 4: Machu Picchu / Cusco

After an early breakfast, a bus will take you to the Machu Picchu archeological site, where you immediately begin a 2-hour guided tour of the entire Incan outpost. That afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and, from there, a bus to Cusco.

NOTE:
According to new regulations for visiting the Machu Picchu Sanctuary in force since July 15th, 2011, the visit to Mount Huayna Picchu has a cost. We would greatly appreciate it if you would find out if there are vacancies and, if so, what the additional charge would be.

All of our adventure programs are inspired by destinations that evoke mystery and are charged with mystical energy. Our brand, Liv, Condor Travel is always on the lookout for the best routes on each journey.


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