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lares trek 3 days

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days

The Lares trek 3 days to Machu Picchu allows you to spend one night under the stars while camping and trekking off the beaten track and go through our own way, passing by Quechuan communities like CANCHACANCHA which is our cultural tour focusing on local people and our lifestyle, while passing through amazing scenery.

The famous Lares trek to Machu Picchu is designed for travelers who have less time and they want to hike the Lares Trek and visit Machu Picchu Citadel all in 3 days.

lares trek 3 days
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$550

Día 1: Cusco – Valle Sagrado – Huaran – Cancha Cancha

We will start at 5:00 a.m., where we will pick you up directly from your hotel and drive 2 hours to the town of Huaran (2840m) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Before starting your walk, you will meet your horses and your rider (Arrieros). Breakfast will be prepared and served before you start walking and the team will be presented at that time. After breakfast, you will prepare to start the trek. The first 4.5 hours will gradually be uphill until lunch. . After lunch, we will continue leaving the Sacred Valley behind us, we will head north following a path that climbs gently along the small river for 2 hours walking to our destination, the small town called Cancha Cancha where we spend the night. The town of Cancha Cancha, which is the town that does not have modern technology. Cancha Cancha is a town (3,750 m / 12,303 ft) where people still practice real Inca traditions. In this Inca town, 85 percent of the houses are still made up of original, old buildings, made of stone, with thatched roofs. Unlike any other town in the Lares Valley, this town has no electricity or cars. Here, you will not only enjoy the desert, but your porters will also install your tents. You will have time to meet with local children. We provide them with food at each Lares trek we do and school supplies, so we invite our travelers to share this support in the education and health of this native village. You can join us and bring whatever you want to complement the lives of these Quechua-speaking children. Next, your guide will take you to one of the local family houses, where you will learn about the locals’ lifestyle. You can watch them raise their guinea pigs and learn about traditional hand-woven textiles made from llama and alpaca wool. This is the best day of your walk. In the evening you will enjoy hot drinks and dinner.

Walking distance: 14 km

Camping elevation: 3800 meters.

Climate: warm / cold

Trail conditions: rocky, dusty, and slippery (trekking shoes required)

Día 2: Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue northeast through the valley, passing small stone houses with thatched roofs. After 2 hours, the path flattens out before steeply climbing for 2 hours to the highest pass called Paso de Pachacutec (4758 m). From there, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Lake Pachacutec and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. After some time to enjoy it all, we headed for 3 hours to the village of Quishuarani (3,870m / 12,694ft) for lunch.

After lunch, we take our private transportation to Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will check in at our hotel.

Walking distance: 14 km

Maximum altitude point: 4,758 meters

Climate: warm / cold

Trail conditions: rocky, dusty, and slippery (trekking shoes required)

Difficulty: challenge

Día 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Wake up time is 4:45 a.m., breakfast is 5:00 a.m. at the hotel, and then we will line up to take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu (they are on a first-come, first-served basis, as a transportation service). The bus takes 25 minutes to reach Machu Picchu (which opens its doors at 6:00 a.m.). Be sure to bring your original passport, the same one you used to book your trip because park rangers will ask for it. (You can also get a Machu Picchu stamp in your passport). Your guide will help you find the perfect places to get perfect images of Machu Picchu (which will immediately become your Facebook profile photo!). You can enjoy sunrise if the weather is good. Then you will have your 2-hour guided tour. You will have extra time to explore the site on your own, if you have booked Huayanpicchu or Machupicchu Mountain, your guide will show you where to start this trek. Huaynapicchu takes 2 hours and Machupicchu mountaña 3 hours round trip, but if you did not reserve for these mountains, you can still get to Puerta del Sol 1.5 hours or the Inka Bridge (45 minutes) with excellent views. Once you’re done exploring, you can return to the buses and head to Aguas Calientes for lunch. After lunch, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and we will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. You can return to the buses and go to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and we will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. you can return to the buses and go to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and we will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.

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