Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 1 : Cusco - Urubamba - Pumahuanca -
The first day of the trek starts of in the small village of Pumahuanca in the Sacred Valley. We'll gently make our way up one of the side valleys covering about 12 km in total and climbing about 1,150 mts / 3,373 ft as we make our way towards the village of Cuyoc. On our way up we'll visit the small Inca site of Chullpani , we talk a little about the Inca Culture and learn about the native plants, flowers and birds that inhabit this region.This particular route for the Lares trek is not commonly done by other companies so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings without any distractions or disturbance. Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbit like Chinchilla) and we may also spot Andean Fox. Our campsite for the night is at Cuyoc (4,200 mts / 13,776 ft); it's quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves, wind or rain jacket and a hat are recommended.
Walking Distance : 12 kms / 7.4 mls
Walking Time: 8 hours
Day 2 : Cuyoc - Choquekillka Pass - Cuncani -
Lares Hot Spring
We will start walking around 06:00 from Cuyoc to Lares Hot Spring.
Today is the most spectacular day and a new challenge than Day , because we have to survive the Choquekilla Pass (4,80 mts/15,744 ft. From our campsite it's about a 16 kms walk to the Lares Hot Springi but most of that is downhill as the pass is only about a 6 hours walk right at the beginning. Passing througth the Cuncani Community
As we make our way to Cuncani we'll pass by snowcapped peaks high above us, serene mountain lakes (including Yanacocha - Black Water) and get to meet the local people dressed in their traditional bright red clothing. This side of the pass is completely different culturally to the other side and as we wind our way down from the pass your guide will teach you about the people and their way of life. You'll also get to learn a few Qhechua phrases so that you can interact with the local people.
We are still going down to the Lares Hot Spring we can meet local people and to talk with them looking, native trees such us queñas , chachacomo, nice fauna: sparrots, mountain karakara and maybe some condor flying over this area.
Elevation campsite : 3,350 mts / 10,988 ft
Walking Distance : 16 kms / 10 mls
Walking Time: 11 hours
Day 3 : Lares Hot Spring - Ollantaytambo -
Km. 104 (Short Inca Trail) - Machu Picchu
Private transportation to Ollantaytambo (4 hours). We will catch the 7.29 am train to km 104 where we will begin our trek (1 hour and 20 minutes). Once we have arrived at 9:30am at the Point of Control, we must show our passports.
Before beggining our trek to Machu Picchu we will visit the Inca site Chachabamba (2,150m/7,052ft) which is a ceremonial place with ceremonial fountains, wayranas (shelters), and an Inca altar where supposedly the sacrification of llamas, alpacas and in extreme cases humans took place.
We continue our trek of an 8km uphill hike to the next Inca site; Winaywayna (2,650m/8,692ft). On our hike to this place we will observe the Valle del Urubamba, Rio Urubamba, Floras and Faunas, mountains covered with vegetation and to the East; The Veronica Glacier (5,875m/19,275ft).
Also, on our beautiful hike, we observe the Inca sites of Choquesuysuy and Intipata with farming terraces and small warehouses. Before we arrive at the Inca Complex Winaywayna, we will enjoy the site of a beautiful waterfall. Then, we will visit Winaywayna which is the last Spiritual resting place on the way to Machu Picchu. Furthermore, we walk the Inca trail towards Intipunku (1hour and 20 minutes). From this point we will have a very impressive site of Machu Picchu City.
From Intipunku we decend to Machu Picchu to take in the classic view of the city. To end our trek we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes; where we will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Total Distance: 13km/ 8,08 miles
Maximum Altitude: 2,650m/ 8,692ft
Minimum Altiitude: 2,000m/ 6,560ft
Day 4 : Machu Picchu “Sacred City” – Cusco
Early breakfast (05.00 am) before taking the bus directly to Machupicchu at 06.00am. **Optional for those still able/wanting to walk!: leave 04.30am and walk up to Machu Picchu arriving approx 06.00am.
In Machu Picchu it is still a 15 minute walk from the drop-off point to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy the early tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it! Your guide will spend about 2 hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machupicchu should finish between 10 and 10:30am then you have free time to take your photos before the 10:30 crowds arrive. You will also have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu (please make your reservation or book it,because there is a limit : 400 people per day (minimum 90 mins), Inca bridge or Sun´s gate. After Machu Picchu ciy , the meeting point is Aguas Calientes, your Tour Guide is going to reccomend you a nice restaurant.