Lares Trek with Llamas & 2-day inca trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
On this trek, immerse yourself in the culture of the local Quechua weaving communities and experience trekking with llamas as our ancestors did. Enjoy amazing views of the magnificent mountains, beautiful lakes and, herds of llamas, and alpacas. On the third day join the Inca Trail at the impressive archaeological site Wiñay Wayna one of the most beautiful archeological sites on the entire classic Inca trail. Continue to the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku), for the first magnificent view of MachuPicchu without crowds and enjoy the sunset. Return to Machu Picchu for the sunrise the next day and to tour the mysterious Inca City.
DAY 1: Trekking with Llamas to Auroray Cocha
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 05:30am to drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas in our private transportation. Our first stop will be at Urubamba (2870m/ 9,416ft) to have breakfast and to buy the last supplies. We will continue driving to Yanahura-Pucara community (3300m/10,826ft). The starting point of the trek. We will start walking up through the Mantanay valley toward Misky Uno (3650m/11,975ft). There are spectacular views of the mountains, native vegetation of polylepis and streams fed by lakes and waterfalls along way. As we leave the lunch spot, we will enjoy views of llamas and alpacas grazing along the trail. The scenary is typical of the high Andes. After ascending by the first beautiful lake, Yuraq Cocha, we will reach another beautiful lake, Auroray Cocha (4480m/14,692ft), where our camp will be set for the night.
- Trekking distance: 10km/6.21 miles
- Campsite altitude: 4480m/14,692 ft
DAY 2: Trekking with Llamas to Patacancha
After breakfast, we will walk gradually up to the top of Huayruruyoc pass (4600m/15,091ft) from the pass there are magnificent views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Then we will continue our way down, walking by beautiful lakes where we can observe different species of birds until we get to the Patacancha community (3750m/12,303ft), where we will have lunch and stay for the night. Patacancha is home of the native Quechua Speaking families who are dedicated to agriculture and pasturing of alpacas and llamas as our ancestors did. After lunch we will experience the culture and daily life of the families and we will also learn about their traditional weaving techniques.
- Trekking distance: 7km/4.34miles
- Campsite altitude: 3750m/12,303ft
DAY 3: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
After an early breakfast we will take our private transportation to the train station at Ollantaytambo to board the train at around 07:00am, and go to Km 104 (starting point of the hike). We will walk up gradually for around 4 hours to the Inca Site Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2650m/8,694ft. This is an impressive Archaeological site made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, urban and religious sectors. On the way up, we will have magnificent views of the Urubamba river valley and Inca sites on the side of the river. After exploring the Inca site we will continue to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) at 2720 m/ 8,923ft, where we will have our first panoramic view of MachuPicchu and have some time to enjoy the mysterious Inca city at sunset. Then we will descend to Machu Picchu and take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to have dinner and spend the night
- Trekking distance: 14km/8.69miles
- Aguas Calientes: 2040m/6,692ft
DAY 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco
We wake up early to have breakfast in the hotel and, then take one of the first buses back to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. We will take you to the classic spot to take your post card pictures. This vantage point offers terrific views of the whole complex. Then we will have a three hours guided tour of the site, to learn about our ancestors and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machu Picchu you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Then you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then our private transportation will take you to your hotel in Cusco.
- Total distance by bus: 6km/3.73 miles
- AMachu Picchu altitude: 2400m/7,874ft
SERVICE NOT INCLUDED:
- Transportation: Private transportation from Cusco to start of the trek and from the end of the trek to Ollantaytambo train station, train from Ollantaytambo to Km104, bus from Macchu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (first day), round trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu(fourth day),train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
- ccommodation: Double occupancy tents with Therma-rest sleeping pads (first and second nights), hotel in Aguas Calientes on the third night (based on 2 people sharing one room). Upgrades are always possible.
- Meals: 3 breakfast, 2 lunch, box lunch ( third day), 3 dinners. We can also provide vegetarian meals and special diets, just let us know while you are booking or during the briefing.
- Entrance fees to the communities
- Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- Professional trilingual local guide (English, Spanish and Quechua)
- Horsemen and horses to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment
- Llamas to carry your personal gear
- Camping equipment, 2 people will always share a spacious 4person dome tent with plenty of spaces for your backpack, inflatable mattress, cooking equipment, dining tent, kitchen tent (day 1 and day 2).
- First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
- Emergency horses in case someone needs help and is not able to continue walking
- First breakfast at Urubamba (day 1)
- Last lunch at Aguas Calientes (after MachuPicchu)
- Sleeping bag (25 US$ to rent)
- Tips and extra spending,
- Ticket for Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. If you would like to climb either of these mountains You can select the option when booking Additional cost is USD 70 per person and will be paid at the briefing.