Lares Trek with Llamas to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
On this trek, immerse yourself into the culture of the local Quechua weaving communities and experience trekking with the Llamas as our ancestors did it. Enjoy amazing views of the magnificent mountains, beautiful lakes, herds of Llamas and Alpacas. On the third day in the morning, we will have an opportunity for insight into the local life, staying with the local weaver and farmers who live much like the Incas. After lunch we will drive to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes to spend the night in the hotel and on the last day explore Machu Picchu.
DAY 1: Trekking with Llamas to Auroray Cocha
We will pick you up from your hotel at Cusco at 05:30am to drive through the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas in our private transportation. Our first stop will be at Urubamba (2870m/9416ft) to have breakfast and to buy the last supply. From here we will continue driving to Yanahuara-Pucara community (3300m/10826ft), the starting point of the trek, we will start our trekking by walking up through the Mantanay Valley toward Misky Uno (3650m/11,975ft). Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, native vegetation of polylepis and streams fed by lakes waterfalls along the way. As we leave lunch spot we will enjoy views of Llamas and Alpaca grazing along the trail. The scenery is typical of the high Andes. After ascending by the first beautiful lake Yuraq Cocha we will reach another beautiful lake Auroray Cocha (4140m/13,615ft), where our camp will be set for the night.
- Trekking distance: 10 km / 6,21miles
- Campsite altitude: 4150m/13,615ft
DAY 2: Trekking with Llamas to Patacancha
After breakfast, we will start walking gradually up to the top of Huayruruyoc pass (4300m/14,197ft). From the pass we will have magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, then we will continue with our way down walking by the beautiful lakes where we will be able to observe species of birds until to we get to Puka Cocha lake where we are going to have lunch. Afer lunch we will head to Patacancha community(3600m/11,811ft), here we stay for the night. Patacancha is a home of the native Quechua Speaking families who are dedicated to agriculture and cattle pasturing as our ancestors did.
- Trekking distance: 10km/6,21miles
- Campsite altitude: 3750m/12,303
DAY 3: Patacancha- Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we will be able to immerse in the culture and daily life of the families and of course, we will be able to learn about their traditional weaving techniques. Our private transportation will take us to Ollantaytambo train station to board the train to Aguas Calietes to spend a night in the hotel and have dinner.
- Patacancha altitude : 3750m/12,303ft
- Aguas Calientes altitude : 2040m/6,692ft
DAY 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco
We wake up early morning to have breakfast in the hotel, then we will take one of the first buses back to Machu Picchu for the sun rise. Of course, we will take you to the classic spot to take your post card pictures. This vantage point offers terrific views of the whole complex and then we will have three hours guided tour of the site, during our tour you will 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. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytrambo from where our private transportation will take you to the hotel in Cusco.
- Total distance by bus: 6km/ 3.73 miles
- Machu Picchu altitude: 2400m/7,874 ft
Service not inluded:
- Transportation: Private transport from Cusco to starting point of the trek, private transportation from the end of the trek, train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and MachuPicchu (fourth day), train ticket back to Ollantaytambo and transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
- Accommodation: Double occupancy tents with Therm-a-rest sleeping pads (first night and second night), hotel in Aguas Calientes on the third night (based on 2 people sharing one room). Upgrade is always possible.
- Meals: 3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 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 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
- 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 the extra spending
- Ticket for Wayna Picchu. If you would like to climb Wayna Picchu please tell us know while booking.