In the early morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco for the drive to the village of Lares (3,285 meters / 10,775 feet) in the fertile valley of the same name. From this subtropical location, we will continue to the trailhead near the village of Huacawasi.
There will be time to rest and enjoy the thermal baths at Lares (Lares 3,285 meters / 10,775 feet), and after lunch we will begin our trek by walking to our first campsite near the village of Huacawasi (3,806 meters / 12,483 feet).
Huacawasi (3,802 meters / 12,471 feet) is a weaving community, and the people still dress in their own handmade traditional clothing. These Quechua-speaking people maintain their ancient way of life, herding alpacas and llamas, farming the slopes of the Andes, and engaging in cultural practices inherited from their Inca ancestors. During our visit there will be time to experience the daily life of this traditional Andean community.
The villagers are friendly and welcoming, and some may offer to sell you their excellent weavings. After visiting the village, we will continue our hike along a gentle uphill trail to our campsite (4,020 meters / 13,186 feet) and enjoy your evening meal.
Cusco – Calca 52 kilometers / 32.31 miles (paved road)
Calca to Lares 42 kilometers / 26 miles by dirt road.
and Lares – Huacawasi 9 kilometers / 5.5 miles by narrow dirt road (3 hours in total)
Huacawasi – camp 3 kilometers / 1.86 miles (1-2 hours).
- Lares 3,285 meters / 10,775 feet.
- Huacawasi 3,802 meters / 12,471 feet.
- campsite 4,020 meters / 13,186 feet
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Leaving Lares, we will travel by road to the village of Ollantaytambo. The highest point of this road stands at 4,265 meters (13,990 feet), from where we will be able to see the mountains of Sawasiray (5,818 meters / 19,087 feet) and Pitusiray (4,991 meters / 16,374 feet), before descending into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the late afternoon, we continue by train to Machu Picchu.
The last night: We spend in Aguas Calientes town, in a hotel tourist class.
Cochayoc – Cachin 8.2 kilometers / 5.12 miles (3 – 4 hours)
Lares – Ollantaytambo: 121 kilometers / 75 miles (2 hours)
Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (train): 55 kilometers / 34 miles (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Cachin (3,726 meters / 12,221 feet).
- Lares 3,207 meters / 10,521 feet.
- Urubamba 2,877 meters / 9438 feet.
- Ollantaytambo 2,845 meters / 9333 feet.
- Aguas Calientes 2,020 meters / 6627 feet.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner