In the morning we will visit Cachin, whose inhabitants are famous for their weavings. Local people’s houses are built in the traditional Inca style. Around midday we will descend towards the Lares Valley, with its warm, agreeable climate, as far as the village of Lares. Located at an altitude of 3,207 meters (10,521 feet), this is a typical colonial village with a church, a main plaza, and narrow streets. The local thermal baths are famous throughout the Cusco region.
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