Field trips and Lares Trek begins with a walk on the day scheduled for the Inca Trail program. People note that the actual program may vary slightly depending on the time of year that is milder.
All day the trails are connected with occasional small villages on the Lares trek Valley roads. So we must consider the trek has a lot more interaction with the direct descendants of the Incas than the traditional Inca Trail. Past and present intertwine here along the Inca roads, the traditional life has changed little since Inca times and the mountain people retain some customs of the Incas. There are some very spectacular and beautiful views to experience and people to meet. This trekking trip will be an unforgettable experience.
On day of departure to Ollantaytambo town you will be passing through the town of Calca and then have lunch at a nice restaurant after which you will begin the get organized to hike the Inca Trail. In this small town are located our local crew of llamas, alpacas, horses, shepherds and horsemen to help them pack our items for the trip. Our guide and also great cook and take care of us throughout the course of the trip.
The next day we will go to Step Kiswarani to 4400m or so, where the flora consist of the Puna herbs, plants, all supported by the highest lakes in the upper area . After reaching the pass and enjoy the beautiful views, then we will go down to where we set up our camp Kunkani rest in the local village, consisting of mainly traditional mud huts under thatched roofs. The next day we went to the Kunkani Pass and then we continue to the passage of Ipsayqocha to 4500 meters or so, which then descend to our second camp with the same name as the Living Lands.
As we descend the next day our destination Patacancha passed through various microclimates of the place, suddenly realizing how different it was every hour. Throughout your journey you will have gained 3 or 4 passes, we walked through the high Puna “Grassland”, then down in the woods, finally, in the lush Urubamba Valley warm. If we are lucky, we will have the good fortune to see and observe the Wild Fox, Chinchillas, Eagles and possibly the flight of the condors. From our destination Walk Patacancha, we will have our last lunch prepared by our cook and travel back to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. It is located 2 hours away. Look forward to a good shower and a great night’s sleep after the physical exertion of this awesome trek. The last morning rising early, breakfast then catching the 20 minutes bus ride to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu “Wonder of the World”, which will end with a 2 hour guided tour, then plenty of free time to explore the citadel of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco via the Expedition or Vistadome Train.
The following tours include a visit to Lares: