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lares valley


This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into the real lives of the Andean farmer, dressed in their traditional brightly colored ponchos. You´ll have the opportunity to see thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of llamas and alpacas. Inside the houses you´ll see guinea pigs running loose.

The trek itself is rated moderate, similar to the Inca Trail. There are, however, two passes over 4000m so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude. If arriving from sea level then plan on spending at least 3 days in Cuzco and the surroundings before undertaking the trek.


Day 1: Cuzco - Calca - Lares hot springs - Wakawasi

We leave from Cuzco early in the morning by bus and travel through the Sacred Valley arriving to Lares Hot Springs and spend the morning oaking in the medicinal hot springs, after lunch we have two hours of trek to our campsite.

Day 2: Wakawasi - Espsaycocha

After continuing up through the valley, we arrive to the community of Wacawasi. People here produce some of the finest weavings in Peru. Here, we can observe their great skills and brilliant techniques in the fabrication of ponchos and other garments. Passing the village we begin climbing up to Condor Pass, the second of the trip at 4100m. From here, we catch a stunning view of the renowned Mount Veronica (5750m.) Descending gently for about one hour, we come to the beautiful Epsaycocha Lake, our last campsite.

Day 3: Epsaycocha - Patacancha - Huylloc - Pumamarka - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Today our trail leads downhill to an overlook facing a wide valley. Descending into the valley, we eventually arrive to the community of Huylloc where we have lunch, from here takes two hours to arrive to Pumamarka and enjoy the Inca terraces, finally we arrive to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, this ancient Inca village is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. This is a perfect place to appreciate the vast archeological remains and a wide variety of flowers and birds species. The group takes the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes at 8:00 PM and spend the night there in a comfortable hostel.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, we'll take a the bus to Macupicchu, we register and start on our 3 hour guided visit. After enjoying the remains, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have free time to enjoy the town before we return to Cuzco.


  • Professional English speaking guides.
  • Private Bus in and out to the beginning of the trail.
  • Round-trip transfers.
  • Double Occupancy Tents.
  • Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and comfortable mattresses.
  • Lodging accommodation .
  • Entrance fees.
  • Horses to carry our equipment.
  • Muleteer and Cook.
  • Coffee breaks in the afternoons.
  • All meals (not including breakfast the 1st day, not including dinner on the 4th day).
  • First aid kit/Oxygen.
  • Train ticket back to Cuzco (Backpacker Service)

We recommended to bring:

  • Personal Sleeping Bag.
  • Backpack and daypack.
  • Hiking shoes or boots.
  • Light clothes.
  • Windbreaker.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Rain coat, hat, sun block, sunglasses.
  • Chocolates, candies or other snacks
  • Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)

Prices (US $):

Private Service
Lares Valley 1
6 +
4 Days        

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