Embark on a beautiful trek through the Lares Valley, a journey through traditional native communities where guests will discover how these populations survive & thrive using local resources.
Day 1: Lares Valley Trek: Cusco - Lares - Cuncani
Very early, as the sun begins to shine on the roofs of Cusco, the journey that leads to Lares and crosses the Amparaes pass at 4470m is a phenomenal drive which winds through arid landscapes, with occasional rivers running across the road. The mountain views are breathtaking.
Starting from the hot baths of Lares, we'll have a gradual climb of a few hours before stopping for a delicious lunch. next, we'll continue on to the community of Cuncani, our camp for the evening.
Day 2: Lares Valley Trek: Cuncani - Paso de Pumahuanca - Paccha
If the day is clear, we will wake up to the imposing view of Colque Cruz, a majestic mountain capped by a glacier, which provides water to the community. The ascent is challenging. As we get closer to the pass, the trail becomes steeper and rockier.
On reaching the summit a stunning view of the Pampas of Anta awaits us, followed by a descent that will be most agreeable after such a long climb. The drop continues until we reach our camp, a tranquil paradise, surrounded by trees and crossed by a small river. Tonight, if we find some dead wood, we will enjoy a campfire.
Day 3: Lares Valley Trek: Paccha - Piscigranja - Ollantaytambo
This morning will be our last on the trail and after breakfast, there will be a chance to take photos with our porters, cooks, field staff, & all those who made this trip possible. From here the walk becomes easier down to the piscigranja (fish farm). After a few short hours, we will meet the private transportation that will take us to Ollantaytambo station to board the train to Aguas Calientes.
As the train travels along, the valley turns into a canyon and the scenery alters, as the cloud forests begin to appear, on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Aguas Calientes. After a well-deserved shower, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.