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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

If you are hiking the Lares Trek you will start your hike on the same itinerary day scheduled for the Inca Trail. Please note that the actual itinerary may vary slightly depending on the time of year.

Lares Trek, Lares Hiking to Machu Picchu, Lares TravelTo this day these trails are the main routes into the remote villages throughout the Lares Valley. For this reason the Lares trek has much more interaction with the direct descendents of the Incas, than the traditional Inca Trail. The past and present are intertwined here however traditional life has not changed much since Inca times. This along with some of the most spectacular views will make your trek a truly unforgettable experience.

On Day 1, depart Ollantaytambo, passing through Calca the capital of the Sacred Valley, and head for Kiswarani where we will have lunch and begin the trek. In this small village, we will meet our local crew of Alpacas, Llamas, Herders, Horses, and Horsemen who will help us pack our gear. Our Guide and Cook will also be taking care of us throughout the trek.

The first day we will climb to the Kiswarani Pass (4400m +/-) where the flora will consist of Puna Grasses, Lichens, all supported by the high lakes of the area. After reaching the pass and taking in the views we will then descend to Kunkani where we will set up camp in the local village consisting of mainly traditional adobe huts under grass roofs. On Day 2 we climb up to Kunkani Pass and then continue to the Ipsayqocha pass (4500 meters +/-) where we will then descend to our second campsite with the same name.

As we descend on the third day to our destination Patacancha, you will pass through various micro-climates, suddenly realizing how different every hour has been. Throughout your trek you will have climbed 3 passes, trekked through High Puna (Grasslands), over Rocky Peaks, then down into woodlands, finally into the lush Urubamba Valley. If we are lucky we will have had the good fortune to see Wild Fox, Chinchillas, Eagles and possibly Condors. From our destination of the trek Patacancha, we will have our final lunch prepared by our cook and travel back to Ollantaytambo in order to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Located approximately two hours away, a good shower and a good night's sleep awaits us. The final morning we get up early and catch the bus up to our long awaited destination and archaeological site of Machu Picchu where we will finish with a tour of the site and free time to explore on your own.

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