Travel Availibility: March to December
TRAVEL STYLE:

Trekking, Adventure, Experiential, Cultural & Natural

HIGHLIGHTS:

Quiswarani, Cuncani, Ipsaycocha, Patacancha, Willoq, Ollantaytambo,


On the Lares Trek you will hike by small adobe homes and residents who have held onto the customs and traditions of their ancestors. Past llamas and alpacas and a beautiful natural geography with pristine lakes that make this circuit unique.

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DESCRIPTION

DAY 1: CUSCO – CALCA / QUISWARANI / CUNCANI (L)(D)

We pick you up from your hotel in the morning, transferring in bus to the Sacred Valley where we can appreciate different archeological remnants from a distance as we enter the town of Calca (2950 meters in altitude).  Here will have a half an hour break to stretch the legs and buy last minute things needed for the trek, then continue on for about 3 hours, passing Macha Cancha hot springs, Incan tombs, archeological remains, and the vegetation that accompanies different Andean microclimates as we advance to the highest point at Wilkipuncu (4400 meters above sea level) and then descend to Quiswarani village (3850 meters).  Here we start our hike at a slow ascent for about three hours passing Wilkiq’asa (4370m), various Lakes (Queunacocha, Azul Ccocha, Q’omer Ccocha, Wilka Ccocha, etc.), waterfalls, and part of the Andean fauna that includes alpacas and lamas.  We will make camp in Cuncani located at 3850 meters above sea level.

DAY 2: CUNCANI – IPSAYCCOCHA (B)(L)(D)

This day we get up early to start the ascent (about 2 hours) to our day’s first Pass of Cuncani (4,150 m), appreciating the diverse mountain views.  After a rest, we will see more lakes and villages, along the way passing Natives who still wear typical clothing and maintain their manual work of Andean weavings.  As we arrive to Huacahuasi Valley (3800 m) we will start the ascent until the highest point at Iqsayq’asa (4400 m) and then descend to our campsite, passing different typical birds of the area (Huallata ducks, gulls and eagles), a variety of llamas and alpacas, and small animals like hares.  We will camp beside the Ipsaycocha Lake, the largest of the route, also the coldest campsite (4250 m).

DAY 3: IPSAYCCOCHA – PATACANCHA – OLLANTAYTAMBO (B)(L)

After our breakfast, we start in descent of about two hours to the community of Patacancha (3800 m), and then on to a large valley passing Willoq community, until arriving to Ollantytambo town (2700 m).  Along the route, we will enjoy tours of archeological ruins (Marcacocha, Pumamarca), Incan terraces, and the 1000 Incan stairs, then returning by transport to Cusco.

Notes

INCLUDED

  • Complete information in a briefing with your guide before the tour
  • Transport to the start of the trek (Cusco – Quiswarani)
  • Professional Spanish / English guide
  • Meals according to the program
  • Vegetarian (or allergy-related) menu requests at no extra charge
  • Chef & assistant chef
  • Horsemen and pack mules to carry kitchen supplies, tents and food
  • Camping equipment (Sleeping, kitchen and dining tents, chairs, tables)
  • We will carry up to 5 kilos of each trekker’s belongings by pack-mule for the 3 days.
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Return transport Ollanta – Cusco

NOT INCLUDED

  • First Breakfast, last dinner
  • Sleeping bag (we can rent quality down sleeping bags if needed)
  • Extra pack mules

WE RECOMMEND TO TAKE

  • Plastic bags for the belongings that we will carry by pack-mule
  • Warm clothing, rain-proof poncho or jacket
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sun block and mosquito repellant
  • Toque and sun hat
  • Hiking shoes/ boots
  • Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries (batteries run low faster in cold climate)
  • Sun glasses
  • Water purification tablets
  • Camera (extra batteries)