05 Day Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail

DAY 01: CUSCO – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA

Early in the morning  we’ll pick you up from hotel and then drive for the next hour to the Pisac Inca ruins, where we explore this amazing Inca City with your guide as he shares with you the history of the City and the Incas. After the guided tour, we enjoy breakfast in front of the Pisac ruins engrossed with the amazing views of the Inca city & valleys below.

After breakfast, we take off on a 2 hour drive to the village of Huaran (2,840m/9,318ft) located in the famous Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran will be the starting point where we meet up with the horsemen and pack up the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind, we maneuver northward following a gentle ascending trail along the small Cancha Cancha River. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach our destination, a small village namedCancha Cancha (3,800m/12,477ft) where we spend the night.

DAY 02: CANCHA CANCHA – QUISHUARANI

Leaving Cancha Cancha, we continue trekking up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses, huge mountainous ranges and typical Peruvian layered landscapes. After 2 hours, the path plateaus out, and we arrive to the highest pass called Pachacutec Pass (4,758m/15,610ft). Filled with joy and relief over reaching the summit, and captivated by the superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy mountainous peaks of Pitusiray, we take the moment to enjoy the stunning sites before us and allow the sun’s rays replenish us. We then head downhill for the next 2 hours in time to enjoy a refreshing lunch. After lunch, we continue downward for another 1.5 hours into thevalley’s several glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep. Tonight we camp at (3,870 m/12,694ft) close to Quishuarani village, with its typical Inca stone and thatched homes.

DAY 03: QUISHUARANI – CUNCANI – LARES – OLLANTAYTAMBO

As we reach the mid-point of our trek, it is time to take on the second mountain pass, Hillkiccasa Pass(4,200m/13,779ft). As we trek, we marvel over the views of the plunging and peaked Peruvian Andes Mountains, as nature surrounds us in its purest form. The majestic Colquecruz and Pitusiray Mountains are awe inspiring to watch from the pass. We continue our trek through the Puna grasslands, undulating and productive agricultural sites and natural pristine lakes. After 5 hours of hiking, we reach Cuncani, a small Inca community. From Cuncani we head down through a lush valley with extensive agricultural areas, fruit bearing trees, varied flora, and native flowers like begonias and wild orchids. Finally, we reach our destination, the Lares Village (3,100m/10,170ft), where we cannot wait to soak in the natural volcanic hot springs for an hour, have lunch and take a siesta.

DAY 04: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104  – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

Early, we take our train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), Cusco-Machu Picchu way. With anticipation, we begin our first leg of the Inca Trail, passing the first checkpoint. Here we repack to carry only the essentials in your backpack for the 1 day of trekking on the Inca Trail. Afterwards, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8,747ft). Once there, we notice as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail.  We continue onward towards the long anticipated Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we finally get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. After a time to take many photos, we head for one-hour downhill, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, take the bus to Aguas Calientes, and find our hotel where we spend the night.

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICHU – CUSCO

Early, we take our train to KM 104 (2,100m/6,927ft), Cusco-Machu Picchu way. With anticipation, we begin our first leg of the Inca Trail, passing the first checkpoint. Here we repack to carry only the essentials in your backpack for the 1 day of trekking on the Inca Trail. Afterwards, we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2,650m/8,747ft). Once there, we notice as we take in the spectacular views of the Urubamba Canyon, the stunning Inca sites around us, and the connection to the traditional four day Inca Trail.  We continue onward towards the long anticipated Sun Gate, (2,730m/9,007ft) where we finally get our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and its majestic monumentality. After a time to take many photos, we head for one-hour downhill, to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, take the bus to Aguas Calientes, and find our hotel where we spend the night.









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